Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person Reviews
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     By mich1216 0 0
Improvement:

200 Points

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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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     By KalleeAmara 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q44

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

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

In my experience as a first time test taker, Kaplan's in person prep course was more than enough to meet most of my needs. I found their strategies helpful, they completely took away all uncertainty in regards to the test, and the course greatly improved my quantitative skills. There were two factors in particular that I think set Kaplan apart in a positive way. 1) Their online resources are extensive and accurate; they provide more practice questions than I could imagine getting through, their videos and FLEX sessions are concise but thorough, and the analytics they give for analyzing your progress/errors are really wonderful. 2) The "Test Day Experience" is invaluable. Having the chance to go to my test center and take a practice test there, allowing me to work out timing and get a sense of the space (FOR NO EXTRA COST) is worth at least 1 extra month of prep in my opinion. My last note on Kaplan, however, is that they are not targeting students who want a score in the high 700's. I improved from a 630 at my first practice to a 710 on the actual test (highest practice = 740), and now that I am taking the test again and aiming for a 750, I will be turning to another company - one that focuses on those top scores.

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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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Kaplan Course Rankings
Overall Score Improvement
143 points
International Student Score Improvement
175 points
Verbal
80%
Quant
80%
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