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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 and Contact Info

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.

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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5 Stars 55
4 Stars 100
3 Stars 27
2 Stars 4
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189 reviews for Kaplan Test Prep Overview

  1. 5 out of 5
    5 out of 5

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    I used the book with online tests, which worked great for me. I’m a good test taker who needed to familiarize myself with the material, learn how to take an adaptive test and practice as much as possible, and this covered all this very well. i learned some really helpful strategies and the practice questions were good practice. The online practice tests were essential to my success – I needed to practice timing and they were really helpful to get a sense of flow and pace of the test as a whole. If you are able to work independently and don’t need a huge leap in improvement, the book alone will probably work well for you.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Tuck, 2019
  2. 1 out of 5
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    I signed up for the kaplan in person classroom course. I would not recommend this test prep program – the teacher did not connect well with the students and didn’t seem to really care about the student’s MBA journeys. additionally, the range of talent/knowledge in the course was vast; some students didn’t know very basic math concepts and some others were already in 680-ish range and needed more advanced practice. this resulted in the content being taught very slow, which frustrated me, and i only ended up attending half the sessions. stear clear of kaplan classroom course. the online content was also just bad – nowhere near the types of questions on the actual test and the online platform was just so confusing. go with manhattan gmat prep of any kind.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: UCLA Anderson / 2019
  3. 3 out of 5
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    Kaplan’s ONline GMAT test prep was a helpful resource for sure, in large part because it forced me to have some structure in my study plan. The online resources are well thought out, detailed, and clear. One thing that is tough to do via an online study tool is to tailor the lessons to your own personal weaknesses. If you are a first time test taker, the online thing works really well because the course does a great job introducing you to the nuances of the GMAT. If you are already familiar with the GMAT format and other basics, then you are likely looking to target areas for improvement and do a deep dive into those specific topics. While there is the ability to choose when to experience certain content to aid in that targeted study process, I found that at times I could not get the deep study experience i needed to brush up on my weak areas in general.

    In short, I definitely recommend for people new to the GMAT, but if you are retaking, try finding a course that can go deep into where you need the most help.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Think hard about what you really want to do in life, about your strengths and passions, and then craft a plausible story that you can sound passionate about in your application. I think MBA admissions Committees appreciate and recognize when people are being genuine and passionate.
  4. 4 out of 5
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    Good overview in class and was helpful to keep studying on track. Thought the online materials were more helpful because you could pinpoint the developmental areas.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Just keep thinking about your end goals. The suffering of having to study for the GMAT is only temporary.
  5. 5 out of 5
    5 out of 5

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    Kindle textbook was great!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Tuck / 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Understand yourself - take the time to do, you're the only you there is!
  6. 5 out of 5
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    The Kaplan test prep was exactly what I needed. Well, that and time. They provide you with a formula for success as long as you put the time and energy into working through each part of the process. By the end of the program, I felt as if I had a formula and felt comfortable with the process and procedures of the test.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Lally School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: It is key that you take EVERY single practice test. Don't skip a single one.
  7. 4 out of 5
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    Kaplan was a great resource for me to prepare for the GMAT. I was able to learn a lot of great tricks for tackling the test efficiently and effectively.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Yale
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early! Applications take a lot of time and the more thought you put into them, the better!
  8. 4 out of 5
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    The online course for Kaplan was very convenient and fairly affordable. The modules were helpful and videos very clear and well-paced. I didn’t need the instructor help really, so I didn’t use that support service. The practice tests were also very valuable and also on the harder which I found helpful.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Olin / 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Do lots of practice tests for the GMAT starting a few months before your test. Also, highlight something that makes you unique as a candidate. I talked about how I quit my job the year before planning to do MBA and traveled to all 59 National Parks for a year and created a travel blog and brand at switchbackkids.com. That was a central piece of my essay and got a lot of interest in my interview and I think was a very positive distinguisher.
  9. 3 out of 5
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    Online resources and practice tests were great. Instructor was not great.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: University of Washington Foster School of Business
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early! Ask for people you know to read your essays and make sure they reflect you

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