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LAST UPDATED: March 19th, 2020

With over 80 years of educational leadership experience, Kaplan serves students in over 30 countries and has partnerships with thousands of school districts, colleges, universities, corporations, and businesses. 

While perhaps best-known for its SAT exam preparation, Kaplan also provides exam preparation for doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, and other professionals as they prepare to pass licensing exams. Kaplan also offers career certificate programs, degree programs, and general continuing education courses within a number of industries. 

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The Good

  • Career Support
  • Program Offerings
  • Accreditation

Career Support 

While no institution can guarantee a student or professional's exam results or placement in the workplace, Kaplan arms its students well with the tools they need to achieve their professional objectives. Whether studying or graduating from online courses or taking classes on campus, students can visit one on one with qualified counselors to assess goals, identify interests and skills, and find opportunities for jobs after graduation.

Students can also help themselves to a slew of useful tools, including resume writing workshops, interviewing tips, networking advice, and placement services.

Program Offerings

Whether looking for exam prep, career certification, or master's, bachelor's, or associate degrees, students have plenty of options at Kaplan. 

Career advancement resources are offered in the following fields: 


  • IT Training
  • Data Science Bootcamp 


  • State Licensing Exam Prep
  • Continuing Education Libary 


  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM) 
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Institute Investment Foundations (CFA)

Securities Licensing

  • Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam
  • Series 6
  • Series 7
  • Series 24
  • Series 63
  • Series 65
  • Series 66
  • Bundled Series Packages

Accounting and Tax

  • AAT
  • ACA
  • ACCA
  • ATT
  • CTA

Wealth Management

  • Wealth Management Specialist
  • CFP Certification
  • Chartered SRI Counselor
  • Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional
  • Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow
  • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist
  • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor
  • Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor
  • Accredited Wealth Management Advisor
  • Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor
  • Accredited Asset Management Specialist

Real Estate 

  • State Licensing Exam Prep 
  • Appraisal Licensing & CE
  • Home Inspection 
  • Contracting Education

Architecture and Engineering

  • Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE)
  • FE Exam
  • ARE 5.0 


Kaplan is an accredited institution with accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and accredited as an institution of higher education in several U.S. states. 


The Bad

  • Focus On Exam Prep 
  • Credits May Not Transfer

Focus On Exam Prep 

While Kaplan does have amazing academic resources, in many cases it is not the actual certifying body for career certifications. Rather, it can be the tool that can help you pass the exam for the certificate you're seeking.  

Credits May Not Transfer

Be aware that if you decide to transfer from Kaplan to another college or university, your credits may not go with you. It's possible that you could expend time, money, and effort taking multiple classes and having it be for naught, as not all courses will transfer to other institutions. Before transferring, check with admissions from both schools about the transferability of your credits. 


The Bottom Line

Kaplan's flexibility is unrivaled by most institutions, and potential students have many options when it comes to furthering their education. With the choice between on-campus or online, Kaplan offers flexibility that few universities or colleges can offer. 

If you turn to Kaplan for your exam prep needs, be sure you're aware of what's included in registration. Not all prep courses include the cost to take the exam. 


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