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Brilliant Prep began as a spark, a vision to create a test prep program to help more students reach their maximum college entrance potential. Our instructors and development staff are 100% committed to innovations, techniques, and curricula that deliver the highest quality results.

As a test prep company, Brilliant Prep has helped many students prepare for and improve SAT/PSAT and ACT scores. This gives them a distinct advantage in competition for college admissions and financial aid awards. Our classes are rich with techniques and strategies students will use forever.

Based in Lewisville, Texas, Brilliant Prep is committed to helping students reach full scholastic potential. With individualized learning and scholarships, we prepare students to achieve the SAT/PSAT and ACT test scores to realize their college dreams. Unlike cookie-cutter systems, we customize our program for each student's educational goals, grade level and schedule. Students are taught by the most qualified instructors.

Brilliant Prep is committed to helping students reach full scholastic potential. With individualized learning, continuous improvement of techniques and test data, we prepare students to achieve the SAT and ACT test scores to realize their college dreams.


Our Trailblazers

Ratnakar Poduri

Ratnakar Poduri, co-Founder and CEO of, is a teacher, author, and engineer with a mission to help students advance their lives through education. He knows how important solid SAT and ACT performance is to a college career, having aced the tests himself. After earning a Master of Science in Mathematics from Indiana University, he spent 17 years teaching and 17 years in management consulting at Hewlett Packard, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Accenture. Using a comprehensive approach that goes far beyond the basic materials found in typical test prep, he has personally prepared 1100 students to follow his example on their SATs/ACTs.

Rob Schombs

Robert Schombs is the President and Cofounder of Brilliant-Prep. He is a graduate of Cornell University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies. He has been teaching students for almost twenty years and has taught SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing. He tutored for the Princeton Review and designed and taught a writing course at Cornell. He began teaching SAT and ACT classes in 2004, and in 2011 he started Reason Prep, a test prep YouTube channel that has been viewed for almost 10 million minutes

Murli Manickam

Murli Manickam is the Co -Founder Chairman of the Board, and Strategy Advisor for Brilliant-Prep. He has spent 25+ years in executive and management positions for Global 50 firms and startups. He uses his experience as an entrepreneur and startup consultant. His successes earned interest from multiple global technology conferences where he is invited to present white papers. He has spent years as a mentor, teacher and coach for higher education students at places like Blinn College. He has held board and advisory roles at companies like Cliqr (Acquired by Cisco), Innowera, RCI, Pinnacle Seven and others. He has a heart of technology and mind of business, which is reflected in all his ventures. He earned his MS in Computer/Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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