Enter your keyword

Course

Kaplan Test Prep Overview

Kaplan Test Prep- GMAT

About Kaplan Test Prep

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

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

Basics  

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

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

Kaplan Test Prep Cost, Contact Info & Discounts

When it comes to costs, here are the breakdowns:

GMAT

  • Private Tutoring starts at $2,299.
  • Classroom courses start at $1,449.
  • Live online classes begin at $1,599.
  • Self-paced programs start at $799.

GRE

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

 

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

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

Reviews Statistic

4.2
4.2 out of 4.2
422 Ratings
5 Stars 155
4 Stars 211
3 Stars 47
2 Stars 5
1 Star 4

Add a review

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

422 reviews for Kaplan Test Prep Overview

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: General MBA-
    • MBA application & school advice: Work hard, study hard, and don't give up. When one door closes another door opens. The road to success is rarely a straight one, so in order to achieve your goals, you must persist.
  2. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA 2021-2023
    • MBA application & school advice: My advice to anyone putting together an MBA portfolio is to stay organized using software or some sort of personal system. Keep track of deadlines and costs through a spreadsheet to have the important details readily available in the same location. As well, the early bird gets the worm when it comes to graduate school funding and assistantships. Be sure to hit the early deadlines to get priority funding opportunities. Most importantly, never leave out pieces of the application. Submit all documents that the university is requesting, or explain any missing pieces in detail in a subsection of your statement of intent. Be sure to answer all prompt questions on your statement, and try to stay neutral. You never know the kind of biases an application reviewer will have from their own experiences, so avoid strong statements of controversy in your written materials.
  3. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA Columbia Business School - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply as early as possible to all schools you are aiming
  4. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Champlain 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: It was the time of COVID-19 that ultimately confirmed my decision as to where I would go to school.
  5. 5 out of 5

    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!!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Jump into it the second you can and don't stop! You are a master and this will prove it.
  6. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: East Carolina University 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Pick a school that meets your needs. For me a program that was cost effective and allowed for remote learning while not sacrificing the education was critical for me.
  7. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Finance 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: You need to find the balance between knowing what you want to do early on and sticking with it and accepting that you don’t know everything and important opportunities may come up for you that you weren’t expecting.
  8. 5 out of 5

    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
    Marks in the argument essay

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia MBA year 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: I applied early decision to Columbia mba and I believe the admission office was extremely helpful in answering all of my questions throughout the summer. Best advice is to attend the information sessions virtually during this unique time in COVID-19!
  9. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Gains in verbal more so in math helped lift up my GMAT score.
  10. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: General, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Submit early. Now is a great time because of the interest in attracting online students
  11. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Chilin:

    The content was great and was able to get into the school that I applied. Would recommend to give a shot.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Pepperdine 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Do your research and leave options open, just in case. Apply During All Rounds, If Possible. Visit The Campus And Make A Good In-Person Impression. Network As Much As Possible With Current Students.
  12. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply during all rounds, if possible. Visit the campus and make a good in-person impression. Network as much as possible with current students.
  13. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Motton:

    Super helpful in prepping for the GMAT!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: RICE university, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Find a school that works for you personally and professionally.
  14. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UAB, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the opinions of others with a grain of salt! Choose the school that’s the right fit for you.
  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan Ryan:

    Easy to access and found the never ending question bank extremely helpful, but was underwhelmed by the core videos.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Duke's Fuqua School of Business
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't follow the rankings, follow the fit.
  16. 5 out of 5

    ALEX:

    I Absolutely LOVED The Online Tutoring, Thank You Kaplan! I Got Into My #MPA + #MBA Program!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC Penbroke 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Find The Right School That Is Best For You.
  17. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: SMU, 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Be honest during your application and interview process. Admissions counselors wants to know the real you!
  18. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UConn MBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: MBA programs are great networking programs. Find a school with alumni in your field of interest.
  19. 5 out of 5

    Ariel Helena Smith:

    Great online tutoring program!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Clemson & 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Time management and patience!
  20. 5 out of 5

    Ariel Helena Smith:

