About the Company

The number of standardized tests taken in the world increases every year – college admissions exams, undergraduate and graduate level exams, professional improvement and government mandated exams. Test taking is simply a part of life. While the test prep industry has devoted a lot of attention to the well-known standardized tests such as the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT, there are numerous high-value but niche tests that go unserved. Enter TestSoup.

TestSoup was created to reinforce the fundamentals that are needed to be successful with any standardized test. By delivering expert educational resources in the form of mobile and web-based test prep materials, we're helping thousands of students around the world become more successful.

TestSoup – The premier provider of innovative online and mobile test prep solutions.

TestSoup is a portfolio company of Wasabi Ventures LLC, a venture capital firm and holding company.

Vision

Our Vision…

To be the premier provider of innovative online and mobile test prep solutions in the eyes of our employees, sponsors, investors, and customers.

Our Mission...

  • Create a customer-focused team environment where employees are respected and innovation is a state of mind.
  • Deliver the highest level of customer service while providing innovative online and mobile test prep solutions to the world.
  • Pursue meaningful opportunities for the right reasons to grow and strengthen the company.
  • Exceed yearly performance goals to create enduring success.

Our Core Principles...

Understand our customers’ needs and satisfy them.

Work as a team. Build lasting customer relationships. Understand user requirements and exceed their expectations.

Hire really smart people and empower them.

Place the right people in the right positions. Develop their talent and skills. Provide opportunities for them to influence outcomes.

Focus on innovative solutions, not archaic problems.

Begin with the end in mind. Involve the right people. Always innovate while working together to achieve desired and unexpected results.

Do what we say we’re going to do.

Set realistic expectations. Communicate clearly. Be accountable for our actions.

Have fun.

Recognize our success, celebrate together, and contribute to a positive work environment.

Play to win.

Put integrity first. Be competitive. Work together as a team to exceed our customers’ and sponsors expectations.

Things we believe

Focus on the user and everything else will follow.

Since the beginning, we’ve focused on providing the best user experience possible. Whether we’re creating new content for the mobile apps or a new tweak to the look of the homepage, we take great care to ensure that all changes will ultimately serve you rather than our own internal goals or bottom line. Our homepage interface is clear and simple and pages load instantly. When we build new tools and applications, we believe they should work so well you don‘t have to consider how they might have been designed differently.

It’s best to do one thing really, really well.

We do test prep. Our goal is to bring innovative online and mobile test prep solutions to the world.

Fast is better than slow and affordable is better than expensive.

We know your time is valuable, so when you’re studying for your test you want to study in an instant – and we are here to please. We also know that test prep can be expensive, so we keep it affordable without sacrificing the quality of our content. We keep speed in mind with each new product we release, whether it’s an online or mobile application, however, we will never sacrifice quality for speed.

The world is mobile and so are we.

The world is increasingly mobile; people want ready-access to test prep solutions wherever they are, whenever they need it. We’re pioneering new technologies that help people all over the globe study for their next big test.

You can make money and still have integrity.

TestSoup is a business. The revenue we generate is derived from our users and our sponsors. Our sponsors receive advertising displayed throughout our site and on our partners’ sites. To ensure that we’re ultimately serving all our users (whether they are sponsors or not), we have a set of guiding principles for our advertising programs and practices:

  • We believe that advertising can be effective without being flashy. We don‘t accept pop-up advertising, which interferes with your ability to study for your big test.
  • Our sponsors are the only ones who can advertise on TestSoup. Our sponsors help keep some of our study systems free for our customers. Our users trust our objectivity and no short-term gain could ever justify breaching that trust.

Great isn’t good enough – so aim higher and push the envelope.

We see being great at something as a starting point, not an endpoint. We set ourselves goals we know we can’t reach yet, because we know that by stretching to meet them we can get further than we expected. Through innovation and iteration, we aim to take things that work well and improve upon them in unexpected ways. If at any time, we haven’t exceeded your expectations, we want to know about it.

Team

Alex Hollis

[CEO]
As a Teach For America alum with experience at a successful, Boston-based e-commerce company, Alex has a strong passion for education reform coupled with a background in business management. Before becoming the CEO at TestSoup, Alex was the EduTech Venture Partner at Wasabi Ventures.

Brian Reese

[Founder and Advisor]
Prior to co-founding TestSoup, Brian worked in numerous capacities for three separate successful start-ups. During this time, he led a 12-person contracting team in the successful obligation of more than $170M annually. He is a former Academic All-Conference hockey player for the Division I Air Force Academy Falcons where he led the team to its first Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in school history (2007). Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Business Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.

Tom "TK" Kuegler

[Advisor]
Since 1994, TK (as he is known to his friends) has been part of the internet landscape. Besides building 4 successful internet software companies, he has advised or been on the board of dozens of others. He is also the author and co-author of three books about internet marketing. Specializing in building scalable and predictable sales models, TK is helping to build that at TestSoup.

Chris Yeh

[Senior Advisor]
Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He has been a founder, founding employee, or seed investor in almost a dozen startups, and advises a wide array of startups ranging from network equipment makers to vertical search engines. He is the VP Enterprise Marketing for PBworks, the world’s leading provider of on-demand wikis and collaboration software. He was on the founding team of pioneering Internet companies such as United Online Services (Nasdaq: UNTD) and Merrill Lynch's Intelligent Technologies Group. Chris is a much-quoted thought leader in the field of interactive marketing; his research and publications have been incorporated into the Harvard Business School curriculum, while his projects have received press coverage in Fortune, SmartMoney, TechCrunch, and the Financial Times. He writes a monthly column on entrepreneurship for SitePoint, and has written over 25 other articles on entrepreneurship, marketing, and sales for publications such as ClickZ. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matthew Sprague

[Marketing coordinator]
Prior to joining TestSoup in 2013, Matt spent the last 10 years in Sports Administration. His experiences range from being a Director of Club Operations to General Manager of Semi-Professional Teams. His marketing knowledge and creativity in program development are a perfect match for helping develop the TestSoup brand. Matt is very active in the community and participates in many different charitable efforts.

