Doorway to College


30 Years of Test Prep Experience, Now A Trusted Partner in College Prep

From the beginning, the focus of Doorway to College has been on helping students get ready for the exciting — and often challenging — transition to higher education.

Minimizing Bias through Affordable College Preparation

In the early 1980s, the founder of Doorway to College, Dr. Douglas J. Paul, served as Director of Research for the Riverside Publishing Company (publisher of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development). In 1984, Dr. Paul turned his attention from large-scale state assessments to college-admissions testing.

Working directly with school districts, Dr. Paul explored a model designed to minimize the socio-economic bias inherent in all standardized testing. Applying his extensive experience in educational measurement and the testing industry, Dr. Paul formed ZAPS Learning Company, where he and his staff studied the ACT, PSAT, and SAT, item by item, and developed the ZAPS strategy-intensive curricula. That early effort helped families of all income levels raise their test scores and improve their chances of college admission and scholarships. Most encouraging was that the results of the ZAPS test prep proved to be equivalent to high-priced private tutoring.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Paul and his colleagues have brought high-quality college test prep to hundreds of thousands of students across the nation, teaching them how to maximize their opportunities for success on college admissions tests and improve their college opportunities. Today, as one of the programs of Doorway to College Foundation, ZAPS test preparation continues to evolve as the preferred alternative to expensive for-profit services.

Expanded Services for Increased Success

In addition to the other services listed in our Mission Statement, Doorway to College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, continues to help high-school students achieve their personal-best test scores on high-stakes college-entrance exams. To this end, nearly 25,000 students each year now participate in the ZAPS test-prep program. Doorway to College also offers comprehensive guidance geared toward each aspect of the college admissions process. In the future, we will continue to evolve and develop new services and products to help your student and others make a seamless transition into college or university.

To learn more about Doorway to College Foundation’s college prep services and products, contact our friendly and helpful customer service team at 877-927-8378 or write to We’re happy to help you — wherever your child is on the journey through the college admissions process.

High School Student

I found this seminar very useful! I appreciate the time and enthusiasm that was put into the presentation, and now feel 100 times more confident about testing. Thank you!

Olivia, Westford Academy, MA

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