    I absolutely LOVED the online tutoring, thank you Kaplan! I got into my #MPA + #MBA program!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Clemson & 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Time management and patience through the application proccess.
  21. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Bauer School of Business 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Try to apply as soon as possible for gaining entry.
  22. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UMass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business, Class of 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: GPA and GMAT do mean a lot on the MBA application, but a strong Statement of Purpose is also a great way to make your application stronger. Graduate school is not like undergraduate. It required much more self discipline. However, I feel as if I get much more out of the program since it is focused on less classes at a time (at my school, 9+ credits is full time for graduates but its 12+ for undergraduates).
  23. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vinik Sport and Entertainment Program- USF
    • MBA application & school advice: Be sure to start on your application way before the due date, so you have everything in order and can submit it early. It can be intimidating, and make you extremely anxious waiting on your results, but when you receive your acceptance letter that will all go away! Apply for scholarships, and a lot of them! Because in grad school you do not get as many grants, if any.
  24. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wake Forest School of Business 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and keep a separate personal log of important dates and tasks to complete. Stay organized and start to manage your time effectively from day 1.
  25. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Virginia Tech 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: In addition to test prep, build lasting relationships and find the school that best fits your educational and career goals.
  26. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Washington University in St. Louis 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself, connect with people in the program -- relationships are very important. Never be afraid to ask for something.
  27. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden School of Business, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't be afraid to take the GRE! Definitely talk to admissions counselors at the schools you're interested in to ensure they weigh it equally with the GMAT, but most do and it can be a game changer if you're not sure the GMAT is for you.
  28. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start the process early! It's best to take the GMAT several times, write the essays early, and ask for letters of recommendation about 3 months in advance. All this can be done if you start early.
  29. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chapman University Fulltime MBA & 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Sign up for Kaplan early and study at least 4 months in advance. Use the first 2 months to just learn how to do the problems again and then use the last 2 months learning the strategy and timing. Chose multiple schools to apply to. Pay attention to how the schools treat you during the interview process and look at the costs. Weigh the pros and cons of each school. Look at the different lengths of the programs and wether they have flexible or full time.
  30. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CPP 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and see the institution that best fits your skillset. Programs range from solely online, hybrid, and in person so choosing what would fit around your work schedule is essential. Some programs are 2 years and some are 3, based on your education history.
  31. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: John Hopkins 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Enroll in Kaplan, study prepare for your interviews and GMAT and apply! Good luck!
  32. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Suffolk University, MBA, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Honestly, just be yourself. Business needs more humans, more empathy, more creativity and while some organizations are definitely looking for that cookie counter accounting guy.... You're gonna get farther expanding your world view, keeping an open mind, and trying something new. Cheers!
  33. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UT McCombs DMBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: If you can, apply in the first couple rounds. There was less wait time and I felt like I had ample time to prepare for actually starting school.
  34. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UMD- 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Find the right school that is best for you. Delay doesn't always mean denial. I applied twice to this university before I was accepted. If you're considering to get your MBA take the leap now! Believe in yourself and take advantage of the time you have.
  35. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: At the end of the day, the actual academic matter will be pretty much the same everywhere. Instead, when deciding on a school to apply / attend, focus on the community that they are building: Are these the people you can rely on to help prepare you to be the best you can be for interviews? Are these the people who will contribute meaningful insights and discussion to supplement classroom learning? Are these people you can see yourself shooting a message to 5 years after graduating when you're looking to switch careers again?
  36. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium Dec 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: UW has an amazing program that you can take your time doing if life gets in the way (7 years).
  37. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't wait. If you're considering achieving your MBA, just do it. We are in unprecedented times, let's make the best of it.
  38. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Christensen:

    Helpful basic GMAT overview and prep for getting a 700+ score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: INSEAD 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Prepare and tailor your essays to the school.
  39. 5 out of 5

    Shayelin Escritor:

    Their resources are great for practice tests and reading material!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: American Military University
    • MBA application & school advice: Search around and keep an eye out for what you need as a student, don't settle for less!
  40. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UVA Darden, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: It takes twice as long as you think! Knock the test out early.
  41. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Degree in Accounting. Graduation year 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Athens,OH 45701 740- 593-1000
  42. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Study and take the GMAT or GRE before you start your applications! That way, you don't put yourself into a bind if your first test results aren't what you were hoping for!
  43. 4 out of 5

    Levente Merczel:

    I used the general book and the GMAT 800. The latter was pretty awesome for the verbal part.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CBS Full Time MBA, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Do a good GMAT and discuss your essays with a lot of people who are MBA alumni from the same tier as your target school
  44. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: While preparing my application, I focused on my stories and tried to put them together ti bring out why i want to do an MBA and why I am a fit at Booth. Needless to say my essay had mention of Booth specific courses and culture which I researched by talking to many Booth Alums.
  45. 4 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Find a school that fits your lifestyle. After working in the industry 3 years I wanted to expand my knowledge and I found a perfect online school that allows me to balance work and school.
  46. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: SLU MBA - Marketing - '22
    • MBA application & school advice: Source tuition reimbursement from employers, find the best program that will work into your schedule. As questions!
  47. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: SMU 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: When applying to MBA programs, I made sure to really take time to go through every section of their websites and really try to learn the school. I also spent time reflecting on my personal goals, experiences, and traits. Combined, this made the interview process much easier.
  48. 4 out of 5

    Jason Hoo:

    I had an old version but it was a top notch program…very easy to use.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Stay dedicated and trust the process.
  49. 5 out of 5

    Ann O’Callaghan:

    more than prepared me for the great and gmat

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas Tyler 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: prepared me well
  50. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Oregon 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Dream big and shoot your shot! I got accepted into a grad school of my dreams with no post-grad experience. Start building your resume in college with internships and extra-curricular experiences as soon as you can.
  51. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Brandman - MBA Organizational Leadership - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Really look into multiple schools and compare them. Don'trush the process! It should be enjoyable and exciting when looking at schools, don't feel pressured to pick a school just because they keep calling or emailing you. Pick the school that respects your time and explains everything with no pressure to register right away.
  52. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Illinois at Chicago 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: I would advise to choose a school that allows you to tailor your degree to your interests.
  53. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Do not overlook online programs. I chose to do the online program at the University of Nebraska Lincoln instead of the full-time program at UCLA and definitely think I made the right decision.
  54. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: It can be challenging to articulate who you are and what your goals are. Start your application process as early as possible so you can revise your strategic positioning until you feel that you’ve nailed it. Each school has its own distinct culture and community. Make sure you truly fit in with the people at the school before applying - don't let school rankings influence your decision too much.
  55. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Marshall 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Start preparing early!
  56. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Embrace your weaknesses and failures. Weave them into a story about how they've shaped you personally and professionally.
  57. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rice University MBA Program - Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Utilize the school's website for application tips. My school provided multiple sessions to explain best practices on the application sections and it was very helpful.
  58. 5 out of 5

    Colin Haggerty:

    Provided great instruction and effective tips on how to analyze test questions.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Set aside a dedicated day or time to focus on completing application(s). Doing so will minimize procrastination.
  59. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA @ UWF (2022)
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the time to work with someone at the school to help you apply.
  60. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start the process a year early since you would need time to study and take all the standardized tests as well as writing the required essays.
  61. 5 out of 5

