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I took classes at a classroom at the company. It was easy to register, the classes were mostly helpful unless the teacher just followed the workbook verbatim. I liked the practice tests to study from, the workbook as a guide and the mock exams. The schedule of classes were good, convenient and it was very informative on what to expect. Some of it was rushed or hard to fit things in time. Some tests were already checked out or not available so it was annoying when you'd go to the library to study. I'm sure now, with online, it's much better. Overall, pretty content.
It was really helpful with learning how things are done. This was not the issue at first as it did take me a bit of time getting used to the question formats. I took the classes both online and in person. This is because of both the time taken from getting to university from home and back. Another factor is my job was not in the same direction from university so sometimes I would have to travel from work to university. The learning flexibility can be improved very much so. This is because even though these are special tests and prep tests for exams, it is hard to just walk in and suddenly get used to the way things are done.
Custom MCAT Instruction covers the different specialized programs that MCAT prep companies offer students who want personalized study help. The most important element of this category is private tutoring, which the best MCAT prep course providers offer both in person and online. I took the MCAT advantage in-class course and I felt that it was beneficial. I scored a 31M (11 PS 10 VR 10 BS). I liked the structure of the course, my teacher, and the strategies I was taught (minus the passage mapping). If you need structure, or if you are a non-trad who is a little fuzzy on some of the commonly tested concepts (which was my case) the course is worth the money in my opinion. If all the material is fresh and you don't need any structure, you could save a lot of money by self-studying with the materials endorsed in the MCAT forum.
Personally, I thought it was a waste of money. It's probably highly individual-dependent. If you have a lot of time, it's probably a worthwhile investment. The classroom version may be a better investment. The book series wasn't bad... they just seemed to be textbook vomit and include a good bit of unnecessary information. I preferred the Exam Krackers books. Take my opinion with a grain of salt because my MCAT score was in the mediocre range.
The Kaplan test preparation book was very helpful in explaining things in a way I could understand them. Adding the practice test in the book was a genius idea, it helped me in knowing what I needed more practice in, left me more confident in taking the actual exam and gave me the reassurance that I needed to boost my scores in the subjects that I needed the most help in. Thank you to the author of this wonderful amazing book. You should be honored to know you are assisting more students across the world in gaining the scores they need to go forward with their college education. Therefore, bettering the outcome of the rest of their lives.
The only thing that could possibly surpass the educational benefits in the Kaplan Test Preparation book would be to have an actual professor standing there with you explaining every word. It was truly an easy to understand book that guided me step by step and helped me to achieve my overall goals. With the assistance of the Kaplan Test Prep book, I was able to pursue the college of my dreams in person and was able to not only pass my classes but to surpass all my needed requirements in my educational studies of becoming a registered nurse in the medical field with a focus on internal medicine. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The process of enrolling and taking courses was pretty self-explanatory for me personally. I took classes in person because at the time, I perceived that that was my only option and that I would be more alert if I was in class. What I didn't realize until after was how I was spreading myself too thin some days and having the option to take that one class online from home that day would have been very helpful to my lack of sleep and lack of alertness that one class, including the fact that I had to travel to the brick and mortar location.
I have taken the MCAT preparation course provided, given and instructed by the people, the instructors, the teachers and the overall team at the Kaplan Test Prep. I found there were many features of the Kaplan MCAT prep that I did enjoy and liked. My favorite things about the Kaplan MCAT test preparation which included the level and detail of the instruction quality, the high quality and the discerning nature of the knowledge the instructors unequivocally and personally had with the test themselves. All of the instructors' willingness to answer any of the questions the students had (Regardless of how little or long it took for the individual students to comprehend the topic or the answer before moving on to the next subject), the level of the detail and the attention to the exam detail was wonderful and very helpful, as well as the tips which were given regarding and about the MCAT test itself.
For example, the things like what to look for in the MCAT exam questions and the possible answers, the sample questions and their corresponding answers. Taking the time going over the topics that may or may not be on the actual MCAT exam, the things to students should plump focus on prior to the test, a suggested timeline given for studying which topics when and how to do that in the most efficient manner. The general test taking tips for guaranteed success or increasing your chances of success especially when you don't remember the exact topic or the exact answer. How to eliminate the possible wrong answers and many reminders of what to bring and what to do for the day of the exam, like not panicking, getting enough sleep and ample rest the night before the exam, packing all your necessary test taking tools and items days before the MCAT exam.
