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     By dalecooper 2 1
Self-reported Score:

750

Q48

V45

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
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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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

Verbal:     
Quant:     
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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Great Service
August 08 | 2017
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     By diverboy1988 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q46

V41

Improvement:

30 Points

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Location: Online

The Kaptest is great!

The test prep is actually amazing, 9 tests that are actually like the real exam, are very helpful.

I took the live online course, which is very helpful and allows you to take the course on your schedule, from wherever you're located. I might suggest orienting yourself to take the section you are weakest in first, giving you the most time to prepare for the actual exam.

The fact that you can take a practice test in the Pearson Vue is such a boon.

To be honest, when I took the actual exam, I was confused by whether I was accidentally scheduled for a second practice exam because the modules are so similar! I increased my score by over 30 points, so this is really great.

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     By sasyaharry 168 11
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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Taught by: Kris Park

Firstly, Kaplan offers many options all over San Jose for GMAT in person prep. I choose the Palo alto high school location since a closer location was unavailable.
For some reason the course I had picked was changed at the last minute and a new course code was assigned. Nothing else changed.
The materials from Kaplan arrived on time and included their GMAT premier course book, a pocket guide and admissions guide. The package also included a pad similar to the on you will get test day and a marker pen.
Our tutor was Kris Park. He broke up the prep into various segments and would always give us a summary of what we would be learning on any given day. The class was an eclectic mix of people from various backgrounds. The classes were held from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Taking this class in winter meant walking in pitch darkness from the class room to the school parking lot. On the flip side the school was quite during those hours. Also, the room was very hard to find on the first day, specially in the dark. Some more planning like placement of signs would have helped.

The course itself had many facets. The Kaplan flex sessions were helpful in receiving targeted help. The online content was good to recapitulate what you had learnt. The tests were a bit on the harder side in my opinion. What I suggest is not to take these CAT scores as gold standard. You have some room, if you know what i mean.

My only gripe with Kaplan is that their content is not available for a longer duration. 6 months is too less. Taking into consideration the prep time and possible retest, students should have at least 12 months access.

Overall I did benefit from interacting with real people and these live sessions may or may not be your cup of tea. There is no way that the tutor can cover everything in the book and this means you must use your time with the tutor wisely.

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Terrible Course
June 07 | 2017
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     By arenddd 0 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q44

V40

Improvement:

10 Points

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Location: Online

If you are looking to score above a 700, look elsewhere. The material is incredibly shallow and gives a basic overview of the exam. It is also a lot more expensive than alternative courses and I would not recommend. I started studying with Manhattan which I would definitely recommend, at least over Kaplan.

They do give some material which is helpful, like 9 CAT tests, however there is little support for improving upon what you are getting wrong. A more detailed analysis would be helpful in determining what you should study. I am generally a good test taker, got a 4.0 in college, so I'm not bad at studying. I think the material that Kaplan gives is just not useful. Look elsewhere.

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1 Commented by JenniferAtKaplan on June 17, 2017
Hi, arenddd. I'm sorry you are not satisfied with your Kaplan course. We measure our success by our students' success and take feedback like this very seriously. I want to make sure you are fully aware of the resources available to you and the options available to continue to raise your score and get your full value from your Kaplan course. Your CATs give you a breakdown of the content areas and question types you should focus on to improve your performance. Each CAT includes a full explanation of every question, as do the Qbank and all course sessions. Your course includes access to both live and recorded episodes of the GMAT Channel, each of which is designed to dive deeper into specific content areas. The GMAT Channel also includes sessions specifically designed for harder test content.

In addition to the GMAT Channel, the Self-Paced PLUS course includes the opportunity to take a full-length Kaplan CAT at an actual GMAT testing center. Kaplan's partnership with Pearson VUE lets you have the full GMAT experience -- going through official GMAC check-in and security processes; taking the test in a room with other test takers; and experiencing all of the sights, sounds, and stresses of the actual GMAT -- without worrying about the score. This realistic practice is key to obtaining your very best GMAT score, as there will be no surprises when it actually counts.

For any further clarification or to share any feedback or concerns directly with us, please reach out to us via KaplanGMATfeedback@kaplan.com.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By aeropower 101 45
Self-reported Score:

750

Q50

V41

Improvement:

60 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - Self-Paced
Location: Online

Overall, the level of content and the products included are very helpful in helping you learn the basics of the exam, all the basics.

From what is on the exam to getting a feel for the actual test with the option to take a practice CAT at an official GMAT testing location. The other things included in the package are also helpful - the GMAT scratchpad with dry-erase pen gives you a good feel for what it's like on test day.

As for the content, I think Kaplan is very good at giving you a basic understanding of every inch of the exam. However, because there is so much to cover on the GMAT, the Kaplan program was sometimes "shallow" with its explanation of problems from the study material. The program also tracks all of the questions you've answered to give you a good assessment of how you're progressing.

Also, having 9+ CATs to take are invaluable.

Overall, the Kaplan program is pretty good and with it, I was able to bring my score up 60 points with it, 650 to 710.

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     By NoNameUser111 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q49

V39

Improvement:

80 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Location: Princeton, NJ USA
Taught by: Meghan Ferrer

I joined the Kaplan in person course to help me prepare for GMAT. I have a job that requires a lot of travel and I joined the course to help me plan and prepare for my exam. The materials were good (they can be better organized, though). However, the tutor we had (Meghan) was really good and helped us use the materials better and was especially terrific at pointing out patterns and study tips. The class timings were well designed for working professionals.

Meghan was professional, well prepared for each class and went out of the way to cater to the various students in class, each at a different point of their GMAT preparation timeline. Based on what I heard and read (from other review sites), Meghan exceeded my expectations on the value I will get from the class.

The course center in Parsippany, NJ could have been better (white boards did not work).

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1 Commented by meowwow001 on June 10, 2017
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     By KalleeAmara 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q47

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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     By MBAsailor 24 12
Verified Score:

670

Q40

V41

Improvement:

100 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Dennis Yim

I had been studying on my own here and there but hadn't really set a schedule. This was just what I needed to focus my efforts and identify my weaknesses through the CATs. The online course comes with 7 CATs that give in depth stats on how you performed.

I signed up for the Kaplan Live Online course not knowing who I would get for an instructor. Boy did I luck out! I enjoyed Dennis's teaching style immensely. He was also able to keep the atmosphere light and I NEVER felt like I was being rushed through things or that he wasn't willing to go back and look at something. It wasn't uncommon at all to go back and reexamine a problem if someone had an issue.

Rachel, the assistant teacher, was also extremely helpful. Kaplan has a public chat that everyone sees and a private chat where you can talk to the assistant teacher. Rachel was very responsive and helped to clear things up I may not have wanted to admit to in the public chat.

If Kaplan allows it, I would recommend requesting these two for your classes. My flex sessions were all with different instructors and I didn't like their style compared to Dennis and Rachel. Second to none!

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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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