Our team follows a strict and rigorous process when reviewing different prep courses and products. We will outline the processes that go into making our product recommendations that result in the trustworthy and unbiased reviews our users have come to expect.

We maintain a strict independence between the editorial process in which products are evaluated and the development of financial relationships with our affiliate partners. The relationships we have with our affiliate partners have no influence over the scores and rankings of the products on our site.

We do make money on some, but not all, products that we recommend on our site, if you click a link.

Our Team

We have a dedicated team of staff members that oversee and are responsible for all product reviews. Our staff has decades of experience in the test prep industry. You can learn more about our team on our About Us page.

Our Proprietary Scoring Process

We take pride in providing ratings and rankings you can trust. We have developed a proprietary rating system designed specifically for each category on our site.

Our team starts off the review process by finding all of the providers of a product. The team then digs into those products and begins our in-depth process. We have 5 categories that we provide a score on:

  1. Price
  2. Guarantee
  3. Content
  4. Questions/Exams
  5. Test Specific Criteria

The team gives a score for each provider. Each category is assigned a weight – the category weight may vary from test category to test category. The weight may vary because certain categories may be more important for one test versus a different test.

The test specific criteria also varies from test category to test category as we wanted to have something specific for each test. Every test is different and there are certain features that are more prominent for certain tests – this test specific criteria allows us to give out more accurate ratings.

After all of the 5 categories are scored, a weighted score is assigned to each provider. In order to help users quickly visualize the scores, we also provide a corresponding star score. The star scoring system is as follows:

  • 5 Stars – Score of 90+
  • 4.5 Stars – Score of 80-89
  • 4 Stars – Score of 70-79
  • 3.5 Stars – Score of 60-69
  • 3 Stars – Score of less than 60

We believe our proprietary scoring system offers an accurate representation of the best products and providers on the market. Our weighted scoring system allows for flexibility between categories as there is not a one-size-fits-all method for reviewing products across completely different testing categories.

Why You Can Trust Us

At Test-Guide we take pride in being the largest provider of free practice tests and prep course reviews. Our dedicated team has a combined 50+ years of experience in the test prep industry.

When constructing our reviews, we take our time and ensure that ample time is spent in the research process. We go into these courses ourselves and look around for things that actual users would find useful.

Our Complete Review Process

The following describes our review process:

1. We research the products and providers that people care most about

This is the first step of our review process. We look at the popular products and providers on the market that people are talking about, as well as the lesser-known providers that people may not know about.

After doing some initial research, we narrow down our list. This narrowed down list will be the courses that we take a deep dive into. This is where the majority of our time is spent when constructing our product reviews.

2. We give out a proprietary score based on our findings

We talk about our proprietary scoring process above. In a nutshell, we have 5 different categories that we assign a score. Each category is weighted differently, which allows us to provide a more accurate score as not all tests are the same.

4 of the categories are the same for all product reviews while the 5th category is a “test-specific” category that changes based on the test category we are reviewing.

3. We craft the product review for our users

This is where we begin the editorial process. We have specific team members who spend a lot of time ensuring the content is presented in a way that makes sense to users and helps them make an informed decision.

Our main goal is to help users learn about the different options that are available to them and help them make an informed purchase if they are planning on purchasing something.

4. We Update content and reviews as needed

The test prep industry is an ever-changing industry. Providers are changing their offerings and features all the time. We keep track of these changes and update our rankings and scores to accurately reflect those changes.

If you have any questions about our review process, feel free to contact us.


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