Stanley H. Kaplan Dies at 90

August 25, 2009

Stanley H. Kaplan, who founded his eponymous test-preparation business in 1938, died Sunday at the age of 90. Although Kaplan sold his then-nationwide business to The Washington Post Company in 1984, he served as president until he retired in 1994. A biography posted on the company's Web site notes that Kaplan's interest in testing dates to his rejection from medical schools in an era when Jewish, working class students had a hard time demonstrating their credentials. While Kaplan was a huge fan of the SAT, he fought for years with testing companies, which at the time denied the possibility that test prep improved scores.

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