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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.
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:
- Private Tutoring starts at $2,499.
- Classroom courses start at $1,449.
- Live online classes begin at $1,899.
- Self-paced programs start at $599.
- Private Tutoring starts at $2,499.
- Classroom courses start at $1,599.
- Live online classes begin at $1.399.
- Self-paced programs start at $299.
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You can reach Kaplan at their toll free number (800) KAP-TEST or by email at email@example.com
Elizabeth Pannel – :
Kaplan’s test prep helped me prepare for the GRE and helped me remember concepts that I had long forgotten! I utilized Kaplan’s prep book and their customer service and it was excellent! I ended up not having to take the GRE due to my undergraduate GPA, but the concepts I learned during the prep helped me immensely during my graduate level math class!
Clare Catherine – :
I used Kaplan to prepare for the GMAT – very helpful and customized to my specific learning areas – helped me reach my test score goal!
Caitlin Lewis – :
I have used Kaplan test prep for a number of exams – GRE, CLEPs, SAT, ACT, GMAT – and it has consistently been a benchmark to my studies. There is a reason that they are a leader in their field and users feel confident returning exam after exam..
Stella Thermos – :
Great online course that helped me prepare for the GMAT. Gene Suhir was my instructor, who not only engaging but patient and did a great job explaining complex concepts.
Kat – :
Super helpful material, easy to learn by yourself. Got me into the program I dreamed of! Highly recommend it!
Taravati Schmitt – :
This GRE test preparation was beyond helpful. If there is any way of investing in yourself and your future, I would say getting the additional help of a tutor or online class is the way to go. From whichever background your career or major is from, the teachers will help aid you on increasing your skills and your scores.
William Smith – :
Helpful, and easy to use. I was able to accurately judge what I would get on the exam and felt filly prepared. Really liked how it let me take an exam and focus on my weaknesses instead of blinding tackling all subject matter.
Victor Ramirez – :
This program was very helpful and recommended.
Maddison Lee – :
Kaplan Test Prep helped me increase my overall GMAT score. I was very discouraged when I first started studying for the GMAT, but after finishing the test prep I felt confident and ready for the test.
Esmeralda Adames – :
I used Kaplan services as I was prepping for the MCAT, and the instructors made physics so much more bearable! It’s easy to become overwhelmed as you’re prepparing, but the instructors answered every question thoroughly and clearly. It was also incredibly helpful how they asked test-like questions during their live classes so they can assess everyones understanding of the material. When someone scored low, they would take the time to re-explain main concepts (some would even offer tips and tricks to remember formulas)!
Stephen Kenneth Pierpoint – :
Overall very good program but a little expensive.
Madison (Aquino) Calvert – :
Kaplan was a good resource for GMAT preparation but could work to promote and outline visuals that help convey the importance of studying and focusing on the weaker subjects for a student to become more well-rounded.
Whitner Chase – :
My GRE test prep experience from Kaplan was exactly what I needed to gain the confidence to test well enough to achieve my testing goal and gain admission to one of my top program choices.
The teacher of my course offered detailed, thoughtful and personalized feedback of my practice tests and any questions I sent him. Was so impressed – this guy had a family and a full-time job on his hands too!
Frank Ogbuagu – :
The Kaplan GMAT test prep was an excellent prep resource and key to achieving a score in my target range on the first try. Definitely recommend.
Sanjana Sheshagiri Hebbar – :
Good to review once before giving the official GMAT exam
Joan ABurime – :
A good material!
sharon – :
Course content is pretty average for the price that you pay
Nabeel Kassam – :
Strongly recommend, helped improve my math skills and ability to answer difficult word problems
Abby Reyes – :
The Kaplan GMAT test prep was a good resource for prepping me for this exam.I especially appreciate the money back if you do not receive a higher score than when you started the course. It was pricer then other prep courses but it has a good reputation for being a test prep company yo can rely on.
Olivia Herdje – :
Kaplan was great — I attended Kaplan’s Online GRE Prep Course. The course lasted 6 weeks and we met twice a week for 3 hour sessions. The instructor was great and provided many short cuts for common GRE questions. The online class was hosted on Adobe’s Connect platform. Our class was able to ask questions via chat and also had the option to private message the instructors if we had specific questions.
Michael Sandner – :
Very thorough review of all relevant content, but not crowded with too much excess information or unnecessary ‘fluff’. Definitely a very effective tool for a good value.
Maya Carlyle – :
I’m a bit of a try-hard: I read reviews, I take advantage free previews, I try several products before I settle. When the end goal is a great GMAT score, I felt like this kind of effort was worth it.
I was, for the most part, happy with Kaplan. I felt a little like I could have found the same study support for free elsewhere online, but having it all in one place and with the test day experience, I decided to try. In the end, I was 80% pleased with the purchase – I did get into the program I applied to!
Darik Dillard – :
Out of the 3 GMAT test prep courses I used over 2 years of GMAT preparation, the Kaplan self-paced test prep course was the most comprehensive. It provide a valuable mixture of video content, traditional instruction, and practice assessments that adequately conditioned me to grow comfortable with the GMAT format and critical aspects being assessed. I would recommend anyone seeking to do well on their GMAT to use Kaplan test prep. The only draw back is the limitation on practice question difficulty during the “Test Day Experience” that I felt did not correlate with the varying difficult of the actual GMAT tests.
Monika Fanous – :
Gets the job done. Good at sharpening quantitative skills with a wide array of practice problems and online resources.
Jade Haynes – :
Class was well structured, felt like it was more quant focused
Daniel Cotton – :
Kaplan’s MBA prep resources gave me the tools I needed to score well on my GMAT. Highly recommend!
Tyler Hamilton – :
Kaplan was great! I thought the practice tests mirrored the difficulty level of the actual GMAT and the practice test that I was able to take in person really helped me experience the whole thing without the actual stress of it being a real test. When it came time to take my test, I was mentally and physically ready to take it.
Additionally, their customer service was great. My test kept being cancelled due to COVID and they extended my self-study course twice, at no extra charge, in order to let me study right up until my test.
Anna Valuev – :
Incredibly helpful GRE test prep materials!
Carly – :
Great test prep support and class material, but it is not a good investment considering the cost. There are many other inexpensive test prep services out there that will give you the same results.
Dominique Martinez – :
Honest to God, I don’t know how people take the GMAT/GRE or any exam without taking a prep class. The insight and expertise Kaplan has is exceptional and the care they take in selecting instructors is worthwhile. I’ve taken multiple prep classes and the results I had from Kaplan far exceeded both any previous results and my expectations. Kaplan also honored their commitment to for students to be happy with their results. I felt I got an exceptionally hard exam one test day and wasn’t thrilled with my results after all my efforts and studying. Kaplan gave me a FREE re-do of their classes to sharpen my skills and get more practice tests in and ultimately, I had one of the higher rated scores in my class for MBA school (based on class averages, and it’s one of the top MBA schools in the nation). Kaplan wasn’t any old prep course. It was fun, engaging, and meaningful. I will continue to push for these classes for my kids when it’s time!
Edvina May – :
This course was essential in helping me prepare for graduate school. This is my second career, so it was wonderful to find joy again education.
Robyne Jones – :
The review course was excellent in all forms and convenient to me. It is a solid option for test-takers and provide practice test questions that are more accurate in representing the questions you will likely see on test day.
Brent Pratte – :
I used Kaplan GMAT Study Guide; it’s pretty comprehensive and provides shortcuts on how to solve problems quicker. GMAT tricks to watch out for you. It’s pretty awesome.
If you are a dedicated learner, you can get a decent GMAT score just by studying Kaplan Review book.
Omar Haydar – :
One of the best and most trusted test preps. Straightforward concise and accessible, it will enable the test taker to be ready and
CHRIS PALMER – :
I used the GRE test prep, book and audio files. There is a lot of material to cove in this book, so I would recommend to start studying a year before you plan to take the test.
