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     By nschneid 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

110 Points

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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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     By dalecooper 2 1
Self-reported Score:

750

Q48

V45

Improvement:

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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Great course!
May 06 | 2018
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     By chadgruzin 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q48

V40

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50 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Location: Washington, DC USA

Loved my Kaplan course! Instructor was great and always stayed late to answer questions for us. The course moved my score up 50 points and taught me trick I would not have figured out on my own. Definitely utilize the test day experience because it was the most helpful part! After my course experience I am applying to Harvard Business School's 2+2 program where I received an interview. The online experience was great as well! The QBank allows you to answer questions that you are struggling with and focus on specific types of questions. Also there is data that tracks the question types you are getting wrong as well as several practice exams all included in the cost of the course! Overall I would definitely recommend taking this course with Kaplan.

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     By uighelani 5 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V42

Improvement:

130 Points

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Location: Online

I found the Kaplan course to be really helpful for someone like me - weak quant background, needed a light refresher of the basics and a heavy amount of training on the GMAT strategies. For people like me, Quant answers/question types don't just "click" like they do for others. The course was the perfect foundation and the book and homework assignments helped me hone in.

More than all of this though, the most valuable resource was the course instructors. They really stressed we could reach out to them after the course was over. I reached out to my instructors over 20 times with screenshots/pictures of questions - not just from Kaplan but also from OG, and they would provide detailed answers/explanations. They even followed up before and after my GMAT, with well wishes. I really felt I got my moneys worth becuase of the time and dedication they had for their students.

As a side note - the Kaplan Qbank is awesome and comprehensive, and the way you are able to create question sets based on not just quant/verbal, but the question topics within each section was invaluable to my GMAT prep.

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     By Mike2005 4 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q42

V46

Improvement:

60 Points

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

I started with just the official GMAC materials, but I quickly realized that theirs was not designed to help you "crack the code." I did quite a bit of research and was completely willing to pay for the in-person or online classes, but I didn't want to be hamstrung by the pace of others. I opted for the Kaplan self-paced and I'm very glad that I did.

For me, my work schedule was at a lull for a couple of months, so I decided to just hit it as hard as I could. Because I was doing the self-paced, I was able to do 8-12 hours of study per day. The intro video was oddly super helpful. It told me how to organize my studies (don't take another CAT unless you've done significant studying, etc.). I mapped out a plan for myself and got to it. I started with a CAT and then the program told me where I was and what I needed to study more of. I was in a position to skip all the basics and I jumped right in to the intermediate and then moved on to the advanced.

I will say that the Kaplan CATs aren't perfect representations of the actual GMAT, but they're close and they're included. I purchased the GMAC test expansion pack and I budgeted them out so as not to burn them before I got my target score.

Once I had done enough Kaplan studying that the Kaplan CAT said I was getting into the ballpark of where I wanted, I took the GMAC official CAT. It said I got a 760, so I scheduled the official test for two days later, took a day off and took the test. I only got a 710--good, but not my target. In hindsight, my concentration/stamina waned towards the end of the test. Gratefully, the GMAT now allows you to choose the order to take the test. I recommend doing your weakest (verbal/quant) first, the other second, and doing the IR/AWA last since those don't figure as prominently into the admission decision.

I continued with the studying, reviewing carefully and dissecting advanced problems until I could "see the matrix." About 6 weeks of total studying, and I got a 740, still shy of my target of 750, but it wasn't worth it to keep studying to get another 10 points.

My favorite part of the self-paced was that I could watch the videos at 1.5 and 2x speeds until I found something that met my personal needs, then I would pause and write it down and rewind/re-watch as necessary. At no point did I feel like I was missing out on quality instruction just because the instruction was taped. On the contrary, I actually think the instruction was better than I might have received in an online live class, because the instructors were clearly some of Kaplan's absolute best.

A few times I had questions about a review or example question and I emailed Kaplan. I received answers usually within a business day and was mostly satisfied with the response that I got.

Overall...
I absolutely recommend the Kaplan self-paced course. Especially for those whose skills are already on the intermediate-advanced level and who are trying to figure out how to go from ~80th percentile into the 95th or better. You can just keep hitting the parts that trip you up until you get there.

Also, I didn't use it, but it does come with the official test day experience. I'm a good tester and had already been to this location, so I didn't want to waste the time practicing, but for some, I could see how helpful it could be.

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     By magician 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q46

V41

Improvement:

50 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Tutoring - In Person
Location: Houston, TX USA
Taught by: Ricci Fitzpatrick

I really liked the systematic, professional, and methodological experience with KAPLAN.
I was a medium-range scorer and needed help with quantitative aspects of the GMAT. I did a lot of self-study with official materials but lacked the preparation strategy.
A friend suggested KAPLAN and mentioned his own success with the prep services.
I signed up for a private tutoring of 15 hours, and two then three times a week were very helpful. My tutor was readily available and customized practice according to her vision and my feedback.
In addition, the quiz bank, the live channel sessions, and the structured and dynamic content on the web and in the print book made a difference in preparing for the GMAT.

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Great Service
August 08 | 2017
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     By diverboy1988 41 19
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 236 88
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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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     By aeropower 102 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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