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Prepare for success with Prepd

At Prepd, we believe that success isn’t measured in trophies, points, or rankings. We believe that debaters succeed whenever they learn. That’s why we’re building software that helps coaches coach and helps debaters grow.

Ultra fast research

Prepd’s research tools level the playing field. The News Feed immediately auto-files 150,000+ articles from over 50+ different news sources. Beyond auto-filing, Prepd’s Fast Catch Chrome extension allows you to save web articles with a single click. You can also drag and drop PDF files. Save up to 250,000 articles in Prepd.

Auto-filed articles from over 50+ news sources
Save web articles with a single click
Easily upload PDF files

Practice to win

The more you practice, the more you’ll improve. Prepd is packed with useful features that help debaters prepare. In Extemp, hundreds of practice questions are added by students and curated by Prepd’s staff. In Congress, you can easily create evidence blocks from your research and organize speech outlines.

Access hundreds of Extemp practice questions
Source Congress arguments from your reading
Upload speeches and save Round activity

Compete with ease

Prepd makes you more productive. Period. Every little detail is designed to maximize your efficiency in round. Navigating through folders is a breeze. Searching for articles is blazingly fast. In Congress, tools like the parliamentary procedure guide and the precedence tracker will give you an edge. Have an iPad? Download Prepd – Extemp.

Advanced search and filtering
Superior productivity while in a Round
Fast and reliable offline synchronization

Learn while you read

Prepd is much more than a place to store files – it’s an education technology uniquely built for debate nerds. By making it easy to interact with article content, Prepd helps debaters learn while they read. Highlight content. Look up and save definitions of unfamiliar words. Create flashcards. Track reading activity.

Create flashcards from article content
Create vocabulary flashcards
Mark articles as read

For teams and individuals

Prepd works great for teams that want to collaboratively share files as well as individuals who compete independently. Big, small, or on your own – Prepd helps every type of debate program. Every member has access to rich analytic tools that track filing, reading, and competitive activity.

Join a Team and collaborate with others
Create a Prepd One account for independent use
Review research and reading activity

Save and read articles on the go

With Prepd’s mobile app, you can save articles with a single click. Open the app to save articles to Extemp folders and Congress bills. Browse and search through your feed. Read any article on the go. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Over 27,000 students and 800 schools or clubs use Prepd to research, practice, and compete.

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Extemp is the ultimate software for extemporaneous speaking.
Organize your articles into folders and sub-folders, or run advanced search queries. Access hundreds of practice questions. When competing, create a “Round” to prepare productively.

Features

Folders

Easily manager folders and subfolders

Smart Search

Advanced search tools, ultra fast results

Round

Efficiently organize your evidence while prepping

Practice Questions

Hundreds of questions for novice and varsity

Features

Folders

Easily manager folders and subfolders

Smart Search

Advanced search tools, ultra fast results

Round

Efficiently organize your evidence while prepping

Practice Questions

Hundreds of questions for novice and varsity

Learn more

With Congress, you’ll be the most prepared debater in your chamber.
Efficiently manage your bills, research, and speeches. Save “arguments” (or evidence cards) directly from your reading. When competing, easily track precedence and recency.

Features

Arguments

Source evidence cards from your reading

Speeches

Upload pre-written outlines or speeches

Parliamentary Guide

Reference a useful procedure guide

Precedence Tracker

Easily track precedence and recency

Features

Arguments

Source evidence cards from your reading

Speeches

Upload pre-written outlines or speeches

Parliamentary Guide

Reference a useful procedure guide

Precedence Tracker

Easily track precedence and recency

Learn more

General purpose research and education technology.
The Library is a hub that stores all of your research. The Library also helps you learn more while you read. Save interesting article content to your Memory Bank. Save word definitions to your Vocabulary List.

Features

Reading Activity

Short exercises track reading activity

Article Summaries

Auto-generated summaries for every article

Memory Bank

Save and review article content

Vocabulary List

Look up word definitions and create vocabulary flashcards

Features

Reading Activity

Short exercises track reading activity

Article Summaries

Auto-generated summaries for every article

Memory Bank

Save and review article content

Vocabulary

Look up word definitions

Learn more

Manage and monitor individual or team activity with the Classroom. Review filing and reading activity. Change user roles. Download analytics reports.

