Selection of Preparation Classes for GMAT

How to select appropriate GMAT Preparation Classes

As technology advances every day, it makes life easier and the tasks simpler. Convenience is the key-word. However, nothing can prove this better than numerous tutoring/coaching classes available to aspirants taking college graduate tests. Today, the aspirants are not what they were like a decade ago. They could be full-time working professionals, at-home mothers, college freshmen, military officials, retired people and the list goes on. Preparation classes for such individuals would be many and at times, choosing between them could pose as a challenge. Selecting an appropriate one need not be a daunting task, as we discover in the following article.

For an easier way to decide, let’s talk about 4 top-rated tutoring classes. These would be a mixture of either online or offline (classroom) course and the aspirant can decide which is suited best to his/her needs.

Manhattan GMAT

The Manhattan GMAT offers a 9-session prep course which is spread over 9 weeks (a total of about 27 hours of prep time) includes Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides, three Official Guides for GMAT Review (published by the GMAC), Computer Adaptive practice tests, Math workshops, online skill-building labs and class recordings of all 9 sessions and a once a week “office hour”, which is a 30 minute online/phone consultation with a tutor to help aspirants with their weaknesses.

As part of coaching classes the Manhattan GMAT also schedules two-week boot camps, free sessions, one-day workshops, corporate classes, college programs and private tutoring. An aspirant can choose from these categories depending on his/her requirement.

Kaplan GMAT


The Kaplan GMAT calls itself a proven leader in this field primarily because it provides courses tailored to an aspirant's needs. The kind of courses that it offers include private tutoring, on-demand classes with over 180 hours of instruction, classroom sessions, 25 online video-based workshops and comprehensive study materials, including the Kaplan GMAT Course Book, The Official Guide to the GMAT, the Kaplan GMAT Pocket Reference, over 6000 practice questions and 9 proprietary CATs.

The GMAT On Demand preparation course is considered ideal for students who want focused mode of preparation and the most popular among Kaplan’s courses. A visit to the official website of Kaplan would provide information to an aspirant about the charges for various coaching classes offered by them.

Princeton Review

Based on the motto ‘The first step toward reaching your goals is choosing a test prep company that delivers results’, The Princeton Review seeks to offer the aspirants with an edge in GMAT preparation because it takes into account aspects such as learning styles, time available and the budget of a candidate. Accordingly, the Princeton Review offers the following as part of its classroom programs:

  1. Private Tutoring (flexible classes)
  2. Small Group Instruction (only 4 students per class)
  3. GMAT Classroom Course (most intense of all the classes)
  4. GMAT Live Online (online classes, with Live interaction with an instructor online)
  5. GMAT online Course (online course, for convenient prep at an aspirant’s own time)
  6. GMAT Books (for self-study, no-interference kind of prep)

Offering online courses, classroom courses and tutoring, the Princeton Review also guarantees that if an aspirant has completed all the scheduled homework, and attended all  theclassroom sessions, and is yet not satisfied for any reason with his GMAT scores or if the scores have not improved, thenhe/she can study with The Princeton Review again, or get the money back.

Offering affordable prep modes to the participants for over 10 years, the 800score offers free downloadable practice tests, strategies and timed GMAT essays. Apart from this, the has GMAT CAT, GMAT Essay Guide and Practice Essays, courses on Math and Verbal sections, tips on improving time management and also a range of classroom courses.

The developers of 800score have all been 99 and above percentile scorers and have attended schools such as Harvard, Yale, MIT and Oxford. Considered by many as one of the most affordable classroom sessions, is surely popular among college graduates and those aspirants who want value within a limited budget.

Lastly, it is a good idea to read about personal experiences of fellow aspirants about the prep programs on various MBA forums or GMAT test prep forums such as,, and . Reading the opinions of fellow aspirants would lend a more real-time feel to the selection of appropriate preparation for this test. On the websites, there tends to be a comparison between their courses and those offered by their competitors, but obviously that would not be a good way to judge them rather, learning from the personal experiences of test takers choosing these courses or those who have already taken it would be a wise move.