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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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249 Ratings
5 Stars 84
4 Stars 126
3 Stars 31
2 Stars 5
1 Star 3

249 reviews for Kaplan Test Prep Overview

  1. 4 out of 5

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    I think the GMAT test prep is helpful and can be affordable if you are able to find the deal like I did on groupon.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arcadia University / 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice for MBA applications is have multiple people look over it.
  2. 5 out of 5

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    For those who need to take the GMAT I highly recommend using the Kaplan test prep. It has tons of practice questions and also teaches you a variety of tools to tackle the question. The questions will allow to brainstorm and further enhance your test taking skills. I for one like to study at my own time and pace, and this book allows you to just that. I like how the book is formatted and filled with essential tools needed to excel in your GMAT exam. I love studying with this book and to all those searching for the right test prep, you won’t regret going with the Kaplan. Good luck to all!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lynn University/2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Before applying or even considering going for your MBA make sure it’s what you truly want, and ask yourself why you are doing it. I also advice others to start the application process as soon as possible so as not leave anything for last minute!
  3. 5 out of 5

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    The Kaplan GMAT test prep was extremely helpful. I chose the in person course. During the course the instructor would go over tips and strategies to answer the questions on the GMAT. I had access to the online classroom where I could practice questions and then in class ask questions where I needed clarification. The instructor was easily accessible by phone and email just incase I had questions that couldn’t wait till class. Overall the GMAT test prep course by Kaplan was worthwhile.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: American University/2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice for MBA applicants is to find a school that fits you and meets your needs. Find a program that is cost effective and offers flexibility for finishing the MBA. Find an MBA program that allows online course work, winter sessions, summer sessions, and module based course timeline.
  4. 4 out of 5

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    I used the 2018 Kaplan GMAT books. The online practice tests were very helpful. Helped me determine the areas I needed to focus on more. Also, gives you a feel of what to expect and the format of the actual GMAT. However, I also used Manhattan GMAT Prep Books as well. I liked their books more because it breaks down all the different subjects in detail. There was a separate book for each topic.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Dayton/ 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Plan and research! For Gmat study you must implement a plan and stick to it. Schedule the time to study, take the practice tests to find the areas you need improvement in the most. For applications make sure resume and essay are outstanding. Have friends who have already went graduate school proof read your items. Also find teachers or managers who are willing to write you a great letter of recommendation.
  5. 4 out of 5

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    Good book to use to better understand the structure of the GMAT questions. Also provides a vast amount of practice questions to give you a feel for how long each question will take and to get in the correct mindset going into the exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Chicago Booth School of Business / 2021
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Ask for the letters of recommendation early! People are busy in their own lives so it will take them longer than expected to complete.
  6. 5 out of 5

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    I really just needed to practice more verbal section questions because I had just taken the GRE a year prior. Kaplan’s test prep books provided me with more than enough practice questions to prepare me for the test. Having said that, I wish I had spent more time practicing full sections on a computer more closely mimicking the actual test, as time management became a slight issue, particularly with quant.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be true to yourself. Don’t try to present yourself as the candidate that you think MBA programs are looking for. Just try to present the best version of yourself while remaining authentic.
  7. 4 out of 5

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    The ability to go through many practice questions allowed me to feel more comfortable with the testing structure. The questions were clear and concise and made me more prepared.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Western Governors University
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Have a clear outline of things you have accomplished over the years, and how you contributed to the business needs.
  8. 5 out of 5

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    Clear insight to test structure; questions and answer explanations provide thorough understanding of the problems and answers. Some typos in test prep book text.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HPU/2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Effective time management is crucial.
  9. 4 out of 5

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    The book and online resources were very helpful. Understanding how the test works and knowing the typical question formats gives the student a big advantage. The live free tutoring option was also very useful.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Robert Morris University
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Do not underestimate the importance of getting the timing down on this exam. Take as many of the online timed practice exams as you can.
  10. 3 out of 5

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    I felt like the course prep book was very helpful for understanding the format of the exam and preparing myself for the experience of test day. I felt that the written aspects of the exam were best explained, and the guiding questions in the book and online were helpful. However, I feel like this exam book could do a better job refreshing the basic mathematic principles that are the foundation of the more difficult GMAT exam questions. I was immediately lost on all math questions provided by this course book and had to delve into other resources before I could return to the GMAT book. The techniques taught in the math section were not nearly as helpful as the English prep sections.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University / Pending 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: You can always make up for your weaknesses. I am not the strongest at math, but found that performing above and beyond in the GMAT and application essays for english proficiency was enough for me to still shine as a viable student and receive admission to my top colleges.
  11. 4 out of 5

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    I choose the self study course. This course offered online questions along with 4 adaptive tests. The test were very helpful in predicting my GMAT score. They also gave me a piece of mind because I was able to prepare myself for the testing conditions. The online questions had great explanations.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Dillard College of Business Administration
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Give your self enough time to prepare for testing and the application process!
  12. 4 out of 5

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    The Kaplan GMAT test prep course was a great way to cover the basics of the exam and practice some successful test taking approaches for the Writing, Quant, and Verbal sections. I found the Writing and Verbal strategies to be most helpful in raising my score. While the Quant prep was helpful to understand the types of questions that are found on the test, I did not find a material rise in my score against my baseline diagnostic test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would advise that students find additional supplemental prep materials for those that need a more in depth review of the quantitative portion of the test.
  13. 5 out of 5

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    The Kaplan test prep book was very helpful, but the quantitative section can be tricky to wrap your head around.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UW Foster/2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Leave plenty of time for study for the GMAT, and chip away at it a little every day.
  14. 5 out of 5

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    Kaplan provided an excellent source of study for my GMAT. At first I did not realize how intense the inperson classes would be. I studied on my own and listened in class, but did not fully understand all the materials. This was made present in my first scores. I explained my situation to and asked to retake the live courses again. Kaplan allowed me to do this… for free. I understood vastly more the second go around and was recently accepted to Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Pepperdine MBA/2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be specific in your goals and tell your story!
  15. 4 out of 5

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    I used Kaplan’s Live Online Plus test prep program because it offered live classes along with the online prep resources… best of both worlds. I’m glad I had the live classes because the teachers were very helpful, and it also added accountability since I’d chosen the intensive schedule, which condensed the prep period to 3 weeks from 6. Online resources were very useful for drills and practice, but I also hired a tutor to help me with the quant section since that was my real weakness. Also, I paid about 2/3 the currently advertised price on their website for the package… about $1100 rather than $1700. To me, that was a real value. If I’d paid full price, I might have reconsidered the value of this program.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Smeal College of Business, Penn State University/still enrolled
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure you communicate who you are, not only your scores. Schools worth attending want to see what you bring to the table as part of your cohort... not only scores and grades.
  16. 4 out of 5

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    I had a very positive experience with the Kaplan in-person GMAT prep course. The format was very conducive to reviewing quant and verbal concepts I had not visited in years, as well as learning and familiarizing myself with the test format. My instructor was also great about answering individual questions as they pertained to content and the test itself. I increased my score significantly from the start to finish of the course and would highly recommend it to others preparing to take the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Begin studying for the GMAT early and often. I recommend allowing 3 - 6 months for the GMAT prep/test taking itself, and then taking another 3 - 6 separate months to focus on applications. This approach was really helpful to me, and I think I would have compromised both my test performance and the quality of my essays/applications if I had tried to complete both at the same time. Choose carefully when applying to schools. Each application is extensive and expensive. Don't be afraid to wait until round 2 if you are running up against the round 1 deadlines and don't feel confident in your applications.
  17. 4 out of 5

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    I personally felt that the support material from Kaplan was actually quite good, considering it was a self-paced course. The most important thing without a doubt is being able to exercise and do several simulations before the real test, and the support material enables you to do that many times over until you feel comfortable with your results and the way the real test actually works. Of course, doing the tests without knowing what you did wrong doesn’t help, and in that sense, I also felt that most of the questions had clear explanations of the most common pitfalls people tend to get into, and how to avoid them.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't rush - take your time to make sure you can come up with a decent application, and if you can't do it for this year, apply the next. Business schools are not going anywhere but if you don't do your best application, you're also not.
  18. 5 out of 5

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    Excellent experience with Kaplan in-person test prep. Super valuable to sit in class and have an instructor answer your questions. Kaplan also offers excellent online resources and hours of recorded sessions with handy tricks and shortcuts. Highly recommend Kaplan.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross - 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take at least 5 months to study for the GMAT and prepare your application. You’ll regret procrastinating.
  19. 4 out of 5

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    I used the Kaplan live online test prep program. I found it helpful during the weeks in which I had online class, but that only lasts for a portion of the time you’re actually studying, so I got a bit lost on what I should be doing to study. The teachers and content were excellent, however, and instructors were extremely responsive to questions.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan-Ross
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Give yourself more time than you think you'll need. It's a full-time job applying to B-school.
  20. 4 out of 5

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    Kaplan has great practice problems. The amount of tests they gave in the practice section of the book is what really helped me. Doing practice problems over and over again helped me raise my score the most.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My application advice is to be yourself! Focus on writing a great essay and being personable when you go for your interview.
  21. 4 out of 5

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    The test prep was thorough and helpful. Both quantitative and qualitative sections are covered extensively in the prep. You are able to focus in on what areas need improvement and really apply your time to help improve your scores. The feedback and explanations are very helpful. Being able to see where you went wrong on a particular type of problem was key, especially with those same type of problems coming up on the actual test. Another helpful aspect about the prep was learning to budget my time and not simply take the test. The test prep was definitely beneficial, and likely one of the better options available.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Smith / 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take as many practice tests as you can manage. Give yourself a lot of time to prep. You will quickly see which areas you need to improve, and over time will feel more confident to achieve a better score.
  22. 4 out of 5

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    Kaplan offers excellent live streaming of GMAT prep material. However, the one-on-one sessions are over-rated and over-priced. I found that the practice tests were helpful, especially when used in conjunction with Kaplan’s tutoring videos. Ultimately, I would recommend this service to a friend, but only the basic package (no personalized tutoring sessions).

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Jones Graduate School Of Business
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early. Applicants that apply in the third round are at a significant disadvantage for the top programs because the pool is so competitive. Do not underestimate the time it will take to prepare for the GMAT and thoughtfully fill out school applications.
  23. 4 out of 5

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    Loved the online prep materials. Simple to use, expansive list of questions and plenty of practice tests to get comfortable with the format and timing. As expected, the classroom work was limited by the pace of the students who were slowest to understand the materials

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early!! Don't bank on crushing your GMAT on the first try and take time to craft essays that really drive home why you want the school and why they should want you.
  24. 5 out of 5

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    Well structured course work that is relevant and an adequate preparation for the test. The individual lessons and chapters help you to focus on what is important and the strategies needed for testing, as well as the base knowledge expected of test takers. There are a variety of materials from practice tests and flashcards to vocabulary review. I personally benefited so much from this service I used in multiple times to continue to improve my score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross School of Business
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Well structured course work that is relevant and an adequate preparation for the test. The individual lessons and chapters help you to focus on what is important and the strategies needed for testing, as well as the base knowledge expected of test takers. There are a variety of materials from practice tests and flashcards to vocabulary review. I personally benefited so much from this service I used in multiple times to continue to improve my score.
  25. 5 out of 5

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    The Kaplan book helped with understanding what would appear on the GRE exam but most important was the online practice I had access to. The online quiz bank and mock exams were the most important because the best way to learn (for me at least) is to continuously practice on problems than take time to review and learn from what I had done wrong. The practice problems were great because they would tell me the difficulty of the problems and how long it should take me to complete each section of the exam. Another very neat feature of the Kaplan online access was that the program would schedule my studying and set checkpoints for me. I inserted my test date in the beginning and the program would tell me what checkpoints I had to hit in order to be ready for the test date.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Connecticut/2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice to those applying for and MBA program is to first understand what field/what are you looking to gain from the MBA experience. You want to make sure you truly understand what field you want to pursue and then do as much research as possible on the schools that provide those program fields. Another very important aspect of picking the right MBA program is knowing what experiences you want to gain. Many MBA programs provide different interactive experiences for students. Some provide case competitions, some provide a lot of group work, some provide access to leaders in different fields. You want to make sure the program you pick provides you with the exact experiences you are looking to gain.
  26. 4 out of 5

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    Kaplan’s self-paced course is very thorough and let me study around working and my social life. It brought my score up from my starting baseline by 90 points. That opened the door to every school I was interested in. I really like all the CAT’s that are available, however, in a self-paced course, I think the material should be available for a longer time period. Some people are on self-paced because they’re balancing a LOT of other things in their lives, and they shouldn’t be kept to the same timeline as in-person classes.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Strome College of Business (Old Dominion University) / 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Research how a school handles scholarships on the front end, not after you accept.
  27. 5 out of 5

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    Utizilizing the online resources that accompany the book proved to be very beneficial in increasing my scores. The way it walks you through strategies of how to solve problems in more time efficiently was very helpful. Overall, this resource increased my scores significantly and I would recommend it to other hoping to do the same.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Albers/2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take the time to have multiple people read over your personal statement and make sure it is portraying yourself the way you are intending.
  28. 4 out of 5

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    I would love to see more fluid directions (on the study plan have hyperlinks to what “class” is next. More focus on basic math and simpler math tips for easy memorization. Creating a “dump sheet” to get all formulas out on paper at the beginning of the exam would also be helpful.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Utah
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Kaplan has great material, but the self-flow along with the varying timeframes available was too lenient for me. To succeed with this sort of study material, you need to ensure you have a set schedule and set up reminders so you are going back into the material regularly.
  29. 5 out of 5

