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Kaplan was founded in 1938 by Stanley Kaplan and has since become a well-known name in education. Kaplan Test Prep is one of the oldest and most recognized test preparation companies. It is a branch of Kaplan, a company with over 1,000 educational institutions and 2,600 businesses operating in over 30 countries.

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The Good

  • Number of Courses Offered
  • Free Resources 
  • Selection of Services 
  • Higher Score Guarantee

Number of Courses Offered

Kaplan Test Prep offers one of the largest selections of courses in the industry. It offers test prep courses for high school, undergraduate, and graduate admissions, not to mention other professional certifications, medical licensing, and more. Students will most likely find preparation materials for their desired test with Kaplan.

Free Resources

Kaplan Test Prep has a large selection of blog posts ranging from information about the ACT/SAT to a Bar Exam Insider. In addition to informational materials, the company also offers a selection of free practice tests, free sample classes, and pop quizzes. 

Selection of Services

Kaplan allows students to choose the service that best fits their learning style. The company offers live online, self-paced, and in-person courses along with online and in-person tutoring. Kaplan's large variety of options can fit the need of any customer. 

Higher Score Guarantee

Kaplan Test Prep offers a “higher score guarantee” for many courses. This guarantee requires customers to be first-time Kaplan students, establish a baseline score prior to starting the program, take the test when it is next administered, and share their score within three months of completing the test. 

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The Bad

  • High Prices
  • No Guarantee of a Specific Score Increase

High Prices

Kaplan Test Prep has extremely high prices when compared with competitors. The company's prices vary by test and service. For example, GRE self-paced courses start at $699 for six months, live online courses start at $999, and in-person courses start at $1,299. GRE tutoring costs $2,499 for 15 hours. Many other companies offer lower prices for similar services. 

No Guarantee of a Specific Score Increase

Though Kaplan Test Prep does guarantee a higher score on many tests, it does not guarantee specific increases. Many competitors guarantee 200+ points on the SAT or a full refund. Kaplan’s guarantee is helpful but other companies offer much more generous money-back guarantees. 

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The Bottom Line

Kaplan Test Prep is a well-known company with a large selection of materials and preparation courses. It guarantees a higher score, but does not specify a specific level of increase like some competitors. The company has one of the largest selections of courses. Customers seeking a less common course will most likely find it with Kaplan; however, its courses are much more expensive than competitors. We recommend searching other companies to find more affordable prices.

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Jeff Curtis Mapleton, UT

It has been several years since I used Kaplan Test Prep, but it helped me get a 33 ACT

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Jordon Patton Pflugerville, TX

Some of the Kaplan materials are good and some of the courses are good, it just depends on which teacher you get. They do have a guarantee that you will improve your scores with a course, which gives some peace of mind, but it did feel pretty pricey for what you get. The materials are great though.

2 months ago

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Rachel Butler Provo, UT

Really helped me prep for GRE with practice tests and prompts; I felt it was a good source for test prep

2 months ago

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Valerie Beus Richland, WA

This program helped me to prepare for my nursing license test. I felt it was helpful and did a good job helping me be ready to pass the test on the first try.

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Kyle Provo, UT

I did some GRE prep with Kaplan. Good materials and my score dramatically improved when I really worked through the books.

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Mason Allen Provo, UT

Kaplan is a great option to start studying for graduate school entry tests. Practice tests are one of the most valuable tools.

2 months ago

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Jared Provo, UT

Kaplan Prep is a big name in test preparation for a reason. Their reviews are very in-depth and comprehensive! I can't say much about their practice tests, but they provide good material review.

2 months ago

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Brad H Gilbert, AZ

I used Kaplan to help me prepare for the MCAT exam. This is an exam which allows you to. attend Medical School. There were 3 areas in which. I think Kaplan really excelled. They provide classes which motivate you to study. These classes are taught by a mentor. who has already taken the test.. They tell you how to best use your time while taking the test, what to do if you run out of ideas on essay potion of the test and just how to answer questions that you don't know. by applying what you do know. We often had practice tests which helped. us to know what we still needed to. work on. The center had excellent facilities for spending hours going over problems which are patterned after those on the exam. Usually this is with head phones on so you can listen to their explanation without bothering your neighbor. Finally they provide some literature for you to study to help you better concentrate your time. Overall very satisfied with this company

2 months ago

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jaci finch Corpus Christi, TX

I used Kaplan test prep to prep for my SAT test. I took the test before prepping too, but my score went up over 100 points after taking the prep. If you have the money I 100% recommend using Kaplan.

4 months ago

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Brooke Martin Fayetteville, AR

I am using Kaplan Test Prep currently to prepare for the MCAT. The books are very helpful with the pictures and diagrams that are very detailed.

4 months ago

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Caitlin Fayetteville, AR

Kaplan Test Prep has been a lifesaver by giving me the outline and guide to studying for my MCAT test. Recommend highly to anyone who is looking for that extra boost in their score!

5 months ago

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Ryan Harpenau Fayetteville, AR

I used Kaplan when prepping for the MCAT and the service was awesome. They have plenty of practice questions that help learn the material and the videos they have are always helpful. It is very expensive and the practice tests are super hard compared to the actual MCAT, but I think that part benefitted me since it made the actual MCAT seem less hard. I used the self-paced course online and it was great to be able to set my own study schedule. They also partnered with my university to get the service half-off which was awesome.

