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Anyone who’s taken an SAT or GRE knows the name Kaplan.

This week, the man behind the testing center, Stanley Kaplan, died from heart failure. He was 90.

Kaplan started his test preparation company in his parent’s Flatbush basement in 1938, which eventually grew to over 100 centers nationally. In 1984, Kaplan sold his business to The Washington Post Co. and dedicated his life to charitable causes.

“If there was one word that would describe Stanley it was teacher,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, who worked for three years for Kaplan in his first job, running the mimeograph machine in his office on Kings Highway for three years. “He loved to teach, whether it was in the classroom, in business, or even just in conversation and he was amazingly good at all three.”

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