Joined: Oct 2009
Purchased Course: Dec 2009
Good for basics - but you can get that for 20$
Company: Kaplan 111 reviews
Course: Kaplan GMAT Advantage - On Site
Location: Kaplan - Jacksonville 1 review
Teacher: Burt Kagen
Recommended for — Verbal: No Math: No
When I first started Kaplan, I got a 520 on my diagnostic test.
By the first practice test - and I honestly did not go through a lot of material before it - I was up to a 600 (And I believe that Kaplan's CATs do generally tend to be a bit harder). I'm not sure about the scoring algorithm for the diagnostic, but I think it's fair to say it was probably below what I could've actually got.
Kaplan provides you with a TON of resources in your syllabus, which are pretty overwhemling to keep up with at times. But they do contain a lot of good, useful information, but I think that you can get most of it by buying any GMAT book like the Kaplan Premier.
I got a 620 on the actual GMAT, but a lot of it was through what I was able to get done on my own. Yes, Kaplan provided some good materials but there was nothing substantial or spectacular about them that I think is worth the price tag.
To be honest, I feel like I knew more than the instructor at times. He was able to explain every problem because he had the solution manual right in front of him, but if you asked questions that deviated from what could have been written down, he wasn't very helpful. I got many of the quantitative questions right during the class, and at the end he asked ME for help on how to explain some of the problems - and I was the one paying for the course. Before signing up for the course, I would make sure the score that your instructor got and read reviews on their teaching style because I think my instructor has a lot to do with my course dissatisfaction.
- The ultimate practice test is the only reason Kaplan gets two starts instead of one. It was really helpful going to the center ahead of time and taking the practice test in exam conditions. That being said, it's easy to scout your location beforehand, and again, it is not worth the above $1000 price tag.
Overall, I would not personally reccomend Kaplan for anyone looking to achieve a high score on the GMAT. If I could go back in time, I would have probably chosen MGMAT because I have heard wonderful things about their materials and books which I ended up purchasing regardless. Take control of the studying process yourself and buy top notch books rated by others in this forum. If you want anything above a 600, Kaplan is not for you. Do yourself a favor, save yourself about $1000 and spend $200 loading up on books and materials.
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