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About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep was created by the Kaplan college community, who has a history of over seventy-five years in education and instruction. Their test preparation platform is a separate entity and has over a dozen categories including those geared towards assistance with GMAT and GRE readiness.

Kaplan is accredited by the ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education agency.

Basics  

Kaplan Test Prep offers different types of preparatory experiences, from self-paced services to actual classroom environments, online courses and tutoring services. They also offer “The Official Test Day Experience,” for students to know exactly what it feels like on the actual day of testing to make the process seem less intimidating. For anyone signing up for a comprehensive course, the opportunity to take a practice test at an actual GMAT or GRE testing facility is included in the price of tuition.

Kaplan also offers a variety of free resources including their blog entries, individual programs at a glance, twenty minute workouts, a question a day, live or on demand practice tests, a sample test and pop quiz.

Kaplan Test Prep Cost, Contact Info & Discounts

When it comes to costs, here are the breakdowns:

GMAT

  • Private Tutoring starts at $2,799.
  • Classroom courses start at $1,449.
  • Live online classes begin at $1,249.
  • Self-paced programs start at $799.

GRE

  • Private Tutoring starts at $2,499.
  • Classroom courses start at $1,299.
  • Live online classes begin at $999.
  • Self-paced programs start at $699.

 

For discounts and special promotions, click here, Kaplan GMAT.

You can reach Kaplan at their toll free number (800) KAP-TEST or by email at customercare@kaplan.com

Reviews Statistic

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220 Ratings
5 Stars 73
4 Stars 109
3 Stars 30
2 Stars 5
1 Stars 3

220 reviews for Kaplan Test Prep Overview

  1. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    I took several practice tests before taking the actual GMAT, and the kaplan prep tests strongly prepared me for the exam. I would try to simulate what the test would be like as much as possible, so I would go to a quiet area (a public library), and I would time myself for each section. The questions on the Kaplan exam were very similar to those on the actual exam and strongly prepared me for the exam.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: University of Richmond/2022
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Take many practice tests before the GMAT and trust yourself. Stay calm and get a good night of sleep before you take the test. When interviewing with faculty members for admission (if your school requires it) dress professionally, speak well, come prepared with questions and be yourself. Sell yourself on the actual application. Do not sell yourself short. Highlight some of your work experiences and emphasize the teams/projects you have led.
  2. 2 out of 5
    Rated 2 out of 5

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    Kaplan was not great. It is catered toward the average applicant, so the prep is not great if you are aiming for the top 3 business schools. It doesn’t really offer you any advanced tips or ways to master the exam format and once you understand the basics of the exam, you are pretty much on your own.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton/2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Invest in your essay. It is one of the few components of the application package that is fully under your control.
  3. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    I think the Kaplan review material is great for preparing for the GMAT. The best part is the almost unlimited amount of resources you get in addition to the faculty classroom setting. The additional resources are helpful for studying and practicing for the GMAT test. The resources also help you practice the test in the same testing environment as the actual environment on Test Day. The downside to the Kaplan Prep course is that they don’t do the best job in the classroom. Definitely more worth it to purchase the resource material without the faculty classroom portion. Save the money on the online resources.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Boston University/2014
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Work hard to create a balanced application; highlighting great things you have done in each part of the application.
  4. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    Study far in advance and attend the online sessions they’re actually very helpful to collaborate with others! I found it helpful to do problems together in class as well as take the practice quizzes and tests. The instructors are very knowledgeable and understanding too!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross / 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: not super detailed and time consuming which was nice but definitely give yourself enough time
  5. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    I thought the Kaplan self paced GMAT prep course was great overall. Tons of practice problems, teaching content, and practice exams. It raised my score by at least 100+ points. I ended up scoring significantly higher on Kaplan practice tests than I did on the actual GMAT but I’m still generally happy with the experience. You also get 3 1-hour sessions with an advisor which is really helpful!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: University of Michigan Ross School of Business / 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Be authentic! And definitely give yourself time to write something thoughtful/meaningful, and then take time to edit. Let your friends and family read your essays and provide feedback.
  6. 3 out of 5
    Rated 3 out of 5

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    Kaplan tests were very different from actual GMAT. They are much harder and do not really give a good practice for GMAT. For e.g., quant was more about skill rather than speed, which exactly the opposite of what GMAT exam is. So it really doesn’t serve the purpose. For English I felt it was close to GMAT and that’s where I feel where this test is useful

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: London Business School/ 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Focus a lot on researching the schools you want to apply to and make sure your application is a targeted application
  7. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    Kaplan was a great online service that made it convenient for me to practice with my schedule. As long as you have discipline, this is a great option. The lessons for the new concepts, especially math, were succinct and helpful. But best of all were all the practice tests.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Olin Business School / 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Decide the target score you want and the higher it is, the early you should start prepping. Do as many full practice tests as possible once you feel comfortable with the concepts. Get creative with where you find the tests online. Also, I found Kaplan practice tests were harder than the real one.
  8. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    The GRE/GMAT test prep offered by Kaplan was extremely helpful to me. Because of financial reasons, I purchased the materials so I could study on my own rather than paying for Online/Live assistance programs. However, even with the materials I bought I was able to access online resources as I needed which included extra tests and problems. So, on top of the six preparation tests included in the book (not counting quizzes), I also had the ability to access additional tests which made it easier for me to see how questions could be asked in various ways.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: San Diego State University/2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: I strongly encourage you to invest in your GRE/GMAT preparation whether it be through Live study or just buying the materials to study yourself. I, personally, bought the materials so I could study myself due to financial reasons but it allowed me to take the GRE and get into SDSU on my first try. This test can set you apart from other students applying to the program who probably have very similar backgrounds and grades as you.
  9. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    Kaplan had really helpful interactive courses online. I started studying for the GRE, because my program accepts both. But I took practice tests on Kaplan’s website for both and discovered the GMAT was a better fit for me.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: University of Illinois Chicago 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Be yourself! I have a BFA in sculpture, and I make documentaries. I didn't think I'd be qualified for business school, but my unique background became an asset. Also do your homework on your schools and programs.
  10. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    I started the Kaplan GMAT Test Prep Course when I was ready to start applying for schools. My learning style requires a little more structure so I opted for the course even though in the past I have used books. The practice tests were most useful, because they really allow you to build up your speed and confidence with concepts in each of the sections. The practice exams may have actually been more challenging than the real exam. Lastly, the essay review and practice was one of the most invaluable. I would recommend the course, especially if you are currently working full-time or have a busy schedule and want to keep a good prep timeline leading up to test day.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: A.B. Freeman School of Business - Tulane University (1st year)
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Always check your eligibility for application fee waivers for each and every school. If you plan on applying to several schools, the fees can really add up. Also, RELAX a little. It is hard not to get overwhelmed, but anyone who has made the commitment to pursue their MBA and further their career is also capable of finding their perfect program and career path. You can do it!

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