Features

Analytics Tools

Track individual and team activity

User Roles

Adjust permissions for novice, varsity and captains

Challenges

Create assignments for students to complete

Prepd Settings

Adjust settings for you and your students

Features

Analytics Tools

Track individual and team activity

User Roles

Adjust permissions for novice, varsity and captains

Challenges

Create assignments for students to complete

Prepd Settings

Adjust settings for you and your students

A reliable and high performing application for competing offline.

Features

100% Reliable

Rock solid performance allows you to compete without worry

Ultra Fast

Synchronize in minutes, search in milliseconds

Fully Compliant

Adheres to the offline rules of all major debate leagues

iPad App

Compete with an iPad with the “Prepd – Extemp” app

Features

100% Reliable

Rock solid performance allows you to compete without worry

Ultra Fast

Synchronize in minutes, search in milliseconds

Fully Compliant

Adheres to the offline rules of all major debate leagues

iPad App

Compete with an iPad with the “Prepd – Extemp” app

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Exchange evidence before and after your debate round.
EvidenceX is a free app that’s available to Prepd users and non-users alike. Go online to create a Round. Drag and drop files to exchange evidence with your competitors and judges.

Features

Create a Round

Enter the name of the tournament and round to get started

Join a Round

Enter a natural language code to join an existing round

Exchange Evidence

Drag and drop .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, and .TXT files

See Users

Participants will have an avatar so you can see each other’s files

Features

Create a Round

Enter the name of the tournament and round to get started

Join a Round

Enter a natural language code to join an existing round

Exchange Evidence

Drag and drop .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, and .TXT files

See Users

Participants will have an avatar so you can see each other’s files

Prepd’s apps are built uniquely for debaters and coaches.

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F.A.Q.

Which debate events does Prepd’s software support?


Prepd is a collection of four different applications. Prepd has built dedicated apps for Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp) and Congressional Debate (Congress). We have not built applications that support Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Policy or other styles of debate. That said, many debaters have found that Prepd’s Library application works well for general purpose research. Prepd’s fourth application, the Classroom, supports team and account management.

What is the total number of articles that I can save in Prepd?


Every Premium Team or Premium One account can save up to 250,000 articles. From now until September 2018, your Free Team and Free One accounts will have unlimited access to all of Prepd’s features and will be able to save up to 250,000 articles. In September, your account will be limited to a total of 100 caught articles, for Free Teams and 50 articles, for Free One accounts

Does Prepd auto-file articles? If so, how many articles and sources are auto-filed?


Yes, Prepd’s News Feed is a feature that automatically files articles. You can access the News Feed from the Library, Extemp, and Congress. The News Feed updates every hour with new articles from over 50 different sources. It stores about 100,000 auto-filed articles that have been published within the last three months. You can permanently save News Feed articles to any Prepd app. For a full list of Prepd’s News Feed sources, please read this blog post.

Do I have to save my research into folders?


We’ve learned that some debaters want to organize their research into folders and sub-folders, whereas others don’t care for folders as long as they have great search tools. Fortunately, Prepd supports either research style. If you want to save your articles into folders and sub-folders, you’ll be saving files to the Extemp app. If you don’t plan to use folders, simply save articles to the Library with a single click and then use Smart Search when you’re looking for articles. If you’re not using the folders, you’ll want to compete with the Library app. If you are using folders, compete with Extemp.

Which browsers support Prepd?


Prepd runs exclusively on the Google Chrome browser. Because Fast Catch – a one click solution for saving web articles – and Prepd Offline are both built as Chrome apps, we require every Prepd user to access the software through Google Chrome.

Which computers support Prepd?


Any laptop or desktop computer that can run the Chrome browser will support Prepd. Our debate technology runs on virtually all Windows computers, MacBooks, Chromebooks, or Linux devices.

Does Prepd work offline, without internet access?


Yes, Prepd offers a Chrome extension, Prepd Offline, that allows you to compete without internet access. Install Prepd Offline to your browser by visiting the Chrome web store. Before each tournament, you’ll want to synchronize your files by opening Prepd Offline while you are online. Once you’ve synchronized your files, you can disable the internet, close Prepd Offline, and even turn off your computer. Whenever you reopen Prepd Offline, it will recognize that you are offline and will open the files that were most recently synchronized.