Even that tip about making flashcards for certain subjects that you struggled with for quick review prior to the test time helped me with retain the information I struggled with while studying before. I really liked the informative booklets they produced and provided to the class. The pricing Kaplan asked for was reasonable given the level of instruction and knowledge given to the students by instructors. I think that overall, the value was indefinitely superior to other test preparation companies and classes compared to the competitors. I was very pleased with the Kaplan MCAT preparatory course and felt like I would've given myself a major disservice if I had not taken it and went with another company or no company at all.
The best features were the fact that the preparatory class dedicated a lot of time on the actual test topics and went full scale into and about the exam from cover to cover. I really like how dedicated the instructors were to one on one tutoring and teaching in different ways and manners if any of the students required it, especially since people all learn in different ways more efficiently than only one way of instruction. It truly was catered for the individual learning if anyone required that level of attention. The instructors never made anyone feel stupid for asking questions they didn't understand, and the instructors were very encouraging with every single student. I liked and enjoyed how we were able to break into the smaller groups for peer study sessions on some of the harder test topics.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the instructors' willingness for teaching and their enthusiasm for getting the students feeling comfortable as well as very prepared for this big test that could determine a life-changing event in their lives. The reputation of Kaplan also was something I really liked because it made me confident they would provide me with the tools necessary for accomplishing a high score on the MCAT test which I really needed for the next step in my education and college career. The Kaplan instructors' conduct was very professional and they had very good teaching techniques which allowed me to retain the information after leaving the class. They also went above and beyond by providing their emails so that students could email them after class if any of us had more questions or needed clarification on any topic, subject or general help.
I also liked the fact that the schedule for classes was given at very flexible openings that worked with my own schedule and the locations of classes was also very convenient for me to access and travel to. The instructing team was very valuable to me as they gave me not only knowledge regarding the MCAT exam but also mnemonic devices for memorization that I could take with me even after I complete the MCAT exam and all the testing. Furthermore, the Kaplan style of teaching and instruction, attention to detail with the MCAT test, and the repetition of ideas and test topics was extremely important and helpful to me even upon leaving Kaplan. I feel like it was well worth the money and time spent taking the course with Kaplan for my MCAT preparation.
They only things I wound improve about the Kaplan MCAT test prep would be that I would do the course over a longer period of time if possible so that we could do a slower or faster pace if any of the students required it. Since that time was limited and people do have very complicated and sometimes they also have very limited time slots in their schedules, that I would have found it nice to have the class run over that longer period of time with even more flexibility on scheduling. For improvement that perhaps an online portion could be added to the course, whether it was live instruction on video or prerecorded classes so that students would not have to travel to class making it more easily accessible. Especially for those who do not have transportation or have difficulty making time for the class within their own set and often times very busy schedule.
I think having that as an option to be taking the class over the internet would have helped many students tremendously. Even a possibility of having the classes recorded and available online to rewatch at home would have be spectacular. Because sometimes being very tired from school and work already before going to class, it would be hard for me to stay alert and focused on the topic at hand, the MCAT exam in this particular case. It would have been great for me and other students to be able to review our specific class at home at our own time and leisure, especially since we are paying so much money and putting in so much financially to have a Kaplan approved and directed course for MCAT exam instruction.
I want the best possible outcome and added value for my hard earned money and this would be an option that would've added a ton of perceived value and would have just sent me over the moon to be able to review the exact class I was just sitting in. Even if an online class were to be an option later on, I think adding a live chat option working would have been spectacular for the students who wanted to receive instruction that way.
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Kaplan practice tests are very comprehensive, in depth and good practice for what I would be seeing in the actual exam. I only used the book for reviews, I would read the review sections and take the practice test. Once I have finished reviewing all the sections I take the overall practice exam. The solutions would be very simple and I would have prefer to have a more in depth and longer explanation so I can understand the concept behind the question better for future reference.