Rafaela Idrovo – :
This isn’t my first Kaplan course which is why I picked it when pursuing my GMAT. The Kaplan software is focused and the practice exams and exercises were the most helpful. The price could be better.
Chan Kyi – :
I used Kaplan GMAT Study Guide; it’s pretty comprehensive and provides shortcuts on how to solve problems quicker. GMAT tricks to watch out for you. It’s pretty awesome.
If you are a dedicated learner, you can get a decent GMAT score just by studying Kaplan Review book.
Monika Fanous – :
Not as helpful as I was expecting. needs more tailored teaching practices.
Andrew Moore – :
I’ve used Kaplan in the past for other test preps so decided to use them for the GMAT. The books are thorough and go through different types of questions for each of the topics in enough detail. I found the test bank to be helpful as well but the practice tests didn’t really give an accurate sense of scoring on the actual test.
Megan Hannon – :
I used the Kaplan GMAT test prep for my MBA admissions test. The testing strategies provided in the study books and online were key to my success. I highly recommend the Kaplan test Pre to anyone preparing for the GMAT.
Gabriel Acosta – :
I used the KaplanGMAT test prep for my MBA, but preferred GMAC’s official study books. The kaplan books are a good starting point.
Lori Carter – :
I actually worked for Kaplan teaching the courses for taking the PSAT, SAT and ACT. I really wasn’t impressed with the changes from one year to the next. I would think you would make major changes depending on how students performed on in class testing and the ACT/SAT results. It seems like they would continue that same process for bachelor and graduate level testing.
Emily – :
Kaplan provided through guided tutoring, practice tests, and exercises. I felt prepared for the GMAT with their resources. I recommend enrolling with a private tutor or live classes rather than a self-paced course if you require additional accountability to hit milestones by the test date.
Dylan Campbell – :
I used the KaplanGMAT test prep for my MBA and was delighted with the results. The prep offers a diagnostic test you take at the beginning of your studies that helps guide you towards areas of emphasis for you to improve on. I also enjoyed the practice tests with the in depth analysis upon completion and easy-to-understand follow up on all of the questions. This test prep allowed me to obtain a high score and get into my first choice MBA program!
Ryan Daly – :
I took Kaplan’s live online course and was very happy with the result!
Meredith Moshier – :
I really like the online GMAT course prep it really helped and came up with strategies to excel on the exam.
Victoria Qiu – :
I used their services for the GRE and the most helpful thing was their program where you could take a simulated real session at the testing location.
Morgan Dunville – :
I bought a Kaplan GRE and GMAT test book that came with online supplemental materials. The book was good to refresh my memory on the concepts that would be tested. The most useful part of the package, though, was the online resources because it had timed practice tests that reveled the format/look of the real exam. It helped me track my time and progress while studying!
Mike Green – :
Really helped improve my gmat score!
Elizabeth Reeves – :
I used the books and they were somewhat helpful. I think the online test prep with problems is way more helpful.
Jaime Jordan – :
The videos were very instructive and made me feel like I was actually in class with the instructors. The best part was the convenience of being able to be able to study wherever I went!
Andrew S – :
Solid test prep
Ma Lang – :
I loved my experience here! I couldn’t have gotten my 750 without what I did with Kaplan.
Sarah Mong – :
Excellent interactive system with practice tests. Really helpful in identifying focus areas for studying.
Harrison Shapiro – :
I thought this program did an incredible job of setting me up for success on the GMAT through its combination of a large set of practice questions and excellent educational videos.
Jeanette Xu – :
The course has good instructional videos for people struggling with the fundamentals. Otherwise, the best use of your time is to go through their massive question bank and their practice tests (they have 8 of them).
Most of the question bank consists of math questions, but there are still plenty of verbal questions. While I improved both my scores, I was mainly struggling with the math section, so I focused most of my efforts there. The explanations are great, and it allowed me to develop best practices for solving these problems.
Aubrey Burns – :
I did a Kaplan in person classroom course in Washington, DC taught by John Palmer. I did the course with 3 hours of 1:1 tutoring and since John was my teacher for the course, I was able to choose him as my 1:1 tutor and do the tutoring in person with him before or after my scheduled class time instead of online. I not only gained the skills needed to succeed on the GMAT with the Kaplan course and John’s teaching but this course was also motivating to keep me studying to hit my goal score. I began the course scoring a 660 and when I took the GMAT, I got a 730. I would 11% recommend the Kaplan course (try to do it in person if possible) and John as a teacher and tutor. It was well worth it.
Victoria Steed – :
I thought the Kaplan book was a very well planned and thought out test prep book. the book was easy to navigate and gave very thorough details on guidance and test prep information.
Cynthia Christine Clotzman – :
Kaplan helped me a lot when I was preparing for MBA school. Not only did I know where stood but I gained a lot of confidence too, which is super important in business.
Carravita Pape-Calabrese – :
Really enjoyed the Kaplan Method, helped structure my GMAT study.
Jasmine Bolden – :
I loved studying with Kaplan. Their test peeps and courses were really helpful for me to understand the material and gain knowledge about how to get a good score!
Maria Sapienza – :
The GRE prep material was not very intuitive to follow and did not really allow for too much more understanding of the material than YouTube videos did. Practice questions on par with other prep companies.
Navin Lobo – :
I have used KAPLAN before for my technical/professional certifications and they have a pretty impressive track-record and study format, which is easier to understand and practice. In fact, there is a tie-up with my employer and KAPLAN is one of the preferred providers.
For GMAT study also, the experience was very similar.
Rachel Kim – :
I used multiple test prep books to study for my GMAT and felt comfortable and prepared when test day came. I would recommend GMAT Kaplan study materials to anyone interested in taking this test.
Lydia Drabik – :
Kaplan’s textbooks and question banks prepared me well for the GMAT! I felt prepared and confident and was happy with my score and got into my program of choice!
Amber Pate – :
Kaplan offers a thorough and complete course prep that will allow you to prepare for the GMAT and walk into the test with the utmost confidence of passing. Highly recommend!
Steven Prestia – :
Kaplan Test Prep not only had a book which provided helpful strategies in approaching the GMAT, but a robust online test prep. There were online practice exams simulating what taking the GMAT would be like, the question of the day service provided a great library to practice from, as well as a mobile app to prepare for the exam whenever I had the time. I would recommend using a Kaplan product to Study for the GMAT.
Tessla Toscano – :
Kaplan has been a helpful and organized method of preparing for the graduate school exam. I’ve found numerous references and organization tools that have helped me prepare for the material and fully understand the challenges of getting into graduate school.
Edoardo Frau – :
I used the Kaplan test prep for my GMAT preparation. I found really useful the online free sample tests to set-up the benchmark (really realistic) and the material on verbal analysis.
Abigail Berge-Clogston – :
I found Kaplan interesting but struggled to find the real value I was paying for. There are other services for much less that I could have used with similar results.
Brittany Taylor – :
Using the Kaplan resources helped me feel prepared for a test where I thought passing was questionable. With everything riding on getting a good score, I knew it would be important to prepare. I also didn’t want to spend too many endless hours working to get where I felt I wanted to be. Thank you for the opportunity!!
Tyler Fischer – :
This Prep included many practice problems and detailed information on how to answer the questions. I would have liked to see more of the basics covered in this test prep. The GMAT is based on fundamental math and the test prep assumed you already were up to date in the fundamentals. It had been years since reviewing some of these concepts which required me to go elsewhere for most of my studying.
Natasha Bogdanovic – :
The prep materials leave nothing to be wanted. Very thorough explanations of the test, content, and strategies. The online user face is very easy to use and has a lot of important additional content I found helpful. I feel confident using them for other exams now as well.