Vladimir Labo

[Senior Software Engineer]
Vladimir has more than 4 years of experience in web and mobile development. He is responsible for both frontend UI and backend programming. Vladimir is the lead programmer and developer for TestSoup.

Advisors

James Nysather

James is the CEO and Founder of Global Business Parks, Inc. and is also a faculty member of Northwestern Polytechnic University, where he teaches marketing, organizational behavior, and ESL courses. From 1994 to 2009 he held Business / Corporate Development positions at UTStarcom and BASAY Tech Consulting. From 1989 to 1994 he taught ESL in China and Japan. He has lived in China and Japan for over 9 years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversational in Japanese. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and young son. Jim holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.S. in Marketing & East Asian Studies from St. Cloud State University.

Brian Payne

Brian brings academic experience and government service to the Board. He has taught management courses at the US Air Force Academy, earned a PhD in Finance (University of Nebraska) in 2010, earned a MPP (Harvard University), and earned a BS in Operations Research (Air Force Academy). Brian has also spent over 6 years as a Program Manager in the Air Force, working on aircraft avionics, fixed and mobile radars, and air-to-air missile programs. Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Operations Research (OR) from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. He is a devoted husband and father of three.

Stephen J.K. Walters

Steve is a professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland, where he was Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005. He has taught undergraduate and graduate business students for 28 years, including seminars on urban economics, industrial organization and regulation, and sports economics. He is the author of Enterprise, Government, and the Public (McGraw-Hill, 1993), numerous scholarly articles, and over a hundred general-interest articles in major daily newspapers and magazines. In addition, he has served as a consultant for diverse clients, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and two major league baseball teams.

Jared Greenberg

Jared is a futures trader, investor, and social activist. He is a former management consultant for Fortune 500 companies and is the co-founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. He has been featured on the Tyra Banks Show, Fox News, Denver Post, Marie Claire Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and several other national news show, newspapers, and magazines. Jared has studied at the University of Moscow and is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Michele provides both educational and leadership experience to the board. Michele holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and spent a decade teaching students in grades two through four. During her educational career, she also filled leadership roles during the school's reaccreditation process and served as a member of the student support and diagnostic team. Since then she has been the CEO of Wasabi Media Group, which is an emerging online publishing company.

Eva Holtz

Eva is an education entrepreneur specializing in test preparation. In addition to founding PrepPoint — a tutoring, test prep, and college advising consultancy serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area — she has developed Brightstorm's online SAT prep curriculum and designed educational software for IXL Learning, formerly Quia Corporation. Outside of the corporate world, she has worked as a Harvard Admissions aide and interviewer, tutored and mentored extensively, and presented to audiences on a variety of topics in the realm of education. After receiving perfect scores on the SAT and four SAT Subject tests, Eva went on to earn her B.A. at Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She also holds a certificate in College Admissions Advising from UC Berkeley.

Sponsors

Along with our members, our annual sponsors make it possible for TestSoup to continue to deliver the best possible study system for our Air Force enlisted members. Please click on each sponsor to discover their personal support for our military members.


Sponsorship opportunities.

Investors

To learn more about WasabiVentures and their work building the next round of great technology companies, visit the corporate site. Interested in investing in TestSoup? We should talk.

Careers

TestSoup is looking to contract with freelance content developers to create flashcards and practice questions for a variety of standardized tests.

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FAQ

Why should I study with the TestSoup flashcards and eBooks, especially when there are hundreds of other resources on the market?

Studies show that simulating the experience of test taking with flashcards is one of the best ways to really internalize information. Our flashcard system is a compilation of some of the best resources available. Our team has spent years going through various study materials, interviewing test takers, and developing test strategies to bring you the best of the best. Our focus is to ensure you get the most critical core concepts, test strategies, and test hacks mastered so you are fully prepared on test day.

Our flashcards system is designed to help you learn. You don’t get harder questions until you have answered the easier ones correctly. We also help you practice like you play. Most standardized tests are computer based. Our flashcard system simulates this experience, forcing you to get used to seeing and studying various concepts on a computer or even a mobile device.

You’re busy and studying takes time. We get it. But you may have 15 minutes or a half hour before a meeting or practice. That’s when TestSoup comes in handy. Study on the go and on your terms.

In reference to our eBook study guides, we spend a lot of time performing research and hiring experts to build the best content available. If you purchase on of our study guides, you should feel very confident that you are getting the best content available – and almost always for the best price.

How much do your flashcards and eBooks cost?

Our flashcards and eBooks very rarely cost more than $9.99. Our goal is to get you the best content and the best user experience for the best price. Our thought is this – if we are the best in all of those categories, then we become the leader in providing test prep solutions. That is our goal.

Is TestSoup the only resource I need to ensure a high score on test day?

Is TestSoup the only resource I need to ensure a high score on test day?

Absolutely not! Practice makes perfect. We recommend you review other study materials and various practice problems prior to test day. Our system was created because most people need a solid refresher course that covers fundamental concepts. However, there are numerous other resources we recommend. Visit our blog for additional resources.