Prep Expert was founded by Dr. Shaan Patel in 2011, who grew up attending an inner-city public school and developed study habits that improved his SAT score from average to perfect. Patel went on to found 2400 Expert to help other students prepare for college entrance exams. While the company was successful, bringing in about $1 million in sales a year, it was Patel’s appearance on Shark Tank in 2016 that rocketed the company into the public eye with Mark Cuban as a partner. One big change that came from its partnership with Cuban was its name change to Prep Expert. 

The company aims to help students change their lives by improving their scores on the SAT, ACT, AP Exams, and GMAT. Additionally, Prep Expert offers one-on-one private tutoring sessions and college admissions consulting. The company offers three-week, six-week, weekend review, and self-paced courses online and six-week in-person courses in Princeton, New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Online classes are taught in a virtual classroom program that is live online. Students view a lesson that is identical to a regular classroom with the teacher front and center. Students can use the chat box to interact with the instructor and other students. In addition, the entire class is recorded for future viewing if students cannot attend a session or need additional review.

SAT and ACT Classes

SAT and ACT classes are offered in three-week, six-week, self-paced, and weekend review formats. Prep Expert’s 6-Week Flagship Course meets for six hours of class twice per week, with a four-hour exam each week for a total of 60 course hours. Its four-hour exams are intended to help students build testing stamina needed for the actual exam. Homework is assigned throughout the course for students to complete between classes. The Prep Expert 6-Week Flagship Course typically starts at $999. 

AP Exams

Prep Expert offers AP exam test review classes taught by perfect-score AP Exam instructors via videos that can be watched at your child's convenience. Classes cover all high-yield AP exam content and are three hours long per exam. 

It offers a full AP Complete Exam Review for students who want to brush up on all AP curriculum, and AP Math, AP Science, and AP History Reviews for students interested in specific course subjects. A complete AP Review costs $199 and a one-day review (AP Math, AP Science, and AP History) costs $99. 

GMAT

Its GMAT Video Course is self-paced and teaches students over 100 strategies developed and taught by MD/MBA student and Prep Expert Founder Dr. Shaan Patel. The course offers 30 hours of video content of Patel teaching hundreds of strategies and practice problems to show students how to ace the GMAT. Students have access to the course for up to one year after purchase. The course costs $499. 

Private Tutoring

For those looking for a one-on-one learning experience, Prep Expert offers private tutoring for over one hundred K-12 academic subjects and tests. Each tutoring session is two hours long and scheduled around a time most convenient for the student. Prep Expert tutors primarily work with students via its online tutoring platform, but can meet students in-person in certain areas of the country based on their geographic location. Students will also be asked to take practice tests on their own at home — which is absolutely essential for large score improvements. Private tutoring sessions start at $29 per hour.

Admissions Counseling

In addition to its typical tutoring and test prep courses, Prep Expert offers admissions counseling for a hefty price tag. Its admissions counselors advise students and their families on how to get admitted to top colleges and win scholarships. In 2018 and 2019, 97 percent of its students were admitted to at least one top-three choice college and won millions of dollars of merit-scholarships. Admissions counseling packages include planning, application strategy, essay edits and review, school selection advising, and more. Admissions counseling packages start at $6,999. 

Prep Expert has dynamic prices and they may rise due to demand and start date. The sooner a student enrolls typically the better price. The company also regularly offers discount codes.

The Good

  • Course Options
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Free Classes
  • High Standards for Instructor Selection

Course Options

Prep Expert offers several course options for SAT and ACT and GMAT preparation. Customers can purchase a self-paced video course, which includes 30 hours of videos, ebooks, and practice exams. The company also offers three-week and six-week online courses where students participate in a scheduled live virtual classroom; these courses also include ebooks and practice exams. In addition, Prep Expert offers in-person courses in several cities across the United States. 

Customers who want a one-on-one experience can sign up for private tutoring. Tutoring sessions are two hours long. These sessions are taught by the same instructors who teach in-person courses. Customers can purchase 4, 8, 16, 24, 36 and 48-hour packages. In addition to ACT and SAT tutoring, students can also receive tutoring for AP exams. 

