Our Story so far

In 2008, Brandon Lee – a National Merit Scholar and triple-major student at Arizona State University – realized he hated working at Wells Fargo. A teacher at heart, he founded Test Prep Coaching, the forerunner of 36 By Design. 

Since then, Brandon has fine-tuned 36 By Design's one-to-one tutoring curriculum, deploying his vast experience and app-development technical skills to optimize your tutoring experience. 

Today, 36 By Design features a fun, close-nit, and absurdly smart staff that is excited to work with you.

So let's get started!

New Technology- launching Fall 2021

We developed an awesome–and exclusive–app that our new students will use for practice. Every question is logged, so we can see real-time graphs tracking pace and be alerted to hard-to-see patterns in missed questions. We can rapidly review tough questions from weeks ago or feed students new, similar questions for targeted practice. It's pretty cool if we do say so ourselves.


More Focus on Mentality

Many students underperform on the ACT/SAT because they suffer from test anxiety, don't know how to study and retain effectively, or, ironically, become overconfident in their skills.


For the first time ever, we are treating the mental aspect of test taking as though it were its own subject on the test. Students will use these mental skills and tactics for college and life.