Kaplan is a wonderful prep test and I believe that everyone should use this. It is outstanding and wonderful. I don't believe there is another one like it or there anywhere in the States. It helped me so much in preparing for the final exam in ways that helped me understand what I was doing. It had no flaws but could be a little shorter than what it was. Longer test make you want to not start focused as well as you should or could be. But if it was shorter I would say you would have more people that would take it more often. Online classes were a breeze. Campus classes are just the same day going teachers that you could really understand. When it came time to take certain test the teachers/professors would work with you time wise. They wanted you to succeed. Even with classes online if you had problems were able to take the questions to your professors and then they would help you so that in a way you would be able to understand the test.
Kaplan is very convenient and its course are spectacular. They have great teachers and online classes that are fantastic. I registered online and it was extremely easy and great. I am taking both online and in person classes. I love the courses I'm taking and I love the different levels. Teachers and classes have been extremely helpful. Everyone and everything about it is great. I love this school!!!
I enrolled online and it made it a lot easier. The classes have been so helpful because their teaching style has made it easy for me to grasp the content. They slowly read each question as well as each answer choice. Proceeding to help you eliminate answers that cannot be accurate in any way. They give you a very detailed look of how the test will be. Also they recover information after the practice quizzes. Breaking down terms that are frequently missed and putting it into a more understandable context. This prep feels as if you will pass. But in fact this prep somewhat guides you to the answers so closely that it basically feels as if the answers were being told to you. I'd like it if it were more challenging and realistic. But they're amazing in every way.
I enroll and take classes in person rather than online. Online courses don't work with my learning style. I tend to become disengaged and bored with online courses. I do not retain the information presented and I find it extremely easy to blow off these classes. I am an interactive, attentive student and I am most successful in challenging classes led by engaged professors.
The breakdown of strategic planning was most beneficial to my learning style and my testing style. I found this information most useful of all the tips and techniques advocated in the test prep. However, I found the order of the study topics in the preparatory materials less intuitive than I initially expected. Of all the information and techniques included in the study materials, this was the least helpful information out of all presented in the literature.
I went in person to get information and they sat me down and helped me through it in a way I didn't expect. I took my classes in person and it was very easy. The classes were very helpful. I liked that the test questions were accurate.I knew what to expect and was prepared for it properly and adequately. But I would have like more math related prep. Math has never been my strong suit and while I did alright, my prep didn't focus on it as much as I would have liked in order to make me not as anxious as I was!
The entire enrollment process is stressful. The hardest parts of college are registering and making sure you sign up for the right things at the coinciding times. I liked the general knowledge and education sections though, which I actually think could stand be harder and deal more with pertinent knowledge and not random facts and history.
However, I did not like the selection process based of the selection of questions that made you have to fit a certain criteria for acceptance. It makes you become discouraged about 30% into taking the exam. Before the military I wasn't exposed to certain criteria that was required and certain categories I had no experience with. It made me feel singled out and not wanted because of the not knowing even though I'm a straight A student. It was actually pretty racist in my book. I looked around the room and all the ** people had the same look of confusion on their faces. We all looked at one another. I skipped over that section and came back to it. They all did the same.
I like the Kaplan's MCAT test prep because they had a lot of different questions in different subjects like math and science and history. They were very helpful in my preparation for the MCAT. The teachers were very informative and very instructional.
Taking the MCAT Prep courses from Kaplan Test Prep was challenging and repetitive but very helpful. It helped me boost my grade by a lot in the long term. It required a lot of effort but it was worth it. It was cheap and I spent hours on it which yielded me a far higher test score. I was very pleased with the results of the test after using this program. It was expensive but it was simple to register. Finding which classes were right for me were also very simple because the staff are very helpful. The classes were very helpful when taking the test.
It was easy to enroll. All you had to do to was put in your personal information and the schools you went to. It showed the courses that they offered and you could choose very easily through them to pick the one that is best for you. Taking the MCAT Prep courses was very enjoyable. They knew exactly how to word everything properly and make it easy to prepare for the test. They knew exactly what to put in the site to make it easy for me to maneuver through to get things done. It was very informative and helpful. It was also easy to motivate and get into. I liked it very much.