Lily Jumean – :
Kaplan resources were extremely helpful when I first took the GRE. The thing I found the most useful was the word bank where I was able to generate mini quizzes each day! I would practice 5-6 and I believe the practice tests were good reflections of the exam. The essay guide was the perfect outline for me to score almost full
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Sherry – :
I did the self-paced GMAT program. The material is super helpful, especially the practice tests and the Q-bank. However, customer service isn’t great, and there seems to be a lot of backend issues.
Erin Tyner – :
In general I trust Kaplan as they have worked for other tests I have taken. I trust the Kaplan name and I believe they raise scores.
Jorge Chilin – :
The content was great and was able to get into the school that I applied. Would recommend to give a shot.
Marleny DeLeon – :
The software was cutting-edge and very useful. Looking back, I almost wish I would have taken more advantage of the sample tests and followed Kaplan’s suggested schedule more faithfully.
I chose the in-person option for the lessons and although my teacher was very talented and skilled, the different levels where every student was at made the lessons progress too slowly.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Kaplan to other students and would strongly advise them to stick to the online suggested schedule as much as possible.
Jasmine Motton – :
Super helpful in prepping for the GMAT!
Jonika – :
Kaplan provided helpful study material. I was able to bypass the GMAT due to work experience but before I knew that was an option, I really enjoyed using Kaplan’s online resources to prep.
Megan Ryan – :
Easy to access and found the never ending question bank extremely helpful, but was underwhelmed by the core videos.
ALEX – :
I Absolutely LOVED The Online Tutoring, Thank You Kaplan! I Got Into My #MPA + #MBA Program!
cj – :
I found the Kaplan test prep to be extremely helpful. I attended several online courses and read the prep material in the book thoroughly. I felt very prepared for my exam.
Christian – :
The class room setting was nice and the tutor was great at getting everyone involved. The only thing I did not like was Kaplan’s online learning tools that are suppose to be supplementary. Explanations on problems are difficult to understand and the website is difficult to navigate.
Ariel Helena Smith – :
Great online tutoring program!
Ariel Helena Smith – :
I absolutely LOVED the online tutoring, thank you Kaplan! I got into my #MPA + #MBA program!
Randall Harris Smith – :
Kaplan creates excellent reviews for training of the GRE and GMAT. I was accepted into Texas A&M’s Law School and University of Houston’s business program with my GRE score.
Alexis Almeida – :
Using Kaplan helped me feel much more prepared for the GMAT exam. It was questions very similar to those seen on the exam. I would recommend to others taking it. Its just very expensive to purchase.
Jamisse Gordon – :
I like that they offer discounts for the extensive and quite expensive courses to give students a close experience. Their test prep is a great way to study, and very close to the real thing but even with discounts It can still be too much money.
Christian Andry – :
The Kaplan resources are a great tool to prepare to take the GMAT exam. The book provides summaries on each section, and detailed strategies that will directly contribute to your success. Practice tests located within the online resources are the best method to prepare for sitting for the actual tests and the Question Bank is invaluable to test your knowledge at any time.
Matt – :
Kaplan provided excellent test prep material with easy to follow review lessons, practice questions with explanations on arriving to answers, and thorough practice exams. They provided an easy to follow program to reach desirable test results in only a few months. Highly recommend Kaplan for GMAT prep.
Matthew Mac – :
Kaplan provided a strong overview of all content and their books had solid strategies for how to best tackle the test. There were plenty of examples for all areas. I mainly enjoyed the insights that Kaplan provides, allowing for students to save time.
Nicole Patterson – :
I did the self-paced GRE course to prepare for the GRE for business school. The videos were easy to follow and broke down tough problems into bite size pieces. I hadn’t done a math problem in 8 years and Kaplan’s GRE program did a great job refreshing my memory and helping me relearn how to problem solve in a math context. My main point of feedback for Kaplan is their lack of flexibility around extended pricing – I took the GRE a few times and wanted to be able to extend access to my resources. They eventually cut you off and did not provide warning or flexibility regarding other options.
Ernie Doherty – :
Kaplan was my first source and I found it helpful for giving me the building blocks, though it is not always direct and often takes longer to explain items than other sources (e.g., Magoosh, Manhattan Prep). I would say Kaplan is best for those who genuinely struggle with standardized tests and need a bit more text to understand explanations. For those above 650, I would say that pound-for-pound, other sources would be wiser to start with.
Emily E – :
Kaplan really helped with studying for test day. It is so nice to be able to have different teachers not only walk you through the problems, but also help with the strategies of how to get through the test.I love that you can test yourself in different subjects of your choice and choose how many questions you want to answer. They have timed and untimed mode which really helps prepare you for test day.
Justin Porras – :
The Kaplan test guide was a huge help in studying for the GMAT. I had not taken a math class in about 8 years so it was tough at first to catch up. They gradually build the foundation on basic math skills before getting into the more technical, challenging content.
shelly Carter – :
Kaplan is great review especially since I have been out of school more than 10 years. I was able to get a great score after using there material.
Christina Scott – :
Although expensive, it was really worth the investment. Before Kaplan, I wasn’t sure I even wanted to get my MBA and had applied for a dual degree. After Kaplan and GMAT, I am validated and confident in my decision and feel great regarding how far I’ve come.
Carly – :
Book material and instructors covered a lot of the basic information needed for the test. There are a lot of practice test options and even an in-person practice test where you can go to a testing facility to take the test in a real setting. There were some limitations for in-person v. online classes and they needed a minimum number of students to keep a class open, which delayed my class. Overall, I felt very prepared for the test and Kaplan provided the structured setting that I needed to prepare.
Darryl – :
The Question a Day method by Kaplan really helped me while practicing for the GMAT. Kaplan has its great resources to not only help me but others use their work. Kaplan offers many great ways to help you prepare for your upcoming GMAT test.
Katie L – :
Easy to set your own pace for review after taking the pre-test to get a sense of where you need to focus. There were also enough review questions within each section of material that I felt that I was able to get a solid understanding – not just a cursory overview – for material I hadn’t covered or used in years. After reviewing, the practice tests online that mimicked the GMAT’s adaptive nature were invaluable to recreating the exam experience. I only had to take the GMAT once to receive a score that I was satisfied with thanks to my Kaplan GMAT prep materials.
Caroline Cannon – :
The practice exams that I did were really helpful no started studying by taking one of the practice tests to see what I didn’t know and then was able to identify which areas I needed to study. Then I took another practice exam to test my improvement. Overall a great resource.
Scout Mitchell – :
Kaplan has been my saving grace for all things testing related. From my series 7/66/9/10, all the way to the GMAT, Kaplan has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime of success.
Melissa Christensen – :
Helpful basic GMAT overview and prep for getting a 700+ score.
Shayelin Escritor – :
Their resources are great for practice tests and reading material!
Natalia Alvarez Diaz – :
I found the practice tests offered by Kaplan to be incredibly helpful! Well worth the money to prepare you for test day.
James Wulff-Vanderpuiye – :
Very helpful in preparing students in advance before taking the exact test on the final day. Students know beforehand what to expect and is required of them in partaking this test. Students are trained and fully equipped, fear and intimidation is eliminated as well. Students take the test with confidence and ofcurse pass!
Devon Sanford – :
I used Kaplan to prepare for the GRE. I took their 6-month GRE tutoring program. Having not studied math since high school, the program provided a great introduction and overview of materials. I used the program for about 5 months, took the test and was not satisfied with my score – I needed to up my game on the advanced math questions. So I decided to pay for a GRE math tutor for 4 weeks which was SO well worth it. Super helpful to have the individualized support to nail down the areas I was still struggling with.
Levente Merczel – :
I used the general book and the GMAT 800. The latter was pretty awesome for the verbal part.
Ankit Batra – :
Kaplan books and online material really helped me ace the GMAT despite being a doctor and a military veteran. I will be matriculating at Booth this fall.
