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Your Test Prep Roadmap
Discover the inside scoop on preparing for the ACT and SAT.
We have tips to help you kick start your prep journey!


01. Intro to Testing: What, When, and Why?

Are you planning to prepare for the ACT or SAT but don’t know where to start? If so, we have the answers! Use our Test Prep Roadmap videos to learn not only why testing is so important, but also when you should take each test. Get started today!

02. Why Testing Matters

Through a holistic admissions process, colleges evaluate students based on everything from their grades to their extracurriculars. However, testing still plays an important role in the admissions process. Watch this video to learn more!

03. A Middle School Start

Calling all 7th and 8th graders! Start preparing for the ACT or SAT today by following our simple tips and tricks. Only 10 minutes of practice a day will give you the kick start you need to succeed!

04. Reading in Middle School: Why it Matters

Calling all students! Reading every day is essential for you to do well on the ACT, SAT, and beyond. Learn why and how to expose yourself to different kinds of literature so that you can set yourself up for success!

05. Middle School Talent Identification Programs

If you’re in middle school and would like to take on a challenge, this video is for you! Take the ACT, SAT, or PSAT early for a chance to qualify for state or national recognition through the Duke TIP or Johns Hopkins CTY programs.

07. Foundations for Freshmen

Calling all 9th graders! Begin your college prep roadmap today by taking rigorous courses and practicing daily for the SAT or ACT. Watch this video to learn more about the ways to start high school strong, the benefits of TAMS, and more!

08. A Plan for 10th Graders

High school sophomores – it’s time to get serious! We believe that beginning, maintaining, and applying test prep throughout the 10th grade is essential for students to maximize their ACT and SAT scores. Learn more by watching this video!

09. Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

Should I take the ACT or the SAT? Our answer – both! Watch this video to learn more about each exam as well as the reasons why prepping for both is in your best interest.

10. National Merit: What, When, and Why?

Maximize your opportunity to become a National Merit scholar by preparing for the PSAT! Learn more about the benefits of taking the PSAT, the difference between being commended and being a finalist, and more!

11. When to Take the ACT & SAT

Although every student has a different schedule, we recommend that students test at the beginning of their junior year of high school. Learn why testing early is important and how it can help you avoid a hassle in the future.

12. The Power of Superscoring

The majority of students go through the entire test preparation and college application processes without learning about superscoring. In this video, we’re going to explore not only what superscoring is, but also how you can use it to your advantage as you make your way through high school.

13. What to Do if You’re Starting Late

It’s never too late to start test prep! Although we recommend that students begin preparation in the tenth grade, everyone is different. Watch this video to learn what a late start means for you.

14. Test Prep Best Practices: Part 1

Whether you’re going to prep for the ACT or SAT online, in a classroom, or with a book, we have some tips to help you make the most of your time. After all, working smart is just as important as working hard!

15. Test Prep Best Practices: Part 2

Part 2 of our list of test prep tactics! From taking timed tests to getting feedback on your progress, there are several things that you can do to become a master test-taker!

16. Brilliant Prep Offerings

Brilliant Prep has numerous offerings, including a college admissions guidance, a Duke TIP course, tutoring, and so much more! Watch this video to gain the inside scoop about our courses so that you can find something that works for you!

17. Reach Out to Us!

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments, contact us! We’re here to help you in any way possible.

Meet Your Instructor:
Rob Schombs

Our video courses are created by an incredible teacher who knows how to connect with his students, one click at a time. Mr. Schombs has not only made videos for each topic of each subject, but he has also provided a comprehensive bundle with practice tests and study guides so that you can feel prepared on test day.

Learn more about Mr. Schombs!

  • He earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University.
  • He began tutoring for the SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing in 2010.