Kaplan Review

Offering personalized study plans, top-quality supplementary materials, and highly trained instructors and tutors, Kaplan is one of the most effective, comprehensive, and accessible ACT and SAT prep course providers in the country.

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The Good

Excellent variety of course configurations

Kaplan’s traditional on-site classroom courses are located in many cities across the country. Students who don’t live near a Kaplan classroom site or prefer online study have two types of online courses to choose from. The first online option is a live course that utilizes video communication technology and online collaboration tools to produce a rich and interactive virtual classroom environment. The second online study option is an on-demand, self-directed course built around pre-recorded lectures. The on-demand course is the most affordable Kaplan option, and one of the most affordable options in the industry. Students in each of the different course configurations get access to the same course content.

Personalized study plans

All Kaplan students begin an ACT or SAT prep course by taking a diagnostic exam to identify initial areas of strength and weakness. Based on the results of this exam, students receive a customized Smart Track study plan designed to supplement the standard course curriculum. The Smart Track plan provides students with extra video lessons, study aids, and guided practice activities covering especially challenging topics. Students also receive customized practice drills, quizzes, and tests designed to target problem areas.

Solid performance guarantees

Kaplan ranks alongside several other top ACT and SAT prep course providers for offering students several different performance guarantees. First, any Kaplan student who does not feel fully prepared to take their test is entitled to repeat the same course for free. Second, any Kaplan student who completes a course and is not fully satisfied with their score increase is entitled to repeat the same course for free. Third, any student who completes a Kaplan course and does not see an increase in their test score is entitled to a full course refund.

High-quality tutoring options available

Tutoring packages designed to supplement a standard Kaplan prep course are available starting at 14 hours of one-on-one time. Alternatively, students can complete a full ACT or SAT prep course under the supervision of a single tutor. Full-course tutoring packages start at a minimum of 32 hours. Kaplan’s premium, 48-hour tutoring package is known as the Kaplan Total Advantage Tutoring program. Participants of this program receive regular student and parent reports to track student progress in all key learning areas.

Extensive network of classroom locations

Although Kaplan’s online courses are convenient and very effective for most participants, many students across the country have the option to enroll in a traditional classroom course. In fact, Kaplan maintains the most extensive network of on-site course locations in the industry. Kaplan SAT courses are available in cities in 30 different states, while ACT courses are available in 28 states. Only The Princeton Review, which offers SAT and ACT courses in 25 states, comes close to Kaplan in this arena.

The Bad

14-hour minimum tutoring commitment

Although Kaplan’s tutoring program is of very high quality, it falls behind other prep course providers when it comes to flexibility. In order to work with a tutor, students must pay for at least 14 hours of tutoring, a relatively high minimum for the industry. In comparison, other providers offer affordable tutoring options starting at around four hours. TestMasters even provides three hours of one-on-one online or telephone tutoring to every student who enrolls in a standard ACT or SAT prep course at no extra cost above the standard course tuition.

The Details

Pricing

  • Cost of Additional Tutoring Sessions: Contact Company
  • Price Range: $299 - $1,099

General Information

  • Average Class Size: Varies
  • Delivery Methods: On-Site, Live Online, Streaming Video
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 6 - 14
  • Quiz Bank Questions: 1,000+

Pricing

ACT

ACT On Demand

  • Price: $299
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

ACT Classroom Anywhere®

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

ACT Classroom

  • Price: $699
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

Unlimited Prep

  • Price: $1,099
  • Hours of Instruction: Unlimited
  • Delivery Method: On-Site/Live Online/Streaming Video

SAT

SAT On Demand

  • Price: $299
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: Streaming Video

SAT Classroom Anywhere®

  • Price: $599
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Classroom

  • Price: $699
  • Hours of Instruction: 50+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

Unlimited Prep

  • Price: $1,099
  • Hours of Instruction: Unlimited
  • Delivery Method: On-Site/Live Online/Streaming Video

Tutoring

ACT Express

  • Hours of Instruction: 14
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

ACT Review

  • Hours of Instruction: 20
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

ACT Honors

  • Hours of Instruction: 26
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

ACT Masters

  • Hours of Instruction: 32
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

ACT Total Advantage

  • Hours of Instruction: 40
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT + ACT Combo Premier Tutoring

  • Hours of Instruction: 40
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Express

  • Hours of Instruction: 14
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Review

  • Hours of Instruction: 20
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Honors

  • Hours of Instruction: 26
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Masters

  • Hours of Instruction: 32
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

SAT Total Advantage

  • Hours of Instruction: 40
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

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