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One year ago: Stanley Kaplan

August 23, 2010 |  6:00 am

Kaplan Test takers, unite in saluting Stanley Kaplan. Yes, he's a real person, not just a name on a test-prep school marquee.

Kaplan, who died one year ago at age 90, started a tutoring business at his family's home in Brooklyn in 1938. He helped his first anxious student prepare for what was then called the Scholastic Aptitude test in 1946. By 1984 he led a national chain of more than 100 locations.

Said Kaplan of his efforts to help students raise the test scores that could help them get into the college of their choice: "In America there's nothing wrong with competition. There's nothing wrong with trying to do the best you can. And that's what I try to help students do."

Read more of the Stanley Kaplan obituary that appeared in The Times.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Stanley Kaplan. Credit: Kaplan Inc.