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    I participated in Kaplan GMAT prep in the spring of 2013 in St. Louis, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. Having a weekly class to keep me focused on the material was great. The greatest asset of the course, though, was definitely the online practice test resources. Not only were the materials for the individual study topics extremely useful in actually learning the necessary tools and strategies to succeed on the GMAT, but having access to full practice GMAT tests proved invaluable. The real GMAT testing environment is unique and stressful, so being able to simulate it on my own was extremely helpful in preparing me not only for the material, but for dealing with the length and physical setup of the exam. I also believe that Kaplan’s material is more difficult than the actual GMAT, which is great because it forces you to almost overprepare to achieve your intended score. I and all of my friends in the Kaplan course scored better on the actual GMAT than we did on Kaplan’s practice tests, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: The best advice I can give to any applicant is to start early, not only in terms of physical applications but also in terms of thinking about what you want to get out of an MBA program. If you wait until the middle of the application window to really begin to consider why an MBA is right for you, you may not be allowing yourself the appropriate amount of time to really think about your situation and future goals, which makes the application process even more difficult and stressful than it already is. If you are considering applying to school at any point in the future, look into the requirements as soon as the thought pops into your head. That way you will be better prepared if/when you do decide to apply, and you'll have a much better grasp on your story when it comes to writing application essays. And, above all, be yourself- do not try to imitate someone else's application or someone else's career path if it is not genuinely what you aspire to do. Think long and hard about your career and convey your goals in your application, not a canned response.
  30. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Richmond/2022
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
  31. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Invest in your essay. It is one of the few components of the application package that is fully under your control.
  32. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Boston University/2014
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Work hard to create a balanced application; highlighting great things you have done in each part of the application.
  33. 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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross / 2020
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: not super detailed and time consuming which was nice but definitely give yourself enough time
  34. 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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross School of Business / 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
  35. 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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: London Business School/ 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Focus a lot on researching the schools you want to apply to and make sure your application is a targeted application
  36. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin Business School / 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
  37. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: San Diego State University/2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
  38. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Illinois Chicago 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
  39. 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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: A.B. Freeman School of Business - Tulane University (1st year)
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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!
  40. 5 out of 5

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    The GMAT test prep gave me enough structure and routine to properly prepare for the exam. Without this course, I would not have known where to start, what to study or where to spend the majority of my time and energy. I liked how the course is designed to give you a feel for actual testing day- this really prepares you not just with the material but mentally as well. I tend to procrastinate when studying so taking a course like this was very beneficial in pacing myself and practicing everything I needed to know. Mostly, you need to just do a lot of practice for the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Bentley University/2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: You will need more hours studying for the exam than you originally assume. Don't procrastinate! Meet with professors and the head of your department at the school you are interested in. Contact admissions and ask a lot of questions so you are prepared.
  41. 5 out of 5

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    I utilized the GMAT Premier Study Program from Kaplan to help my in preparing for the GMAT exam. I graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2009 and had not taken a standardized test in many years. The structured content within the Kaplan program, such as useful practice problems and a logical sequence for the different chapters, enabled me to effectively manage and organize my study plan and it resulted in me achieving a very favorable score on the exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School / 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure to allow sufficient time to study for the GMAT and make sure to sell your accomplishments and achievements in your resume and application (as opposed to your roles and responsibilities).
  42. 5 out of 5

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    This course really helped me by providing fantastic test-taking hints that I probably never would have thought of or realized. The course also provided significant help with my statistics background and clearly explained concepts that I struggled with during my undergraduate years. Going back to school after being in the workforce for several years was a huge step for me, but this course helped make the transition just a little bit smoother by increasing my testing confidence.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Santa Clara University, 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take studying seriously. I know it can be difficult to focus on B-school applications while trying to juggle all of the demands of everyday life, but your application is a direct reflection of who you are as a person and perhaps the only reflection that the admissions office will ever see. The GMAT score will represent a significant part of that application.
  43. 5 out of 5

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    The Kaplan GMAT test prep was perhaps the most important decision I made when finding schools that were the best fit for me. The Kaplan team helped me in preparing for the GMAT and learning my strengths and weaknesses and how to improve upon them. From there, I was able to see which topics I was good at and enjoyed and apply to the school that suited me.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of California San Diego / 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: When applying for your MBA at any graduate school, it is essential that you find the school that best suits your needs. Whether it be location, the areas of focus that school offers, or industries in the city in which the school is located, you must determine which of these factors are most important for you and where you can thrive in the business world.
  44. 5 out of 5

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    This whole company has been extremely helpful. Taking the PCAT and GMAT in the same year was difficult to prepare for. Kaplan made is easy by having study materials for both tests. I can not stress the ease of use and simplification of the material. Managing my time became easy with being allowed to learn at my own pace. I got accepted to both business school and pharmacy school. I have to thank this company and the support and study aids they supplied.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Saint John Fisher / 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be honest and very detailed on all forms. Be yourself in the interview and really talk about something you are passionate about. Being confident is the number one piece of advice I would offer.
  45. 5 out of 5

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    The Kaplan Test Prep was the only thing that saved me from giving up on MBA admissions. I chose the live online course as my method of test prep because it was convenient and seemed to be just as effective as being in a physical classroom. I attempted the GMAT at least 2-3 times prior to successfully getting the score I needed for my school of choice. Although I understood the technical aspect of the test, I failed to realize the strategies necessary to effectively determine what information is needed to solve the problems and utilize my time efficiently. I invested too much time into the details of the questions as opposed to the bigger picture. Kaplan helped me reset my focus and come up with strategies to tackle each and every problem I came across. I owe all of my GMAT success to the wonderful teachers and abundance of online resources provided by Kaplan.

    • 5 out of 5

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      I completed a kaplan test prep course and had a FantasTic experience. The practice tests were challenging and kept me focused on the goal. The exam gave me a higher score than I had received with all previous Practice exams. The structure of the classroom environment assisted me to Jump right into the study mode. The student peers around me who were applying to business school helped with the focus I needed to ace the test. I was very happy with the quality of the teaching, with the materials and curriculum provided by kaplan and with score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Focus focus focus is the key. Sleep alot, study, and keep yourself healthy. Being confident in yourself and staying well fed and well rested helps greatly with the outcome of one's application and test score.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I ordered the gmat premier study program from kaplan when i felt i was finally ready to go back to school. i received a bachelor of arts degree, and knew i would need to devote a lot of time to refreshing my knowledge on math for the quantitative section of the exam. i read the entire exam, then took the practice quizzes repeatedly until i felt confident i understood both the questions and the rationale for the answers. i didn’t get anything for in class or tutoring, but think it would have been beneficial. i really valued kaplan’s textbook and online quizzes, as it made it very easy for me to access the material and use my free time completely for studying. i really credit the study guide and quizzes for preparing me for the exam- it was very intimidating, but felt much better about the questions than i would have otherwise.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Depaul university/in progress
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: MAKE SURE YOU DEVOTE ENOUGH TIME TO STUDYING- THE BETTER YOU DO ON THE EXAM, THE MORE PREpared you'll feel when you start your mba program. the time commitment is serious, and it's better to shift to that state of mind now when still studying for the gmat.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan Prep tests are great for additional practice. I found their verbal section the best and Closest to Official GMAT PRACTICE material.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Missouri- Columbia
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: You might read at various places that GMAT score doesn't matter but it does. It is one of the biggest criteria to decide your admission and especially scholarship.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Great in class learning and official test day experience to prepare me for the GMAT.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: BE HONEST AND GET TO KNOW THE UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS TEAM PRIOR TO APPLYING
    • 5 out of 5

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      the review material was well organized and provided right directions as to what to expected from gmac. i highly recommend the study material to anyone who is interested.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: university of toronto
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Just prepare well and write your essay
    • 5 out of 5

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      I took a kaplan test prep course and had a great experience. the practice tests were challenging and kept me focused. the actual exam gave me a higher score than i had attained with the practice tests. the structure of the classroom environment was helpful to get back into the mode of studying and test taking. it was also useful to have peers around me who were applying to business school. i was very happy with the quality of the teaching, with the materials and curriculum provided by kaplan and with my test score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia /2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: START EARLY AND GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO FOCUS ON EACH SCHOOL'S APPLICATION. THE NUANCES ARE IMPORTANT AND THE MORE TIME YOU SPEND RESEARCHING THE SCHOOL DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS THE BETTER EQUIPPED YOU WILL BE TO MAKE DECISION ABOUT WHICH SCHOOL TO ATTEND.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Fantastic Test Prep, But You Really Must Self-motivate To Get The Most Of It. I Worked Through The Entire Book Over The Course Of 2-3 Months And Took All Of The Practice Tests Over At Least 6 Weekends. It Had Lots Of Good Tips And Shortcuts And Strategies For Approaching Every Type Of Test Question. But Again, If You’re The Type OR Person Who Won’t Study Regularly, Then Perhaps You Should Pay More For A Class That Requires You To Show Up.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Haas / 2017
    • 3 out of 5

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      ThIs prep course is good to get people familiarized with the test. However, if you’re aiming for a high score i.e., above 700, then the test js not as good as others in yerms of pushing you up.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/2018
    • 5 out of 5

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      I took Kaplan GMAT Prep class twice, because first time I failed to get the desired score. I wouldn’t say it was their fault that I didn’t get a score I wanted; I think I needed more practice. However as promised Kaplan allowed me to take the course for the second time (they offer unlimited retakes if I remember correctly). On my opinion both instructors were very well qualified to teach GMAT. Although they both had different teaching styles I found it rather beneficial because I was able to learn more tricks. Overall the quality of both courses were excellent I don’t think I needed anything else to succeed in getting the desired score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Unc Kenan-flagler business school/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I don't think it would be a good idea to take a gmat test without getting an external help to prepare for this test.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I used a Kaplan Test Prep Book after a pretty disappointing 1st attempt. Improved my score significantly! book was very easy to use.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan - Ross/2019
    • 4 out of 5

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      It was great! I enjoyed it a lot, and they really helped some things make sense. I took a couple free Kaplan workshops during my undergraduate years, so i knew that i could trustKkaplan to help me do my best going into this next chapter of my education.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Walsh College
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Definitely be yourself! don't try to pressure yourself into being more interesting just to impress the admissions board. wow them with your natural charm! you've got this!
    • 3 out of 5

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      Everything about the experience was as good as I would expect. I’m not a great test taker, I believe this helped. I did not do as well as I hoped, but I didn’t begin preparing as early as I should have, especially for the math.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of oregon/2019
    • 5 out of 5

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      Deciding to go back to school one of the most daunting challenges was where to begin and how to study for the GMAT. Being out of school for 6 years I decided that it would be advantageous to enroll in a prep course. After researching the different options I decided to go with Kaplan and it was the best decision I could have made. I enrolled in the live classroom setting, but due to the lack of enrollees for the location it got changed to the live online version. I was skeptical at first, but by the end of the first session I was so glad that the format was switched. My instructor was phenomenal at not only teaching the content in a way that built confidence for taking the exam, but was also very engaging with the participants. Plus it was all in the comfort of my own home. The most helpful part was that they taught you how to think when taking the exam rather than just drilling what will be tested. Beyond the weekly class sessions there are so many resources to utilize from the study plan designed for you to the question of the day you can have emailed to you. Also, outside of the weekly sessions both the instructors were very quick to answer any questions that I had while studying. I typically would receive a detailed response within 12 hours of emailing them. I have highly recommended this test prep to coworkers who are studying for their GMAT exam.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Penn state university exp. 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Read your application thoroughly, make sure you have all required materials and have answered the question they are asking. when writing essays think about your audience and put yourself in their shoes, what type of essay would you want to read if you had to read hundreds of applications?
    • 4 out of 5

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      GMAT test prep – highly recommend mapping out a calendar and adding in extra month after the prep course is complete to review and take sample tests. Kaplan course was very good, included a number of great sample exams and even offers and in person experience! HighlY recommend!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rutgers Newark 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Before you realize it, there will be a ton of little things that is necessary for your MBA application. It is ideal to read the entire application and write down what you need and start asking for recommendations, requesting transcripts as you study for gmat. ideally you want to get your gmat scores first but sometimes it does not work that way. ultimate procrastinators like myself did it all at the same time. plan out each eassy and budget ample time for revisions and peer review! Good luck!
    • 5 out of 5

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      it incredibly helped me prepare for the gmat exam, specially for the quantitative section, with very useful tips and reviewing the basics and fundamentals. score was above 700

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia business school/2019
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck, 2019
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2019
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Just keep thinking about your end goals. The suffering of having to study for the GMAT is only temporary.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kindle textbook was great!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck / 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Understand yourself - take the time to do, you're the only you there is!
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lally School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: It is key that you take EVERY single practice test. Don't skip a single one.
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early! Applications take a lot of time and the more thought you put into them, the better!
    • 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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: 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.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Online resources and practice tests were great. Instructor was not great.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Washington Foster School of Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early! Ask for people you know to read your essays and make sure they reflect you
    • 4 out of 5

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      Rented from the library the Kaplan Self-Pacing Books and web access. If you are self-motivating, this is a sufficient and affordable option to studying for the GMAT. My scores increased over 200 points from my practice exam score. The course comes with 5 practice exams that can be taken on the computer or on paper; the online route delivers you useful analytics to help guide you with your studying to target your weak points.

      Pro tip: You can rent from the library the courses from 2013-2016 to access more practice exams. Each book contains five exams, I think?