Money-Back Guarantee

Prep Expert offers a variety of money-back guarantees on the majority of its course offerings. While the industry’s leading competitor also offers a money-back guarantee, it is based only on a student scoring higher than their baseline test score, even if it is one point higher. 

Prep Expert’s six-week live online and in-person SAT courses offer an industry-leading 200 point score improvement guarantee if your starting score is 1250 or less. For those students whose scores are 1260 and above, Prep Expert guarantees an increase up to 1450. For the three-week live online and in-person SAT courses, it offers a 100 point score improvement guarantee if your starting score is 1350 or less. For those students whose scores are 1360 and above, Prep Expert guarantees an increase up to 1450. 

ACT courses offer a similar guarantee. Students who have a 28 or less as their starting score are guaranteed to increase four points and those with starting scores of 29 or above are guaranteed to increase to a 32. Its three-week live online and in-person ACT courses come with a two point score improvement guarantee if your starting score is 30 or less. For those students whose scores are 31 and above, Prep Expert guarantees an increase up to a 32.

Other courses also come with money-back guarantees, including even the self-paced video courses for the SAT, ACT, and GMAT. 

Free Class

Prep Expert gives interested customers access to several free webinars presented by Dr. Shaan Patel and other experts on its site. These classes discuss how to raise scores, receive scholarships, and offer advice for applying to college.

High Standards for Instructor Selection

Prep Expert says it only hires the best instructors who truly care about the success of every student. Not only has every Prep Expert tutor scored in the top 1 percent of the standardized test that they teach, but each has also demonstrated an exceptional ability to convey material in a fun, personalized, and results-driven way.

With the exception of certain TAs, all instructors must verify their 99th percentile score on the SAT, ACT, or GMAT, whichever they are selected to instruct. Prep Expert “auditions” instructors by asking them to teach a lesson, so that it can verify their talent in communicating difficult material. Accolades of its instructor group include having degrees from Harvard, Yale, and MIT, achieving perfect SAT scores, and having advanced graduate degrees (PhDs, MDs, MBAs, etc.).

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The Bad

  • High Prices
  • Limited Availability of On-Site Classes
  • Limited Courses Offered

High Prices

Though Prep Expert guarantees results, its prices are much higher than some competitors:

  • Private tutoring — starting at $699 for 4 hours
  • Self-paced — $699
  • 6-week online — $999
  • 6-week in-person — $1,299
  • Review camp — $499

Limited Availability of On-Site Classes

Prep Expert’s on-site classes are only currently available in two locations. Customers who do not live near these locations must rely on online courses. On-site classes are available in Las Vegas, Nevada and Princeton, New Jersey 

Private tutoring sessions are available online for students who do not live near one of these locations. Many competitors have large networks of in-person course offerings throughout the country.

Limited Courses Offered

Prep Expert only offers courses in ACT, SAT, AP Exams, and GMAT preparation. This specialization may make it desirable for customers seeking courses for these tests; however, customers who are preparing for any other test will have to seek other companies with more course offerings. It does offer a variety of course types, such as live online, in person, tutoring and college admissions consulting.

The Bottom Line

Prep Expert offers a variety of choices for high school students seeking to achieve high scores on the ACT or SAT. It offers an industry standout score guarantee, which should come as a relief to repeat test-takers. Customers have a variety of options to meet their specific learning needs; however, their prices are much higher than some competitors. Customers interested in self-paced courses can find many less expensive options. We recommend looking at other companies before purchasing Prep Expert’s self-paced courses.

That being said, Prep Expert’s private tutoring and in-person sessions may be worth the price to customers who are serious about improving their ACT or SAT score. Before considering in-person classes, make sure they are available in your area. Customers seeking preparation courses for tests other than the SAT, ACT, or GMAT will need to look at other companies. 

