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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Sep 30, 2022

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


Erin Billy is the founder of Test Magic in San Francisco, California and the test prep forum Urch Forums. Since 1991, he has personally worked with thousands of students to help them get into great universities in the US, from the academic preparation in the early years to the tests and applications required to apply, both to under-graduate and graduate programs.

Erin worked in restaurants in Washington, D.C. during the 1980s and 1990s to support himself through college. He graduated from George Mason University with a degree in English Literature, after which he traveled for four years, spending a few months in Europe and three years in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State University.

After working, and after preparing delicious, nutritious meals for his family, Erin is working on distilling his experiences running a business and helping students apply to college in books and websites

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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.