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Fisher College of Business/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Plan ahead. Studying for the GMAT + application took me over 4 months from start to finish. I adopted the 100 hour rule of studying, and it paid off. Good luck!
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan GMAT prep was well-formatted and effective. I purchased the book, which I read in full, and also used the digital suite that came along with it, which was very helpful. I took every practice test available and was able to take advantage of a couple extra that Kaplan held at specific times since I had bought the book.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: If you don't get a 700 or above on the GMAT, I'd suggest taking it again. Many people will not say this outright, but being a 700 or higher is definitely a threshold that both schools and employers look for.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the Kaplan book and paid for the self study course which was a bit expensive. But they did offer essay feedback which was nice. I would say overall topic coverage is thorough but the videos were a bit too quick and short to be helpful.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: New york university / 2008
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start preparing early. Especially the the quant since that will be the most challenging part in my opinion. This is not something that can be crammed, only more practice.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Plenty of practice tests and the right size of digestible information for a one month cram session.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be authentic and give yourself plenty of time.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan offered a wide range of options, from simply purchasing a review book, to online courses and one-on-one tutoring. I appreciated the flexibility to decide what I needed and what worked with my schedule. I found the review book with online practice problems and tests to be highly effective and time-efficient for my study plan.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Give yourself plenty of time to study (and potentially to retake the test) for the GMAT. Then for the actual applications, do your research on the school to make sure you are committed to applying. Once you decide that, it will be easier to put in the time/effort needed to make a good application. If possible, start early enough that you have time to iterate on your essays (don't look at what you've written for a few days and then come back to check / edit / redraft). Finally, get as much feedback as you can from people you trust.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan was awesome! I definitely recommend it!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early! Don't wait until the week before the applications are due!
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan provides a reasonable number of tests for students to get acclimatised to the GMAT test taking format. The tests are reasonably comparable to the actual GMAT exam and are a good form of practice for students once they have studied and before they head into the exam. The scoring system is a good representation of the conversion applied by GMAT and the results are comprehensive. The final result and feedback gives a thorough breakdown for each section of the exam along with the right answers for all the questions. This helps students in identifying their areas of strengths and weaknesses and channelling their efforts appropriately.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Leonard N Stern School of Business, NYU
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I recommend that students take 1-2 Kaplan tests in the early stages of their GMAT preparation to get a basic indication of the exam and then focus on taking the remaining tests closer to the actual GMAT in order to gain the experience and momentum.
    • 3 out of 5

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      This course would be a good review for someone in the 500-600 range looking to improve their GMAT score. Frankly, I found the classes somewhat remedial and benefited much more from individual study. Something to keep in mind as you consider the price tag.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and set weekly goals!
    • 3 out of 5

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      This course would be a good overview for someone who is in the 500-600 range and looking to improve their GMAT scores. Frankly, I found the classes a little remedial and I benefited more from studying on my own.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start studying and start your essays as early as you can! Both will take longer than you think!
    • 4 out of 5

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      I didn’t take the course, just used the book, but I found it very helpful. It’s easy to pace yourself through the material and there are plenty of practice problems, which I found to be a better way to prepare than reading tons of strategies. I also really liked the access to full length practice tests, which helped me get a feel for pacing. I liked taking one full length test before doing any prep so that I had an idea of where my base was and how much work I needed to put in. I’d recommend the book to people who want to be familiarized with the test but don’t need a ton of hand holding. If you need to improve your scores a ton, you’re going to want the full course over just a book.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and talk to current students as much as possible before you submit. Those conversations will allow you to get a solid understanding of the culture that make writing the "Why X School" portion of the application much easier.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the book only but it was super helpful

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: To study all sections you don't score well on in the practice test
    • 5 out of 5

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      the GMAT 800 book by Kaplan is very effective practice for someone who is trying to score in the 700+ Range. The book offers a sampling of all the high-difficulty questions, which is where a student needs to excel if they want a high score.

      If a student is focusing on a 600-700 score, their time is better spent using one of the general test-prep books.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early, and reach out to as many people as possible to identify which school you wish to attend.Also, help yourself out by scoring strongly on the GMAT.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Highly recommend the Kaplan Premier. By following the book, online material, and free test prep, I increased my GMAT score by 10 percentile.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB '18
    • 3 out of 5

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      I used the official guide and Kaplan test prep. The version I used was a few years ago so might not be quite updated so i find official guide can better reflect the real exam. I also watched the Kaplan tutorial videos which explained the techniques. Those techniques would be more useful to those have English as 1st language. In general, Kaplan is a good prep exercise and there’s no shortcut to high scores without a huge amount of practice tests.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC Marshall/ 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: GMAT score is directly linked to the practice one does. So my honest advice is to do as many tests as possible until you develop a natural reflection when facing new questions.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the Kaplan book and online materials to prepare for the GMAT and found them all very helpful. My pre-test GMAT grade was a 570 and I got a 710 on the actual GMAT, and all I used was Kaplan and the online tests from the actual GMAT site. I did study for close to 6 months in total though, so I did put in a lot of work. But it is very possible to dramatically improve your score through Kaplan and a good amount of studying. Kaplan breaks down what specific areas you need to work on, which I found to be very beneficial.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC Marshall/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early. Have only a couple people review your essays, but make sure they are very intelligent and strong writers. I did dozens of iterations of my essays before turning them in, so I recommend doing the same.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I did the private tutor which was a HUGE plus. It is pricier but you get your money’s worth for the personalized serviced tailored to your learning style. It also allows you to focus more on areas needing attention.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC Marshall School of Business/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure you allow plenty of time to study for the GMAT (we're talking months). Also, make sure you have someone else read over your essays to make sure they are quality.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Used Kaplan’s online course offerings combined with book to help prepare for GMAT. Found the tests to be most close to the actual GMAT themselves in difficulty and in layout/design. I’d say if you are looking to be overprepared some of the other companies are better, but if you just need a way to get comfortable with the format and material this a much more cost effective way than Manhattan…

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself!
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan’s Verbal Workbook, Math Workbook, and GMAT Premier 2016. The practice tests that come with the GMAT Premier 2016 are invaluable and can give you a good idea of how you will score on test day, provided you take the practice test under the same conditions as the real test (timed section, don’t skip the writing section in your practice. The workbooks are good. I used them and got a 680. A friend of mine used them and got a 750. Words of advice:
      – Take the GMAT on a Monday morning, not a Saturday morning. Why? On Saturday morning you may still be tired from the workweek. On Monday morning you are coming off of a weekend of rest and this will help you on test day.
      – When working through practice problems, do not assume you understand a problem unless you can explain why each answer is right or wrong. This works best for problems where each answer represents a concept. It doesn’t work well for math problems where the answers are all plain numbers.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Uc Davis/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Ask a friend to read over your resume and letters of interest before you submit them with your application.Your GMAT score is a significant part of your application, but it is still only part of your application. A high GMAT score can make up for weaker areas of your application, such as lack of career/leadership experience or a weak admissions interview. If you have a low GMAT score, you can make up for it with career/leadership experience or a stellar admissions interview. The higher ranked your b-school of choice is, the more excellence you need spread throughout these three areas.Practice your answers to the typical interview questions, ideally with a friend interviewing you. Typical questions include: Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your greatest strength and greatest weakness. Tell me about your career path so far. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?. Why did you choose this business school in particular?
    • 4 out of 5

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      GMAT test prep helped a lot and helped me achieve better than my target score. Kaplan has helped in years past and is a must go-to for most types of test preparation.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Wisconsin Madison
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: the GMAT is a big part of any application process, but also make sure to have a sincere essay and conviction in why you want to go to X school.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan materials were very helpful with all the questions that they offered for practice. All the practice tests online were great as I believe practicing taking the test is the most useful prep there is.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take practice tests and go into the GMAT the first time planning on taking a second time. That will ease nerves and if you don't end up having to take it a second time, then great!
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan GMAT book and online resources are really helpful to get a high score. Those materials provide a lot of details and strategies. Most of all, several pratice tests enable me to get more confident for GMAT test.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale school of Management / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: practice, practice, and practice
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s gmat prep program was very flexible and allowed me to study at my own pace. Because I wasw working full time during this time, the flexibility was very helpful. Furthermore, the Kaplan program provided many valuable strategies for problem solving and time efficiency when completing the exam. If I had to do it again, I would choose Kaplan for my gmat preparations.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Illinois / May 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply using core strengths and competencies
    • 4 out of 5

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      It was very helpful. I would not have done as well on the GMAT without Kaplan Test Prep. They were the most straight-forward, easy to understand test prep guide that I found. I have since shared the prep with numerous friends and family looking to take the GMAT.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Maryland/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself. Understand what you are looking for from a MBA program as well as a University. Look for those things. You will be authentic and that will take you far in the application process.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan had the best test review I could find – they had comprehensive materials that covered all areas of the test, gave tips on how to best approach the questions and not just how to solve the problems.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU WP Carey/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure to spend good time on your applications to avoid any careless errors.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Well designed for self study, lots of good tips

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Judge Business School
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start preparing early
    • 5 out of 5

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      Fantastic test series. The level of testing made the actual GMAT seem pretty easy.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johnson Graduate School of Management/ 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Focus on building a well rounded profile
    • 3 out of 5

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      Kaplan test prep served as a lowest common denominator type teaching, with the classroom really targeting mid-600s. As someone seeking to do better, i did not find that the teachers were encouraging to a high level score, and at times seemed surprised. That being said, their tips, tricks, and teaching methods were solid, and i did get a fair amount out of the course.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure school culture matches what you are looking for and that recruiting is in line with what you are targeting. Top rankings are not necessarily a great guide to recruiting success.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Very helpful, but I did feel that the practice tests became too easy once you had mastered the Kaplan method. I would suggest suplimenting the Kaplan course with other practice tests.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Shoot for the stars, you might just end up at your dream school.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan prep book and online resources were very relevant and provided a good overview of test format and successful test taking strategies.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: U of M Ross / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Study
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan GMAT comprehensive is one of the most cost and time efficient studying solutions. It has a book that shows you all the tricks in detail and then 6 full length practice exams with explanations. I think it was harder than the actual GMAT and really helped me feel confident for the test.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan Ross 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself! Let your personality shine and don't try to say what you think admissions wants to hear.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Would recommend Kaplan’s course. The in class resources were pretty solid but the real value was the online resources.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start earlier than you think and spend time up front developing a plan and speaking to people that went through the process
    • 3 out of 5

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      The review felt very basic, the strategy didn’t have enough benefit to utilize during the test

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan/ 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Study the official GMAT questions, and order additional GMAT questions.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Kaplan review was certainly very comprehensive, especially with the flashcards of vocabulary, however, I found that the actual test to be harder than all of the practice tests in Kaplan.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Try to do tests from a variety of test prep companies.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan was the obvious choice given their many locations and resources. The tools they provided were very helpful in building an understanding of what it entails to do well on the exam. They have a fairly foolproof methodology and detailed schedules to follow to help you prepare. Further, the number of practice questions provided is really critical. Ultimately, practicing is key to doing well. The more question structures I became familiar with, the better I was able to perform under pressure, be it in full length practice exams or the actual test. I did the online version or Kaplan so it definitely required some self motivation but it was nice to know that they had physical locations to go to just in case.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan - Ross School of Business - 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Set a schedule and stick with it!
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan was fairly key to me improving my quantitative scoring on the GMAT, by really unlocking some important secrets about the data sufficiency questions which had weighed down my score. I went from a 640 before the class to a 700, with almost all of the improvement coming in the quantitative session. Kaplan had a location in Ann Arbor very convenient for me to attend and had an instructor very well informed about the test. The only negative thing I would have to say is I wish I could have only paid for the quantitative portion, as the verbal I was fine on before the test and Kaplan did little to really improve my score there.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan Ross School of Business, 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Look at schools that have interaction with the rest of campus.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan was the most popular and obvious choice at the time, and I really liked the fact that I could study at my own pace and if necessary, spend more time on the subjects I struggled with most.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stephen M. Ross School of Business/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Practice, practice, practice!
    • 1 out of 5

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      My biggest regret thus far was probably spending thousands of dollars on Kaplan test prep. I made the mistake of doing so for the LSAT and actually ending up doing worse on the actual test than I did on my cold test before any prep. Save your time and money. I learned my lesson and took the GMAT cold without any prior prep and rocked it. You can and should do the same.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early and have a well thought-out answer for why an MBA will help you achieve your career goals.
    • 5 out of 5

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      This really helped when I was deciding which school I wanted to attend. I needed certain GMAT scores to get into the school I wanted and Kaplan Test Prep helped tremendously with that.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Midland University/ 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't stress too much about the whole process. Just take one day at a time. Figure out which school you want to go to first then the rest will fall into place.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The review helped me have a better understand of what to expect on the GMAT. Not only were the questions challenging, they made work on how to properly pace myself so I would be properly prepared for the real exam. I have taken other GMAT prep courses in the past and they often left much to be desired. I felt confident going into the exam and I credit Kaplan. Though the GMAT can be challenging (as it should be!) I felt it comfortable with my overall score. This allowed me to get into the graduate school of my choosing and will help advance my career down the road.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wilmington University
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Truly spend a lot of time researching the school of your choosing. Understand the program and structure and consider how it will change your daily life.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The practice problems and tests provided by Kaplan were really helpful. When i studied for the GMAT test, these practice tests helped me to get familiarized with the questions I encountered in the exam itself. Specialy in the numbers área, I suppose I normally take some time in solving mathemarical problmems when I am not provided with a calculator. In this regard, the specific layout of problems provided by the practice test really helped. The GMAT test can be really challenging if you are not well prepared, I can confidentally say that Kaplan had a big part in helping me achieve this goal. In addition, the online tutorials are extensive, rich and variated. I can honestly say Kaplan prepared me well for this test.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: TRY NOT TO GET NERVOUS, PACE YOURSELF.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan did a great job of prepping me for the GMAT. I used some of their online materials as well as purchased a book from them. It was very helpful and I recommend it to everyone.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Syracuse University
    • 4 out of 5

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      I have used the at home test preparation material with great success. I feel the material was easy to read and helped me to have a great understanding of the material. I was initially intimidated based on the difficulty of the examination and size of the book, but the material is straight forward and helped prepare me for the examination. Not only were there tips for success with the examination that I feel are critical to success. The practice test questions were difficult and I truly believe were excellent in helping prepare me for the examination.The test preparation material helped me to gain a greater understanding of how the examination is set up and helped make it less intimidating. I highly recommend the material as it was a great aid to me, and I am sure it will be to you also.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Scranton 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Explore all possible schools and select a school that will not only prepare you for the business world, but also nurture your development as a student and professional. Also PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES, both application and scholarship deadlines. There is nothing worse than making a decision to apply but waiting to late to apply.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Signed up for Kaplan when I had a few months of downtime between jobs. They were a strong company with clearly a well-oiled operation. My needs were more on the English / Critical Reading side of the exam where I felt classroom education was a bit lacking.