    Areanna Sabine:

    The online component to the GRE prep books helped me out a ton!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Goizueta Part-time Evening MBA, 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: It's not only important to be yourself during the application process, but you should also know yourself, strengths and weaknesses combined. Admissions representatives will be impressed with your self-awareness in your essays and interviews.
  62. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Penn State University 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I would recommend looking up the application requirements and deadlines of your desired school a few months in advance as they may have generic admission essay prompts but could have more specific requirements that you will want to tailor to each school. To get the best result possible you'll want time to edit and have it peer reviewed. You may also want time to take the GRE more than once so padding your application timeline can help. This will also give you more time to coordinate with the school and ask about scholarships and other financial aid BEFORE you apply in case the deadlines have passed. More specifically, if you plan to get an MBA I suggest you get work experience and go part-time. Not only will it be more affordable but you will have more experience to apply to what you are learning.
  63. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Washington - Foster School of Business 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: While the test is important, it is not the only part! Do your best, and let ALL parts of the application help you reach your goals.
  64. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Louisville
    • MBA application & school advice: Find the right program for you!
  65. 4 out of 5

    Victor Osinloye:

    Great but didn’t take test due to covid

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Kill interviews, be yourself!
  66. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC Marshall School of Business, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Give yourself a few months to study for the exam. Then see where you fall in the range of MBA programs. Research the programs that interest you most and try to speak to current students to hear their perspective. Reach out to financial aid offices as soon as you can if you think that you will need aid to attend. Be as authentic as you can in your essays, otherwise it will show in your interviews. Be yourself and really think about WHY you want to go to business school.
  67. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Washington University in St. Louis 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't doubt you qualifications. Look at the application as an experiment rather than a hurdle. Keep asking questions about the program, the work you'll need to do, and the prep it will take to get there. If the answer to the question continues to be yes, you will get the results you want and be able to get into the program you are looking for.
  68. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Study hard and pick your school wisely. Make sure you are in the program you will love!
  69. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rice University Jones School of Business, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the GMAT as soon as you can. Vet out your choices for who will write a Letter of Recommendation for your application - not all recommendation letters are equal. Attend as many on-campus events including sitting-in on a class with a current student as you can and really pick their brain about what they like and what they would recommend. Be sure to speak directly to the school Admissions team and remain in close contact with them. If you're applying and are simply "a name" to the school you might not get accepted however if the Admissions teams knows you and you've communicated with them they'll surely remember you.
  70. 5 out of 5

    Wyatt Lambert:

    Kaplan helped me with both GRE and GMAT. The quantitative and verbal prep sections thoroughly prepared me

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vlerick Business School 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start researching programs and studying for the GMAT as early as possible
  71. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I recommend starting your application early! It allows you to fully prepare for the essays and have your story shine through on top of your GMAT score.
  72. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NC State Jenkins Online Executive MBA
    • MBA application & school advice: Find something you’re passionate about and link it back to a reason why you’re getting your MBA. You should have a clear image of what your career goals are. “I want to start my own business” is too vague. What kind of business do you want to start? Are you trying to fill in a knowledge gap? Where do you want to be when you finish your MBA? You want to have a thought-out reason and be able to communicate it effectively. I tied in my community service commitment to my MBA reasoning as well. I know we’ve all heard it when applying to undergraduate school, but the same thing applies here. Colleges love to see community involvement, whatever form that might take. As for essays, the Grammarly Premium subscription is a life-saver!
  73. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Anderson University 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Be extremely authentic in your essay, especially those that are more personable. The interviewee was able to relate to something I said and she wanted to get to know me more based on real life experiences I had had.
  74. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Online MBA John Hopkins 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early on application so that your references have time, create a study schedule for yourself, don't be afraid to ask for help (peer review for personal statement, advice for school, etc.)
  75. 4 out of 5

    Spencer:

    I took a Kaplan classroom course and it was very helpful. The instructor was incredibly nice and accommodating.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Management - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take time to research your target schools and really ensure they are a proper fit.
  76. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Set milestones. Do your research. Most importantly, be yourself!
  77. 5 out of 5

    Johannes Lee:

    Helped me get my desired GMAT score with only 1 month of studying.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale SOM 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure your application is polished prior to submitting it. It's better to submit in a later round than rush an application.
  78. 5 out of 5

    Athena Ebinger:

    great program if you are looking for comprehensive review of the material

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell Johnson 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: apply wherever you want- don't let school stats discourage you!
  79. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Study as much as possible
  80. 3 out of 5

    Alia Reilly:

    Good

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Carlson school of mgmt
    • MBA application & school advice: Study up
  81. 4 out of 5

    Walker:

    I completed the Kaplan GMAT Prep – Live Online course. Instructor was very knowledgable and engaging

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Practice makes perfect
  82. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Louisville Full Time MBA 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Personal statements can be tricky. Make sure it's personal. I know that sounds crazy but sometimes they can sound like cover letters. Talk about your experiences that led you to pursue this degree. They love to hear those stories, whether they are professionally related or not.
  83. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Pollack:

    Kaplan helped prepare me for the GMAT through structured learning and comprehensive targeting of my most needed areas for improvement.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern Langone 2024
    • MBA application & school advice: Be original
  84. 5 out of 5

    Axel Belibi:

    Used only the hard cover Kaplan book. It was enough to learn everything needed to suceed in GMAT! I greatly recommend it.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale SOM 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Practice makes perfect
  85. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Copenhagen Business School/2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Be authentic and take time to get clear on your post-grad MBA desires.
  86. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UGA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take A GMAT Course and Practice!
  87. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Shook:

    Helped me learn GMAT math

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Be cognizant of price
  88. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Brigham Young University, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Practice, practice, practice. A good GMAT goes a long way.
  89. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Indiana University 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: self
  90. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johns Hopkins FLEX MBA, expected 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: JHU, don't stress on GMAT
  91. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Santa Clara EMBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't spend too much time on the GMAT!
  92. 4 out of 5

    Nate:

    The Kaplan GMAT book was helpful in preparing for the GMAT exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take your time and put together the best possible application
  93. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Vande Voort:

    I am loving the GMAT test prep materials. It is really helping me get ready for my test in April.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNI &2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Be You and be the best you you can be. Reach for those goals.
  94. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Villanova Fast Track Part Time MBA, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take your time prepping for the GMAT and to get your letters of recommendation.
  95. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan State University, May 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Be passionate about what you want to do with your degree on applications, letters of intent, and interviews.
  96. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Northern Kentucky University, May 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Find a school that speaks to your goals!
  97. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UIUC - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I LOVE UIUC! This school has so much going for it, from activities to support to online courses. The online courses I've taken make me feel like I'm right there in a face-to-face class but I have the flexibility to do work on my schedule. That is critical as I am a full time working mother of four kids!
  98. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 1
    • MBA application & school advice: Be open and excited to participating and getting involved with your school program. Don't just go to get the degree, but go to expand your network and hone your skillset.
  99. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford Graduate School of Business - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Make the adcom feel like if they don't accept you, they will NEVER find someone like you again.
  100. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Grind hard. Don't quit. Invest in yourself.
  101. 5 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Pheonix MBA, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: n\a
  102. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Boston University, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Throughly research all options and don't rule anything out until you're sure!
  103. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rollins College Crummer Graduate School - Early Advantage MBA Program / Graduate Year 2022 for MBA
    • MBA application & school advice: The admission process includes an interview for Crummer in Winter Park, FL. I would recommend thinking about how you are with working in teams and if you are comfortable with around the clock project collaboration with the same team for your time at Crummer. If you think you work well with teams and can be a valuable asset to crummer as well as aspire to develop more into a leader, I would say apply. If you know you don't like groups, do not apply.
  104. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Mississippi State University 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Having a clear mind and being confident are the two best options to have. No matter where you go or what you do in life, there will always be someone who is better than you. Understanding your needs and wants will always have the deciding factor. Searching and applying for the right program is what the needs and wants will decide for you.
  105. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross School of Business 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Mindset is everything. There are plenty of smart people out in the world, and there will always be someone smarter than you. Most of the time, you can't control this. What you can control, is your mindset and your willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve success.
  106. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Arizona / MBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Find a program that matches your desired career path. Nearly all programs offer marketing, finance and operations. But it can be harder to find ones with quality health care classes. That's why I chose to go to the University of Arizona.
  107. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kent State University College of Business Administration MBA,
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure that you are entering the year you are applying with a plan. There are a lot of moving parts that can be hard to track. Every school's process will be different but preparedness will allow you to focus your energy on the big tasks, i.e Taking the Gmat, collecting your references and more.
  108. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Georgia Terry College of Business Professional MBA, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Look for a school that is affordable with an accredited program. Look for the right fit! Not all programs are built the same.
  109. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Boise State University Online MBA & 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Stay on top of everything and it gets done faster!
  110. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: My best school/ application advice is to start your application early, give yourself enough time to get everything turned in on time as well as have enough time to retake the GMAT or GRE if you are not satisfied with your school. Enjoy the process! Pick the school that feels right for you :).
  111. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Take your time and give yourself plenty of chances to draft and re-draft your essay. You don't want to rush it because you'll be able to refine it over time to get a final product that's complete and something you can be really proud of.
  112. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Southern New Hampshire University MBA - 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Studying for any exam can hard when you know the importance. I think you should take your time to studying, use note cards, and study partners to retain the information. I picked my school because it's the school I received my first Masters from.
  113. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Northwestern University - 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: You get what you put into it - your applications, interviews, etc. will be better the more time spent preparing. Also reach out to current students to understand what the school is actually like.
  114. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: London Business School MBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: You get out what you put in. Spend lots of time reflecting in order to build a believable story for the admissions team. It's ok if your life plans change while you're in school, but you need to have a career narrative going in that ties together your prior education and work experience and illustrates that you've been working toward a career goal. It's also helpful to build a packet for your referees which outlines that story and includes examples of your strengths, resilience, and capacity for development.
  115. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA in Strategic Management Graduating in 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: A few friends of mine took an online MBA program that was self paced. This turned out to be a harder option than a traditional program, and furthermore they are now looking for jobs and employers do not recognize these programs as credible universities. Be careful when picking your program.
  116. 5 out of 5

    Michael Nader:

    Great review course that will prepare the student to achieve the score that they need.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tulane Univerisity: Freeman School of Business & Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Organize yourself and prioritize your applications. I would suggest applying for multiple programs but no more than 7. Focus on the quality of your application, not on the number of applications that you submit.
  117. 3 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Prepare well in advance for application deadlines including any supplemental material such as recommendations and essays. Essays should be constructed with additional thought around how they tie in to you as a person, including your outside activities and work history that make up who you are.
  118. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson FEMBA 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Put your heart and soul into the essay! Really demonstrate what drives and motivates you and back it up with experiences you have had. Good Luck!
  119. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure you know why you are applying to your MBA- have a solid purpose and next step post graduation. With a powerful why- your MBA essay will stand out!
  120. 4 out of 5

    Karesa Charles:

    Great test questions. User friendly software.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: MBA w/Health Administration at South University
  121. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NCA&T MBA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: If I had to give any advice for a prospective student applying for an MBA program it would be proactive with your application and do not procrastinate. Make sure you have your letters of recommendations prepared well in advance of the due date. All of the materials you are required to submit (especially if waiting on another institution or individual) should be submitted to your or the institution prior to the application deadline. School advice I would give to a current or prospective student is to practice time management. This is key for students especially involved in extra curricular activities, working, or balancing family/friends.
  122. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Oregon & 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I recommend studying for and taking the GMAT as soon as possible to maximize your score. I wish I had started taking and allowing myself retakes. In addition, I would recommend that all applicants apply to their top schools as round 1 applicants in order to give yourself the best shot of admission into those schools.
  123. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Business Admin / 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Take every that you learn in lecture serious. Do not procrastinate. Study before every test but do not cram the day of the test or even the night before. Properly prepare yourself for every semester. You definitely want the teacher to know you just in case you need a recommendation or even help in class.
  124. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgia Tech - Scheller MBA 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Attempt to sit in on classes if possible, talk to current students for tips on classes, professors, applications. Consider the caliber of students as well as professors, school resources, and fit for your life.
  125. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Walsh University 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the practice exams seriously and don't cram in studying. Take time to prepare and gain an understanding of how the test will be structured/calculated.
  126. 4 out of 5

    Sveta Akhmedova:

    Money Well Spent. The Book gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to do well in the test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Just BE YOU.
  127. 5 out of 5

    jennifer WHEELAN:

    This was the only reason I did well on the exam. You will not regret this decision.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: energy 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: This too shall pass.
  128. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale SOM 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: I highly recommend using GMAT Club as a resource. There is a lot of information from GMAT prep, to interview debriefs, to essay writing--you can find the answer to pretty much any question you have related to business school.
  129. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Western Governors' University 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Take your time, don't just apply on a whim and rush the process. Do a little bit of practice everyday and don't stress
  130. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chapman MBA, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Take one step at a time, Plan for every day of your studies and allocate sufficient time in taking simulation tests so that you can manage your time appropriately.
  131. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University Class of 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Play to your strengths AND weaknesses- don't try to cover them up. My main perceived weakness was my age/lack of experience (I am only 23). Instead of trying to cover this up, I used the essays as an opportunity to acknowledge this part of my application and describe how my age was actually an advantage.
  132. 5 out of 5

    RT:

    Best test prep materials out there. Great set of questions that simulate online test conditions!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and talk to as many current students as possible!
  133. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas, Arlington / 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't procrastinate and set aside time every day.
  134. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chapman 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't procrastinate. Set small goals and work on them daily.
  135. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: American Univesity Kogard School of Business 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: None at this time
  136. 4 out of 5

    Chris:

    Very good program overall, had excellent practice test which really helps prepare one for the test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas at San Antonio, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: You can achieve anything you set your mind to.
  137. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Distinguish yourself and know what you are going for!
  138. 4 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself, not what you think they want you to be. They want the program to be a good fit for you just as much as they want to be sure you’ll fit into the culture of McCombs
  139. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC Kenan Flagler 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself.
  140. 4 out of 5

    Shail Shah:

    Excellent material. Thorough and well curated. For busy professionals too

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC MBA 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Go to a few classes offered by the universities to get a feel of the program. Look at the post graduation job acceptances.
  141. 5 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MBA In Nonprofit Management, Grad Year 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Graduating with a Master's Degree in Non-profit Management from the University of Portland in 2020
  142. 4 out of 5

    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!!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Montclair State/ 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Keep going! Work hard always pays off.
  143. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Study early
  144. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tulane 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Choose a school that gives you access to alums so you can gather unfiltered information about the overall program (culture, rigor), opportunities, and faculty.
  145. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Florida Institute of Technology 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: You should think long and hard about the people you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Be sure to have a personal conversation with instead of just sending them an email and thank them afterwards.
  146. 4 out of 5

    KB:

    This is a great prep material. It helped get a high score on GMAT and reduce my preparation time.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UT Tyler 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: UT Tyler is a great school. I am so happy going there, I recommend it for everyone
  147. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Pepperdine FEMBA, 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the time to reach out and get to know admissions officers! Make the first step by scheduling a tour and meeting and then making a personal phone call to follow up and ask questions.
  148. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Talking with an admissions counselor can be very helpful! Be honest and true to you in your essays, sometimes it is just used as a sample of your writing skills.
  149. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UA MBA, May 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: While the test score is important, focus on the whole package. You are more than just one number and schools are determining if you're a good fit for their program. Try to show them the full you anyway you can on an application!
  150. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: USA MBA 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Do not wait until last minute!
  151. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stony Brook University 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: try your best. if you fail, try again.
  152. 1 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I ended up working with a private tutor for the math, and I found that to be very helpful. I also only applied to one school, so that certainly helped!
  153. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Western Governors' University, 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Many MBA programs don't require the GMAT, so make sure to review admission requirements. Some will even waive the GMAT depending on years of experience.
  154. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Bryant 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Be genuine. Get good recommendations. Personal statement is important to show who you are.
  155. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa:

    The online exams were a MAJOR help! I really felt prepared when I took the exam thanks to the practice tests.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA EMBA Class of 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Have multiple proofread your essay. They will each catch grammar and spelling issues that could hurt your application.
  156. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Houston - Victoria (2020)
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure to research many MBA programs and ask as many questions that you may think of. The counselors and advisers are there to help you decide on the best program and method of delivery.
  157. 4 out of 5

    Eric:

    Book is through and does a good job explaining the concepts. Practice tests are good resource to prepare you for the test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't wait to take the test
  158. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Capella University 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Dont procrastinate on taking the GMAT! Study hard, prep and get those applications in
  159. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Florida State University / 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply early and don't underestimate any portion of the application in helping you be accepted into your choice school. Take the time to make your choice on schools and make your application the best.
  160. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Oklahoma State / 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't just buy prep books; actually use them.
  161. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: LSUS 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Get started ASAP by sending in your paperwork and you'll be reviewed very quickly.
  162. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start your applications earlier than you think is necessary and submit by the priority deadline if possible.
  163. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgia Tech Evening MBA - Class of 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Set aside time to study for the test, but also check with the school in case you can get a waiver for testing with enough experience.
  164. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Dont be afraid to apply for what you think is a reach! And always POLITELY ask for more scholarship.
  165. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: AASCB/ 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Study good and spend all the time that you got. Great scores comes with hard efforts
  166. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CBS 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the time you need to make sure your application is in the best place it can be!
  167. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CBS, 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Things you can do to know if the school/program is a good fit for you: 1) Thoroughly browse school website to learn about the program 2) Talk to alumni, current students, faculty and admitted students 3) Join info session and events held by the admissions 4) Go visit the campus and conduct an audit in one class if applicable
  168. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Focus on your weaknesses -- if you're strong in english already, don't waste your prep time on what you're skilled in. Build up your weaknesses to better your overall score.
  169. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Thomas:

    Great Material for a great price. Online sessions were very helpful.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Unless you just finished school. Take some extra time to study, at least a month.
  170. 3 out of 5

    brandon225:

    The level of difficulty of problems is not provided.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Houston & 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: The GMAT Official prep is a better resource than Kaplan Prep.
  171. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Duke University Weekend Executive MBA Program
    • MBA application & school advice: Kaplan is a great place to start your studying and the courses help to provide some structure. However, I would strongly recommend studying from at least two or three different test prep providers to make sure you're seeing a good mix of questions and methods of solving problems.
  172. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Hult International School of Business December 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Take a close look at the schools you are thinking about attending before you spend a ton of money on GMAT course materials. Does your grad school need a GMAT or a GRE score? If so what is the average? It's important to realize what "average" means. An average includes outliers and that does not mean you MUST get that specific number. Plan out a realistic schedule to study and stick with it until the test.
  173. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2-Year Full-Time MBA 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: I strongly suggest attempting various additional study methods in addition to taking the course. Ask as many questions as you can and your teacher will be happy to provide you with personal recommendations to help improve your score and test-taking abilities. Give yourself ample time after completing the course to take practice tests.
  174. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arcadia University / 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: My advice for MBA applications is have multiple people look over it.
  175. 5 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lynn University/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Before applying or even considering going for your MBA make sure it’s what you truly want, and ask yourself why you are doing it. I also advice others to start the application process as soon as possible so as not leave anything for last minute!
  176. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: American University/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: My advice for MBA applicants is to find a school that fits you and meets your needs. Find a program that is cost effective and offers flexibility for finishing the MBA. Find an MBA program that allows online course work, winter sessions, summer sessions, and module based course timeline.
  177. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Dayton/ 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Plan and research! For Gmat study you must implement a plan and stick to it. Schedule the time to study, take the practice tests to find the areas you need improvement in the most. For applications make sure resume and essay are outstanding. Have friends who have already went graduate school proof read your items. Also find teachers or managers who are willing to write you a great letter of recommendation.
  178. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Chicago Booth School of Business / 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Ask for the letters of recommendation early! People are busy in their own lives so it will take them longer than expected to complete.
  179. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Be true to yourself. Don’t try to present yourself as the candidate that you think MBA programs are looking for. Just try to present the best version of yourself while remaining authentic.
  180. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Western Governors University
    • MBA application & school advice: Have a clear outline of things you have accomplished over the years, and how you contributed to the business needs.
  181. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HPU/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Effective time management is crucial.
  182. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Robert Morris University
    • MBA application & school advice: Do not underestimate the importance of getting the timing down on this exam. Take as many of the online timed practice exams as you can.
  183. 3 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Arizona State University / Pending 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: You can always make up for your weaknesses. I am not the strongest at math, but found that performing above and beyond in the GMAT and application essays for english proficiency was enough for me to still shine as a viable student and receive admission to my top colleges.
  184. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Dillard College of Business Administration
    • MBA application & school advice: Give your self enough time to prepare for testing and the application process!
  185. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: I would advise that students find additional supplemental prep materials for those that need a more in depth review of the quantitative portion of the test.
  186. 5 out of 5

    Mrshedrick:

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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UW Foster/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Leave plenty of time for study for the GMAT, and chip away at it a little every day.
  187. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Pepperdine MBA/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Be specific in your goals and tell your story!
  188. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Smeal College of Business, Penn State University/still enrolled
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure you communicate who you are, not only your scores. Schools worth attending want to see what you bring to the table as part of your cohort... not only scores and grades.
  189. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Begin studying for the GMAT early and often. I recommend allowing 3 - 6 months for the GMAT prep/test taking itself, and then taking another 3 - 6 separate months to focus on applications. This approach was really helpful to me, and I think I would have compromised both my test performance and the quality of my essays/applications if I had tried to complete both at the same time. Choose carefully when applying to schools. Each application is extensive and expensive. Don't be afraid to wait until round 2 if you are running up against the round 1 deadlines and don't feel confident in your applications.
  190. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't rush - take your time to make sure you can come up with a decent application, and if you can't do it for this year, apply the next. Business schools are not going anywhere but if you don't do your best application, you're also not.
  191. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross - 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Take at least 5 months to study for the GMAT and prepare your application. You’ll regret procrastinating.
  192. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan-Ross
    • MBA application & school advice: Give yourself more time than you think you'll need. It's a full-time job applying to B-school.
  193. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: My application advice is to be yourself! Focus on writing a great essay and being personable when you go for your interview.
  194. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Smith / 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Take as many practice tests as you can manage. Give yourself a lot of time to prep. You will quickly see which areas you need to improve, and over time will feel more confident to achieve a better score.
  195. 4 out of 5

    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).

