Combined ACT & SAT Prep
We prepare students to ace both SAT/PSAT/NMSQT®
and ACT. Programs start in July and August before
students begin 10th grade.
Carrollton
1507 W Hebron Pkwy
Carrollton, TX 75010
Frisco
3550 Parkwood Blvd,
#500, Frisco, TX 75034
South Plainfield
50 Cragwood Rd #104
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Online
High-quality education
no matter what the location

Delivery Methods

Virtual live group classes
Virtual live group classes
In-person group classes
In-person group classes
Virtual one-on-one classes
Virtual one-on-one classes
In-person one-on-one classes
In-person one-on-one classes
Virtual self-paced classes
Virtual self-paced classes

Combined ACT & SAT prep

Did you know? Our average score improvement on ACT is +5 and on SAT is + 285
Our interactive prep program will help polish your score until it shines.

Program Highlights

30 Week Instruction
30 Week Instruction
We spend just the right amount of time on just the right subjects to ensure you get your top score.
Methodical Approach
Methodical Approach
Learn in an interactive, engaging group setting that pushes every student to their potential.
Platinum Video Membership
Platinum Video Membership
Access to a comprehensive library of video recordings of every subject area organized by topic.
Student Portal
Student Portal
Available around the clock so you can check-in whenever you’re at your best.
Workshops
Workshops
Join an intense study breakout session on areas of concern or interest to you.
20 Practice Tests
20 Practice Tests
Practice makes perfect and we believe that practice tests will help you relax and focus so you can do your best.
Learning Materials
Learning Materials
You will be able to use our library of video tutorials and explanations, as well as course manuals to enhance your learning.
Quizzes
Quizzes
Sneaky form of learning as they don’t feel like a traditional activity. Help the student practice existing knowledge and stimulate interest in learning new subject matter.

Our numbers speak for themselves.

ACT
99%
students increase their score
+5
average increase
31.4
median score
79%
scored 30 or higher
62%
scored 32 or higher
38%
scored 34 or higher
SAT
99%
students increase their score
+285
average increase
1445
median score
93%
scored 1300 or higher
72%
scored 1400 or higher
39%
scored 1500 or higher

Every Subject is Covered

Our curriculum is designed to take you to your best score on each of the areas of the test.
You will master test-taking skills so that you’re confident on test day.

Time spent on instruction and learning
ACT

English - 21%

Reading - 22%

Math - 25%

Science - 22%

Essay - 10%

SAT

Reading - 28%

Writing and Language - 24%

Math - 38%

Essay - 10%

Why Brilliant Prep?

Results
Results
We closely monitor student test results and feedback to make our programs the best. We know what works and 99 % of our students see an increased score after completing a Brilliant Prep program.
Mentorship
Mentorship
Led by our instructors, our team works to ensure each student is provided the tools and guidance they need to succeed. Everything from group learning to practice tests and solo review are available for you.
Engaging
Engaging
Every lesson is jam packed with information that will help you perform at your best. We love what we do and want you to enjoy this process - it will be fun and won’t feel like additional homework.

Star Students

Pranav M
Plano West High School
These strategies were not something I could have found online, and I attribute my 280 point increase from my Sophomore PSAT to my Junior SAT entirely to Brilliant Prep. I highly recommend this course to any student. It was not just any generic SAT course; it not only boosted my score, but it also boosted my confidence in taking standardized tests.

Got questions? Well, we have the answers!

Because we provide each student with comprehensive and individualized instruction, we prefer to group students of different levels together. Over the years we have found that this reduces the self-consciousness of some students and the arrogance of others while stimulating natural, healthy competition. It also ensures that no assumptions are made about a student’s skill level and that all students can perform at their best of their ability. Moreover, we prefer to set up the teaching atmosphere in the same way as the testing atmosphere, in which students will not be sitting in skill level groups.

We create WhatsApp groups for each class, and both parents and students are welcome to join. We will post important announcements, links to resources, additional tips, and assignments on the group chat, so we highly recommend that you be a part of it. We also communicate individually with parents via email or phone as needed to assure that their student’s best interest is served.

Yes! Students (and adults) get bored if every assignment is a reading exercise, all classes are lectures, and every learning activity is the same. So, we regularly deliver information to our students in a “mix” that includes reading, lectures, discussions, and in-person consultations. We give immediate feedback to students on their performance on writing prompts and tests – this can occur in person or through email, phone calls, or WhatsApp messages.

All four-year universities accept both the SAT and the ACT. They are given a conversion table that allows them to compare applicant scores fairly. Nationwide, all institutions view PSAT National Merit scholar ratings as criteria for college acceptance and scholarship awards. Students cannot receive National Merit rankings without taking the PSAT and SAT. The SAT is unofficially “preferred” at schools in New York, Massachusetts, California, at Ivy Leagues, and at other high-caliber colleges. Meanwhile, the ACT is a required component of some states’ high school transcript records.

In short, we recommend that every student prepare for and take both the SAT/PSAT and the ACT. Here’s why:

  • New Skill Set: By taking ACT and SAT prep courses, students naturally develop a combined skill set that maximizes potential scores on both tests. Studies, including one that followed a group of students through the preparation and 2014 testing process, indicate that of the students who took only the ACT prep course, 35% scored in the top 3%. On the other hand, of the students that took prep courses for both the SAT and ACT, 65% achieved scores in the top 3%. The students who took courses to prepare for both tests were the ones who achieved the highest scores.
  • Scholarship Opportunities: The better test results achieved by taking both ACT and SAT prep courses increase scholarship opportunities (not just National Merit Scholarships!).