      Best part of the experience was practice tests. They gave 8 adaptive tests that I felt were graded harder than the exam itself. Doing these consistently for two weeks in a testing environment (no distractions, 3 hours of uninterrupted time) was easily the best bang for buck in GMAT preparation.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take as many possible tests as you can. Do not study section by section unless it is absolutely necessary.
    • 5 out of 5

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      When I first started preparing for the GMAT, I had no idea how to structure my learning or even how to learn for the test. As you start preparing for the test, Kaplan is providing you the necessary information to figure out your own way how and when to learn. Kaplan also does a great job providing real practical question which enable you to gain first hand experience. You will have the opportunity to get familiar with the questions and the scheme of the GMAT test. If you follow all instructions, there won’t be any surprises once you’re taking the real test.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vienna University of Economics and Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Very useful for practical questions.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan Material and Tutorial has been tremendously easy going and helpful in terms of course content, language and price. Their course content makes sure the students are engrossed in solving the exercises by making it interesting unlike the other material which are kind off boring. I had a very great experience with Kaplan online tutorials. It was so flexible I could give them during my break hours with minimum clicks. The tricks and tips in the Quantitative section in GRE was the most interesting point and made me score maximum marks in Quantitative section.
      I have also used Kaplan for TOEFL exam. I believe Kaplan has an exhaustive rich material for building up vocabulary in less than 2 months. Having such a hectic schedule the mobile application was the smartest thing every .moreover the practice test were so closely inline with the final exam that I was not at all overwhelmed at the time of exam. This eventually helped me plan and pace my exam and help me score best rank in TOEFL
      Thanks to Kaplan !

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: W.P Carey School Of Bussniess 2016-2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Application Advice was very crucial in terms of money and and the course content. They helped me figure out each of the factors independently and help in writing SOP and leverage the resume in order to be competitive in the applications. Most importantly I was glad to choose this advising team because I was a working professional and had no time to explore and do the things on my own. amazing Experience with the Team!
    • 4 out of 5

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      I decided to go with Kaplan’s online prep course. I was a bit skeptical of the high cost at first but found Kaplan to be very helpful in the end. I only took the GMAT once after completing the course and I did not do as well as I had hoped I would. My score was still good enough to get me into my top school so I did not need to retake. While I did not do as good as I did on the Kaplan practice tests, I also could have spent more time preparing. It was just difficult to take all of the live prep classes with my busy schedule. Kaplan does offer the option to schedule different times and days to make up classes you missed. This does allow for greater flexibility. From what I heard in my research this is one of the better options out there. I would recommend Kaplan to others.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Hough Graduate School of Business / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself and let the admissions team know how you are unique. Being unique is one of the best ways to make yourself stick out.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan test prep was one of the the most thorough and comprehensive test prep courses I participated in. It was flexible, engaging and motivating. It really challenged me to readjust my problem solving techniques and I noticed significant improvements especially in the areas of critical thinking and quantitative analysis. I was not just the classes or practice exams but the people who were involved in teaching made a huge impact on my ability to feel confident about taking the GMAT. Furthermore, for this reason I would definitely use Kaplan test prep again to prepare for any certified tests I might need to take in the near future. You cannot go wrong with Kaplan, it is not just a well recognized brand but also conduct business in a very professional manner. Keep up the great work Kaplan!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Northeastern University/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Applying to MBA programs can be frustrating and difficult at times and given my experience; I would advise the following: 1) Always have at least 3 top schools that you would realistically apply to. Basically, these schools should be within your budget and meet at least 90% of your academic goals 2) Research the schools you are applying to, make sure they have proper accreditation and have courses that are in line with what you want to learn. 3) Always have at least 3 reliable personal references; you always want to contact these people in advance and make sure that they are willing ready to submit multiple letters of recommendations on your behalf.
    • 5 out of 5

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      In my initial research of the GMAT, I was very reluctant to take the exam. I was definitely doubting my abilities. The exam seemed impossible to conquer. Nevertheless, Kaplan’s GMAT Premier 2016 with 6 Practice Tests textbook definitely alleviated a lot of the worry that I had been having. I am still using the material to study for the exam, which I have scheduled for this fall. This book definitely breaks down the entire exam into small, comprehensible sections in order to help prospective graduate students work on their pacing, question formats, decision making strategies, as well as the importance of various elements. Moreover, the preliminary exam really gave my insight on what concepts I should focus my studying on. It also debunked a lot of myths that I had been reading and hearing about the GMAT. I definitely recommend this product.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Grand Canyon University / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Create a study calendar based on the study material as well as a way to stay committed and accountable. Futhermore, study the basic concepts behind the questions that you don't correctly answer during the practice questions and exams.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I have utilized Kaplan test prep for both the GRE (required by ASU’s Master’s degree program) and prep for a prior LSAT test. My experience with Kaplan has always been positive. I am convinced that I have scored higher on these tests simply by using these tools. Since being out of school, I have not had many opportunities to test my abilities in reading comprehension, quantitative analysis, or vocabulary. Kaplan testing preparatory materials allow me to refresh my skills and gain new knowledge in these areas. Using these study materials four weeks before my GRE, helped me achieve a score that qualified me to attend the MBA program at the W.P. Carey School of Business and I am very grateful.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: W.P. Carey School of Business / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would advise to work closely with admission advisors. I was admitted very close to the deadline, but my admission advisors were extremely helpful. They helped me make my application competitive and worked to get my application documents processed quickly. My best advise would be to make contact with them early and work with them often.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Strong offering of practice test questions for all sections.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Plan out the process month by month. Be sure to know all deadlines.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I took a Kaplan Live Online Course. I was originally scheduled to take a Kaplan Live In Person class, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the low volume of attendees in the class. However,I was very satisfied with online course, it allowed me to be flexible with my busy work and school schedule. I encourage everyone that is considering Kaplan for their GMAT to use the Live Online course option because it allows you to make a study schedule and work around your other obligations, such as school work, family, and friends. The instructors are very helpful when it comes to making schedules to study and just general questions about the GMAT. They only responded to me via email, which may be annoying at times because you may need an answer as soon as possible, but overall they get back to you pretty fast and give you so much helpful information.
      All in all, good experience and i recommend it to anyone planning to take the GMAT.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Stay positive, and strive for success. If you are passionate you will become successful and well on the GMAT.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I primarily used Kaplan’sGMAT 2016 Strategies, Practice, and Review with 2 Practice Tests to study for the GMAT. It was a great resource for me, as well as their online support. It gave me a solid overview of the material, although I think ‘review’ is the best way to put it. It covered valuable techniques, caveats, and strategies for all sections of the test, but I did supplement with other resources through Kaplan as well as other websites and practice tests.

      I highly recommend to start studying early and to create a structured plan to tackle this test! Plan out when, how, and what to study. Taking at least a couple full practice tests will get you a great feel for what test day will be like.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Carl H. Lindner school of Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: When applying for your MBA, prepare early and think ahead! The sooner you know the direction you want to attack- your degree in general, what school, industry, graduation plans- the more guided and purposeful your early steps will be.At the same time, remember that the interview process is a two-way street. Schools are obviously evaluating potential students through the tests, essays, and interviews; but the school also needs to be right for you and should provide benefits that you have a need and want for.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I took the Kaplan self-paced program. It was very beneficial to me. I think what helped me the most were the practice test and the day of experience they offer. My biggest problem when I took the test the first time was not getting through questions fast enough. When I decided to take the test again I went with Kaplan because it is a highly credited brand. This feature allowed me to speed up my times while practicing well-developed questions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: IE Business School/December 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I think the personal statement it one of the most important aspects of the application. Really take the time to make a meaningful statement that is true to yourself and not what you think an admissions team wants to read. They want you to be unique while highlighting your qualification for the program, and what makes you different.Write a draft, have someone review, and make edits. Then, leave it for about a week and come back to it and make sure it still sounds the way you hoped it did when you wrote it.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I purchased Kaplan’s 2016 GMAT prep book. I went through the entire book, front to back, taking all of the practice questions and practice tests along the way. For the questions I answered incorrectly, I found the solutions to be very easy to understand and learn from. I was extremely happy with the content, as there wasn’t a single problem or question with which that I hadn’t become familiar. The book does a great job of covering all content, and giving easy to hard questions. The math section, in particular, was extremely helpful. Questions that I had trouble with at the beginning of my studying, were a piece of cake by the time I got to the end of the book.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Southern California / 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: When the application essays are completed, take about a week off of looking at the essays. After a week, look over the essays to make sure everything is still true and makes sense.Before the interview, look over the essays and questions that were answered in the application. Often the interviewers will ask you the same question. If you answer differently that what was answered in the application, it looks silly and as if you may have lied on the application.
    • 5 out of 5

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      My experience with the Kaplan GMAT prep course was very positive. The schedule of available classes allowed me to easily attend the sessions at a nearby location while seamlessly maintaining my full time work schedule.
      The aspect of this course that impressed me the most was Kaplan’s teaching strategy, which focused primarily on teaching the test itself, and viewed the actual test subjects and material as secondary in importance. This strategy allowed me to remain calm and tackle some fairly daunting questions in a relatively stress free manner, ensuring that, even in instances where I did not know the correct answer, I had the best possible chance of getting the correct answer, and was able to maintain a level of time and effort efficiency throughout the test that was more than sustainable.
      To say that Kaplan views the actual material as secondary to the strategy of taking the test itself is not to say that they cut any corners on giving our class a thorough review of the subjects to be encountered on the exam. There were many foreign concepts and forgotten mathematical principles that needed to be taught, and I found the instructor did an excellent job of getting everyone in our class to be quite comfortable with all the material.
      Kaplan’s program enabled us to take a “practice GMAT” at the actual GMAT testing center, which gave us every possible advantage on test day. Because of this, on the actual test day, the surroundings were not alien and I found myself to be very well prepared -both from an academic and a psychological point of view.
      As a final note, the practice tests provided both online and in the Kaplan text book were comparable in difficulty and scope to the actual GMAT itself. Every question had an “answer” counterpart at the back of the book which thoroughly explained both why the correct answers were correct, and why the other options were incorrect. There were no surprises on test day. I absolutely feel that I owe my good score on the GMAT to Kaplan’s teaching strategy and quality staff.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: W.P. Carey Full Time MBA/Class of 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice to those going through the MBA application process is to remember that you are not strictly the interviewee in this process. You are very much (in fact, equally) an interviewer. Make sure that the schools that you are trying to impress are schools worthy of your attendance. Simply because a school is highly ranked, do not assume that it is good enough for you. Find out what qualifies that high rank. Is it highly ranked in the area in which you wish to study? If not, it is probably not a good fit. Even if a school offers specializations which are in the same general area of what you ultimately want to do with your career, be certain that they can educate you specifically for your future job. For example: you want to study Supply Chain Management, specifically procurement, and a school you are interviewing with informs you that they have an excellent Supply Chain Management program focused on operations. In this case, it would be wiser to choose a school of lesser overall rank that specializes in exactly what you want to study, than to go with the higher ranked program that cannot speak to your interest. Also, although schools encourage students to take the first semester, or even the first year to decide what “emphasis” or “specialization” they are going to pursue, I would advise having this choice solidly made before choosing a school. Ensure that you are familiar with all facets of your intended field of study, and make sure that your selected program speaks strongly to that field. The most important piece of advice that I would give to anyone entering into the application process, is to consider your past work experience. Most schools want to see at least 3-5 years of post-undergrad full-time employment. This figure is not what really matters (as far as landing your dream job is concerned). What truly matters is having relevant experience to what you ultimately want to do. This even plays a role in your success during the program. Take the internship search, for example: During our first year, when my class and I were searching for our summer internships, the students with work experience in their intended fields found jobs almost immediately, while those of us labelled as “career-changers” required up to 8 months to find an internship that would accept us (even on an un-paid basis). MBA programs may stress the ease with which “career-changers” can succeeded in their programs. While this may be true from an academic standpoint, the story is very different when it comes to actually finding a job. It may be worth postponing your MBA for a year or two (as frustrating as that may be to hear) in order to get some relevant work experience.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I never have been and never will be considered a “good test taker”. The time constraints and the added pressure that I mentally conceive on myself does not help either. I always knew I wanted to go back to school for my MBA and the GMAT was just going to be a hurdle I would have to overcome. Luckily I chose a prep program, that was held at the college I will now be going to in the Fall, and they based the curriculum on the Kaplan Test Prep materials. The textbook was easy to follow, we had numerous practice tests, and I was even able to take practice tests at home that simulated the actual computer adaptive conditions you will see on test day. The program was extremely helpful in not only re-teaching some of the basic math formulas you haven’t seen since middle school, but also showing you tips and tricks on how to beat the clock. Seriously, time is the only thing you compete against and Kaplan showed me how to think smart in a logical way vs. needing to answer every single question. My success on the GMAT was hard work but also having the right materials, which in my case was Kaplan Test Prep.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Carlson School of Management - University of MN
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: The GMAT is only a small piece in your overall graduate application. Allow yourself 6-9 months to prepare, but don't stress about it. Your work experience, community involvement, undergraduate performance, and your personal statement all go towards your application and showcase who you are and what you are trying to accomplish. Yes, the GMAT is important, and you should do your best, but it is one test.
    • 3 out of 5

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      In preparing for the GMAT and LSAT I primarily used free booklets and online study test from Kaplan. The price of the company’s materials are typically very high, but I was able to purchase used books on Amazon and eBay that were reasonably priced. The information provided in the materials was very helpful especially the practice tests.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Mississippi College/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Applying for college has become surprisingly easy with access to the internet. I was able to go online and apply in a matter of minutes and request official transcripts to be sent from the university I received my bachelor's degree.
    • 3 out of 5

