Brooklyn teen wins award for SAT and ACT prep app

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A teen in Fort Greene won a prestigious prize for an app he developed on his own. A teen in Fort Greene won a prestigious prize for an app he developed on his own.
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A teen in Fort Greene won a prestigious prize for an app he developed on his own.

Akhilesh Khakhar, 17, says a serious concussion helped change his perspective and give him an idea to help students prepare for the future.

The teen developed "Prep Up," an SAT and ACT prep application, winning the Boston Babson Cup for a creative cellphone app.

"In addition to the customizable practice test and the question of the day, students can actually connect with Facebook and connect with their Facebook friends and compete in a head-to-head match in a series of multiple choice questions with their friends and anyone else on the app at the same time," Khakhar says. "It's like gamification of education."

He says he combined how to study effectively and a way to interact with friends while doing something productive. Khakhar says he worked several jobs and took online courses to gain the means to turn his brainstorm into reality.

"He was really dedicated to the concept, he also thought that it was a way for his struggles to help other people," says Khakhar's mother Ami Shah.

The app is available to download for free in the App Store.

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