Miranda Bejarano – :
I used Kaplan for my GRE test prep. The test material was very relevant and helped me prep and get a good score for my GRA
Natalie Shatro – :
I enjoyed being able to have the book version as well as a suite of materials online as well. Can never have enough practice tests!
Gabby Espinosa – :
I used Kaplan to prepare for my GRE. I was enthused at the ease of accessing the different study components online and the quick response I received when I needed help. The actual study material was really good at breaking down the different parts of the test and it provided in-depth answer clarification.
Jason Hoo – :
I had an old version but it was a top notch program…very easy to use.
Ann O’Callaghan – :
more than prepared me for the great and gmat
Dallas Anderson – :
Kaplan’s study materials give you a good, though a seemingly simplistic overview of the GMAT exam. The principles are simple to understand in the book but more difficult to crossover to the complex test questions on the actual GMAT test.
Amanda Hodgin – :
The best prep I have found online and is very easy to use as well. I truly appreciate a company that cares about the people using the product just as much as the product itself.
Luke McManus – :
Kaplan offered an organized method for learning about what will be on the GMAT and how to best take the GMAT. I would recommend this test prep.
James Prince – :
I really appreciated the Kaplan Test Prep materials, in particular the book. I found the material to be laid out in a way that made it easy to follow. Between my practice test and my actual test, I improved my score by about 150 points and did much better than I anticipated.
Kayla Phillips – :
Kaplan’s in-person GMAT prep course was a good introduction to the material on the GMAT. However, the best prep I received was from 1-on-1 Kaplan tutoring, which I highly recommend.
Sam Siu – :
Kaplan is my favorite test prep company. They’ve helped me with the GRE and GMAT. I love their dedication to their students and their practice tests!
Brett Palatiello – :
I used the Kaplan Test Prep for GMAT as a resource for the Executive Assessment. It was very detailed and everything I encountered on the EA was in the materials. There were a tremendous amount of practice questions that I found very useful. For those studying for the EA in particular, I highly recommend the Kaplan GMAT materials.
Shelby Hillman – :
I used the online Kaplan Test Prep to study for the GMAT and found it extremely helpful. All resources were easy to utilize. The test bank provided tons of practice questions!
Colin Haggerty – :
Provided great instruction and effective tips on how to analyze test questions.
Mallie – :
I found this program to be very helpful in learning how to take the GRE. It improved my test-taking ability and how I go into a testing environment. I was able to improve my knowledge in all subject areas and found that I was able to slowly gain a larger vocabulary without feeling overloaded.
Vatey Leak – :
I used the self-paced Kaplan GRE prep to improve my overall score for both quant and verbal. I would say that the score I got on my practice test is pretty much reflected in my real exam. I love taking those practice questions since they give sufficient explanation on any parts I got it wrong. And I would say that those materials appeared in the real test I took.
Areanna Sabine – :
The online component to the GRE prep books helped me out a ton!
Alysha Zerbe – :
I used the self-paced Kaplan GRE test prep specifically to improve my quant score but ended up utilizing the verbal and essay modules too. It definitely improved my overall score but something I wasn’t expecting was the improvement on the essays. I used several of the sample prompts and submitted them to Kaplan for feedback, which is a great feature available to users of the program. As someone who struggles with writing quickly, the instruction video advising you to choose the topics you can most easily defend and other tips relieved a lot of the pressure on the timed writing. I also recommend taking advantage of the free in person practice test at the center where you will be testing. That way you don’t run the risk of running late on your official test day and will know exactly what to do. Kaplan’s prep would have earned all 5 stars if not for the price, as there are cheaper options available but to those who can afford it, I would recommend the investment.
Elizabeth Daly – :
Kaplan provides many different types of ways to get ready for the GMAT. From online to in-person in both classroom and private settings. I used the online version and found it fit my needs extremely well, and that the teacher went above and beyond to work with me – both during class time and outside of class time. I was able to work through problems as well as other parts of the test – test anxiety, study habits, best way to prep etc. Overall, I would recommend them as a great resource if you are looking for a bit more of a personal approach to a tough test.
Jacob Maki – :
Kaplan has always exceeded my expectations in their ability to cover the real test material and their easy to understand instruction. I would never stray from Kaplan knowing I had a tough exam to pass.
Victor Osinloye – :
Great but didn’t take test due to covid
Carlin Dacey – :
I took Kaplan’s six-week in person Prep class at the UCLA campus in LA. My class size was small so I got a lot of individual attention. Our teacher was very patient and understanding, and helped clarify questions and walk us through answers. The practice test and take home quizzes were all helpful, as were the study books. My score went up dramatically from the first practice test to the final exam. However, I will say that the actual test was much harder than the practice tests. While they provided me with many useful problem solving skills, Kaplan did not prepare me for the harder questions I would face on the exam, and I felt slightly out of my depth. But overall it was a good prep class and I did immensely better than if I had studied only on my own.
Leah Reimschisel – :
I loved the way Kaplan’s resources were self-paced, but thorough. I used Kaplan to prep for the GRE rather than the GMAT and their question bank was invaluable. They had great resources at different budget points that helped me understand what I needed. I was clearly stronger in one area than another and wanted to focus simply on where I needed to improve. Kaplan gave me the tools to do that without me having to sift through information that was inapplicable. Couldn’t have asked for better resources!
Alexis Lercher – :
Kaplan was very easy to use and prepared me well for my GMAT. I appreciate the accelerated learning that helped set me on the road for success in my MBA program. I would recommend this prep program to others!
Anthony Boyle – :
Full Disclosure: I applied to a Professional MBA program.
Kaplan Test Prep did a very good job of presenting relevant information and laying it out in an easy to understand format. The practice tests were a great barometer of how you manage your time for the allotted number of questions. Although the practice test was not able to increase or decrease questions difficulty based on your answer to the previous question they were also a great metric for how well you understood the material and applied it. The large question database Kaplan has means you’ll have plenty of practice (if you so desire) before exam day.
If I was to study for the GMAT again, I would definitely use Kaplan!
Wyatt Lambert – :
Kaplan helped me with both GRE and GMAT. The quantitative and verbal prep sections thoroughly prepared me
Lindsay Bunker – :
Kaplan was able to help me navigate the GMAT via their in-person classes and online portal! I learned lots of tricks especially for the math portion, which was daunting to study on my own. I would recommend taking Kaplan before taking the GMAT. Your score will definitely improve.
Kristen – :
I used Kaplan back when I was in high school preparing for the SAT and found it extremely helpful, so this was a no-brainer.
Mariah Murray – :
I think the book and the sessions online are helpful, but the breakdown of the book could use some work. Also, they could do better when providing answers for in-book quizzes after each section versus at the end of the chapters.
Brenda Nguyen – :
I purchased some Kaplan prep material and it came with addition online resources. The online resources include sample online lessons and mock exams. Kaplan also offers free GMAT/GRE counseling to see what class works best for your learning style. The team is really dedicated to helping you get the score you want.
Spencer – :
I took a Kaplan classroom course and it was very helpful. The instructor was incredibly nice and accommodating.
Ryan Blackwell – :
This was by far the best of the various tools I used to prepare for the GMAT/GRE. The online platform is very helpful and made studying easy on the go. I appreciate that there are explanations behind getting the right answer rather than just the answer by itself – this made studying more productive and less of a dead end road. Definitely try Kaplan!
Johannes Lee – :
Helped me get my desired GMAT score with only 1 month of studying.
Athena Ebinger – :
great program if you are looking for comprehensive review of the material
Briana Atkins – :
Kaplan’s test book broke down the test for me in a way that was easy for me to understand and allowed me to practice at my own leisure. I did well on the test and was accepted into the business program of my choice as a result.