Can I use Prepd on my smartphone or tablet?


If you have an iPad, you can compete with the Prepd – Extemp iPad app. Notably, this application allows you to synchronize your files and compete offline. To catch articles on your iPhone or Android device, be sure to download Prepd’s mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play

How fast is Prepd?


Very, very fast. Prepd’s online, web applications load in seconds. Search results populate in milliseconds. In Prepd Offline, synchronizing 100,000 articles takes two or three minutes, depending on the strength of your internet connection.

Is Prepd built for individual debaters or for debate teams?


Both individual debaters and debate clubs will enjoy using Prepd. For individuals, you may purchase a Premium One membership for as little as $25/year. Those with Premium One accounts have access to all of Prepd’s functionality, but can’t share their research with others. If you are part of a Premium Team, all your research is automatically shared with all your teammates.

Can I try Prepd for free?


Yes, you can create a Free Team account for your school or club. You may also create a Free One account for individual use. In either case, you will have full access to all of Prepd’s online and offline functionality. Although the free memberships do not expire, they do impose strict article limits. Free Team accounts are limited to 100 articles. Free One accounts are limited to 50. If you like Prepd and want to save more articles, you’ll need to upgrade to a Premium membership.From now until September 2018, your Free Team and Free One accounts will have unlimited access to all of Prepd’s features and will be able to save up to 250,000 articles. In September, your account will be limited to a total of 100 caught articles, for Free Teams and 50 articles, for Free One accounts.

How much does a paid membership cost?


Prepd membership costs vary according to the events you or your team competes in (Extemp, Congress, or both) as well as the size of your program. Please scroll down this webpage to visit the Pricing Calculator. Once you’ve calculated your price, you may submit some basic contact information and unlock a 15% discount.

How long does a paid membership last?


Premium Team and Premium One memberships last exactly one calendar year from the date you purchased your membership. For example, if you join Prepd on September 1, 2017, your membership will remain active until September 1, 2018. Once your membership expires, you have the option to renew your membership through the Classroom. Prepd does not automatically renew memberships on your behalf. You must explicitly opt-in for another year.

How can I pay for a Prepd membership?


You may pay with a credit or debit card. If your annual membership costs more than $100, you may also request to pay with a check and specify whether or not you would like to receive an invoice or submit a purchase order. If paying with a check, you’ll have immediate access to Prepd and a thirty day payment window. Prepd will automatically email you an invoice (if paying with a check/PO) or a receipt (if paying with a card) once you complete your purchase.

Who is behind Prepd? Is this a real business?


Prepd LLC is a four year old company that was founded in the spring of 2013. The company is operated by its founder, Ian Panchèvre, a former high school and collegiate debater. Ian graduated from Yale and currently lives in Silicon Valley. The entire Prepd Team consists of seven full-time team members. Prepd’s professional product team builds best-in-class software for the competitive speech and debate community.

Where can I find support resources?


We encourage new Prepd users to watch the tutorial videos for Library, Extemp, Congress, Article View, Fast Catch, and Prepd Offline. If you have specific questions or issues, you may visit the Help Center. Check out Prepd’s blog and Facebook page to stay up to date on all things Prepd. Finally, if you ever want to get in touch, feel free to email hello@prepd.in.

Testimonials

by students

Colin Fogarty

“I got access to Prepd right before my state competition and it was amazing! Even when I had trouble getting my tournament’s docket uploaded to Prepd, the support staff were responsive and extremely helpful. When I was using Prepd in-round, it allowed me to extemp my speeches and refute my opponent’s argument which boosted my score and has helped me become a better debater. It’s precedence feature is also amazing. I know that because Prepd helped me win my state competition I will be using it for as long I debate in high school”

Colin Fogarty
Student
First Colonial HS Legal Studies Academy

Cosette Fronczek

“Out of all the tools that exist for organizing extemp files, Prepd is definitely the best at combining convenience with organization. As a captain for extemp, Classroom is fantastic for monitoring individuals’ activity, and for facilitating some friendly competition in terms of article catching. Personally, Fast Catch is extremely useful for allowing me to download files during any free time I have, even right before prep itself. The practice questions and practice round features are essential for preparing, in that I’m able to brush up on any questions that I’m unfamiliar with. The ability to create folders and subfolders has become indispensable in round for accessing specific topic areas. With the addition of the news feed to fill any gaps in our team’s files, we have the foundation for a smooth and productive prep. As an upcoming junior with experience in several different extemp tools, Prepd is certainly unmatched in quality.”