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      The test prep I utilized was Kaplan however I studied for the GRE and not the GMAT. My path is unique from other MBA students because I am enrolled in a dual degree program which I will be studying for my Doctorate in Nursing Practice and my Master’s of Business Administration. With this program a GRE was preferred and so Kaplan helped prepare me. I utilized the self-paced system which was more appropriate for me since I could continue at my own pace since I worked as a full time registered nurse. This system allowed me to study during my breaks while at work. It also allowed for further mobility with the studying since I could take it with me while working out at the gym, waiting in line, etc. Overall, I am satisfied with the system especially since I passed the GRE and am currently in my program now.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice would be to consider all of your options carefully. There are many different MBA programs available so you don't have to go for the generic MBA, instead look to see if there is a program that is tailored to fit your career needs.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan helped me prepare for a GMAT. However, Angelo State University in Texas did not require a GMAT.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Angelo State University/ Will Attend
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Check with your school first before spending money and time on studying for GMAT. While all of the information that I learned was valuable in the sense of knowledge, it was not needed for acceptance as I had a high grade point average and was exempt.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The GMAT test can be a very overwhelming test. I took it once thinking that it would be easy only to receive a score I wasn’t happy with. After receiving this score, I decided to take a breathe and study to take the test again. I bought the Kaplan Flashcards and APP third edition. It was one of the best investments I could have made. It was super affordable, very easy to follow and gave me great tips for the test. It truly got me a higher score, 100 points higher to be exact. I encourage everyone to try this out. The flashcards gives you every thing you need and is quite entertaining as well.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stetson University/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I recommend everyone to study even if you don't think you have to. Using these prep courses and materials, you are better able to enhance what you are learning and can be guaranteed a higher score. Don't stress the GMAT. You have the tools in your hand, so breathe, relax, and enjoy the ride.
    • 4 out of 5

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      My undergrad degree is in Education so I knew I would need all the help I could get for the GMAT exam. I went to my local bookstore and bought the GMAT test prep book. It provides many practice exams. I took one first, before even looking at any material, to see what sections I really needed help with. It turned out I needed help on all of them. The good news is the book goes in depth about every section and what to expect, with endless practice questions. It even came with a CD to practice online which is especially helpful in preparing for a test you will take on a computer.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Houston/2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Get your application in early! There is no point in procrastinating. Start studying like it is your job. The better the score, the more money your school will give you.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The test prep allowed me to get an in depth explanation of the types of questions I would see on test day. I also had the opportunity to refresh myself on the basics. My test prep also came with free online prep. I used the online prep to take timed versions of the test that were then graded. It gave me an idea of what I could expect to make. The Kaplan test prep’s are extremely helpful and I know I wouldn’t have done as well without it.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tennessee Technological University/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start thinking about your MBA early so that you can plan ahead. For example, internships look great on MBA applications! Having that experience shows you're committed to what you're studying and committed to bettering yourself and your career. Also get involved in clubs, the community, and volunteering! Keeping your grades up and having a good reference or two is extremely helpful as well!
    • 5 out of 5

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      One of the materials I used was an old used 2012-2013 edition of one of Kaplan’s GMAT books that I purchased in a book store to help me prepare. I studied for a few hours every day until the test day and It was more than enough to get the job done. The book explained the test well, and it was very easy for me to comprehend. I would definitely recommend Kaplan to anyone who is preparing to take the GMAT or wanting to increase their score. I often wonder what my score might’ve been if I had bought a more recent edition of the book.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Baylor University/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would recommend getting a recent edition of a GMAT book and take several months to prepare for the test. I would also recommend applying to several schools in order to increase your chances of getting into graduate school. If the graduate school that you're planning to attend is the same school as your undergraduate school, remember to build a good rapport with your professors.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used two different versions of recent Kaplan GMAT books to study for the test. The first one I used was an older edition from a friend and the second was the 2016 edition for a test prep course I took. Both were extremely helpful! The books had a similar format but different questions, allowing me to use both books simultaneously to do similar questions to fully comprehend sections. The books allow you to study at your own pace, whenever and wherever you can. I’d recommend using these books to prepare for the GMAT as well as taking a prep course.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Southern California/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early! Give yourself more time to study then you think - 3-6 months!
    • 3 out of 5

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      The books were very concise. The instructors were polite and knowledgeable and the classes were small so the 1-on-1 time with the teacher was significant. I am also from a small town so there was not much of a demand for GMAT coursework, but the prep class was helpful nonetheless.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Millikin University / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early, and try to have your goals for how you're going to use your MBA downpacked.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan offers several different options which allows the individual to pick what is right for him/her. There is ample time offered which allows for more learning time. They also provide practice tests in two different settings as well.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Amberton University/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I'm just starting so I don't have much advice to give at this point.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I found the Kaplan program to be an amazing value! I ordered the GMAT book on Amazon for less than $40 and was surprised to find all of the resources that were available with the book. Upon first look, the book seemed daunting. After signing up for a free Kaplan GMAT test to gauge my knowledge and map out my trajectory for studying, I was surprised to see how much more clarity I had after taking that first test. I loved that there was an online discussion after the test and that there was an advisor available to answer questions and provide support/guidance. I found the Kaplan program so helpful, I ened up buying the Kaplan GMAT book for my boss when she started considering MBA programs after I was accepted.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Foster School of Business, University of Washington/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Spend the time to explore the programs you're considering as much as possible before applying. I participated in multiple webinars, attended a "day with the current cohort" and connected with an advisor before starting my application process. By the time I was applying, I felt I had a great understanding of the program which helped me feel like I was better prepared on how to present myself in my application for the program.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Overall it was intended to be a good program, however I felt like the instructor was not able to work at a consistent pace with everyone and was not fully invested in making sure everyone was keeping up. The prep class allowed students to join at different times and it made it difficult to know what pace people were working on or to speed up and/or slow down certain material.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Utah 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would recommend finding a smaller class prep that is able to work at your pace and give special attention as needed. Don't over stress the GMAT, its hard but doable and sometimes schools will help you supplement the low scores with other course work.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Very helpful Kaplan GMAT Test Prep Guide. As long as you study it thoroughly, you will be successful.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Texas A&M University - Texarkana
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      The GMAT course at Kaplan adequately covered the GMAT and all its sections. However, it lacked depth into specific areas and in my opinion did not help students who were aiming for high scores, i.e. 700+. Perhaps this was because the London Kaplan school only offered one class for students of all levels, instead of dividing people by their academic levels.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Imperial College London / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I recommend everyone to reach out to as many current and past students as possible. This way it'll be possible to make the application and interviews much more personal, and you'll come across with more enthusiasm. Also, people should always apply to a couple of less desired programmes before applying to your top school, in order to become better acquainted with the application process and avoid trivial mistakes.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The company I work for won an award and one of the prizes for this achievement was a scholarship that it awarded to me. This was quite the fortuitous event as I have always wanted to get my MBA but was originally deterred by the financial burden. I was elated to have this opportunity and the only thing that stood in my way was admission. I received the scholarship mid-May and the fall deadline was July 1st. I had taken the GMAT previously but it was too long ago to be used for admission so I would need to retake the exam in two weeks in order to have the official score available before the July1st deadline. I took a practice test and my score was dreadful, I was rusty on many of the quantitative areas and slow in my responses on the verbal section. I needed some help and fast if I was to take advantage of this opportunity. I purchased Kaplan’s GMAT premier 2016 addition to try and bridge the gap as quickly as possible, and I am so glad I did. Kaplan’s GMAT premier was filled with great tips on how to quickly assess questions to improve my response speed while also improving my accuracy. The quantitative section covered key areas and concepts in an easy to follow format and had plenty of practice questions for putting those concepts into practice. My practice test scores went up considerably and I was able to take the test with confidence thanks to Kaplan!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Drury University Breech School of Business Administration / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Know your weaknesses and preemptively address them.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I purchased the Kaplan test prep book, and attended two GMAT prep classes at UW that were led by a Kaplan representative. I came in not expecting to get much from either, and was blown away by how much value they provided. I went in to test day with full confidence that I would achieve the best score possible.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UW Madison/2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't be afraid of the GMAT. With proper study and a plan it is not an intimidating challenge
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan GMAT test preparation in-person course not only challenged me academically, but taught me how to think critically and reason quantitatively. Something I found to be extremely helpful in addition to the in-class experience, were the online resources available to us, which included practice tests, vocabulary aids, and so much more. If I decide to continue my education into law school, I will definitely take the Kaplan LSAT test preparation course.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Accepted to Marymount California University / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Some words of advice that I can offer for anyone who decides to apply to an MBA program is simply this: if you are determined, but do not have the greatest grades or test scores, still apply, apply, apply, because you never know, you may surprise yourself. That is exactly what I told myself. I thought that I would not be able to gain admittance into an MBA program at an accredited university, but I never gave up on myself. I showed the admissions council who I was and what I am capable of as a graduate student and future professional. Never stop believing in yourself, many people will not believe in you; but so long as you believe in yourself, that is all that matters! "Just keep swimming!"
    • 5 out of 5

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      I have to say of all the GMAT test prep materials I tried, Kaplan Test Prep was by far the most valuable and useful. Kaplan clearly has the most experience and they are plugged directly into what makes the GMAT tick. The questions I was asked were the closest to what I saw on the test. The live practice tests were absolutely invaluable. Beyond just getting a feel for the questions, I got a sense of how the test would work. At first, I was not prepared for the questions getting progressively harder and I would’ve bombed the test had I taken it without Kaplan’s help. Kaplan helped me stay cool under pressure and get a GMAT score that I was more than happy with.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Try to really focus on what makes you unique and make sure it comes through in your essays. Every applicant has a unique story, background, or skillset that no one else has. Let that shine through in your essays and you will do well.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Kaplan GMAT is aimed very well towards the average student. The courses are explanatory, and eventually reach quite a high level. There is a very big quiz bank, including 13 practice tests and thousands of questions. All answers are tracked through a used friendly system to drive better learning.
      The areas of opportunity are in creating higher level questions, quizzes, and practice tests, and enhancing the review system to supply real data for effective study analysis.
      The Kaplan support team is very helpful and answers questions quite quickly. On the other hand, the essay review team is slow, and not very productive.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Eat well, exercise and meditate.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I had a rather accelerated deadline for taking the GMAT, as I had only decided to pursue my MBA earlier this year. Due to scheduling conflicts, I was just able to use the prep guide and did not utilize classroom instruction for preparation. However, careful planning and intense study sessions resulted in a great score on my test, and I credit Kaplan’s guide for laying out all the materials I needed to review. I found that, once I started using the guide, the information came flooding back and I was able to retain it as well.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of West Florida/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: As others have noted, being aware of all deadlines and requirements is essential. I had not planned on applying to business school until roughly 3 months before the deadline, so I was in quite a rush to fill out all required materials, acquire letters of recommendation, and then study for the GMAT as well. My only advice is, if you know that business school is in your future, try to give yourself as much time as possible to apply and study. However, the structure of Kaplan's guide was instrumental in streamlining the studying process, which helped immensely.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Used the KAPLAN 2016 GMAT prep book with a class taught by Emory’s continuing education team. The most helpul was the free practice tests.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Emory/2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Organize and prioritize your time appropriately. I spent over 300 hours on GMAT studying, applications, essays, resume, letters of recommendations, and interview prep.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan provided a great framework for studying for the GMAT – solid reviews of all topics and very relevant practice problems and tests. I found it more than sufficient to adequately prepare me for the GMAT with just several hours of outside the classroom effort per week on my part. You will need to put in effort to get the most out of the course, but if you do I believe you’ll get your money’s worth.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Accepted to Kellogg / 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start applications early and take the time to customize your essays for each school you're interested in.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan Prep course really provides you with the basics to begin your GMAT studies. They offer in person courses to help with your studies. They also have plenty of online and away from class resources to boast your scores. Take this course early on in your studies. Then look for an advanced course to take. Good luck!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: GW School of Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start studying early and study often.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s GMAT Premier 2016 study guide was a great jump off point for beginning the Graduate School search. Although you must stay focused on the deadlines for grad school applications, I find it useful to focus a large amount of time studying for the GMAT. Take your time, review your progress, and get the most out of the testing process they teach. Most of the material will come back to you, but if you’re like me and aren’t good a retaining formulas or composition rules, your best bet is to focus on how to take the test in the most efficient manner. The study guide covers this.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Saint Mary's College of California / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Even if you Graduate school has crossed your mind only once, it is extremely important to check school deadlines, and look out at least a year in advance if you have the time. Beyond the letters of recommendations, application, tracking down transcripts and so forth, you NEED ample time to study for the GMAT and apply to your schools within the first 2 rounds.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan is a decent resource to use for the verbal portion of GMAT. Although it must be combined with Manhattan for the Quant portion. Make sure to take plenty of prep exams. Your score on the official GMAT prep exam closely mirrors your score on the actual GMAT exam

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early. Aim for a GMAT score above 700. For Stanford atleast, your essays are far more important than anything else. Make sure you get your story across. The book Great Applications for Business Schools was very useful in this regard.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The materials and instruction I got from my online Kaplan course were a major asset in helping me figure out how to be strategic and navigate through the GMAT. I truly feel that I had a leg up on my peers who were taking the same exam and shooting for the same goal: attending the most competitive MBA program available. I consider this to be a great investment of time and money and you really do get exactly what you put in.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Owen Graduate School of Management / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Do not wait until later rounds to apply. Think about how a school builds out its MBA cohort. They are looking to create a large team with people who all contribute something that the program needs. By round 3 or 4, there are only a few slots left and you are just left crossing your fingers that what you can offer the school is a match for what they need in those remaining slots.
    • 3 out of 5

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      I liked the Kaplan GMAT prep material and believed they prepared me well for the GMAT. The practice questions have a good variety and the explanations for the answers is very descriptive and useful. I was slightly disappointed with the practice exams.They are much harder than the actual exam. While it might give you more practice, it doesn’t help knowing that you are scoring very well low in every practice exam.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kelley School or Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Concentrate on your story and how the MBA will be the bridge between pre and post MBA. Be very specific about this in your essays.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The GMAT test prep was very informative. It was able to break down the different facets of the test to me in a way that would have been difficult to do myself. It let me focus on the actual technique and information that I was supposed to master having already set up the steps in place for me to do so already. I would highly recommend this to someone who is deciding whether this is a viable option or not for a study method.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Long Island University/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be precise and to the point.
    • 3 out of 5

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      I enjoyed the Kaplan classes more than I thought I would, although I was not completely satisfied with the result. During the classes I answered almost every question correctly- I was clearly doing better than others in the class. I continuously took the practice tests online and got the same score on every one from beginning to end. When I went to actually take the test i did significantly worse than on the Kaplan practice tests. They offer a free class with a higher score guarantee, which I think is a FANTASTIC program. I took an online version of the class again, which is not nearly as helpful as the in-person, but it was great to have access to their resources. I did not end up needing to take the test again, but I feel as though I needed to work with one of their one on one tutors in order to improve my score. Overall, they have amazing resources, good teachers, and a great program, but I was not completely satisfied with the result.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCF/2011
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself during the application process and the interview process. Try to make that person know and remember your name. Stand out!
    • 4 out of 5

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      I wanted to get over a 700, which I was not able to achieve studying on my own. I needed to improve my verbal and after taking the course I improved my overall score by 30 points! I definitely recommend Kaplan I you are looking to improve particular aspects of your GMAT!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs UT/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early and get your recommendations early. Also, be creative when given the option to submit a personal statement in a form other than essay (ie video)
    • 5 out of 5

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      I was already very strong in the verbal area. I used the course to significantly improve on my math score. I did the in classroom GMAT prep because I knew that I would not be as disciplined if I chose the self study option. Due to the course, I received a score that I was proud of.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UT/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would suggest using Kaplan GMAT prep.
    • 2 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan test prep books to increase my score the second time I took the GMAT. While they were useful in practicing for the tests, and refreshing on concepts I had not dealt with in some time, the different books really do need to be used in a certain way or they will not help you. For example, I spent 4 weeks studying math concepts out of the math foundations book and the math workbook, then moved on to the strategies, practice, and review book. Unfortunately, this did not help me AT ALL, because the strategies book completely changes everything you were taught to solve in the foundations and math workbook. I then did not have time to relearn the strategies, and in the end did not do any better the second time around.

