The Princeton Review GMAT Review

The Princeton Review's low student-to-teacher ratio and small-group courses make them a great choice for students who want more individualized GMAT instruction, whether it be online or in the classroom.

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The Good

Small class sizes

The Princeton Review limits their class sizes to 12 to 15 students to ensure a high level of interactivity and individualized attention. If that’s still too many peers for you, there’s also the option to go with a small group course rather than a traditional one. These courses cover the exact same material; the only difference is the small group courses are limited to just four people per class. This is a nice middle ground if you want a more customized learning experience but don’t want to pay for private tutoring sessions. You can either enroll with friends or simply sign up yourself and be placed in a class with three other students. Another benefit of these small class sizes is that schedules are much more flexible, so you, your classmates, and your instructor are able to select a time and place that works best for all of you.

Practice tests help you gauge your progress

With the exception of their math workshops, all of The Princeton Review’s GMAT prep courses include 10 full-length practice tests. These exams use the same computer-adaptive format as the official GMAT, so you should be very familiar with how it all works come test day. As you progress through the course, you’ll gain a sense of what areas you excel in and where you could use some improvement. Then, you’re able to use this knowledge to further guide your studies. Thanks to their LiveGrader(SM) technology, you even get feedback on the essay portion of your exam. This will all help you feel much more confident when you take the real exam since you won’t be surprised by anything unfamiliar.

Try before you buy

The Princeton Review provides you with the opportunity to attend a free GMAT prep class so you can decide whether or not you’re interested in enrolling in one of their full-length test prep courses. In this class, you go through sample problems with a real Princeton Review GMAT instructor to get a feel for what you’ll learn in the course. GMAT prep courses generally run anywhere from several hundred to well over $1,000, so it’s not an investment to make lightly. That’s why it’s great that The Princeton Review allows you to see how their program works before you make a commitment so you can be sure you’ll be happy with the instruction you’ll receive as a student in their prep course.

Workshops for students struggling with math

If you don’t want to invest in a full GMAT prep course but still need some help on the quantitative portion of the exam, check out one of The Princeton Review’s math workshops. These programs focus specifically on the math concepts that appear on the GMAT and include live instruction and hundreds of practice problems to make sure you firmly grasp the concepts. The Math Fundamentals workshop is the best choice for most students but, if you’re applying to a top business school and need a very high score on your exam, the Hard Math workshop is another option you should consider. Most GMAT test prep course providers don’t offer this kind of concentrated instruction in one particular area outside of private tutoring. If you don’t have the money to pay for one-on-one training, a workshop like the ones offered by The Princeton Review is a great alternative.

The Bad

Few supplementary learning materials

The Princeton Review provides an online account containing a small practice-question bank but, beyond this, there are few supplementary materials available to help students prepare for the GMAT exam. The company doesn’t have a blog or FAQ to answer common questions students have about the test, nor do they have a forum where you can reach out to your classmates or instructors to get help on difficult concepts. None of these resources are central components of a GMAT prep course, but they are fairly common among the best companies. As it is, if you have a question about something on the exam, you must wait until you get to class to ask your instructor or search elsewhere for the answer.

The Details

Pricing

  • Cost of Additional Tutoring Sessions: Varies by location
  • Price Range: $150 - $1599

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 12 - 15
  • Delivery Methods: Live On-Site, Live Online, Video On Demand
  • Hours of Instruction: 2.5 - 27
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 10
  • Quiz Bank Questions: 300

Pricing

General Instruction

GMAT math fundamentals – live online

  • Price: $150
  • Hours of Instruction: 4
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

GMAT hard math – live online

  • Price: $299
  • Hours of Instruction: 2.5
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

GMAT self-prep kit – online video

  • Price: $499
  • Hours of Instruction: 30+
  • Delivery Method: Streaming Video

GMAT ultimate live online classroom

  • Price: $899
  • Hours of Instruction: 27
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

GMAT ultimate in-person classroom

  • Price: $1,299
  • Hours of Instruction: 27
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

GMAT ultimate in-person small group

  • Price: $1,599
  • Hours of Instruction: 27
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

Tutoring

Pay-as-you-go tutoring

  • Price: Varies by Location
  • Hours of Instruction: 3+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Comprehensive tutoring

  • Price: Varies by Location
  • Hours of Instruction: 22
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online
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