Alia Reilly – :
Walker – :
I completed the Kaplan GMAT Prep – Live Online course. Instructor was very knowledgable and engaging
Miah Casey – :
I used the Kaplan GMAT Test Prep 2020 book. It was very insightful and broke each and every topic down. My biggest improvements came from the Verbal section of the test. My Verbal score jumped from a 23 to a 30 after using the Kaplan guide. Highly recommend.
Jeremy Pollack – :
Kaplan helped prepare me for the GMAT through structured learning and comprehensive targeting of my most needed areas for improvement.
Axel Belibi – :
Used only the hard cover Kaplan book. It was enough to learn everything needed to suceed in GMAT! I greatly recommend it.
Andrea Evans – :
I completed the Kaplan 4 week in-person GRE year prep plus in person sessions. It was a great way to get acclimated to the format of the test. I’m glad I was able to have in person practice tests before the real thing as that was very helpful. I will say that the test was different than the prep so I didn’t score as high as I would have liked. My teacher was fantastic and extremely smart. I got into a few business schools and chose a European program.
Ellette Burke – :
Completing an in person Kaplan Test Prep course and working through their prep book increased my score by 200 points! I couldn’t have done it without Kaplan.
Alexandria Shook – :
Helped me learn GMAT math
Jon Goddard – :
Great problems and practice questions. However, I felt like their tips and best practices were meant for those on the lower range of scores and were not as helpful for those who were already testing well, but wanted to increase their scores that extra 20-40 points.
Shilpa Nagaraj – :
Simple and easy to use. Liked their flash cards in particular called GMAT in a Box. It gives a quick reminder regarding concepts and questions and makes it a good on the go tool for test prep.
Mary Osbach – :
There was a lot of information in these modules when I did them, it felt very overwhelming when I was working 3 x 12hour night shifts. But I think making a study plan that follows the recommended study plans would have helped more. The math was much harder on this exam than on the GRE and I did not feel fully prepared, despite the fact I did not fully maximize my Kaplan study course.
Krystal Dennis – :
The personal tutoring I received was excellent! However, their software had many glitches. I spent several thousands of dollars taking courses and receiving private tutoring. Sessions would expire without notification and then I would try to reactivate and all my previous work was gone. It was a bit frustrating. Also, would have appreciated a refund for unused sessions.
Nate – :
The Kaplan GMAT book was helpful in preparing for the GMAT exam.
Catherine Vande Voort – :
I am loving the GMAT test prep materials. It is really helping me get ready for my test in April.
Katie Leber – :
I used only the free GMAT videos and Kaplan GMAT prep book. While I did think the tips from both the book and classes were helpful, they are certainly geared at hitting the things most likely to show up on the test vs all the things that COULD show up on the test. I supplemented the Kaplan book with the one from GMAC, and while the GMAC book had fewer tips and tricks (to be expected), the questions were closer to the real test and the question bank more robust. I only took the GMAT once and got a 710, but it was definitely more due to the GMAC resources than Kaplan’s.
Bradley Riedinger – :
Kaplan has decent material and offers someone who is not familiar with a subject to learn it relatively easily. I do not think that their test questions match what is actually on the exam and for the price I think in hindsight I would look at other services.
E.Carr – :
As a theatre practitioner with a BFA in acting, it had been a while since I had taken a standardized test, so I was anxious about taking the GRE. However, Kaplan made it easy to learn on the go with their app and accessible language for each subject. Without help from Kaplan, I would not have gotten the high score I did and wouldn’t be working towards my MBA!
Rebecca – :
This was a great review tool although a bit pricey. I wanted to make sure I scored as high as possible on the test the first time around so it was worth it for me.
Tyler Crawley – :
I found the test prep to be helpful and had comparable test prep questions to the real thing. It was very insightful and gave clear definitions as to why an answer was the correct answer. I found it very helpful, but still required different resources to get the full scope of the exam.
John – :
I liked the Kaplan course and it certainly helped me improve my score, but I felt like it was geared towards “general improvement” instead of “scoring in the top 5th percentile.” This resulted in me typically seeing much easier questions in our classes than what I would see on the practice test. I also had to purchase additional quant questions from Manhattan Prep tp supplement what I got with Kaplan.
Overall, if you are just looking for a little bump in your score, then Kaplan can help. If you are looking to crush the GMAT so you can get into a top school, I’d probably go with another test prep company.
Ryan Blackwell – :
The book + online portal is definitely a big help. I originally started with the book alone, which is very helpful, but the online portal offered tests, practice, and some analysis of my weaknesses. I would highly recommend purchasing the online portal. My only negative is that there are times when there are either no or insufficient (for me) explanation of why the correct answer was correct which is where my tutor came in handy.
Paul Summers – :
Provided with a book to refresh on subject matter I had forgotten since college. Format was easy to use, progressive, and definitely made me feel prepared for the GMAT
Leah – :
It prepared me well enough in theory, but if there are specific areas that you struggle in, you will want to seek more one-on-one help. It was more of a general overview, and I needed more specific skills in time management with math, and tricks to solve faster.
Ayanna Mattis – :
This website helped with a free practice exam that helped me better prepare for the exam last fall. I would recommend Kaplan to anyone!
Cardale Greer – :
The material that the Kaplan team provides is informative, precise, and realistic.The online modules and practice questions with the explanations makes the problems seem like I am back in high school.
Daniel McKeon – :
The material provided played a critical role in my preparation for the test and the results of it. Thanks to this material, I was able to get into my first choice school.
Travis Warner – :
I used Kaplan’s study books and online practice tests. I found the tests to be very useful and would highly recommend them for anyone looking to take the GMAT.
Scott – :
I am currently using Kaplan to prep for my upcoming test in April. Not only are the practice tests invaluable the ability to see how others have prepared either in articles or their prep case studies has given me a great idea of how to structure my studying. Without some existing scaffolding to model after I would have struggled to formulate a solid study plan. For that I am grateful.
Julie Sawyer – :
I used Kaplan Test Prep for my GMAT test. Kaplan breaks down the test in an easy to manage information that builds on itself. You have flexibility to focus on the problem areas of the test. The program works! I used online practice tests and the book to prepare.
Julie Krahling – :
I had to change my test from GMAT to GRE and even though I couldn’t get the program changed the tutor said she will work with me as if I am taking the GRE and I really appreciated that they still accommodated me.
Annie Johnson – :
Kaplan gave me the structure and the practice I needed for a successful score for my test. It was very straight forward and easy to follow along with which allowed me to continue to have the motivation to study every day. I really enjoyed that there was an online portion as well as the physical copy of the book which allowed me to always have access to my learning tools. I would highly recommend Kaplan to anyone who is inserted in attending graduate school and needs to take the GMAT or GRE.
Nupur – :
I used Kaplan’s GMAT test prep book and the online modules that came with it. I found it to be a great way to review concepts and do concept check types of problems before switching gears and only doing online tests/questions.
Laticia Burgos – :
I started to self study with these materials. I found the material to be comprehensive and easy to read. In the end I did not need the information I obtained to register for my schools MBA program but I have been able to use the information in my professional capacity.
Kristi Sutherland – :
I used Kaplan’s Self-Study Materials. They taught me a lot of tips and tricks to get through the questions. However, I found the tests to be much easier than the actual GMAT and the free GMAT practice tests provided by GMAC when you sign up for the test, which was reflective in my inflated scores with Kaplan.
Ian Plotner – :
I used Kaplan’s test prep materials for self-study for about 3 months. My actual GMAT score improved over 100 points from my initial practice test score. Their materials are very helpful at providing exposure to the dozens of different concepts to be tested, and their practice exams were some of the most accurate that I could find in the test prep market.
