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LAST UPDATED: November 9th, 2022

PrepScholar is one of the most widely searched test preparation companies. They were founded by Allen Cheng and Fred Zhang, both of whom received perfect scores on the SAT in 2013. PrepScholar focuses on helping students ace the SAT. They offer online courses and tutoring for both the ACT and SAT.

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The Good

  • Customized Instruction
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Customer Support

Customized Instruction

At the beginning of each course, students take a diagnostic test to discern their ability level. This unique prep program caters to the needs of each student. Students then receive step-by-step instructions, so they know exactly what to study and can easily review their mistakes. They also receive weekly reports to track their progress. Those needing additional assistance can also add one-on-one tutoring to their course. 

Tutoring services offer two plans: Plan A is focused more heavily on tutor instruction, while Plan B requires more self study. All tutoring services include access to the online program.

Money-Back Guarantee

Both the ACT and SAT courses offer a five-day risk-free trial. Dissatisfied customers can request a refund; it is important to note that any used portion of tutoring packages cannot be refunded. Tutoring services do have a one-hour guarantee. Once a customer has tried tutoring for an hour he or she can cancel and receive a full refund.

In addition, PrepScholar offers a point increase money-back guarantee. They guarantee scores will increase 240+ points (up to 2300+) on the SAT and 4+ points (up to 34+) on the ACT. These guarantees include certain requirements, such as finishing the course and a prior score received before taking the course.

Customer Support

PrepScholar advertises free technical support. Customers can contact a purchase question hotline or email the company. They also offer a helpful FAQs page and have a clear, easy-to-use website. 

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The Bad

  • Only SAT and ACT Preparation Courses
  • High Tutoring Prices
  • Only Online Courses
  • Time In Service

Only SAT Preparation Courses

PrepScholar specialized in SAT and ACT preparation courses. This may be advantageous for customers seeking courses for these test; however, customers seeking courses for other tests will have to research other companies. 

High Tutoring Prices

The price for both online courses is $397. This price is reasonable for the test preparation industry; however, their tutoring services are much more expense than competitors. Tutoring services include the online course and range from $995 to $6,995.

Only Online Courses 

PrepScholar only offers online courses. They do not offer any in-person or online live sessions. Their tutoring services are completed over the Internet through Skype or Google Hangouts. 

Time In Service

PrepScholar is a very new company, one of the newest in the industry. Customers looking for more established companies will want to seek out other options. 

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The Bottom Line

PrepScholar offers customized SAT and ACT preparation courses. These courses are designed to meet the needs of individuals. All courses are performed online and allow flexibility for busy students. We recognize PrepScholar as a good SAT and ACT online prep company. Their price is more affordable than many competitors. 

However, those looking for an inexpensive program should look at other companies. Their tutoring services are also more expensive than competitors, so we recommend seeking other options for tutors. PrepScholar only offers SAT and ACT prep courses so customers looking for other tests will need to seek out other options. 

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Nathan Orr Wexford, PA

We highly recommend the SAT prep material and have used it for multiple students. We also used the college application consulting. The service excelled with regard to essay writing and overall presentation of the student through the application. We were also hoping for similar strong support with regard to college selection and negotiation of financial offers. Ultimately the list of schools applied to came from my family and not recommendations of the service. Advice on financial negotiations was succinct and ultimately not helpful in producing a desired result. Also, when advising my student as to which order to submit applications to target schools, it was overlooked that 2 schools could have been applied to early action (non-restrictive). Instead my student was urged to choose 1. By the time I noticed this myself, it was too late to apply to both early, which would have been preferable.

8 months ago

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Lilli Reno, NV

I liked how personalized the service was to me and my needs. My counselor and I got along great and she was always available to help me with whatever I needed. She was really helpful in brainstorming essay topics and unpacking the different questions.

8 months ago

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Kaylee Gay Columbia, MO

I used PrepScholar for help with analysis for my English essays. I love the in-depth analysis that Prep Scholar had and how easy it was to find examples for different books. I also used to help with my SAT prep and they gave helpful hints to improve my score. I definitely recommend them because they have good answers for various things.

1 year ago