DARIEN, Conn. — A test prep company with an office of Darien recently landed a $250,000 investment from billionaire Mark Cuban on “Shark Tank.”
Shaan Patel, founder of 2400 Expert SAT Prep, said he has seen a “huge spike in sales” after the show aired and said interest in his business is still strong today.
Patel’s company came out of his own studying experiences as a student. Schoolwork didn’t come naturally to him, he said.
“I was a good student, but I wasn’t amazing,” Patel, who is studying for his MBA at Yale, told the Daily Voice. “I had to work very hard for everything.”
When Patel took his first practice SAT, he scored only slightly above average. But after countless hours of studying, Patel scored a perfect 2400.
Patel translated his technique for test prep into materials that he hoped to publish. But when Patel wasn’t able to find a publisher at the time, he begun using them as a basis for the class instead, he said.
His students are taught by instructors who have all scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT. And he has trained each instructor, he said.
Pricing ranges from $599 for a 60-hour online course to $999 for a 60-hour in person class in Darien.
Patel said his classes have been highly effective. During the first course he taught, Patel's students improved an average 376 points out of 2400, which is “extremely unheard of in the industry,” Patel said.
His course enjoys an advantage over other test prep companies: His materials aren’t written by academics with doctorates or subject matter experts, Patel said. Those people tend to have either developed their test-taking skills after taking the SAT or just happen to be naturally good in their subjects, he said.
And the test prep materials he hoped to publish? They have now been picked up by a publisher, he said.
To learn more about 2400 Expert SAT Prep, visit the company’s website here .
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.