Whitney Scheurer – :
Kaplan was the best way for me to prep for my MBA program. When I was first looking at MBA programs I had been out of College for 6 years and I knew that I needed to refresh. Little did I know that my refresh was going to be a little more difficult than anticipated. I attempted to take the GMAT practice test to see what my base score was and wow did I have a lot of work to do. I purchase the GMAT prep books and workbooks. They were so helpful and to have that seriously changed my scores. I highly recommend these resources to anyone looking to take the GMAT.
Michael Nader – :
Great review course that will prepare the student to achieve the score that they need.
Jake Rietveld – :
Resources and tools provided in the test GMAT practice test booklets are sufficient and provide an adequate foundation for establishing questions that are above average toughness. A segment of more challenging questions would supplement the additional material and prepare test takers to score higher in the top percentile
Jorge Zubiate – :
Kaplan was a great tool that dramatically helped me improve my GMAT score. The practice tests were spot on with my actual test scores and served as a method of tracking my improvements accurately. My only restriction on rating 5 stars was that I felt I faced somewhat different mathematical problems on the actual GMAT test opposed to the questions on the practice test. Even with that being said however I still scored exactly what I scored on my practice test. Overall great resource.
Veronica Aguilar – :
Solid test prep review with helpful resources. I heard about this test prep from other peers of mine and finally took the plunge! Excellent practice questions that allowed you to customize at the level you were already at. Take the practice tests and review on your own and you should be good to go!
Karesa Charles – :
Great test questions. User friendly software.
Mariam Olupitan – :
Kaplan Test Prep is offers extremely helpful resources that help you prepare for the GMAT test. My top two favorite tools that helped me were the GMAT question of the day and the practice exams. The question of the day is obviously useful for those preparing to take the GMAT exam, but can also be used as a question to stimulate those brain cells once in awhile.
Adam Eiring – :
Kaplan’s test prep course prepared me for the difficulties and challenges faced when studying for and taking the GMAT. They offered a variety of interactive videos taught by specialized professors, literally thousands of quizzes, 9 simulated exams, subject by subject instructional videos, and more. I was able to raise my score by a full 100 points from the time I took the first diagnostic exam to the date of the actual exam. I would highly recommend this test prep course to anyone interested in taking the GMAT.
Michelle Scott – :
As long as you actually study, practice, and take the test serious you will do amazing. They provide you with the material that you will need to properly prepare you for the test.
Daniel Nutt – :
Used Their Practice Tests And Daily Questions. Extremely Helpful To Identify Areas That Needed Improvement. In My Case, I Was Able To Make A Big Improvement In Probability And Statistics Thanks To Their Material.
Autumn Vassell – :
Very helpful resources that guided my preparation for the test. I knew exactly what to expect on the exam. The practice tests were very thorough and well put together.
Sveta Akhmedova – :
Money Well Spent. The Book gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to do well in the test.
jennifer WHEELAN – :
This was the only reason I did well on the exam. You will not regret this decision.
Alan Huynh – :
I’ve always been a good test taker so take this review with a grain of salt. Before I prepped, I was scoring around 700-720. Once I get used to the format of the test, I identified my weaknesses and went to Kaplan’s test prep to focus on those areas using their self-paced program. There is a lot of good material and the practice questions definitely reflect the difficulty on the actual GMAT. The walk-throughs/lessons make sense and I would recommend it to everyone.
Kayla Werts – :
I truly learned a lot from the test prep. I believe the courses prepared me more than I even know. The most helpful parts were the practice tests, I did better each time. At first I was worried about the cost, but now I know every penny was worth it.
sepideh sajadieh – :
The book’s organization really helps you understand where to start from and provides you with a nice step by step rhythm in your studies. The simulation test was really helpful but its necessary not to panic at the beginning of your studies and take it one step at a time!
Astrid H – :
Great book. I read the majority of this book (page by page) and did each of the practice tests. I ended up with a 740 on my GMAT for my first attempt and I attribute it mainly to the preparation this book gave me. Read it (don’t just skim it1!) and you’ll receive countless nuggets of valuable information.
RT – :
Best test prep materials out there. Great set of questions that simulate online test conditions!
James Han – :
The books are quite strenuous and quite boring. The book did help me prep for the test itself but it is definitely not a page-turner. I recommend taking a face-to-face course rather than going through the book. It’ll cost a bit more but it’ll bring like-minded people into a classroom and promote camaraderie.
Brianna Kdeiss – :
I used the self pace program. I thought Kaplan was really helpful. I liked the organization of the program a lot. I would recommend.
MALCOLM JONES – :
Although the test preparation covered alot of material, the Kaplan did not improve my score, instead it made it worse. When a school counselor suggest to go with Magoosh then you know something is up with this test prep.
Chris – :
Very good program overall, had excellent practice test which really helps prepare one for the test.
Darya Sasson – :
Kaplan helped me increase by 200 points! The classes were helpful and the books were clear. It’s expensive, but I thought it was worth it.
Olivia MC – :
This was very helpful as I prepped for the GMAT. Plenty of resources and I particularly liked that they allowed us to take a practice GMAT in the real testing facility. Worth the purchase
Charles Weickert – :
Kaplan was effective at outlining continuous changes to the GMAT algorithm and the scope of covered topics. The pace/density of material was sometimes cumbersome, but I saw tangible progress in my scores. It is hard to recommend for/against without trying other study tools, but I did not love/hate it.
Shail Shah – :
Excellent material. Thorough and well curated. For busy professionals too
Bernadette T. Stetz – :
This was a very helpful tool to prepare me for the exam. I felt that it covered a wide range of material, and I gained a lot of insight from the answers/explanations when I didn’t understand something. I undoubtedly performed better for my exam by using this book.Highly Recommend this book
Jeymmy – :
I used the GMAT Prep book. While it was a great introduction, it wasn’t a great indicator of performance. Its great if you’re on a budget!!
Alexandra L Hargrove – :
I bought the book off of Amazon and took a practice test online! Best idea ever, even though I found a university that doesn’t take the GMAT I learned a lot of valuable information!
Michelle Bolda – :
What differentiates Kaplan GMAT test prep for me is “The Real Test Day.” This is an opportunity to take a practice test in the actual testing center where the GMAT is administered. It’s sort of an experience test and really takes the nerves out of testing day itself!
Jasmyne White – :
Before the GMAT, I haven’t taken a standardized test in over 7 years. This course, workbooks and flash cards helped me score high enough to further my education. The structure of the course helped me improve how long I would spend on a single question.
KB – :
This is a great prep material. It helped get a high score on GMAT and reduce my preparation time.
Ashley Chang – :
This book is a great starter book to begin studying for the GMAT. It gives a lot of tips and tricks to eliminate the wrong answers to get to the right one. I appreciate the clear and detailed explanations it gives for each question. However, it does not provide enough review for someone who has been out of school for a while. I would recommend a supplemental book in addition to this.
Jennifer – :
I have used Kaplan for all of my test prep needs. I need multiple format options when prepping for exams. Kaplan offers book materials, online resources, and in person tutoring which combined have really helped me feel well rounded in my test preparations. Kaplan is also cost effective, applying to school is expensive enough!
Katie – :
The Kaplan testing resources are spectacular. I had to prep for my exam in two weeks and utilized a couple books. I significantly raised my score and got into my graduate program! Kaplan’s resources fully prepared me for the exam and told me exactly what to expect. I’m truly grateful!
Khristen – :
I had a short amount of time to prep for the GMAT. The Kaplan GMAT Prep Book was life-saving. It helped me review simple math rules that I had not thought about in nearly a decade, and it helped me to excel in the Data Sufficiency section.
Hayley Bobyak – :
I used the self-pace study books in preparing for the GMAT. The reason I choose this method was because of costs, as it is the least expensive tool. I thought the books were easy to follow along and were organized well. Overall, I think it is a great way to mentally prepare yourself for the tests but it is easy to get distracted as it is self paced.
