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December 18, 2019
easterngod

Joined: Oct 18, 2019

Posts: 45

Kudos: 21

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Helpful but maybe incrementally

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One of the reasons I chose Stacy Blackman was to get cost-efficient time with various consultants, and they were able to deliver that. Some were better than others and at the end of the day I think their cumulative opinions helped me be successful in the process, really enjoyed working with Erin K.

If you are a traditional applicant like me who is honest with yourself it may not be necessary, in any other case I would recommend getting close friends or colleagues to read your essays. If you are a nontraditional applicant or have stats you need to mitigate I can see it being a great investment.

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March 26, 2020
easterngod

Joined: Oct 18, 2019

Posts: 45

Kudos: 21

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Not that Great

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Improvement N/A

Course Kaplan GMAT Prep - Self-Paced

Location Online

The Kaplan books are very affordable if you buy them from Amazon, but I felt like their practice exams were not indicative of the real test. If I could do it again I would go with a company that is better reviewed on this site (like Manhattan Prep, or one of the GMAT-specific providers). After scoring between 710-740 on multiple practice tests I got a 680 on the real thing. And after that, I did 3 more months of prep with another company and scored a 710 so I am confident that Kaplan is deficient.

Kaplan 800 (Advanced Prep book for 700+ scorers), however is a great book for serious preppers and this is the only reason they are getting 3 stars and not 1. The questions may or may not be realistic, but they are difficult enough to stimulate the mind of a competitive test taker.

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