Technapex reported BenchPrep’s fundraising success back in July, and now the $6 million the Chicago-based startup raised seems to be paying off.
The digital learning and test prep platform recently added new publishers and plans to increase the number of courses available to its customers. The new partners include Pearson Education, O’Reilly Media, Inc., Microsoft Press, Archipelago Learning, A.D. Banker & Co. and Allen Resources. BenchPrep currently offers 120 courses which the company plans to increase to 400 by the end of September.
The company initially began with an exclusive focus on standardized test preparation, offering an alternative to companies like Kaplan for students planning to take test such as the MCAT, SAT, or GRE. BenchPrep’s cloud-based service allows users to sync their progress between mobile devices and get help from other users on the community forums. As a selling point, BenchPrep offers the service to customers for significantly lower prices than the competition.
The company will soon offer interactive courses which focus on college-level physics, algebra, chemistry and more. With the interactive elements present in its curriculum, BenchPrep seems to be approaching the same territory as digital textbook services like Kno and Inkling.
BenchPrep’s new partnerships with some of the top names in education technology places the company in a position to impact the test and college prep market just in time for the 2012-2013 school year.
“With these partnerships, we’re able to fill in some gaps in our course portfolio,” co-founder Ashish Rangnekar said. “Now, we’re able to cover all the bases and once a student is on BenchPrep, they have all the courses for their learning needs.”
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