      I think that the Kaplan workbooks will do great things for anyone who learns the strategies and THEN works on refreshing math skills, but if you use them another way, they won’t help you.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: W. P. Carey School of Business / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Put your best foot forward, no matter what that looks like for you. Give it 100% and don't get discouraged. Lastly, make sure you prep in all kinds of different ways for your interviews.
    • 3 out of 5

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      Test prep is very difficult for standardized testing. Though I think many give great strategies to overcome the anxiety of testing,I do not think any amount of test prep once you have graduated for several years has a large impact on your testing abilities. You know what you use in your field and most of it does not apply to the GRE; therefore, most you will not retain, because you have no use for the formulas.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Kentucky/2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Work hard for what you want, and network with folks in your field.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I used the Kaplan GMAT prep book exclusively for my preparation. It had been almost 10 years since I had taken a standardized test, but the book was sufficient for me to score very highly. The strategies, explanations and practice problems were extremely helpful with few exceptions. The online CATs especially were an indispensable tool.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and study hard for the GMAT. Definitely take 5+ timed computer adaptive tests--best way to learn time management which is as important as anything for the GMAT. Write and re-write your essay(s), making sure you answer clearly and to the point. Get at least two competent people to review your essay and give you critical feedback. Know yourself and be confident!
    • 4 out of 5

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      Excellent book with helpful people who want to help you to succeed.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: DeSales University
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Pick a school that speaks to you and fits your budget. Apply for internships, assistantships and see if your employer offers mentorships now that you're looking into a graduate program.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan was the best decision that I made during the MBA Admissions process. When I was shopping for GMAT Prep Courses, I came across an opportunity to sample an online course. When I sampled this course and saw how involved the online classroom experience was, I knew it would be a great fit. I don’t do well in online courses, but this one was interactive, and offered many screens with the professor’s video, booklet, and a chat box for students to interact as well as one-on-one interaction with a teaching assistant. The course came with so many resources to practice tests and consulting. The professor was also available to help with admissions and questions via email. I improved my score by over 100 points. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an online GMAT Prep.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of San Diego- 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be true to yourself as an applicant and find the program that fits YOU!
    • 5 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan’s GMAT test prep course and materials in 2014 and found them exceedingly helpful. They enabled me to study while working at a job with demanding hours, and allowed me to identify and focus on those subjects where I needed the most time investment for studying. The math sections were particularly helpful in pattern identification, shortcuts for solving GMAT math, and sheer practice. I would highly recommend Kaplan to anyone planning to take the GMAT.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be a shark -- apply early. Give it your best, but don't sweat the results: there's an inevitable element of chance inherent in the process. Choose recommenders carefully and be sure you speak with them openly and honestly about your plans and your story.
    • 5 out of 5

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      the test prepped help a lot , the math section benefited me the most.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: CSUSM
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: apply to at least 10 schools
    • 3 out of 5

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      The test prep is very close to the actual GMAT. The anticipated score is the average between Manhattan and Kaplan

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would recommend to give as many test as possible before the exam
    • 4 out of 5

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      I felt like the material overview material was really helpful in filling in gaps in my knowledge and for general review. However, the most helpful part of the material was the practice exams. They really helped me get in the right frame of mind so that I could do as good as possible on text day.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Iowa 2016-17
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Just relax and be yourself and you'll do fine. This is generic advice but it's true. My interviews were entirely behavioral (read: cakewalk). If they didn't think you were smart enough then they wouldn't be interviewing you in the first place.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Thorough prep and great teacher. Would have been nice to get a little more individual attention to help with the specific issues/questions I had, but you get what you pay for and the instructor only has time for so many individual questions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgetown McDonough School of Business / 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Clearly list the attributes of your ideal school environment (both academically and socially) and try find the best school match. Do a similar exercise for your career goals and make sure the schools you are applying to can get you to the place you want to be post-graduation (in terms of salary, location, function, industry, etc.)
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan test book was very detailed with its breakdown of answers. The book allowed for me to get intensive knowledge of what would be on the GMAT exam. The book along with the practice exams allowed for me to score in the 600’s. I crammed in studying for about 3 weeks but I believe if I would have allowed myself more time I would have received a higher score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: La Salle University/ 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would advise future students to allow a substantial amount of study time prior to taking the exam. I was in a crunch because my application was due and I believe I could have done better on the exam.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s test prep course gave solid strategies for studying as well as actually taking the GMAT. What was most valuable was the online test prep which helps you to practice real questions with time pressure in order to simulate the real thing. It is also very helpful to see what areas you need to work on the most so you can know which specific concepts to study and improve upon. The one improvement I would make to the course is to discuss time management strategies a little more. When I actually took the GMAT I found it hard to know whether or not I should continue spending time on a problem I knew I could solve with more effort and time, or cut bait and move on because I had already exceeded my two minutes.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan Ross
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't wait on taking the GMAT in case you want to retake before you apply! Also the essays are short and so you must be concise and thoughtful in what you are communicating. Make it clear why business school, and that specific program, makes sense for you and what your future goals in your career. Good luck!
    • 4 out of 5

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      I was impressed with the Kaplan GMAT Preparation book. It provides a wealth of practical wisdom for test day, and has hundreds of test questions to supplement the learning material. If you are like me, you were a good math student in High School, but after years in the work force, you’ve forgotten what you don’t use. With Kaplan, it was like riding a bike, the way they presented the math material enabled me to quickly get back to form, and feel confident for test day. Of course, besides math, the Kaplan method did an excellent job explaining other sections of the test also. Highly recommend it.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Kansas - 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Get started early! Don't wait to ask colleagues for a letter of recommendation, and if you haven't updated your resume in a while, be prepared for it to take much longer than you think.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Forgot to mention: Take the ADVANCED remote class with Kaplan. The regular one will not prepare you to get into the top programs.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2015
    • 5 out of 5

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      Got me 120 points above my diagnostic test (test taken without any studying or preparation) after 3 months of work. Took the 3x/week evening remote class over 5 weeks with Joseph Tambornino who is a phenomenal instructor. Took the test 2x and did well the second time.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take the 5-week remote class course. Take the class every other night (2.5 or 3 hours) and do your homework every other night. Take Saturday off to decompress. Take a practice test every Sunday. Then take the test the 6th week. If you're happy with the score, congrats. If not. Stop for 4 weeks. Let the knowledge settle. Go on vacation. Don't think about it. Come back, review your notes, and take a ton of practice tests, do a ton of exercises every day. Take practice tests until you get the score you want. That's what I did and got the score I wanted to second time. And don't forget, GMAT is only one aspect. Essays are much more important once you've reached the 720+ score range.
    • 3 out of 5

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      I didn’t find Kaplan that helpful and received a mediocre score on the GMAT. I thought they dumbed down the group classes to the lowest-caliber students.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: That being said, I got into all the schools I applied to. The GMAT is only one component of the business school applications. I would spend more time on the essays than anything else.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I took a combination classroom / virtual prep course and I liked having both options. The classroom sessions provided a good motivation to keep me on pace with my studying schedule, including setting an exam date. The virtual sessions were good for a busy work schedule when I needed more flexibility. Content-wise, the materials were solid in that they expose you to all the types of questions and problems, and they provide strategies in approaching them. You could probably get all or most of the content through practice books on your own, but the classes were ideal for someone like me who needed a little extra motivation to stick to my timeline.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern / 2016
    • 2 out of 5

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      KAPLAN Online classes were inadequate for my preparation for the GMAT exam. Kaplan creates problems and questions irrelevant to the actual rigor of the official GMAT problem. There is a reason why I did not perform well on the GMAT exam. I recommend a private tutor. If you can’t afford one, Manhattan GMAT is an adequate tool to study for the GMAT exam.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Business Schools applications revolve around "fit". Every applicant should visit her/his top choice MBA program. Then based on your visit, incorporate why the desired MBA program is a fit for you and for the school.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I preferred to take a prep class in person, but none were offered in my area. I tried the live online course through Kaplan and was pleasantly surprised. My teacher, Joseph Tambornino, was great. His lessons were clear, he was engaging, and he was always willing to answer questions via Skype outside of class time. I chose the package with a few one-on-one coaching sessions. I only had one of the three sessions, and the coach I had for the one was not particularly helpful. It was more focused on how to approach the test rather than actual material covered, which is what I needed help with.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: MIT Sloan School of Management / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Good luck! It's a daunting process and takes a lot of work, but it's all worth it in the end :)
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan was great! If you put the time into studying their techniques, you will verily see the difference when you get to test day. I especially appreciated their writing, data validation, and reading comprehension tactics. Can honestly say that I wouldn’t have scored as high as I did without utilizing what I learned from their book. Additionally, the practice tests were paramount to my success. I highly recommend them!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas at Dallas / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: As long as your essay isn't overly littered with typos and you can form complete sentences, not be redundant, and mildly make a point about how you want to be more educated, then you'll get your foot in the door (assuming you meet the minimum requirements for that school GPA and GMAT wise). It's really all about the interview. With all interviews, be friendly, be excited, and ensure them that you've done your research on the school and they have exactly what you want to propel your professional career.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I took a class with a small group of students in Northern New Jersey. The class was very beneficial in helping to prepare me for the GMAT. I had done some free practice tests and had seen my progress stagnate despite working and studying harder. The instructor helped me put the exam in perspective and my results shot up 80-100 points from my practice to my final GMAT result.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell - Johnson Graduate School of Management - 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Unless you are absolutely certain you know the application process inside and out, I would recommend hiring a consultant, if for no other reason than to make sure you know what type of essay top B-Schools are looking for. In trying to save a few bucks not hiring the consultant, I spent much more sending applications and essays that would not be accepted than if I had hired a consultant in the first place. I'm happy the way things turned out but bear it in mind, they really do help.
    • 2 out of 5

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      Used the GMAT prep books and they helped. I wouldn’t bother taking one of their courses though. Best to learn it yourself through the book. There’s not much they can teach you in courses that you can’t learn just by practicing the tests.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: IESE Business School 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself!
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan Is the gold standard for test prep. I found that as I went through the structure I continually performed better on my practice tests, eventually outperforming my expectations and in at least some small part helping me to get into a better program than I thought I would qualify for initially.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johnson (Cornell) 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take the test early and often. Also, know your story and your brand, why should a program make the investment in you?
    • 4 out of 5

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      Overall the GMAT test prep was helpful. I was a good way to keep me organized and gave me a good understanding of what the test entailed. I recommend starting to study as early as possible to ultimately be successful. I thought that the test prep has great recommendations for studying plans and timelines.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Willamette University, 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Find a school that you really enjoy and see if you can attend a class there. I felt this was a better representation of the program as a whole. In addition, start your application early and apply early!
    • 4 out of 5

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      The suite of practice quizzes and exams was most helpful. The classes can be less useful if you are in a class with people who are targeting a different (lower) score band than you are.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Write about yourself as a person, not just a professional. They'll get your resume virtues from your resume. Use the essays to share your personal (eulogy) virtues.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I found that the test prep questions were spot on – on the actual exam I discovered two questions that were almost identical to the test prep, only with some minor numbers changed. The “tricks and tips” sections within the prep book were usually helpful and accelerated the learning process.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Remember that sometimes acceptance truly is a roll of the dice. On average, I was rejected from lower ranked schools more often accepted in highly ranked ones. Give each application your best shot and ignore the rankings, look for the proper fit.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The teachers are good and the study materials are fine, but what makes this program standout is 1) the deep bank of whole and subject specific practice tests and the score guarantee that allows you to retake the entire course or any portions thereof if you feel unprepared or are unsatisfied with your GMAT score. Like any other test, the GMAT is 90% about learning the testing techniques and basic skills, giving you access to the necessary tools to build confidence & competence.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Haas Berkeley School of Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early to 1 or 2 schools that aren't your top choices. This will give you practice in the application process and allow you to refine your story both for the essay and interviews.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan review material for my GMAT test. The process was very good, their course review and examination technics were very useful in getting me the score I needed. I would highly recommend it as it was effective study material and was much more representative of actual test questions than books like Princeton Review. Also the book is a great value compared to high priced classes and tutoring sessions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Houston / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early. Also, know that what you get out of a program stems from the effort you put in.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan review material for my GMAT test. The process was very good, their course review and examination technics were very useful in getting me the score I needed. I would highly recommend it as it was effective study material and was much more representative of actual test questions than books like Princeton Review. Also the book is a great value compared to high priced classes and tutoring sessions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Differentiate the value add you will get from each school.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The course was exactly what I paid for: structured study sessions outside of my work schedule, unique test tips, and helpful resources.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be convincing about why you NEED that school's MBA to get to where you want to go; it's not enough to just talk about what you want to do.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan review material for my GMAT test. The process was very good, their course review and examination technics were very useful in getting me the score I needed. I would highly recommend it as it was effective study material and was much more representative of actual test questions than books like Princeton Review. Also the book is a great value compared to high priced classes and tutoring sessions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Use Kaplan for your GMAT Prep.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Used Kaplan and definitely worth the investment – need to put in the work but it pays off really quickly