5 months ago

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Allen Lambert Fayetteville, AR

I used Kaplan to study for my MCAT in the summer of 2020. This service served me well and provided me with the proper resources to succeed on my test. I would highly recommend this course to anyone if they are going to take it seriously and do the work that Kaplan suggests.

5 months ago

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Jack Dean Norcross, GA

The test prep is excellent. The course helps you to study for multiple college courses such as ACT and SAT. It makes the test easier and makes the content easy to understand.

6 months ago

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JP Herriman, UT

Great to prep for a test that I needed for my job. Helped a lot with putting the ideas into my head.

7 months ago

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I used the Kaplan Test Prep to help me prepare for the GRE. I'm not very good at taking tests, so using the test prep was VERY helpful for me. I did the practice questions and got a better idea of what to expect on the exam.

7 months ago

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Amanda Vangeli Denver, CO

I used Kaplan for my GRE prep, and did fairly well. Definitely recommend this program. Good price for an increased score.

7 months ago

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Karen Torino Tallahassee, FL

Kaplan test Prep has helped me prepare for the MCAT by providing me the best tools and information. From study books to flashcards, Kaplan has the best study material I've seen.

1 year ago

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Rocio Diaz Tallahassee, FL

The best test prep money can buy for everything including SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT. Their prices are high but the quality is unbeatable,

1 year ago

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Theodore Niemann Boulder, CO

I am currently studying for the MCAT. Kaplan has some really comprehensive books that contain tons of information. They also have an online website that allows you to do practice questions and learn strategies for taking the test.

1 year ago

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Austin Stelmach Boulder, CO

I am in the process of studying for the MCAT now and have found Kaplan books to be the most precise and clear when it comes to studying. All my friends have used Kaplan, some of which have gone on to some of the most prestigious medical schools in the US.

1 year ago

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Jaida Williams Tallahassee, FL

I used books to help me study for my ACT and SAT exams. Content was amazing and extremely helpful.

1 year ago

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Emily Tallahassee, FL

This is the test prep that I used for Act and SAT, I felt that it prepared me well for my exams.

1 year ago

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Elizabeth Klemm Tallahassee, FL

I used Kaplan to prepare for the SAT and I did much better after using their strategies and preparation materials. After using Kaplan I was happy with my score and did not take the exam again.

1 year ago

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Rebecca Managua, MN

I highly recommend Kaplan Test Prep. I used it when studying for my AP test and it was super helpful and had lots of great information.

1 year ago

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JR Suguturaga Orem, UT

I used this product through my current company and was able to take and past the exam with flying colors. The materials and prep provided was well-organized and easy to use.

1 year ago

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Zabsanti Silverhill, AL

Though their products allowed me to improve on my its testing ability, The price for the testing materials is extremely overpriced and it doesn't help that I have to pay $60 just so I can take a test that costs the same

1 year ago

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JDWain Tallahassee, FL

I used Kaplan Test Prep to prep for my MCAT. I payed way to much for an in person MCAT review class that I should have just saved my money and put it toward my applications to medical school. If I could do it again I would not purchase the full class and instead just buy some of the online practice tests which were useful!

1 year ago

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Eddie Rios Ogden, UT

Kaplan Test Prep is an invaluable testing resource. They offer measurable improvement through their skills improvements strategies. They can get you better results when you apply their learning objectives. They offer a comprehensive plan for improvement on national tests. Overall a key tool that offers guidance, proven strategies, and success.

1 year ago

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Luna Rockville, MD

Kaplan is a great prep choice that improved my test score by a lot by teaching me testing strategies!

1 year ago

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Luna Rockville, MD

One of the best test prep resources. It has a series of prep books for all types of tests. It has accurate information and testing skills. Very helpful!

1 year ago

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Olivia Orlando, FL

Kaplan’s test prep books were a great supplement to other test preparation methods. The practice tests gave insight into the variations of questions to be seen on an exam.

1 year ago

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Derrian Tallahassee, FL

Kaplan has helped prepared me for some of the major tests of my life! kaplan helped me prepare for the ACT test and the SAT test. I have seen a jump in my test score at least by 2 points once i started the test prep exercises and curriculum that they have available. I am going to use them again for the MCAT test that I will be taking in septemeber and I trust that this preparation will help me with this very important test of my life.

1 year ago

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Connor Farmington, UT

After using a few prep courses, Kaplan was the program I utilized to increase my score my third time taking the test. I went up 2 points using the practice exams and strategies Kaplan oultined.

1 year ago

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Tom Gourley Pleasant Grove, UT

Those I know that have used Kaplan have benefited from the experience. I think the program is fairly priced and easy enough for customers to use that it should be given a serious look!

1 year ago

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Kathryn Robinson Riverton, UT

I took the Kaplan LSAT prep class and found the information very helpful in preparing for the exam. They cover all the topics in depth. The instructors were knowledgeable and professional.

1 year ago

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Cameron Clark Provo, UT

Used Kaplan materials to study for the CFA Level 1 exam. They worked like a charm!

1 year ago

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Ellen Morris Potomac, MD

I loved my Kaplan course that prepped me for the ACT. My instructor did a great job in identifying key areas to focus on and I felt like the book was helpful too. Plus the simulation practice exams helped.

1 year ago

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Thomas Hullinger Pleasant Grove, UT

They are a wonderful tool to prepare for the ACT test. My children have used Kaplan and it worked, raising one of my child's scores by 5 points!

2 years ago

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Tom Pleasant Grove, UT

My children have used Kaplan for ACT test preparation and it has paid off as their scores went up every time and they got into the colleges that they wanted to.

2 years ago

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