Bart – :
The Kaplan teacher I had for the GMAT was either still in college, or had just recently graduated. While I’m sure he personally scored well on the test, he was not a good teacher. There were several occasions in which students had to correct his application of formulas to different problem types. Overall it was an unfortunate experience and I wish Kaplan had given me my money back for the course.
Ryan M – :
I used the Kaplan test prep program and it was a big help. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do any math more complicated than pre-algebra, and the Kaplan program was a great resource for me. I got great scores on my GMAT, and I know that Kaplan played a big role in my success.
Amanda – :
I found the Kaplan book really helpful when studying for the GRE. It provided great workthrough examples of the questions found in the GRE test. Ultimately I did not end up taking the GRE because my program did not require it, but I did use the Kaplan book to prepare for that test before I changed where I was applying.
Vanessa – :
The online exams were a MAJOR help! I really felt prepared when I took the exam thanks to the practice tests.
Tonya McKinney – :
The Kaplan GMAT Prep Book was a vital part of my test preparation. If you have a few months to prepare for the exam then the On-Demand option is not needed. However, the additional help that is provided with the online class made the difference in my studies.
Eric – :
Book is through and does a good job explaining the concepts. Practice tests are good resource to prepare you for the test.
LaKeya Morris – :
I Choose The Self Study Course. Which Offered Online Questions Along With A Few Adaptive Tests. The Test Were Very Helpful In Many Areas. I Was Able To Prepare Myself For The Testing Conditions. The Online Questions Had Great Explanations.
Jocelyn – :
I found Kaplan test prep to be a good resource for GMAT test information. Tips on taking the test were shared that I used for my exam. However, unless you are willing to spend money for targeted classes, there was not many free resources. They offered some free overview classes which were still helpful. Best used as an additional resource for your studying.
Natalie – :
The Kaplan GMAT study book was a great purchase. I liked that it had practice tests with detailed explanations for the answers and it also provided online practice tests in the format of the GMAT. This book helped me get back into a school mindset before I took the GMAT.
Brian Woodcock – :
I ordered the 2019 book off Amazon. Each section was thorough and informative. I definitely feel that this prep book helped me considerably. When I took the GMAT, I felt prepared and confident. I would definitely recommend this book to others due to its effectiveness and affordable price.
Eric Balderson – :
The live-online prep class from Kaplan was absolutely essential to my GMAT success. My instructor, Rachel, was great at keeping everyone engaged and encouraging participation from all students. After taking the Kaplan class I was able to improve my GMAT score from 540 to 660! I couldn’t recommend this class enough!
Daniel Nutt – :
I used Kaplan for daily questions and for practice tests and the resource was very valuable. The practice test provided a fairly similar testing environment as far as the material goes, and it helped me to identify which which weaknesses to focus on. In my case, it was clear I needed to work on probabilities.
MARINA – :
I did Kaplan in Cambridge, MA, and my teacher was a Harvard grad student. He was awesome, super patient, great teacher. Kaplan is super pricey but was worth it.
Eric Teler – :
I used the Kaplan test prep and Kaplan GMAT books as I prepared for my application on 2019. The books and the online prep are just great, they helped me get the score I wanted.
I also used the Kaplan TOEFL book as well and got a great score that was above all my expectations.
Al Itu – :
I used the Kaplan test prep to prepare for my GMAT in 2016. I signed up for a two-part course: half of the course required in-person attendance in lectures, the other half allowed me to take practice exams through their online portal. I used all available Kaplan resources and truthfully, it was a great experience. I also took advantage of the Test Day center experience, and took a real-life GMAT at the center where I would take my actual GMAT a few weeks later. All in all, I only took the GMAT once as I secured a score that I knew would take me to the b-school I wanted to attend, and two years later, I can say I got into my top two choice schools!
Ying-Chun Chen – :
I used Kaplan materials when preparing for GMAT. The notes were informative summaries which I used as a quick review right before the exams. The materials were highly organized and highlighted important concepts of the exams. Kaplan materials are highly recommended!
Chelsea – :
The Kaplan GMAT prep book was extensive with lots of test questions and answers that helped me prepare for my test. I wish there was more How-To-Solve in the math section, rather than just giving a lot of examples and test questions, but my algebra was pretty rusty.
Nicole Thomas – :
Great Material for a great price. Online sessions were very helpful.
brandon225 – :
The level of difficulty of problems is not provided.
ehr13 – :
I completed the Kaplan Live Online course. I had originally registered for the In-Person course, but it was cancelled due to low enrollment. To make up for it, Kaplan switched me to the Live Online version and added three private tutoring sessions, both of which were very helpful. The instructors were great and they gave insightful tips on how to solve the problems more efficiently. The book was a useful study aid as well. My main issue is that I don’t believe the practice tests were very accurate at predicting my actual GMAT score. All of my practice tests, including the Official Test Day Experience, indicated a score of roughly 70-90 points higher than how I actually performed on the GMAT. I was probably more nervous on the real test day, but it still seemed like a huge difference and was pretty disappointing. At least they refunded my money. Overall, four stars for the accessible/helpful instructors and good customer service, but have to deduct one because of the score discrepancies.
NnennaU – :
Kaplan actually came to my university and helped us discover the role of graduate entrance exam in our graduate school career as a whole. They helped put things in perspective and broke down the various methods and tactics students can use to be successful. They do a pretty good job of providing a variety of options, but they are also very realistic as well. They provide many options, but if you are unwilling or unable to dedicate time to the process, then they can’t help you.
Melissa Barron – :
Overall, I think the Kaplan In-Person GMAT Prep course was a great resource in helping me increase my score over 100 points in less than four months! The course provided valuable insights into the GMAT that were not accessible for free online or in the textbooks. The teacher was enthusiastic and always available to answer my questions both in and out of the classroom setting. The only suggestions I have for improving the course is to somehow offer different levels for understanding the material because some students had significantly less exposure and needed more one-on-one support for learning the quant and verbal information.
Tiffany Savage – :
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.
Amanda – :
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!
Aurelia – :
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.
Jalauna Gholar – :
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.
Dane Lindholm – :
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.
Ian – :
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.
Emerald Holmes – :
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.
fyul – :
Clear insight to test structure; questions and answer explanations provide thorough understanding of the problems and answers. Some typos in test prep book text.
Ashley – :
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.
cmeissner – :
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.
Jordan – :
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.
mreed – :
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.
Mrshedrick – :
The Kaplan test prep book was very helpful, but the quantitative section can be tricky to wrap your head around.
Mix – :
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.
Lisa – :
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.
Danielle Nash – :
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.
Fernando – :
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.
Kristan – :
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.
Torre P – :
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.
Paige Petrosky – :
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.
James McNamara – :
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.
Lazarus – :
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).
zbraz44 – :
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
Kevin Bosma – :
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.
Suzan Talo – :
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.
VTtoODU – :
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.
breatim20 – :
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.
Tamsen – :
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.
Adam Klestadt – :
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.
Nick – :
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.
mdaian – :
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.
nik_albert – :
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.
Snk – :
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!
Mandyb814 – :
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!
Yashsid – :
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
Cole – :
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.
Sarah – :
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.
Carley Mostar – :
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.
Juliana Singleton – :
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.
kgal – :
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.
Jeff Harrington – :
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.
BLouie – :
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.
Jeremy Parker – :
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.
jjc09915 – :
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.
Shakel – :
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.
Jasmine Roosendaal – :
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.
soslovie – :
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.
PareekR – :
Kaplan Prep tests are great for additional practice. I found their verbal section the best and Closest to Official GMAT PRACTICE material.
Arohie Chopra – :
Great in class learning and official test day experience to prepare me for the GMAT.
nick – :
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.
alice – :
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.
Justin – :
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.
mdaian – :
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.
AMbap – :
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.
