PowerScore was founded in 1997 by renowned test preparation expert Dave Killoran. Based on his extensive experience in the test preparation industry, Dave knew that there was a more effective and less costly way to help students succeed on standardized tests. His efforts resulted in PowerScore—a company that annually helps tens of thousands of students around the world prepare for their LSAT, GMAT, GRE, ACT, and SAT exams.
Because of the exceptional preparation we offer, we have become one of the nation's fastest growing test preparation companies. This growth has not altered the company's original goal—to maintain the highest standards in the test preparation industry and offer the best possible classes for the most reasonable value. Your future is important, and we want to help you succeed.
Our Core Values
What we stand for as a company is embodied in four core values. They form the foundation of our company and drive us daily:
- Deliver the best test preparation imaginable
- Connect with every customer and provide killer service
- Hire the best employees and give them the power to help and to solve problems
- Create a casual work environment that is friendly, fun, and professional
Instead of explaining our values using meaningless marketing-speak, we will let the words of the people who work here tell the story. These are the people who you'll talk to on the phone when you call, who develop our courses, who hire our instructors, and who schedule our classes—they are PowerScore, and we thought you'd like to hear what they have to say about working here.
#1 - Deliver the best test preparation imaginable
The drive of our course developers to produce a quality product only makes my job easier. Discussing something that you know is far superior to what else is out there makes the conversation more focused on information rather than sales. To know we are bringing a better-quality product at a reasonable price to the public is exhilarating. It is thrilling to know that even though I play a very small part in that, I am a part of it! Megan Carroll
I've been with PowerScore for over 10 years, and I hope to be here for another 10. Why stay with the same company for so long? Because we make a difference. It sounds so cliche', but we've received thousands of emails from ex-students thanking us for helping them achieve a high score they didn't think was possible, or to let us know that we helped them get accepted into the school of their dreams. Not everyone can say that about the company they work for. Beverly Bauer
Unlike many of our competitors, we don't just hire our instructors based on a set of minimal guidelines. Everyone knows our instructor score requirement is among the highest in the industry, 170 or higher percentile on a real exam but, just as importantly, our instructors are intensely interviewed and picked for their dynamic teaching styles and enthusiastic personalities. What's the point of having an intellectual superstar as a teacher if they put you to sleep after the first ten minutes? If you are going to be spending hours and hours listening to someone speak, shouldn't it be someone you would actually want to be in a room with? Miranda Rhodes
#2 - Connect with every customer and provide killer service
I am proud to work at PowerScore for a number of reasons. Not only do I take pride in what I do, so do all of my co-workers. It is refreshing to work with a bunch of individuals who, across the board, are friendly, dedicated and so willing to help one another. We're an eclectic group (to say the least!), but the common thread is that we all care about what we do. We all really do put our best efforts into providing personalized customer service and putting out the best test prep products available anywhere! Amy Uecker
Our customers come away feeling like we are here to help them, not just sell something. Obviously our test preparation products and services are intended to help students do well on the tests. But even our customer service style is geared toward helping the customer find the best way to accomplish this, even if that means recommending a $20 book instead of a $2000 tutoring package. Adam Brinker
We value our students as customers, and unlike some other companies, PowerScore focuses on exceptional customer service. Where else can you call an 800 number and speak directly to a live person after only 1 or 2 rings? I know our company is customer-centric because I live it everyday! Wesley Ladomirak
#3 - Hire the best employees and then give them the power to help and solve problems
I know better than any other employee that PowerScore rewards initiative and creativity. While many companies quash an employee's opportunity to contribute outside of their job description, PowerScore actively seeks employees with vision and the drive to achieve that vision. Vicki Wood
PowerScore is very different from other employment I've had. From the very beginning we've always been a company that respects each employee's ideas and contributions. The management style is very lateral and gives everyone pride of ownership in their particular position. Each employee is given a chance to bring something to the table and then take those ideas and make them a reality. People are treated as equals and everyone is invested in the company with their own sweat. Peter deVries
#4 - Create a casual work environment that is friendly, fun, and professional
When people ask where I work and what I do, I always smile a little bit. The short answer? "I'm a publications manager and graphic designer for a company called PowerScore. It's a test preparation company and it's actually pretty awesome. PowerScore is a young, fast, creative, and intellectual environment. It's a great balance of challenging and rewarding projects, heavy responsibility, and creativity all wrapped up into a very comfortable and relaxed office. Plus, the people are practically as nice as Canadians." What do people almost always ask next? "Are they hiring?" Bekki Sarah Cait
When I interview applicants and they ask me what I like about this company, why I work here, I always respond that it's an easy company to be proud of. I tell them that everyone here knows we are the best, and truly believing that about your company means it's easy to make others believe it too. I have yet to not see an applicant's eyes light up at this point; they want to be a part of something like that. Amy Dickerson