Kaplan Review

Kaplan rises above the competition with a comprehensive selection of MCAT courses, superb practice materials, and a satisfaction guarantee that few providers are capable of matching. What's more, Kaplan maintains the biggest network of classroom locations by far.

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The Good

Full complement of courses

Kaplan offers several different MCAT prep courses with a variety of delivery options to meet your needs. MCAT Advantage is Kaplan’s standard comprehensive prep course and is available in classroom locations in 43 states. If you prefer online delivery, MCAT Advantage is available in a live online format and a prerecorded video-lecture format. You also have the option to take this course one on one with a private tutor, either online or in person. MCAT AdvantagePlus offers all the same course content and live delivery options as MCAT Advantage, but adds in one-on-one mentoring services from a current medical student to give you better insight into the MCAT test and the medical school admissions process. You also get to participate in small-group study sessions designed to provide focused review after each of the regular practice tests scheduled into the standard course curriculum. The Kaplan MCAT Advanced course is designed specifically for students who have already obtained a strong base of knowledge in MCAT content areas and testing strategies. Since this course focuses exclusively on the most difficult MCAT content areas, Kaplan recommends that participants have the capability of scoring at least a 27 on the MCAT, which corresponds to the 75th percentile. This course is only available in a live online format. Finally, the MCAT Summer Intensive course provides all-day, on-site instruction six days per week for six weeks. This immersive, distraction-free course is delivered on-site in the cities of San Diego, Boulder, Boston, and Toronto.

Abundant practice tests and sample questions

No other company in the MCAT prep industry performs better than Kaplan when it comes to providing access to practice materials. No matter which Kaplan MCAT prep course you decide to take, you receive all eight official practice tests published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the MCAT administrator. These are the only practice tests on the market that include actual questions from past MCAT tests. Kaplan also provides you with 11 more Kaplan-produced practice tests, ensuring you have ample opportunity to practice your test-taking skills and track your improvement over the length of your Kaplan course. In addition to the 19 practice tests, you also get access to Kaplan’s vast library of 11,000 MCAT practice questions, which you can sort according to subject area and question type. This library enables you to efficiently target your problem areas and to get general practice in all the MCAT question types.

Excellent tutored-course program

Kaplan offers a comprehensive tutored-course program that includes full access to the company’s standard MCAT prep course, MCAT Advantage. As a participant in the tutoring program, you take regular MCAT Advantage courses and then meet privately with a Kaplan MCAT expert outside of class hours. This is a great program if you’re enrolled in the MCAT Advantage course and want extra help targeting your personal areas of weakness. Both the course and the tutoring components are available online or in person.

Extensive network of classroom locations

Kaplan maintains classroom locations in cities in 43 U.S. states, more than any other MCAT prep company in the industry. In-person tutoring programs are available in every city with a classroom location. The only providers that come close to Kaplan in this area are The Princeton Review and Examkrackers, which offer courses in 28 and 24 states, respectively.

Full quality guarantee

As a Kaplan MCAT prep student, your performance and satisfaction are guaranteed. If you fail to improve your test score after completing a Kaplan course, you are entitled to a full tuition refund. Score improvement is based on either a prior official MCAT score or the score from the initial diagnostic test taken at the beginning of your Kaplan course. Additionally, if you’re dissatisfied with your course or your MCAT test performance for any reason, you are entitled to retake your course for free, no questions asked. There are other companies in the industry that offer similar guarantees, including Altius Test Prep and The Princeton Review, but these generous promises are not standard across the industry.

Quality admissions services and online tools

Kaplan offers a handful of admissions consulting packages to provide you with expert advice on your medical school selection and application strategy as well as feedback on your application materials. Online and in-person options are available at the three-, six-, 10-, and 15-hour levels. In terms of which services you receive, all packages are flexible. For example, you might get help brainstorming and drafting your personal statement, practicing your admissions interview skills, or identifying the medical schools that best match your qualifications and career goals. Apart from these paid services, Kaplan also provides a free set of online medical school admissions tools to help you manage the admissions process and keep track of important application deadlines at your target schools.

The Bad

No flexible tutoring plans available

Kaplan’s tutoring packages require a minimum commitment of 15 hours of tutoring. What’s more, all the packages include a full standard MCAT prep course in the price of tuition, meaning you’re forced to pay for a course in order to access tutoring services. This lack of flexible tutoring options is the only major omission among Kaplan’s MCAT prep offerings, although this won’t affect you at all if you’re not interested in tutoring services.

The Details

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 12
  • Delivery Methods: On-Site, Live Online, Streaming Video
  • Hours of Instruction: 70 - 320
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 11
  • Quiz Bank Questions: 11,000+

Pricing

General Instruction

MCAT Advantage

  • Price: $1,899
  • Hours of Instruction: 70+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online, Streaming Video

MCAT Advanced

  • Price: $1,999
  • Hours of Instruction: 70+
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

MCAT AdvantagePlus

  • Price: $2,499
  • Hours of Instruction: 70+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

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