Taking the time to pick the right course for your study habits and needs is essential for reaching your goal score and ensuring that you make the best use of your time and money. The first step is finding the right kind of course for you. You can purchase either an on demand course or a live course, which includes both live online and in person courses. How do you know which type of course is right for you?
These are live courses that you take at a set time with other students. During this time you can interact with the instructors and ask questions. This can be done either in person or online. These are the top courses:
|Course||Veritas Prep Full Course||Manhattan GMAT Complete Course Online||Kaplan Advantage PLUS - Anywhere||Kaplan Advantage - Anywhere|
|Price||$1,599 (in person)|
$75 off with BGPC discount
|$1,849 (in person)|
|$1,499 (in person)
|Classroom Hours||36||27||27 + 3 hours of one on one coaching||27.5
|Money Back Guarantee||you can retake any Veritas Prep course of equal or lesser value within a year, exact terms on their site.||None, for more info on why go here.||Higher score or money back, exact terms on their site.||Higher score or money back, exact terms on their site.|
|Instructors||99th Percentile and have completed Veritas Prep 101™ training program||99th Percentile with 2 years teaching experience||"top scorers"|
have gone through Kaplan training program
have gone through Kaplan training program
|Additional Books||12 GMAT lesson books||10 strategy guides|
5 additional guides
|GMAT Premier: Course Book Edition, GMAT Pocket Reference,||GMAT Premier: Course Book Edition, GMAT Pocket Reference,|
|Total Practice Questions Provided||3,000||4,200||5,000||5,000|
|Computer Adaptive Tests Provided||12 full length CATs||6 full length CATs||9 full length CATs||9 full length CATs|
|Additional AWA Essay Help||can submit 2 essays for grading||GMAT Write||none||none|
|Recorded Classes for Review||Yes||Yes||Yes+ Data Sufficiency On Demand and Math Refresher On Demand||Yes|
On Demand Courses:
These are pre-recorded lessons that you can download and watch anytime. Many come with additional resources, practice questions and CATs. I have aggregated reviews and personally tried out each course. Here are my top five:
|Course||Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand||Economist GMAT Tutor Complete/Premium/Ultimate||Manhattan GMAT Interact||Magoosh GMAT Premium||GMAT Pill: 6-Pill Membership|
|Price||$950||$750/$950/$1,199 10%off with BGPC discount|
|Money back guarantee||you can retake any Veritas prep course of equal or lesser value within a year, exact terms on their site.||50/70/70 point improvement or refund, exact terms on their site.||None, for more info on why go here.||50 point improvement or full refund, exact terms here.||50 point improvement or full refund, exact terms on their site.|
|Insruction||24 hours of video instruction||written, adaptive and interactive instruction||35+ interactive video lessons||over 250 video lessons||60+ hours of lessons|
|Total full length CATs||12||3/5/6||6||2||1|
|essay help||video lesson||essay marking 5/6/7 times||GMAT Write||video lessons||none|
|Additional books||12 GMAT Lesson Booklets||none||10 strategy guides||none||none|
|Live support||live instructor help 7 days a week||50+ "ask a tutor" e mails|
live tutoring sessions
|one on one game plan session with MGMAT instructor||email assistance||27/7 e mail support|
|Access period||1 year||3/6/12 months||6 Months||1 year||Life|
|Free trial||7 day free trial||7 day free trial||7 day free trial||7 day free trial||no|
|Able to buy in parts||No||3 different packages, Complete Prep, Premium Prep and Ultimate Prep||Can buy just Quant or just Verbal||Can buy just Quant + IR or just Verbal + AWA||Can buy: SC, RC, CR, PS, DS or IR individually, or just Quant or Verbal|
Best GMAT Prep Courses’ Top Rated GMAT Companies
Veritas Prep offers a wide array of GMAT study options including classroom courses, live online courses, online on demand courses and tutoring. The company was founded in 2002 by two Yale SOM grads, who began working on it during their studies at Yale. It also offers MBA consulting packages that can be purchased in combination with courses or tutoring for a better price. Their live online and classroom courses vary widely as far as schedule, accommodating a variety of different timing needs. Furthermore, they offer more classroom hours than any other live online or classroom course. Read our full review here.
Manhattan GMAT offers a variety of different learning platforms. Their complete course in over 50 cities and online. In addition to that course, they also offer a GMAT Boot Camp, which 3.5-4 hours of instruction almost every day for a two week period, totaling in 35 hours of classroom instruction. It is a unique platform for learning that allows you to go quickly through GMAT material. MGMAT also recently debuted a new online on demand course, GMAT Interact, which is kind of like the choose your own adventure of GMAT courses. It has 35 video lessons with branching points for you to chose which content to see. Read our full review here.
The Economist GMAT tutor is an online on demand learning platform with a pretty big human element. Unlike other on demand courses, you get at least 4 one on one live tutoring sessions and 50 ask a tutor e mails. The learning platform is is interactive and adapts your lesson plans based on your responses to certain questions. The lessons are all written, so its like working with a textbook that adapts to your needs. Read our full review here.
Magoosh offers an online on demand course that can be purchased in full or in a quant+IR or verbal+AWA, which upon purchase you will have access to for a full year. Magoosh guarantees that after taking their course you will improve 50 points or your money back. You will be provided with over 250 video lessons and 800 practice questions when you sign up for a Magoosh course. At just $99 dollars Magoosh is by far the most inexpensive option, however you will likely have to find full length CATs elsewhere, since they only provide you with two. Read our full review here.
Kaplan has a wide array of GMAT prep options: 2 options for an in person course, 2 options for live online courses and two options for on demand courses. The two options for each course includes Kaplan Advantage and Kaplan Advantage Plus. For in person and live online courses Kaplan Advantage Plus includes everything that Kaplan Advantage has in addition to 3 hours with a GMAT expert, Math Refresher On Demand and Data Sufficiency On Demand. The Online On Demand Kaplan Advantage Plus tacks on 2 hours with a GMAT expert and Data Sufficiency On Demand in addition to everything that is included in the Advantage course. Read our full review here.
The GMAT Pill offers an online on demand course that can either be purchased in full or in individual sections: including Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving and Integrated Reasoning. You can also purchase verbal and quantitative packages. Unlike the other courses, you get lifetime access to the program which allows you to start your studying as early as you want to. Read our full review here.
Other GMAT Prep Companies
Dominate the GMAT is an online on demand course that was founded by Brett Ethridge after several years of tutoring at a major GMAT prep company. You can purchase the full course for $397 or just quantitative ($247) or verbal ($175). What is really unique about this program is that it allows you to purchase individual topics “a la carte” for $25 a piece. See more here.
Knewton GMAT has discontinued their GMAT Prep Course to focus on their adaptive learning infrastructure. They ran their GMAT courses from 2008-2014 and helped many students reach their goal scores, which is why they are still listed on many GMAT course websites. However, there are currently no GMAT courses available from Knewton.