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Jones Graduate School Of Business
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Applicants that apply in the third round are at a significant disadvantage for the top programs because the pool is so competitive. Do not underestimate the time it will take to prepare for the GMAT and thoughtfully fill out school applications.
  196. 4 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early!! Don't bank on crushing your GMAT on the first try and take time to craft essays that really drive home why you want the school and why they should want you.
  197. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross School of Business
    • MBA application & school advice: 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.
  198. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Connecticut/2019
    • MBA application & school advice: My advice to those applying for and MBA program is to first understand what field/what are you looking to gain from the MBA experience. You want to make sure you truly understand what field you want to pursue and then do as much research as possible on the schools that provide those program fields. Another very important aspect of picking the right MBA program is knowing what experiences you want to gain. Many MBA programs provide different interactive experiences for students. Some provide case competitions, some provide a lot of group work, some provide access to leaders in different fields. You want to make sure the program you pick provides you with the exact experiences you are looking to gain.
  199. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Strome College of Business (Old Dominion University) / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Research how a school handles scholarships on the front end, not after you accept.
  200. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Albers/2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Take the time to have multiple people read over your personal statement and make sure it is portraying yourself the way you are intending.
  201. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Utah
    • MBA application & school advice: Kaplan has great material, but the self-flow along with the varying timeframes available was too lenient for me. To succeed with this sort of study material, you need to ensure you have a set schedule and set up reminders so you are going back into the material regularly.
  202. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: The best advice I can give to any applicant is to start early, not only in terms of physical applications but also in terms of thinking about what you want to get out of an MBA program. If you wait until the middle of the application window to really begin to consider why an MBA is right for you, you may not be allowing yourself the appropriate amount of time to really think about your situation and future goals, which makes the application process even more difficult and stressful than it already is. If you are considering applying to school at any point in the future, look into the requirements as soon as the thought pops into your head. That way you will be better prepared if/when you do decide to apply, and you'll have a much better grasp on your story when it comes to writing application essays. And, above all, be yourself- do not try to imitate someone else's application or someone else's career path if it is not genuinely what you aspire to do. Think long and hard about your career and convey your goals in your application, not a canned response.
  203. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Richmond/2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take many practice tests before the GMAT and trust yourself. Stay calm and get a good night of sleep before you take the test.When interviewing with faculty members for admission (if your school requires it) dress professionally, speak well, come prepared with questions and be yourself.Sell yourself on the actual application. Do not sell yourself short. Highlight some of your work experiences and emphasize the teams/projects you have led.
  204. 2 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Invest in your essay. It is one of the few components of the application package that is fully under your control.
  205. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Boston University/2014
    • MBA application & school advice: Work hard to create a balanced application; highlighting great things you have done in each part of the application.
  206. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross / 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: not super detailed and time consuming which was nice but definitely give yourself enough time
  207. 4 out of 5

    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!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan Ross School of Business / 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Be authentic! And definitely give yourself time to write something thoughtful/meaningful, and then take time to edit. Let your friends and family read your essays and provide feedback.
  208. 3 out of 5

    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

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: London Business School/ 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Focus a lot on researching the schools you want to apply to and make sure your application is a targeted application
  209. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin Business School / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Decide the target score you want and the higher it is, the early you should start prepping. Do as many full practice tests as possible once you feel comfortable with the concepts. Get creative with where you find the tests online. Also, I found Kaplan practice tests were harder than the real one.
  210. 4 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: San Diego State University/2019
    • MBA application & school advice: I strongly encourage you to invest in your GRE/GMAT preparation whether it be through Live study or just buying the materials to study yourself. I, personally, bought the materials so I could study myself due to financial reasons but it allowed me to take the GRE and get into SDSU on my first try. This test can set you apart from other students applying to the program who probably have very similar backgrounds and grades as you.
  211. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Illinois Chicago 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself! I have a BFA in sculpture, and I make documentaries. I didn't think I'd be qualified for business school, but my unique background became an asset. Also do your homework on your schools and programs.
  212. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: A.B. Freeman School of Business - Tulane University (1st year)
    • MBA application & school advice: Always check your eligibility for application fee waivers for each and every school. If you plan on applying to several schools, the fees can really add up. Also, RELAX a little. It is hard not to get overwhelmed, but anyone who has made the commitment to pursue their MBA and further their career is also capable of finding their perfect program and career path. You can do it!
  213. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Bentley University/2018
    • MBA application & school advice: You will need more hours studying for the exam than you originally assume. Don't procrastinate! Meet with professors and the head of your department at the school you are interested in. Contact admissions and ask a lot of questions so you are prepared.
  214. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure to allow sufficient time to study for the GMAT and make sure to sell your accomplishments and achievements in your resume and application (as opposed to your roles and responsibilities).
  215. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Santa Clara University, 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Take studying seriously. I know it can be difficult to focus on B-school applications while trying to juggle all of the demands of everyday life, but your application is a direct reflection of who you are as a person and perhaps the only reflection that the admissions office will ever see. The GMAT score will represent a significant part of that application.
  216. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of California San Diego / 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: When applying for your MBA at any graduate school, it is essential that you find the school that best suits your needs. Whether it be location, the areas of focus that school offers, or industries in the city in which the school is located, you must determine which of these factors are most important for you and where you can thrive in the business world.
  217. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Saint John Fisher / 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Be honest and very detailed on all forms. Be yourself in the interview and really talk about something you are passionate about. Being confident is the number one piece of advice I would offer.
  218. 5 out of 5

    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.