Holly – :
I used a Kaplan Test Prep Book after a pretty disappointing 1st attempt. Improved my score significantly! book was very easy to use.
Amira – :
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.
Masoud – :
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.
Gene – :
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.
Bonnie – :
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!
EstI – :
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
Allison – :
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.
DaVE – :
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.
Robichac – :
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.
MK – :
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.
Sam – :
Kindle textbook was great!
Emily – :
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.
Emily – :
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.
Cole – :
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.
kelsey mitchell – :
Online resources and practice tests were great. Instructor was not great.
Jessica DiCerbo – :
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?
Mary Fay – :
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.
connienyc – :
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.
Nick S. – :
Plenty of practice tests and the right size of digestible information for a one month cram session.
BStein – :
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.
Marlon – :
Kaplan was awesome! I definitely recommend it!
Pragya Murarka – :
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.
Alex – :
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.
Alex – :
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.
Kali – :
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.
Kat – :
I used the book only but it was super helpful
Matt – :
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.
Dana Gingrich – :
Highly recommend the Kaplan Premier. By following the book, online material, and free test prep, I increased my GMAT score by 10 percentile.
Yilin – :
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.
Eli – :
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.
mpob – :
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.
justpeachey – :
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…
Kenneth Smith – :
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.
Paul J – :
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.
Tyler – :
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.
Stella – :
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.
Arthur Eddy – :
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.
Caroline88 – :
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.
Amy Sawaya – :
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.
Alexey – :
Well designed for self study, lots of good tips
Nikhil Sant – :
Fantastic test series. The level of testing made the actual GMAT seem pretty easy.
Will – :
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.
Emily Gibson – :
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.
Steve Pawlowski – :
Kaplan prep book and online resources were very relevant and provided a good overview of test format and successful test taking strategies.
Jon – :
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.
Matthew Kaplan – :
Would recommend Kaplan’s course. The in class resources were pretty solid but the real value was the online resources.
Sonia Jose – :
The review felt very basic, the strategy didn’t have enough benefit to utilize during the test
rhonda duan – :
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.
Max Jacobson – :
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.
David Gordon – :
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.
Candace Johnson – :
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.
Chris White – :
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.
Charli J McNeill – :
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.
Griffin James Driver – :
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.
JESUS LUNA – :
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.
Dewey Courtney – :
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.
Tamir Buford – :
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.
N Mehta – :
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.
Christoph Reschenhofer – :
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.
Prajakta Vaidya – :
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 !
Marcus Larrea – :
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.
Arinze Brian Uzowihe – :
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!
Alonna Truitt – :
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.
Allison Reynolds – :
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.
Rich – :
Strong offering of practice test questions for all sections.
Jacob Tice – :
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.
Jenna Hagglund – :
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.
Marvin Hooker – :
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.
Karina Lopez – :
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.
Gregory Hodson – :
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.
Natalia Ayala – :
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.
Ben Sapp – :
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.
Wa Thao-Xiong – :
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.
Jamie Ferguson – :
Kaplan helped me prepare for a GMAT. However, Angelo State University in Texas did not require a GMAT.
Eddie Rivera – :
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.
Kimberly Gillespie – :
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.
Shelby Fuqua – :
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.
Edwin Brown – :
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.
Katie Cockrell – :
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.
Erik Edmonds – :
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.
Shelley Richardson – :
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.
Ruth – :
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.
Ema Jones – :
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.
Garrett – :
Very helpful Kaplan GMAT Test Prep Guide. As long as you study it thoroughly, you will be successful.
Fernando – :
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.
Megan Stilley – :
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!
Matthew Lowrey – :
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.
Vanessa Romo – :
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.
Conor O’Neill – :
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.
Itamar Orr – :
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.
Nicholas Amaral – :
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.
DANIEL VILLENA III – :
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.
Brian Klein – :
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.
Chad Johnson – :
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!
Paul Gauna – :
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.
Masira Vasanwala – :
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
Ethan Hall – :
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.
Vipin Pasham – :
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.
Jaclyn – :
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.
Lisa Rennison – :
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.
Chris Podbregar – :
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!
Amy Wilson – :
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.
Mallory – :
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.
Susan Meredith – :
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.
Aaron Brown – :
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.
Chanel Greene – :
Excellent book with helpful people who want to help you to succeed.
Kimberly Battaile – :
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.
Collin Galster – :
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.
scott morgans – :
the test prepped help a lot , the math section benefited me the most.
Karna – :
The test prep is very close to the actual GMAT. The anticipated score is the average between Manhattan and Kaplan
Ben – :
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.
Aaron Weintraub – :
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.
Stuart Robinson – :
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.
Chris Christensen – :
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.
Aaron Banks – :
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.
Daniel – :
Forgot to mention: Take the ADVANCED remote class with Kaplan. The regular one will not prepare you to get into the top programs.
Daniel – :
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.
Gordon – :
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.
Dan – :
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.
Octavio Sandoval – :
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.
Allison Elder – :
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.
Daniel Howard – :
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!
Mike – :
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.
Marcus – :
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.
Nathan – :
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.
Callie Gullett – :
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.
Adam – :
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.
Ofir Fatal – :
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.
Lach Litwer – :
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.
Kevin – :
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.
Gaurav Tewary – :
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.
Sarah Brown – :
The course was exactly what I paid for: structured study sessions outside of my work schedule, unique test tips, and helpful resources.
Azer – :
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.
Nelson Azoulay – :
Used Kaplan and definitely worth the investment – need to put in the work but it pays off really quickly
George Kloppenburg – :
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.
Della – :
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.
Helen – :
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.
Talal Dajani – :
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
PRABHAT K TRIPATHI – :
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.
J – :
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.
Lucia Ehimika – :
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.
P – :
The Kaplan books were a great resource and helped me attain a high score with just a couple of weeks of review.
Insley – :
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.
mike galanif – :
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.
Brett Archibald – :
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.
Collin Burton – :
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.
Jon Chang – :
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.
Prateek Oberoi – :
Loved the course. It really helped me to think and see things from a different perspective.
Candance Simmons – :
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!
Mitchell Kelly – :
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.
Gretchen H – :
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.
Bob Allen – :
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.
Kelly Dressler – :
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.
Andrea Coulis – :
Kaplan gave me everything I needed to score a 760 on the first try without much effort beyond the course. Highly recommend.
Yida – :
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.
Olivia S – :
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.
Megan – :
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.
Molly Hope – :
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.
Daniel – :
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.
Collin – :
Kaplan’s GMAT test prep was very effective and allowed me to achieve a great score on my first try.
Runtian Bai – :
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.
Kit Hobbs – :
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.
Elaine – :
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.
Jennifer – :
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.
Jacob Chadick – :
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.
Nika – :
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.
Mansi – :
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.
Peter Donnan – :
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.
Frank – :
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.
Heidy Medin – :
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.
Jared Spring – :
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.
Jared Spring – :
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.
Estevan Serrano – :
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.
Nidhi – :
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.
LIDA – :
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!
Adam Kennedy – :
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.
Bo Hamrick – :
Thought the book was great and well organized
C.J. – :
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.)
Kyle – :
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.
Marissa Smith – :
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.
Maria Delgadillo – :
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.
Katherine – :
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.
Chris – :
For someone who has the raw horsepower, but not the experience, this book is very helpful
David Spencet – :
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.
Channce Fuller – :
The books and online tests are definitely worth the money. I have recommended them to everyone who asks.
Ed Kennedy – :
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.
Anesha Agarwal – :
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!
Benjamin Kopp – :
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.
Arun Kumar – :
I used practice test from kaplan and found them very useful.
ALex – :
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.
Kevin Hill – :
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)
MAtt – :
Overall did a good job,
Aaron – :
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.
Jared – :
The book and practice exams online helped me teach myself and get a feel for how the test works
Mike Bush – :
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.