Cosette Fronczek
Student
Northwest Career and Technical Academy

Micah Cash

“As the manager of my team’s files, it’s data tracking allowed me to easily monitor my teammates’ activity. When building a file, I was never worried about overcrowding or disorganization, a concern that frequently came up before my team used Prepd software. In major tournaments, Prepd’s Article Catcher allowed me to swiftly and easily update my files in between rounds to prepare for the next topic area. Perhaps most importantly, Prepd’s in round search mechanism and “add article to round” features made it simple to sort through massive amounts of information and access the most topical and specific pieces of evidence. Overall, I would recommend Prepd to any competitive Extemper.”

Micah Cash

Micah Cash
National Champion in USX at NSDA Nationals 2016
Tulsa Washington HS

by teachers

Melissa Reynolds

“With a small squad and an even smaller group of extempers, Prepd is invaluable! Even with only about 5-8 extempers working on catching articles, we have extremely thorough files that can be easily accessed by anyone. It is easier to sell new students on extemp as a competitive event once they see how many topics we have already covered and how easy it is to find whatever you need with Prepd’s simple (but awesome) system; Prepd takes the fear out of extemp.”

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Melissa Reynolds
Debate Coach
Bishop Miege

Jay Stubbs

“We are a large squad that uses Prepd for both extemp and Congress. We have found that Prepd is a platform that students learn very quickly. The fast catch feature on Prepd makes it very easy to file articles for both extemp and congress. Students can practice extemp speeches using the generated topics from Prepd. The challenges feature makes it easy for a coach to create specific levels of expected participation and easily evaluate which students have met those participation levels. Challenges can be used to set the minimum number of articles added to the library as well as the minimum number of articles that are marked read. Prepd is a fantastic tool for Congressional Debate preparation. In addition to adding articles to a specific docket of legislation, students can highlight portions of articles and apply them to arguments they are creating. The student can use the arguments created to organize and update speeches they intend to give in Congress sessions. The Precedence Tracker (and Question Tracker) is a fantastic tool students can use in round to become even more involved with their session. One of the best features of Prepd is the offline feature. Articles, arguments and speeches can be saved in a form that can be read offline during tournament rounds. This is much better than transferring articles stored on flashdrives or cloud storage sites that are inaccessible when internet is not allowed to be used. The Prepd team is constantly listening to the input of coaches and students to improve their product. I would highly recommend Prepd for all students.”

Jay Stubbs
Debate Coach
Bellaire Debate

Christopher Wilbur

“Prepd has revolutionized the way that we save articles for extemporaneous speaking. On the coaching end, before Prepd, we would copy and paste articles into a dizzying maze of a Windows-based folder system that only became more confusing over time. I would spend around an hour every Saturday morning before a tournament transferring everything onto flash drives for each student. Now with Prepd, the files are accessible anywhere on all of their computers with virtually no extra work on my part. The weekly reports are also a great accountability tool to gently push students to aid their teammates by uploading more articles. On the student end, Prepd is easy to use, promotes collaboration, and makes my students better at extemporaneous speaking because they can focus more practice and prep time on critical thinking and analysis and less on searching for articles. Our students love to use Prepd, and we will continue to use it in the future.”

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Christopher Wilbur
Coach
Hinsdale Central High School

Responsive Pricing

Prepd’s membership cost varies for teams and individuals. As a result, Prepd is affordable for every debater or program. Use the calculator below to determine your price. It takes one minute!

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New! Free mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Save articles to the library from your phone.

Exciting news! Prepd has released free mobile apps for iPhone and Android.. “Prepd Library” allows you to save articles from your phone to the Library app with only two taps. When you first open the app, be sure to watch the short tutorial to learn how to save web articles on the go.

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