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My sister, Janvi took the SAT PrepExpert class over the summer with Clay C. He was a great teacher, and the guarantee itself is the perfect reason why I recommend this PrepExpert. I think in order for students be successful in the class, you need to take it very seriously - that is doing all the work and assignments on time and really paying attention. Only then will you get the 200 points. It's not easy and the work load might be a lot, but this course really prepares you to get the 200 points. Great class and totally recommend.

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PrepExpert is the best of the best. The promise made was definitely worthwhile. I recommend this to everyone who has a strong effort towards SAT. Although there is a load of work, the work really prepares you for the test. I could not be any happier. This class is the absolute best

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My son, Yvan score 1090 at the initial attempt on SAT. I was nervous. A friend recommended Prep expert and Yvan took the online classroom live over the summer. They guaranteed 200 points. Well, my son score 1330 on his next SAT with only 3 mistakes on his Math. I am very impressed. He really like his instructor, Miguel C. He said he makes the subject light and easy to understand. My son is still using the review materials to hopefully get a 1400 score on his next test. Thank you PrepExpert for all your awesomeness!!!

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The best of the best!! Would recommend to everyone who has a strong work ethic! It does take lots of time and effort but the improvement is completely worth it! Shoutout to my instructor Olivia, she made the class 100x more bearable! I recommend prep expert to anyone who is willing to put in the work!

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Before taking the 6-week live course from Prep Expert with Olivia O as my instructor, I could not raise my score for anything. But after taking the course, my scores raised 4 points as the guarantee stated! All of the lessons were very similar to the real ACT tests. Olivia O is a wonderful and thorough instructor. Very nice as well! I would recommend Prep Expert many more times.

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I took Clay C's class. I learned a lot, and I also was entertained. I would highly recommend this class. I loved it. I did very well on the SAT right after taking this class - Abinav

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I really enjoyed prep expert. The classes were fun and interactive, which helped me to increase my score. I only increased 110 points, but prep expert is the reason I increased that much. I recommend prep expert to anyone who struggles with some of the concepts on the SAT.

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Prep expert was a great prep class. My instructor was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. Even though the prep class is extremely tedious, it was well worth my time. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their SAT scores.

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The 6 week prep expert course I took did wonders for me. The strategies helped me take my test-taking skills to the next level. My instructor, Olivia O, was knowledgeable in all the content and skillfully answered my questions. To add to this, increasing my score qualified me for many scholarships at colleges I am looking at attending, which would not have been possible without the course.

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Prepexpert was an amazing program. The instructor answered any and all questions about the practice problems. The class was also very beneficial to me. All the practice tests and homework helps so much even if it is a lot of work in the end it pays off.

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Prep expert is a great way to get your sat scores up. Prep expert has increased my skills to be able to break down questions to get the right answers. I would really really think you should take this course. It is Guaranteed that you will be able to increase your score.

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I would highly recommend Prep Expert’s class! I took the six-week flagship course with Clay C, and it definitely helped improve my score. I was already scoring pretty high coming into the course, but Prep Expert’s strategies helped me score even higher. Clay was incredibly funny, which made class very enjoyable, and it was clear that he really knew what he was talking about in terms of the strategies and how to game the SAT. He was helpful in answering our questions (as were TAs Kevin and Pranav) and motivated us to score high on the SAT. The workload is a significant amount, but I would say that it is needed in order to see actual improvements in your score. It definitely helped that I took the course over the summer! Loved Clay and would recommend his Prep Expert course to anyone looking to improve their SAT score!

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The course was absolutely great and it helped me improve 100 points on my SAT and I was able to get a full refund after the course. The course was interactive and it was fun and it made the SAT easier. Definitely recommend for everyone.

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My experience with prep expert went rather well. The instructor was very helpful and took her time teaching us while making sure to ask us a ton of questions. The guarantee they give is actually something they stand behind and follow through with. I missed the guarantee by 40 points on the actual SAT and was given a full refund. I would recommend it to others based on my experience.