    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      PareekR:

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

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

      Arohie Chopra:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: BE HONEST AND GET TO KNOW THE UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS TEAM PRIOR TO APPLYING
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: university of toronto
      • MBA application & school advice: Just prepare well and write your essay
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Holly:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia business school/2019
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck, 2019
    • 1 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2019
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Think hard about what you really want to do in life, about your strengths and passions, and then craft a plausible story that you can sound passionate about in your application. I think MBA admissions Committees appreciate and recognize when people are being genuine and passionate.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      Sam:

      Kindle textbook was great!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck / 2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Understand yourself - take the time to do, you're the only you there is!
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lally School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: It is key that you take EVERY single practice test. Don't skip a single one.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early! Applications take a lot of time and the more thought you put into them, the better!
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin / 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Do lots of practice tests for the GMAT starting a few months before your test. Also, highlight something that makes you unique as a candidate. I talked about how I quit my job the year before planning to do MBA and traveled to all 59 National Parks for a year and created a travel blog and brand at switchbackkids.com. That was a central piece of my essay and got a lot of interest in my interview and I think was a very positive distinguisher.
    • 3 out of 5

      kelsey mitchell:

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

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

      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?

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Nick S.:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Be authentic and give yourself plenty of time.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      Marlon:

      Kaplan was awesome! I definitely recommend it!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden/2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early! Don't wait until the week before the applications are due!
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early and set weekly goals!
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Start studying and start your essays as early as you can! Both will take longer than you think!
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      Kat:

      I used the book only but it was super helpful

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden / 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: To study all sections you don't score well on in the practice test
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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…

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself!
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale school of Management / 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: practice, practice, and practice
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Illinois / May 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Apply using core strengths and competencies
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Alexey:

      Well designed for self study, lots of good tips

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Judge Business School
      • MBA application & school advice: Start preparing early
    • 5 out of 5

      Nikhil Sant:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johnson Graduate School of Management/ 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Focus on building a well rounded profile
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Steve Pawlowski:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: U of M Ross / 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Study
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      Matthew Kaplan:

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

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

      Sonia Jose:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan/ 2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Study the official GMAT questions, and order additional GMAT questions.
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan/2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Try to do tests from a variety of test prep companies.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Michigan - Ross School of Business - 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Set a schedule and stick with it!
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan Ross School of Business, 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Look at schools that have interaction with the rest of campus.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stephen M. Ross School of Business/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Practice, practice, practice!
    • 1 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
      • MBA application & school advice: TRY NOT TO GET NERVOUS, PACE YOURSELF.
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vienna University of Economics and Business
      • MBA application & school advice: Very useful for practical questions.
    • 5 out of 5

      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 !

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

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Rich:

      Strong offering of practice test questions for all sections.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Plan out the process month by month. Be sure to know all deadlines.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Jamie Ferguson:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Garrett:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Texas A&M University - Texarkana
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

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

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Drury University Breech School of Business Administration / 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Know your weaknesses and preemptively address them.
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB
      • MBA application & school advice: Eat well, exercise and meditate.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: GW School of Business
      • MBA application & school advice: Start studying early and study often.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Long Island University/2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Be precise and to the point.
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UT/2016
      • MBA application & school advice: I would suggest using Kaplan GMAT prep.
    • 2 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Kentucky/2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Work hard for what you want, and network with folks in your field.
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      Chanel Greene:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      scott morgans:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: CSUSM
      • MBA application & school advice: apply to at least 10 schools
    • 3 out of 5

      Karna:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: I would recommend to give as many test as possible before the exam
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Daniel:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: IESE Business School 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself!
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: Differentiate the value add you will get from each school.
    • 4 out of 5

      Sarah Brown:

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

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Use Kaplan for your GMAT Prep.
    • 4 out of 5

      Nelson Azoulay:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Chicago Booth 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Start prep early and practice often.
    • 4 out of 5

      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

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Willamette University Atkinson MBA / 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Get started as soon as you can.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      P:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Prateek Oberoi:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: BYU/2015
      • MBA application & school advice: Keep Trying
    • 4 out of 5

      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!

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Allow yourself enough time to prepare to perform your best on the GMAT.
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Andrea Coulis:

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

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Collin:

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

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Missouri Trulaske/2016
      • MBA application & school advice: Challenge yourself with hard courses.
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Don't just rely on websites to learn about MBA programs.
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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.

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

      Bo Hamrick:

      Thought the book was great and well organized

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: College of William and Mary / 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Pick your budget and find the best school in your budget
    • 3 out of 5

      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.)

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

      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.

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early!
    • 5 out of 5

      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.

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

      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.

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

      Chris:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tepper 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself
    • 4 out of 5

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: ASU, 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: Apply early.
    • 5 out of 5

      Channce Fuller:

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

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

      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.

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

      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!

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

      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.

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

      Arun Kumar:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan state univerisity
      • MBA application & school advice: be yourself !
    • 3 out of 5

      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.

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

      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)

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: michigan state university, 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: start early and try and visit the schools/interact with students.
    • 4 out of 5

      MAtt:

      Overall did a good job,

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

      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.

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

      Jared:

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

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

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg / 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Don't underestimate how long the little 200-300 word questions take. it's not all about the essays.
    Level Beginner

    Share our course