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Focus on what makes you stand out from other applicants - also recommend looking at Executive programs...allows you to stay at work (advance your career) while getting the MBA - btw - you get the same degree!
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s GMAT test prep was crucial to my success on the GMAT entrance exam for my MBA program. I opted for the Live Online Classes which were taught by a phenomenal professor out of UC Berkeley. The classes were very thorough and provided me some great shortcuts on how to save time throughout each section of the test. In addition to the instructor, there were 4 assistant instructors that helped review my writing submissions and gave me valuable feedback on how to improve my short essay skills. I took the option of the live online classes because they were given at night and worked perfectly with my work schedule. This package also offered one live practice exam at the testing center, which was a great dry-run before the actual exam. To top it all off, I purchased and paid for this exam prep-course 3 days before Cyber-Monday and they even honored the discounted price by refunding me the difference. I could not be more pleased with the service Kaplan provided, enabling me to get accepted at my first choice for Full-time MBA programs. To this day, I continue to recommend Kaplan’s services to friends getting ready to take any graduate level entrance exam.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Terry College of Business (UGA) - Full-time Program / 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be honest, be yourself, answer every section, and submit the application at the early-bird deadline. Admissions officers' primary mission is to set the best class every year for their program. Helping them do this earlier rather than later, I believe helps your chances of getting in. It also indicates to them that you are serious about attending a program and committed to getting accepted somewhere. Make them feel like if they don't offer you a seat now, then they may miss out on you.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the Kaplan 800 GMAT prep book as my exclusive GMAT test prep material and was very satisfied. The book was comprehensive while remaining a manageable amount of material to study. I would highly recommend it as it was effective study material and was much more representative of actual test questions than books like Princeton Review. Also the book is a great value compared to high priced classes and tutoring sessions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth /2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Only apply to places you want to go and schools that really match your interests.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I used the private GMAT tutoring, and it was worth every penny. I got a better score than I was even expecting. My tutor was incredibly knowledgeable about the test and had previously written curriculum for Kaplan’s textbooks and classes. Private tutoring allowed me to focus on specific issues and not waste any time.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Chicago Booth 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start prep early and practice often.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan test prep was great. I would strongly suggest focusing on the online course material as I found the in-class prep course to be less helpful as everyone moves at different paces. The online course provides lectures as well as additional practice. The lectures available are extremely useful and are much more helpful than in-class prep. Overall, the score I received towards the end of my test prep was exactly the same score as I got on the actual GMAT

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: If you choose to go the Kaplan route, I advise only doing the online course. If you would like to do in class, than Manhattan GMAT (owned by Kaplan) may be a better option for you
    • 4 out of 5

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      comprehensive study materials for the GMAT. The live Kaplan courses had a good structure and did a great job of explaining how the GMAT works, the types of questions to expect and how to pace your next several weeks of studying. I found the online component extremely useful. There were great video explanations for practice questions, multiple practice tests and feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. The two together really helped my GMAT score.Kaplan is great about providing helpful tools and hints to “unlock” solutions — even if you aren’t sure of an answer, Kaplan gives you strategies to figure out what it might be, helping you have the greatest shot at success. I used the free practice tests online as well as the CD/software that came with the book. Learning the material in different ways helped to reinforce the concepts and ultimately, the information stuck with me! I recommend Kaplan.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Paul Merage School of Business CO2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be sincere and have a good story to tell. Why your past, your present, and your future all align for a particular school
    • 4 out of 5

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      I took a course at Kaplan to get an better idea of how GMAT test would be like. It helped me to learn some little tricks to solve problems faster and more efficiently. I was also able to get feedback on the essays from the instructors, which was also helpful.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Willamette University Atkinson MBA / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Get started as soon as you can.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I work best when I self-study, but I needed clear, comprehensive study materials for the GMAT and ended up going with a mix of Kaplan and Manhattan. These were the best complementary test prep materials for me and I can confidently say that everything you need to ace the GMAT exam is in the Kaplan and Manhattan books – it’s all a matter of discipline and comprehension.

      I did not use any admissions consulting services.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson/ 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Self-assess. You know your strengths, weaknesses and things that make you stand out. An application is all about building a comprehensive package that best showcases YOU. Have a story, be authentic, and be ready to work your butt off!
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan books were a great resource and helped me attain a high score with just a couple of weeks of review.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure you research the schools you are interested in and are able to provide specific reasons for why you would like to attend a particular school.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The online Kaplan course was great! I learned everything I needed to know for the GMAT, and the online forum made it easier to integrate into my schedule.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure you know what makes you a unique applicant and integrate that personal story into every aspect of the application process.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I loved the course and the modules were easy to follow. It helped to build on my personal studying I did beforehand using just a GMAT test prep book I purchased from Amazon. The Kaplan program was really beneficial.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: university of california, Irvine/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Have your 5 free score report schools picked out ahead of time. Pick a range of schools, not all 5 in the same ballpark
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan was awesome. I have tons of computer adaptive tests and training quizzes that helped me prepare for the GMAT. It also provided great online videos that taught difficult concepts. I could watch them on my own time – it was super convenient.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: BYU Marriott School of Management 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be sincere and have a good story to tell. Why your past, your present, and your future all align for a particular school
    • 1 out of 5

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      I used this system and it didn’t work at all for me. Economist GMAT worked much better.

      These guys aren’t innovative. Their online tools are basically just the book, but in a computer format. They haven’t done anything to really help you prioritize your studying.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: BYU Marriott School of Business / 2016
    • 4 out of 5

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      Having been out of school for quite some time it was good to be back in a classroom with an instructor. The live Kaplan courses had a good structure and did a great job of explaining how the GMAT works, the types of questions to expect and how to pace your next several weeks of studying. I found the online component extremely useful. There were great video explanations for practice questions, multiple practice tests and feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. The two together really helped my GMAT score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Foster School of Business, University of Washington / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Tailor your application for the school you are applying for. Look for each schools mission statements, interviews admission people have given, ask questions to current students etc. Not only did this get me excited about particular school, it helped me hone in on the story I wanted to tell the admissions committee.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Loved the course. It really helped me to think and see things from a different perspective.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: BYU/2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Keep Trying
    • 4 out of 5

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      The modules were easy to follow and the quantitative prep was very helpful. I took the test after being out of school for 7 years so I definitely needed a refresher!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU W.P. Carey / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Remember that the GMAT is only part of your overall evaluation. Do not be discouraged if you don't get the score that you want because you can make up for it on the rest of your application.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I thoroughly enjoyed the GMAT prep course with Kaplan. It prepared me well for the test and helped me perform to the best of my ability.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Allow yourself enough time to prepare to perform your best on the GMAT.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I decided I was going to take the GMAT exam and pursue business school in early January 2014 and signed up for a June exam — which didn’t leave me much time. The test itself was very expensive so the last thing I wanted to do was pay for expensive prep sessions, tutoring or other offerings (though, I know many people to whom those have been valuable). I toughed it out by getting Kaplan’s GMAT preparation book but I found it to be enormously helpful. I would read through each section on my own, trace through the practice problems and either attempt the end of chapter questions or follow the solution explanation to understand how to tackle the problem. Kaplan is great about providing helpful tools and hints to “unlock” solutions — even if you aren’t sure of an answer, Kaplan gives you strategies to figure out what it might be, helping you have the greatest shot at success. I used the free practice tests online as well as the CD/software that came with the book. Learning the material in different ways helped to reinforce the concepts and ultimately, the information stuck with me! I recommend Kaplan. They’ve really refined their processes and want students to do well.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: The George Washington University School of Business/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Truly know what it is you are looking for out of your MBA experience. You can get an MBA from almost anywhere, but to make the degree count, you want it to be from somewhere that offers a program and curriculum that suits your needs and career interests, or that you can appropriately tailor to those needs. By finding the right program, you will show you've done your research and know why a certain school might be a good fit for you and your application, interviews, etc. will show that confidence and goal-mindedness.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan test prep course was helpful in letting me understand what the questions were like and how they were structured. Kaplan matches the real test questions more closely than other test preps I have seen, so that you get a better feel for the GMAT than you do with other courses. The explanations help you understand the “why” of the answer so that when you see a similar question, you can more readily reason your way through it.

      The downside is that they are somewhat generic and will only let you get so far. There isn’t much in the way of hints to get over the hump of taking the test and how to separate yourself from the crowd.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Mayes College , University of the Sciences
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply as often and to as many schools as you logically want. It is actually easier to get into grad school than undergrad and as long as your undergrad is OK, grad schools will accept you. Don't sweat these GMAT scores, just apply and go for it. Grad school is easier than undergrad because schools are more invested in making sure you do well.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The books were a good overview of material needed for GMAT – well organized and easy to digest in smaller sections for self-learning. Overall this was a valuable way to prep for the GMAT as most concepts were covered in undergrad but helped pinpoint necessary concepts to review and practice. Ultimately you get out of the test prep what you put into it- it takes daily practice and continuous effort to prep for the GMAT. No one can learn or practice for you. Books are an excellent guide for those willing to put in the work.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of the Sciences of Philadelphia / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Spend a few years in the professional arena first. Use your experiences to relate what you have learned in a real-world setting and why an MBA will help advance your goals.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan gave me everything I needed to score a 760 on the first try without much effort beyond the course. Highly recommend.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Said Business School / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and genuinely think about what you want to get out of the MBA. Considering the future is crucial to a great application and to a fruitful MBA experience in general.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used Kaplan GMAT premiere book when I was preparing for my GMAT back in 2012. I recommend it to anyone who have left school for many years. It’s a good start point for the review process. It helped me to picked up the basic concepts that I have’t used for a long time. It also gives a lot of useful suggestions about the logic of the test. GMAT is not difficult, as long as you can get yourself familiar with the type of questions and the format of the test. I am not good at math but I ended up with a 99% for the Q part and a final score of 720.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Boston University Questrom School of Business
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Focus on the Quantitative part of the test if you want to get a high score! :)
    • 3 out of 5

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      I really benefitted from the usage of the Kaplan GMAT premiere book set. I also had the Kaplan flash cards and workbooks as well. I found them somewhat boring and generic and wish it had more in-depth descriptions of what I should have expected on the GMAT. I found that the Kaplan GMAT was a little bit more difficult than the actual GMAT alone, I would recommend these books for any student preparing for the test.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: West Texas A&M University/ 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start preparing for the GMAT at least 6 months or more prior to taking the test, you will do significantly better than if not studying/preparing last minute.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The Kaplan prep books fully prepared me for the GMAT. I used the general book along with the 800 GMAT book. If you intend to break 700, I recommend this as the best way to go. The general book gave me the basics and the 800 book prepared me for all of the difficult level questions. I spent about two months studying and got a 740. I found the Kaplan practice tests to be significantly harder than the actual GMAT, which was wonderful. Overall, highly recommend.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: This is an incredibly long and emotionally taxing process. Divide it into manageable segments, and it won't be nearly as daunting. Make sure you give yourself at least 6 months to study for and take the GMAT, prepare applications, write essays, and submit.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I initially purchased the Kaplan GMAT book and studied for about three weeks before I took the exam. I did not do well on the exam initially. In hindsight, I should have purchased a program right away versus just the book. I don’t think the book alone prepared me well enough for the exam. After registering for a program, I better understood why I got answers wrong and the best technique for tackling questions based on my abilities.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't waste your time and money on the book alone. It is really worth doing a program. While programs are obviously more expensive, you will see a greater improvement from purchasing a program.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Improved my baseline score (no prep, cold) by 90 points.

      I took the remote group course (every other evening) over 5 weeks and had an excellent instructor. I was working every night 2.5-3.5h, either on homework, or on attending the class. I took my first test right after with little actual practice test prep, did ok. Waited a month without studying and let the knowledge sink and settle. Then took a ton of practice tests, took it again and did well.