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I took the Prep Expert SAT prep class the summer going into my senior year of high school, and I don't regret it one bit. My teacher was wonderful and even offered contact information if we wanted extra help outside of class. The website and the study materials were easy to access, and the company as a whole was very quick at responding to emails and concerns. There is a 200 point increase guarantee, and a refund is promised if you do not reach that point increase. I did not reach the 200 point increase on the SAT I took upon completing the class, and I emailed customer service at Prep Expert and they were very helpful at explaining the refund process. I did receive a refund for the class without any complications. I highly recommend taking this class due to the amazing staff and study materials!

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My experience with Prep Expert was one of the best I've ever had with a company. To start, their customer service was excellent and their friendly staff was always willing to answer my questions. Furthermore, their SAT preparation material is top-notch and I truly appreciate their study tips and essay corrections. I would recommend this great company to anyone looking for an SAT score improvement, as I truly feel that I have become a better student through this.

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The class was good, I got a 1440. Miguel C is really funny and he explains things really well. The class is a lot of work but it pays off in the end. The class gives problems that are harder than the actual SAT so that when you take the SAT it's way easier.

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My experience with PrepExpert was amazing. The strategies I learned were extremely helpful. When I finished my SAT I felt accomplished. I will never forget the CHUNK approach. I will always be greatful and I’m happy I made the decision to take this Prep course.

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Clay C was my instructor. This was a very good way to prepare for the SAT. Clay was an exceptional teacher for several methods and tricks for succeeding on the SAT. Although you have to get through rigorous assignments, it is worth it in the end when your score gets better. Clay was an awesome teacher due to his ability to teach well and make it enjoyable at the same time. The TA's in the class are awesome at answering questions and providing with useful studying materials. Also, the 200 point guarantee is really helpful if you do not achieve your goal score after the test.

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My experience was fantastic! My instructor was phenomal and the textbooks saved my life! The feedback was super helpful and no one could explain those difficult math questions like they could. Even though I didn’t get the 200 point increase it made me a much better test taker and I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their SAT scores and test taking abilities! I LOVED my experience with Prep Expert!

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I took the SAT class and my score did not meet the garuntee, however my score did increase 60 points along with my essay which increased 10 points.

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The 200 score improvement guarantee is a Marketing Gimmick (read the fine print). Score did not improve from first practice test to last practice test from their own course/curriculum, but they refused to refund the money (because of their terms and conditions). VERY BAD EXPERIENCE. Did NOT expect this from a Shark Tank and Mark Cuban Company.

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Poor communication. I signed up with a specific teacher and it was switched. They failed to reach out and inform me of the change and did not refund even before the second class started. Prep Expert is underdeveloped and unprofessional. If you contact Prep Expert by phone call, you can hear the disorganization in the background. I only gave PrepExpert a try because of overall good reviews on this certain teacher that I was not able to receive. Ultimately, I was better off self-studying. I did attend a few classes since I was not refunded, and I am disappointed at the amount of wasted time in the class session. The class is 3 hours long and twice a week for this certain SAT prep class. Within the 3 hours, 1 hour is a slideshow with vocabulary words and their definitions. Another hour and a half is spent reviewing the easiest questions which the tutor takes a long time to answer. If you are a student, you don't have 3 hours to spare for slow lectures! Prep Expert is truly time wasted.

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Customer Service was the worst I have ever dealt with. I would never deal with this company again, even if they offered the services for free. For a company that is highly publicized, I am very unhappy. Upon asking questions, I feel I was talked down upon, and then when I finally had enough, I was told they would only refund 1/2 of my payment. I definitely would not buy into the hype of this company. It will be a very costly mistake!!!

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Katy

September 22nd, 2017

My daughter spent hours and hours doing the online class and her score went from a 1320-1370. I was denied my refund because she did not complete the essays. We were never interested in the essay portion of the test. The essay does not affect the standardized score! It is a totally separate measurement. This company is a scam. There is always a loophole in the "money back guarantee". DONT TAKE THIS COURSE!!!! IT IS A SCAM!!!!!