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5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
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     By dalecooper 1 1
Self-reported Score:

750

Q48

V45

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50 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Joseph Tambornino

I've used Manhattan, Magoosh, and Kaplan, and absolutely loved the Kaplan program. I raised my score from a 700 to a 750, and I think much of it was due to Kaplan's support and test-day experience. I got to sit down and take an actual GMAT test in a certified test center, which I think is an incredible advantage to any student looking to embark on this for the first time. Also, the mentor they provided me sent me over an awesome "how to structure your homework and studying" guide that I've since passed on to anyone looking for help. It really made a difference this time around. Finally, the ease of use and sheer amount of resources Kaplan provides in addition to the standard classes/homework are awesome. The quiz banks and workshops were super helpful and kept me busy until test day. By the way, Joseph is a rockstar.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By mkarp31 0 0
Self-reported Score:

610

Q35

V38

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40 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Dennis Yim

I thoroughly enjoyed the Kaplan Gmat Prep - Live Online Plus Course. I was referred to Kaplan by an associate utilizing the online prep course for his LSAT. I originally wanted to take onsite courses as I felt that it was better suited for my learning style but I eventually grew to enjoy and appreciate the online format. My instructors were very knowledgable and helpful and increased my confidence for test day. Each of the Kaplan instructors I worked with genuinely wanted to help and also were quick to respond via email. I improved drastically from my initial diagnostic test. Additionally, the thousands of questions that are available to you as a Kaplan student via the test bank makes test prep easy. Finally, the onsite test day experience that is exclusive to Kaplan helped ease my nerves on test day. Taking a practice exam at the same testing center that I took my actual GMAT was very helpful! I would definitely recommend this course.

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     By mtria011 0 0
Verified Score:

640

Q42

V36

Improvement:

150 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Location: Miami, FL USA
Taught by: Gene

I started my GMAT studies on April 2015, paid for the in-person class.
Kaplan was great to build my foundations on the GMAT, but after studying all of their material I still could not reach 700.
I started with a 490 and slowly climbed up, by mid-January 2016 gave the official GMAT a shot and got 640, but on my practice CATs I was getting 660-700.

Their customer service was great, and teachers do respond on time. However I had to email several teachers at once until I found one that really helped with my study strategy, Gene was awesome!!!!. The others did reply with some strategies but not as tailored as I would´ve want.

I went to the in person classes and then took the online classes. I think the online classes were wayyyy better, its easier to make questions because the peer pressure is not there, you can take screenshots, and its easier to be on time for classes.

Overall, I would say Kaplan is great if you have no idea about the GMAT and want to score in the 600-650 range, of course it depends on your needs. But for higher scores I think its hard. However I do have 3 friends who scored 710 on the GMAT thanks to Kaplan.
On my side I had to pay another $75 for some Manhattan extra CATs and more questions but that still didn´t get me far, I´m still at the same score after studying for 4 more months.
I purchased the $50 GMAC exam pack 2 and got 650 on the practice CAT.
So even though I don´t want to spend more money, I will purchase The Economist GMAC complete plan ($719 with the discount), they offer a +50 point guarantee, let´s see how that goes and hopefully that will get me into the 700+ club.

I´m extremely tired of studying for the GMAT, it will have taken me 1.5 years of dedicated studying. But the finish line looks so close that I´m still not giving up.

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Excellent Way to Prepare
January 13 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By rishinp 2 0
Self-reported Score:

700

Q45

V41

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90 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Joseph Tambornino

The Live Online PLUS was a great tool that offered me many resources to prepare for the GMAT. The GMAT is structured in a way that it will benefit you to learn HOW to take the test due to its unique scoring system and questions. After completing the course and putting in the time to practice the strategies taught, you will be much better off when the time for the real test comes around. It is important though that you complete all of the practice materials you are instructed to do. Put in the practice time and use the strategies taught, and you will improve your GMAT score without a doubt. But in case you don't, you'll be able to get your money back with the Higher Score Guarantee.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By nschneid 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

110 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Tutoring - In Person
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Taught by: Seth Ketron

My gmat study story is extremely long and I will not hit on every single detail. I began studying for the GMAT on Thanksgiving 2014. I decided back then that I was underutilized at my job and wanted to make the most of my spare time (both at work and outside of work). I set a big goal for myself of 700+ with a reach school being Berkeley.

My first approach was self study- I used the Kaplan premier guide and studied that from beginning to end. All of my CATs were roughly 490-530. I'm really not a good test taker. I am where I am today because I simply try harder than everyone else (and it worked in my GMAT studies too). I decided I needed some more in-depth books so I went with MGMAT, the full 10 book comprehensive set. I found MGMAT to be very exhaustive and clunky. I set May as my month to take the official GMAT using these two self help programs.

