Revolution Prep Review

Revolution Prep stands out in the industry by delivering some of the best online course technology and by providing students with solid performance guarantees.

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The Good

Interactive course-delivery technology

While all the major ACT and SAT prep course companies provide solid online course technology, Revolution Prep stands among the best. All Revolution Prep online students are expected to participate in online class meetings using a webcam, which feeds into the participant panel on the on-screen course window. On the other half of the window, a whiteboard tool enables course participants to work collaboratively on example problems and other course topics. Drawing and highlighting tools are available to all participants, which work really well for solving math problems or highlighting reading passages on screen. The Revolution Prep course platform performs exceptionally when it comes to creating a realistic, interactive classroom environment that engages students and promotes effective learning.

Multiple quality guarantees

Revolution Prep’s readiness guarantee grants students the option of retaking a course for free if they don’t feel completely ready to sit for their exam after completing a full course. The company’s instructor guarantee allows students to change their course if they are unhappy with an instructor for any reason. The money-back guarantee grants a full refund if any student fails to improve their SAT score by 10 points or their ACT score by one point after completing a full course. Score improvement is calculated based on results from the first practice exam included in the Revolution Prep curriculum. Note that these guarantees are only enforceable if students attend all online or on-site course meetings, complete all course homework assignments, and finish each of the five practice tests included in the course materials.

Comprehensive one-on-one tutoring options

Online students in a Revolution Prep course share a virtual classroom with only a handful of other students, providing each individual student ample opportunity to interact with the instructor and ask questions. In addition, if a student wants additional one-on-one time with a personal tutor, Revolution Prep offers both online and in-person options. Online tutoring utilizes Revolution Prep’s superb online course technology to produce a real one-on-one tutoring environment. All online students in a standard online Revolution Prep course can opt for four hours of private tutoring for an additional fee. The time can be used over the length of the course whenever a student needs additional help. Students who need more tutoring can easily organize additional hours. The availability of in-person tutoring options depends on the availability of trained tutors in a student’s local area.

The Bad

Fewer on-site courses than other top companies

Revolution Prep offers on-site courses in Illinois, California, and seven Northeastern states. While this is a better selection than some other companies offer, it does not compare to the coverage provided by the leading companies in the industry, including Kaplan and The Princeton Review, which conduct prep courses in 30 and 25 states, respectively. That said, Revolution Prep allows online students to participate in on-site practice exam sessions to complement online courses, although if no on-site courses are available in a student’s area, they can’t participate in these on-site practice exams.

Limited practice questions

Although students do get access to five full practice tests, it’s worth noting that Revolution Prep does not provide a significant database of quiz questions to help students practice test strategies and improve question-answer reaction times. Other ACT and SAT prep course companies maintain quiz databases that number into the thousands of questions, providing students as much opportunity to practice as they want in the lead-up to a test date. Students who rely heavily on drills and quizzes in their learning may want to look for a company that offers better resources in this area.

The Details

Pricing

  • Cost of Additional Tutoring Sessions: $75/hour
  • Price Range: $599 - $1,299+

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 6 - 20
  • Delivery Methods: On-Site, Live Online
  • Hours of Instruction: 30
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 5
  • Quiz Bank Questions: 210

Pricing

ACT

Revolution ACT Small Group Courses

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 30
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

Revolution ACT Group Courses

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 30
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

SAT

Revolution SAT Small Group Courses

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 30
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

Revolution SAT Group Courses

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 30
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

Tutoring

Private Tutoring

  • Price: $1,299
  • Hours of Instruction: Varies
  • Delivery Method: Live Online
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