It was a very helpful and positive experience. The Kaplan MCAT test was very clear and easy to understand. It helped me prepare for the test with questions that were to be similar to the ones on the real test. Took classes in person, the instructor was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Kaplan has the best teachers and the method they employ to teach is just amazing. I would recommend it to all my friends and family aspiring for MCAT. I took the classes online. The registration process was pretty easy and wasn't troublesome at all. I would do it again if I could.
I love my experience with them. One of my professor help me with the enrollment process but it was waiting list so my professor help me get in quicker. I'm very thankful for my professor for helping me. They are also great in preparing for my test and went the extra mile and I pass my test with 95%. I'm truly grateful for all the help. My teachers were all great. They are very patient with me. They took their time to make sure I knew it and I did. I'm so very happy that I ready for my test.
I sent my son to take ACT prep course at Kaplan. Before I bought the class, Kaplan customer service told me that with the class, we get access to my son's test results, we get to see which problems and questions were answered wrong and we get extra practice for him. All of these things were very important in order to improve his score. It looked very promising and I thought this was something that will work really good. I paid for the class and waited for access to get all the materials for him to practice. When his lessons started, I couldn't get into his account to do the extra things he needed in order to get a better score.
He took tests in class and we couldn't review them even when the teacher told him to go on line and review it there. This was part of the class requirement. So I started calling customer service and asked for help. I called at least 4 times and e-mailed twice. Nothing was done in order to give my son access to his account. Finally, on the last day when he was taking the last test, I called and I was very upset and told the customer service that this class was a waste of my time and money since I couldn't finish half of the things that this class required.
I finally got one customer service rep on phone who took care of us and gave my son access to his account. Well, this was his last day and at that point it didn't matter because the class was over and this account access was part of the class and his success. I spend $600 on this class and have no results. The company blew me off and didn't fix the problem until the last day of the course. I have e-mail from them on the last day of my son's course letting me know that I finally have access to practice what was part of the course contract and what I paid for. I wouldn't recommend Kaplan to anyone because they don't care and they don't want to make anything right. Still today, they left me without a resolution.
Kaplan offers SAT Unlimited prep course. I did sign up my daughter for this course. Please be aware of following scheme that Kaplan is pursuing on their customers. Once tuition is paid then following happens:
You register for course. In my case, it was at my daughter's high school premises. You get emails encouraging your child to register for online courses as soon as possible so she would be ready for SAT course that will take place at her high school. 4 days prior course date, you get email from Kaplan stating that course has been cancelled since they had only 3 participants enrolled, and in return you get alternative choices of courses available. Offered alternatives were not acceptable to us and I asked for refund of tuition for the part that has been cancelled by Kaplan. In return, you will get informed that since your child started online preparation tests, therefore you are not eligible for any tuition refund for the services that have been cancelled by Kaplan.
In summary, Kaplan will lure you into trap of registering online course then they will cancel course that you are registered for and if you will not accept alternative choice then you will not receive tuition refund. Please note on their website - "Money Back Guarantee". Exactly the same scheme has happened to my son who enrolled into Kaplan MCAT preparation course. We were left with no alternative, since his original course location has been cancelled; either you would accept alternate option or lose entire tuition. Person representative from Kaplan who assisted me in that matter is: Justina **.
I enrolled for nclex-rn complete, started January 16-February 7, Saturday and Sunday only and according to them including the instructor. its money back guaranty which what I understood if you don’t pass the test after completing all the requirements they either give your money back or go back for a free review. An employee named Shannon called me few times after the review asking if I took the test already and try to explain what to do if I don’t pass the test. He told me I can get my money back.
I took the test on March 17 after two weeks i got the result, I didn’t pass. According to Shannon call within 10 days after getting the result. I called the following day and let them know but Vivian is not in the office. She called me after 3 days. She said its money back guaranty for those who graduated here in United States not for international nurses. She didn’t tell me that when I enrolled or talk to her about the program. They just keep telling us in the classroom that you have to fulfill all the requirements so if you don’t pass the test you get your money back. I ask Vivian if I want to take another review if I don’t have to pay anything. She said I will have to pay 50%. Please help me; I want at least partial part of my money back. I paid $600.00 for this review. No physical damage.
Kaplan Test Prep Company Information
- Company Name:
- Kaplan Test Prep
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- 550 West Van Buren Street, 2nd Floor
- Postal Code:
- United States
- (800) 527-8378