My highest CAT going into the exam was 600. So by simply using the self-help books and understanding the exam, I raised my score by roughly 100 points. On test day, I scored a 600. I knew I was not ready but I just wanted the experience of an actual test day (too bad it cost $250 dollars thanks to a non profit called the GMAC).

So later that day I decided to crank it into another gear. I called and singed up for the Kaplan 1-on-1 in-person private tutoring (25 hours). The program is outrageously expensive but I am looking for merit-based scholarships at lower ranked schools so I was willing to pay a lot for the program. I was matched with a great tutor. We developed a good working relationship and formed a great study plan. I learned SO much from the program. I came in with a big head like ohhhhh I've been studying for this for 7 months, what can you possibly tell me etc etc. But once I swallowed my pride, I learned how amazing and SIMPLE Kaplan makes the GMAT. Their online practice CATs and CAT reviews are so streamlined and effective. The single most valuable part of the program is its instructors, followed by their online videos.

In july I retook the test and scored a... 580. WHAT you say. Yeah, i discovered that I have awful test anxiety when I believe I can do something LOL. I was so focused on seeing a 700 on my final report that I was not focused on what was going on in front of me. In fact, I took the entire exam not fully reading the questions... yeah wut.

I felt devastated. I'll just leave it at that. I thought I would study for the GRE. Then, I said no way. I signed up for Kaplan's live online class (they let you retake a live online course if you dont get the score you want) and went from there. I discovered that yes retaking the course in an online class setting was helpful. But really it was just a review. I was scoring the same on practice CATs that I was getting on CATs with my private instructor (670-700) but I was benefitting from the insight of another professor. So I scheduled my third test for 6 weeks out and tried again.

In October, I finally got my 700+ goal- I got a 710 with a near perfect verbal, 65% ish math, perfect essay, and LOL a 3 on IR (my first test had an 80% so I don't care).

Summary of things that helped me:
1. Kaplan, obviously. One could question if 1-on-1 was effective based on my lower score after signing up. Not true. I found out I get bad test anxiety and went to the doctor to get meds, so it was a personal thing.
2. Study 6 days a week. Go out and party on the 7th.
3. Take a CAT a week. I took 23 practice CATS during my 3 rounds of studying (truly embarrassing I am that motivated)
4. Stick with one program
5. Watch all of the Kaplan online videos many many times. Many times- like 3-5 times for each video.
6. Use the sound proofing ear muffs in the test room- really. I did this during my third time and I was SO concentrated. Tune out all the other noodle heads in the room
7. Don't give up. I am a 3.4 GPA from a competitive US public school but I do not consider myself to be smart (in the conventional test taking way). The fact that you are even on this site, reading my review, shows that you are passionate about your career and you will succeed.

P.S. I gave the quant portion of the program only 4 stars just because it's not Kaplan's strongest point. Their math techniques will take you FAR but not far enough to get in 80%+ for quant. This is just my opinion. In the end, I do not care because I got a total combined of 91%.

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1 Commented by samie0302 on March 21, 2016
So glad you finally got your 700+ score!
I am planning to sit the GMAT for the 3rd time after quitting my job to study and seeing NO improvement. This time round I want to go down the class/private tutor route as I've only done self study until now. Your review & journey is helpful and inspiring. thanks.
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Kaplan GMAT review
July 29 | 2015
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     By harshbinani1 0 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q46

V38

Improvement:

40 Points

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Location: Online

Hi - I found the GMAT course offered by Kaplan to be comphrehensive however I think they are overpriced.

The practice exams are not reflective of the actual difficulty level in GMAT exams and I would recommend Manhattan exams over Kaplan

Having said that the course material offered by them is great and covers all aspects very well. The online self study options are also well worked and the tutors I worked with were very helpful and reached out to me on a regular basis to check how I was doing.

Overall I had a great experience with the course offering except the practice exams.

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1 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By mich1216 0 0
Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Taught by: Murl Smith

I recommend everyone to use Kaplan if you're weaker on Verbal. the Quant section simply isn't as difficult as some of the most difficult questions you would get in the 750 range. That said, I supplemented my Kaplan materials with Manhattan math materials and scored 740. I took my class in my office with Murl on the weekends and thought he was very engaging. He took the time to grade our essays as well as provide individual attending when we needed it. I also recommend the practice tests with Kaplan - it allows you to schedule to take them IN-PERSON AT THE TEST CENTER. So while everyone was taking their real test, I got to take my practice tests there twice. This helped to take my nerves off of test day because the testing conditions weren't completely foreign.

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Quant
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