We keep our in-person classes at 12-15 students and our online classes at 8-10 students in order to give students the attention you are paying for and to assure them that they each get the opportunity to participate. We care about each student’s results —partly because their results are our reputation, and ultimately because our teaching hearts are rewarded when they succeed.

We use two workbooks—Book A and Book B—for every course. We cover a little material from both books during each class, and we assign some math, reading, and/or writing homework from the books OR a practice essay at the end of each session.* In the following class we review the previous session’s homework assignment before moving on to new material.

* Look below to learn more about our practice essay assignments.

We deliver our courses in two formats: instruction and testing. All instruction is done through live in-class discussions and explanations of questions from our provided workbooks. Testing is done via practice exams extracted from previously administered tests. Below is a brief overview of the three steps which our SAT and ACT prep courses follow:

  • One Diagnostic Test: We use a diagnostic test as a tool to assess the student’s level of knowledge and test-taking abilities before our classes even begin. The diagnostic test score serves as a baseline measurement to analyze student progress through the course. That way, students can see how much they improved in just a matter of weeks!
  • Learning and Instruction: We spend the bulk of our course teaching students material that will be tested on the ACT and SAT, providing them with test-taking strategies, and practicing with sections of real exams. We teach math in every session and rotate all other topics. We also give around one hour worth of homework each week.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice: At the end of the ACT and SAT classes, students take practice tests each week so that they can compare their diagnostic test results to subsequent test scores and monitor their progress. The more times these tests are taken, the more comfortable students become with them and the better scores they achieve.

A lot! Classes are taught in a question and answer format and each student is called upon to participate. We are observant in class and watch as well as listen for indications that a student may be confused about or behind in a topic. In those cases, we initiate discussion and if needed, we offer to schedule a phone call outside of class to make a plan to help the student succeed. We also respond to student emails and text messages within 24 hours. After all, we want all of our students to shine!

Absolutely! We believe that all students should write the optional essay on both the ACT and the SAT. Thus, we teach students the tips and tricks needed to write the best essays possible. We frequently assign essays as homework and ask our students to send them to a renowned essay-grader, who provides students with scores and video feedback on where they can make changes. This way, students can fix their mistakes and track their improvement in their writing skills. As an added bonus, the writing skills that students learn in our classes also benefit them in English classes in school. It’s a win-win!

We highly recommend that students follow our comprehensive study plan, which includes everything from downloading SAT/ACT apps with daily practice questions to reading editorials to improve vocabulary and reading skills. Students will discover that doing these things regularly will benefit them immensely on test day.

01. Enrollment

Enrollments accepted June-August before students begin 10th grade

02. Parent Pre-Consult

After enrollment, the instructor meets with parents and the student before the course begins to explain standard processes and expectations, to answer questions, and to schedule diagnostic tests.

03. Student Diagnostic Tests

Students take a full-length practice ACT (4 hours) and a full length practice SAT (4 more hours). These diagnostic test results are their baseline scores and identify student-specific course content needs.

04-1. Instruction

All students complete standard Brilliant Prep’s ACT and SAT/PSAT/NMSQT® coursework and homework assignments with particular individual emphasis on areas identified in pre-testing, progress reports and periodic evaluation meetings

ACT PREP (18 weeks)

Starting in July/August through end of November, our ACT Prep includes comprehensive instruction and four quizzes. 

A
Session 1-5.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session. Students take quizzes around every 3 weeks.

B
Session 6.

Students take a full-length (3-hour) ACT practice test.

C
Session 7- 11.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session.  or Step A Repeats

D
Session 12.

Students take a full-length (4-hour) ACT practice test.
or Step B Repeats

E
Session 13- 17.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session.
or Step A Repeats

F
Session 18.

Students take a full-length (4-hour) ACT practice test.
or Step B Repeats

Winter Break
Dec 1- Jan 1
04-2. Instruction Resumes

SAT PREP (18 weeks)

Starting in Jan through end of April, our SAT Prep includes comprehensive instruction and four quizzes.

A
Session 1-5.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session. Students take quizzes around every 3 weeks.

B
Session 6.

Students take a full-length (3-hour) SAT practice test.

C
Session 7- 11.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session.
or Step A Repeats

D
Session 12.

Students take a full-length (4-hour) SAT practice test
or Step B Repeats

E
Session 13- 17.

Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor reviews it in the subsequent session.
or Step A Repeats

F
Session 18.

Students take a full-length (3-hour) SAT practice test
or Step B Repeats

Summer Break
May 1-June 15
05. Practice Testing

Mid-June through December

Students meet 1 time per week for 3 hours per meeting to take alternating ACT and SAT practice tests.

A
Practice ACT

Students take a full-length practice ACT (3 hours).

B
Practice SAT

Students take a full-length practice SAT (3 hours) the next meeting that same week.

C
Rotation

Steps A and B rotate until 2nd week of December.

We support students taking tests after December too but our program encourages students to finish the testing by December of their high school junior year.

06. ACT and SAT Tests

Provided for your information, Comprehensive Program students are prepared for the National August-December ACT and SAT Test Schedule.
Other testing date options are scheduled for ACT (www.act.org) and for SAT / PSAT / NMSQT (www.collegeboard.com)

We recommend taking your ACTs and SATs twice for best results.
ACT
A
September
B
October
C
December
SAT
A
August
B
October
C
October – PSAT
D
November
E
December