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Princeton Course vs. Kaplan Course [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2005, 22:10
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I am new to this but am planning on taking a prep course for t he GMAT and debating between Kaplan and Princeton. Does anyone have any insight? Why is one better over the other.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2005, 07:33
I have not taken either course, but have been researching them and think that PR has the better offering. The instructors are better, as are the strategies. I have PR's books and they make the test seem a lot easier. Kaplan is known for its too-hard practice tests, which some like but I think is self-defeating. PR's practice tests are more realistic, especially for CR.

If you haven't used either of their books, spend some time at the library or bookstore and see how they compare, which feels better to you, more in line with your learning or test-taking style. Overall, though, I have seen more positive reviews for PR's class, and they post some impressive success rates on their site whereas Kaplan doesn't.

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Veritas or Manhattan [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2005, 06:18
I would suggest you check out Veritas of Manhattan GMAT, both are much better than Kaplan or PR. I took a Kaplan class a while ago and it was a COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. It's my opinon that Kaplan and PR classes are geared towards the masses, those who are fine with a score in the 500s or 600s.
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GMAT course selection [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2005, 08:23
I couldnt agree more.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2005, 03:57
I totally disagree, at least for PR (I have no real experience with Kaplan and have always preferred PR). I am targeting 700+ and am not at all worried that they can't help me get there. I've used their books before, and the strategies worked well for me -- and I had a 3.83 GPA in college, so I'm no dummy who can only score in the 500-600 range. They have a stat on their site that shows that 13% of students who take their course score 700+ on the GMAT, vs. 7% of all test takers. That's not too shabby. And they do group classes by ability and initial diagnostic score, so if you're capable of hitting 700 (a class can't totally do that for you, you know), you won't be sitting with someone who can only score 600.

What matters most, though, are your own ability and dedication, and how much you practice. I can't imagine that Veritas' or Manhattan's strategies are so superior to PR that if I bust my butt (which I'd do anyway) I can't do just as well with PR as the others. Any of them will help, but it's up to you to make it happen on test day.

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2005, 17:35
Thank you for your feedback. Have you taken Veritas or Manhattan? Why did you think Kaplan was a waste of time. I have both the Kaplan and Princeton books. I have completed the Kaplan book and only done the math portion of the PR book. I do believe Princeton makes things seem easier, but I feel that it may be too easy in comparison to the real gmat.
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