      Kaplan should have an entire lesson dedicated to test workflow, and time management during the test, a huge driver of score increase.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2015
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: The GMAT is only part of the picture. With Wharton, GSB, and HBS now having over 730 average scores, it's tough to wow, even with a super high score. Let's keep our feet on the ground and set standards: if you got a 720 score, you're very smart, no question. Instead of pushing to get a 730, 740, or more, FOCUS on your essays. That's the one thing that can really wow the reviewer. A former colleague of mine got a 770 and didn't even get interviewed at Wharton, GSB, and HBS because he thought his score and grades (4.0 for both bachelor's and master's of engineering at two Ivy League schools) would do most of the work (he did tech banking and tech VC pre-MBA). He didn't spend enough time on his essays and leadership extracurriculars and it showed. Top b-schools want well-rounded candidates with creative minds, exceptional personalities, and with a track record of leadership and achievements, not expert test-takers and number crunchers.Back to the GMAT: Time management is everything. The one trick that got my score jumping from +50 to +90 points was writing down the minute I was starting a question. If it took me more than 30 seconds to understand the question. Pass. If it took me more than 2 minutes to solve. Pass. EVEN if I was on my way to getting the question. A 4-minute solved question will bite you down the line. EVERYONE who graduates from a decent college can do GMAT questions untimed. The question is: How fast? Skip the long questions, they are traps for those who can't plan and can't manage time.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s GMAT test prep was very effective and allowed me to achieve a great score on my first try.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Missouri/'16
    • 4 out of 5

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      Very good program with Kaplan, it helped me to get better score on the GRE/GMAT so I got into University of Missouri in Columbia.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Missouri Trulaske/2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Challenge yourself with hard courses.
    • 5 out of 5

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      Kaplan’s GMAT test prep course in London – the one I took was 2 weeks long – was brilliant. The tutor was engaged and engaging and keen to help. The group size helped but was diverse enough to enable great assistance.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Judge (Cambridge), 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Speak to alumni from anywhere you're thinking of applying to.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I have used Kaplan for several test preps and I am always pleased with the quality and depth of the information. I really like the ability to watch videos on your own schedule and pause when needed. The instructors have pleasant voices to listen to for the hours you will spend listening. This is a good program if you are short on time but if you are not then you may be able to self teach with books from the library.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin School of Business/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and always apply to more schools than you think you need to.
    • 3 out of 5

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      It was a decent study guide but not representative of the actual test. The test was much more difficult than the examples provided, but it did help with basic skills.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UT Dallas, 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I would recommend taking tests that are representative of what it would be like on test day, rather than at home tests.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan provided a solid foundation for the makings of the GMAT exam. The format of the Kaplan GMAT review helped me understand how the test is created on the surface level and then the review proceeded to uncover the specifics of the test itself, including strategies and various test advice. I was pleased with the amount of information Kaplan provided and felt the review was sufficiently organized to cover the basic topics and then dig deeper once the foundation was understood. In summary, I would recommend the Kaplan GMAT review to those looking to gain an understanding of the core GMAT principles and strategies that will help the most come test day.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Kansas / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice to future MBA applicants is to take care of the other parts of the MBA application (essays, letters of recommendation, resume, etc.) before studying for the GMAT exam. Thus, students can focus wholeheartedly on the test itself. I would begin this process months in advance and recommend students give themselves at least 2-3 months of complete test study. Good luck!
    • 3 out of 5

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      I took the online class and bought the book. It was helpful to keep me organized and plan out my test prep. The online class was slow at times, but a good way to force me to stay focused and on track as I was also working a full time job.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rotman School of Management
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start your test prep early and make sure to give yourself enough time to get familiar with the how the test works. It's a game - so do yourself a favor and learn the tricks.
    • 3 out of 5

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      It was extremely helpful to get some practice with the format and timing of the test. It really does become a game of learning how to take the test over actually knowing the material. Kaplan provided a lot of the tools necessary for me to do so.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC Kenan-Flagler/ 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: I'd suggest really making the most of you're diverse experiences and trying to showcase those in essays or interviews. You contribute the most when you contribute differently but still relevantly.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Took in class in addition to online and book review from Kaplan. I found the in class to be a bit slow, as it needed to accompany everyone. However, by having class it kept me on schedule since I had a full time job. Practice tests were the best help.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rotman
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early. Apply for all of the schools during the same round, as some schools will give deadline to accept. Go in with an idea of what you want out of your MBA and which career path you want to take. Talk to people who have had their MBA and are in MBA to get a better sense of process. Don't just go in expecting higher pay, go in expecting tangible changes to career path.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan Test Prep is a highly effective approach to prepare for the GMAT test, which contains a full spectrum of tips, mock test and detailed answers for the test. I found it especially useful and important when the time is tight, in which situation I need Kaplan Test Prep to enhance my efficiency and get myself prepared as quick as possible.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rotman School of Management / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Attending MBA is like making an investment, think hard about the risk-adjusted return post-MBA before making your decision. It will always be rewarded to communicate with those graduates of MBA and listen to their advice.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The GMAT On Demand Online test prep was very effective at keeping my studying on track with a clear schedule and focus on key strategies. It was great to be able to access material as needed and even take a practice test at an actual test center. The structure of the course helped me master the strategies well and revisit areas in need of additional practice since the course tracked strengths and weaknesses. Definitely recommend it to those with busy schedules.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale School of Management / 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be true to your interests and be sure to visit all schools you are considering since this proved to be the deciding factor for me. Talk to current students and make your essay unique.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan test prep has good structured approach to learning different test subjects. Online tests help stimulate the tests. Nice test question bank, but you might need other sources to find more questions.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't just rely on websites to learn about MBA programs.
    • 4 out of 5

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      The Kaplan GMAT book and online resources provide a structured method for preparing all test subjects. The online tests are great ways to simulate the actual test. The question bank has a good number of questions, but you may need to find other sources to focus on certain question types.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2019
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't just rely on websites to learn about different MBA programs.
    • 2 out of 5

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      I did not like its program, it was intended for people who were 100% dedicated to GMAT preparation, and did not have any other occupation.

      3 months for me it was not enough time for me to prepare for the GMAT; and also I consider Kaplan too pricey for what it offers.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Tampa / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Pay detailed attetion to the universities you are applying, and consider other factors besied the school ranking during that process.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I took the online Kaplan course to prepare for my GMAT and it was awesome. The hours were so flexible and it felt like I was there in-person taking the class. The teachers were all very interactive and engaging and I actually feel like I learned better this way.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Temple University/2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take your time with studying and applying to business school. Really research your options for business school and have a target score in mind to get on the GMAT and work towards that goal.
    • 5 out of 5

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      I studied for my GMAT exam with Kaplan preparation materials and it helped me a lot for understanding and practicing the most difficult exercises. I totally advise practicing with Kaplan for ones that need to reach the higher scores on the GMAT exam!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Look for the top ranked universities in advance to get to know the requirements and apply for the best ones.
    • 5 out of 5

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      As a Company Commander stationed at Ft. Hood and father to four kids, my time was very limited. My plan was to start with a tutor before I took the GMAT so that I didn’t pick up any bad habits or waste time studying material that I didn’t need. I searched all I could around the area and came across this program. I read the reviews just like you are now, and wondered if a GMAT prep course could really be this great. I called Dr. Amar that day and was very impressed with how much he knew about the military since he had so many other officers attending his course. I signed up for the weekly class that met on Saturdays.

      Dr. Amar’s study flight plan offered me enough time to not only work the problems out, but also get my questions together that I was unable to answer on my own. I will say this is probably the single most important part about studying for the GMAT — understanding how to solve the problems — and this is exactly what Dr. Amar taught me that I would have never learned on my own. He breaks all of the different subjects down into their simplest forms so that you are not learning the wrong ways of tackling problems. What is best is that this course is based on GMAC-produced study materials and exams, not the poor quality materials you will find out there.

      I deployed overseas shortly after completing his class, and I continued to stay in contact with Dr. Amar on my progress with the GMAT. I continued to ask questions, and he always made time to get back to me and provide feedback that helped raise my score over 200 points from my first practice test. I, like others here, just wish I would have started earlier with him.

      Going through the class, I made several friendships in the class, and one of them was another Army Officer. He talked to me about Elaine Conces for consulting services. At first I was skeptical, because the other consulting agencies I was looking at cost way more than her services, and since the other consulting firms were bigger, I was worried that I might miss something as I attempted to get in a Top 20 business school. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Elaine really took the coach, teach, and mentor approach with me at every stage of the process. I worked with her through my deployment, and I don’t think it couldn’t have gone more smoothly. She gave me guidance on the schools that I was looking at, and some schools that I didn’t really think of much before, and all the different pros and cons for each school. We war gamed my application strategy and timeline to ensure I met every deadline for each school I applied to. She was able to take my strengths and really help me build on that to broadcast my leadership and management experience in each one of my applications.

      Once each application was in, Elaine would even Skype with me at all different times for interview prep as I was traveling around the Middle East. When times were tough for me down range and the stress of getting into a great MBA program was growing, she brought me back in to stay on track. She was a tremendous help in reaching my goals, and I am so glad I didn’t go with anyone else but her.

      I will say with 100% certainty that if I did not go through this program with both Dr. Amar and Elaine, I would not have ended up in graduate school on my own. I have grown so much working with both of them that I only hope more people will take this golden opportunity they have right here in Austin. For my military friends, the drive is nothing, and you will be surprised that there are several Army personnel who attend this course. You will not regret this decision if you are a hard worker and motivated to reach your goals.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chadron State College/2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don’t apply to business school, until you’re ready. Take the time to develop professional and leadership experience. If that means delaying entry for a year, then do it. I feel strongly that waiting a year to gain valuable experience can make a decisive difference in a student's candidacy. Take time to become familiar with each school and what makes each distinct. It is very important to find the right cultural fit is. Make sure you give yourself enough time to do that.I strongly recommend attaining a decent GMAT score, using your target school’s median score, as a rule of thumb. If you are only a few points below the mark, you might find it more beneficial to move on and work on other application components. Most business schools want their students to not only be academically sound, but passionate about supporting their local communities. An active role in volunteering is a great way to demonstrate these commitments. It presents opportunities for you to show leadership and organizational skills.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Thought the book was great and well organized

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: College of William and Mary / 2018
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Pick your budget and find the best school in your budget
    • 3 out of 5

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      The self-paced texts and practice tests from Kaplan give you a great feel for the layout of the test. After taking several of the online practice tests, I was very prepared for what to expect on the actual test day. My one word of caution is that I found the Kaplan Quantitative questions much easier than the actual test. The verbal section was very similar in difficulty compared to the actual test. If you have any idea that you need more help with quantitative topics, get a head start and use more than one source (Kaplan/Manhattan/etc.)

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Haas 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Give the GMAT some time. Study hard and give yourself enough of a buffer. Taking the GMAT while filling out applications is very difficult. Lastly, once you're done taking tests, focus on telling a compelling story about how your career is enhanced with an MBA. Good luck!
    • 4 out of 5

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      Has both online and paper tests. Felt that they were harder (as in scored lower) than the actual test so could be demotivating but the combination and instructional lessons throughout enabled me to prepare successfully.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Berkeley (Haas) 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Schedule the GMAT a few months away to get in on the calendar to get you to study. If possible, take the test right after undergrad to get it out of the way before work.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the Kaplan books for my GMAT prep. I also purchased the quant review book to get a more in-depth review of the math topics. These books are a great, affordable option if you have the discipline to study on your own.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early!
    • 5 out of 5

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      I took private lessons for the GMAT and solved the Kaplan online test to practice 1 month before my exam. 2 weeks before my exam, I solved one of the 2 free sample tests from GMAC, and 1 week before my exam, I solved the 2nd free sample test. All the 3 tests are very close to reality and are perfect for practicing and measuring your time. The only thing is they do not consider the essay.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take the online Kaplan test to practice, but do it 3-4 weeks before your exam. Do not do any sample test the previous 3 days before your real exam, so you do not get exhausted and are fresh for test.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan provides a basic overview of what to expect on the GMAT, especially for someone who has not seen those types of questions for a few years. There are a copious amount of practice problems that are beneficial. Overall I would recommend.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU MBA 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be sure to take advantage of services provided, such as a resume review, before submitting your application.
    • 5 out of 5

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      For someone who has the raw horsepower, but not the experience, this book is very helpful

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tepper 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used the book and the online practice tests. Helps you lean basic tactics for each part of the test. GMAT measures how well you take the GMAT, not much else, and this program helps. Took me from a 620 to a 700.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU, 2016
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Apply early.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The books and online tests are definitely worth the money. I have recommended them to everyone who asks.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: hbs 2016
    • 4 out of 5

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      I took much more from the kaplan online platform rather than the in-class preparation. In particular, working through the practice problems and exams was critical to help me better manage my time, focus, and speed of each question.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School (2016)
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: What is YOUR story. Make sure you have a differentiated story to SUCCINCTLY tell the audience why you are a great fit for their MBA program.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Kaplan is a great test prep program from the standpoint of being realistic. I found that it nicely mirrored the actual test and was worth the money!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Sloan MBA 2016
    • 5 out of 5

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      The kaplan prep book was thorough and gave good advice for test day and offered good structured praCtice questions by category to focus on weaknesses. The Online access to Tests were very accurate and also accurately estimated my Score.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Iowa
    • 4 out of 5

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      I used practice test from kaplan and found them very useful.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan state univerisity
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: be yourself !
    • 3 out of 5

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      Practice tests are really useful, if you need a class to motivate you to actually take the full practice tests this is a good option.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellog 2017
    • 3 out of 5

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      i used the kaplan gmat prep book EXTENSIVELY in my gmat prep. the book is a good introduction, but i found the tests provided not be be a great indicator of actual performance. it’s an affordable option, but there are better options out there. specifically, i found the economist gmat prep option much better (UNFORTUNATELY its really expensive and I only used a trial)

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: michigan state university, 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: start early and try and visit the schools/interact with students.
    • 4 out of 5

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      Overall did a good job,

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: MIT, 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Set goals well ahead of due dates, work hard on the GMAT and don't be afraid to show off things about yourself that might be different.
    • 4 out of 5

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      I WAS ON A TIME CRUNCH AND ONLY HAD 3 WEEKS TO PREP FOR THE GMAT. I BOUGHT THE KAPLAN BOOK AND TRIED GOING THAT ROUTE FIRST. I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND REALIZED I NEEDED MORE INSTRUCTION, SO I SIGNED UP FOR THE KAPLAN ON-DEMAND COURSE. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COVER 12 WEEKS..I DID IT IN 12 DAYS. THE INSTRUCTION WAS MODERATELY HELPFUL, BUT THE BEST ASPECT WAS THE DATABASE OF TEST QUESTIONS SO I COULD CONTINUALLY PRACTICING WITH TIME PRESSURE.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: harvard business school / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: don't wait on the gmat!!! at the same time, don't think it's the only thing that matters for every school.
    • 5 out of 5

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      The book and practice exams online helped me teach myself and get a feel for how the test works

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan state - Broad / 2016
    • 4 out of 5

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      Good basic book that is targeted at students who are looking to score in the 600 range. those looking for more advanced materials (and a score that starts with a 7) are better off using a different service.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg / 2017
      • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't underestimate how long the little 200-300 word questions take. it's not all about the essays.

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