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Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts.

Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio.

YOUR HOSTS
Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros.
Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast Amy Seeley & Mike Bergin

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    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts.

Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio.

YOUR HOSTS
Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros.
Between the two of us, expect over 50 years of industry insight, expertise, insider news, and a bit of sarcasm.

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSFERRING

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSFERRING

    While choosing a college feels like one of the biggest decisions of your life, choosing to leave one may be even more difficult. That said, swapping the wrong school for the right one can do wonders for your grades, mental health, and future prospects. Amy and Mike invited college advisor Jaime Smith to explore what you should know about transferring.
    What are five things you will learn in this episode?
    How common is college transfer?
    How has the rise of credible online programs impacted transfers?
    What are the best and worst reasons to transfer?
    What are the main transfer pathways?
    Can a student transfer at any time?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Jaime Smith, M.A., MS.Ed., is a Certified Educational Planner with 25 years of experience in the field of education. After many years of teaching English at the middle, high school, and college levels, Jaime turned to online education and founded a virtual K-12 supplementary education program, Online G3, where she continues to teach gifted and twice-exceptional homeschooled students. As a college advisor, Jaime specializes in transfer admissions, application essays, homeschoolers, neurodiverse learners, and other non-traditional applicants. In 2023, she completed a Post-Master's Certificate in Transfer Leadership and Practice at the University of North Georgia in collaboration with the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.
    A California native, Jaime now lives in Oregon with her husband and pet bunny. She has one daughter, a former homeschooler turned transfer student who just started grad school. 
    Learn more about Jaime at TransferSavvy.com and follow her on Linkedin.
    LINKS
    Common App for transfer
    https://www.transferology.com
    https://www.assist.org
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    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 27 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Alex Pint

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Alex Pint

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Alex Pint, the owner and founder of Pathway Prep in Kansas City! Alex attended Kansas State University, where he received a BS/MS in Architectural Engineering. To earn some extra money during college, he got a campus job tutoring math and physics, and thus the seed of being an educator was planted. After graduating in 2015, Alex started working at a KC consulting engineering firm but soon began a test prep side hustle. Alex continued working in engineering for 5 years, earning his Professional Engineer’s license along the way, before deciding to pursue test prep full-time in February 2021.
    Alex works with high schoolers in the KC area, focusing almost exclusively on ACT prep through individual and small group formats. He enjoys experimenting with insights from psychology and business in his test prep process.
    In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife (high school sweetheart), enjoying his season tickets for Sporting KC, and reading new books. He is also an avid runner and completes multiple half-marathons and/or marathons per year.
    Find Alex at https://pathwayprepkc.com/  alex@pathwayprepkc.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

    • 17 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Remy Zaken Andersen

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Remy Zaken Andersen

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Remy Zaken Andersen. Remy is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in Psychology with a focus on social cognition and emotion. A former professional actress, she serves as a strong role model for students striving for academic excellence while balancing extracurricular and career interests. She scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT and SAT, and also received perfect scores of 5 on the AP exams in Biology and US History.
    Tutoring professionally since 2013, she is a skilled instructor who has found students connect well to her warm, engaging, and energetic personality. She is passionate about teaching important study and organizational skills, while working with her students to manage test anxiety so they can reach their full potential on these exams and in their future academic careers. She has tutored Lower, Middle, and Upper-level students on the SSAT and ISEE and has seen at least 100 point increases in both the verbal and math sections for SSAT and 3 stanines on the ISEE. Every single one of her SHSAT students who started tutoring in April and completed their homework has been accepted to a specialized high school. She's also had students accepted to Hunter College High School. There are many more success stories upon request!
    Find Remy at https://www.and-ed.com and remy@and-ed.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 16 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Jason Hankins

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Jason Hankins

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?

    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Jason Hankins, who graduated in the year 2000 from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Jason works full time as a Software Engineer and part-time as a test prep tutor. He has a love of math and teaching others how to understand it. In 2004 he started his tutoring business, J. Digital Tutoring Services. He specialized in tutoring mathematics courses, math sections of standardized tests, Business courses as well as computer programming courses. Tests that he has helped students with include the NCLEX, TEAS, CLEP, ASVAB, GMAT, ACT, and SAT. With his business minor has been able to help students with accounting, finance, microeconomics, and managerial science courses.
    Jason is the founder and moderator of the SAT Exam Prep & Discussion and ACT Exam Prep & Discussion Facebook groups. 
    Jason has been involved with math tutoring for a long time. His first tutoring job was in college working in the college’s Learning Resource Center. Since then, Jason has produced math instructional DVDs, worked as a math tutor at a local college (15 years), ran a tutoring program at a local church, maintained a math education YouTube channel, managed ACT and SAT Facebook groups, and is currently running his own private tutoring business. When he is not solving math problems Jason enjoys watching the stock market, looking for the next great stock, and watching professional sports.
    Find Jason at http://www.j-digital.net.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.

    • 11 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Loni Lebanoff

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Loni Lebanoff

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Loni Lebanoff founded CogniTutor with a simple mission: help millions of students Learn to Learn. She is an international teacher who, to name a few, has worked with doctors in Vietnam, taught English to Italian children, and conducted piano lessons in Canada. Loni conducts and studies the latest research on memory, learning, and cognition. She demonstrates her belief in life-long learning through her dance, art, musical instruments, and other varied pursuits. Through her research, learning, and travels, Loni continually improves her and CogniTutor’s effective and original methods of teaching. Some of these methods are the same methods that she used throughout her schooling and that helped her receive a perfect score on the ACT. “CogniTutor instructors are enthusiastic and care about their students. No one ever stops learning. By helping students learn to learn, our tutors aid students in their academic careers and the rest of their lives.”
    Find Loni at https://www.cognitutor.com.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 17 min
    TEST PREP PROFILE: Mike Settele

    TEST PREP PROFILE: Mike Settele

    Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry?
    MEET OUR GUEST
    Meet Mike Settele, the founder of Settele Tutoring, an SAT prep company that specializes in creating user-friendly SAT resources. Mike has published thousands of hours of SAT lessons on his YouTube channel, which are watched every day by students around the world.
    Mike began his SAT career while an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied political science and philosophy. He started as a Writing section tutor for Capital Educators, a test prep company that runs courses in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. After graduating, Mike became a full-time program director for Capital Educators, but he eventually found his true passion helping to create their curriculum for the new SAT in 2016. 
    Once the new test was released, Mike moved to Los Angeles and founded Settele Tutoring, shifting his focus to private tutoring so that he would have time to create new SAT materials. He has since published the “SAT Packets” study guides for both the Reading and Math sections of the exam, with new editions coming soon for the digital SAT. In fact, when he’s not tutoring, Mike can often be found sitting on Santa Monica Beach, writing SAT questions.
    Find Mike at https://setteletutoring.com/ or his YouTube SAT channel.
    ABOUT THIS PODCAST
    Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.
    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
    Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.
     

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

johntheoptimist ,

Great Show!

Mike and Amy are knowledgeable and entertaining hosts and bring on a variety of great guests! A must-listen if you are preparing for college or have a child who is!

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Experts

Amy and Mike are skillful hosts—they ask the right questions to get the best out of their guests. Both the interviewers and interviewees are knowledgeable, so I learn from all of them in every episode.

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Great resource for parents, educators, and tutors

Amy and Mike do a phenomenal job of bringing in experts who can easily distill their messages into memorable chunks. Each podcast feels like a conversation between friends instead of an interview — a true testament to the hosts.

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