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THE PRINCETON REVIEW

The Princeton Review is a test preparation and college admissions services company that has been in business since 1981. The primary focus of the Princeton Review is personal tutoring and traditional classroom training, although they do offer a standard online preparation course as well.

The primary decision a student has to make when deciding whether or not to use the Princeton review for their GMAT preparation is what kind of studying do they want to do? Do they want real live teachers, one on one, in a classroom, or online training only? The Princeton Review offers all options.

The most expensive option is obviously the one-on-one personal tutoring. This costs $3,530.00 to $7,150.00 depending on the course selected. All tutoring courses include 22 hours of private teaching and all the necessary materials, practice tests and questions.

There are two classroom options available, both of which include 27 hours of classroom time taught by one of the Princeton Review's expert tutors. For $1,299.00 you can attend a regular classroom course, and for $1,599.00 they offer small group classes so that no more than 4 students are with the teacher during the lessons. This is similar in cost to other live classroom test preparation courses.

Then there is the online only option, which consists of the standard online training tools. There are video lessons, practice questions and full length GMAT practice exams. The $499 price tag includes the following:

  • Video lessons on key test-taking strategies
  • 10 full-length proprietary computer-adaptive practice GMAT's
  • Adaptive practice GMATs
  • Access to the online portal with practice questions, drills and in-depth explanations
  • A complete set of study materials including The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition
  • Feedback on your GMAT essay with LiveGrader

It is a decent enough program, but we feel other less expensive online programs that we have reviewed are better. With the Princeton review there is no intuitive customization, performance tracking or on-the-go mobile applications. The learning videos, tests and questions are good learning tools, but the Princeton Review version is a good deal higher than other more modern online test prep options.

Overall, for someone who is looking to receive personal training from real live teachers, in either a one on one or classroom setting, the Princeton review is one of the best around. For anyone looking for online only test preparation, we'd recommend one of our other highly reviewed options.

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GMAT HACKS

Right off the bat we were put off by the amateur appearance of the GMAT Hacks website. The main page is in the format of a piece of notepaper, complete with push-pin graphic, that contains a personalized welcome message from the author of the test prep materials, Jeff Sackman. There are 4 links on this page: books, articles, about us, and question of the day.

The 'about us' page is a short biography of Mr. Jeff Sackman, who it says was employed with a major test preparation company until 2005 when he broke out on his own to write his own test preparation course material. There is no other information, GMAT Hacks is just one person selling his test preparation books. There is no customer support number, no advisors to call, just Jeff selling his books.

The books themselves are just that...books. You can purchase the books in standard print form, or chose the e-book option which delivers the book in PDF format. To say this technology is behind the times is an understatement. There is no online material to access, no tablet or smart phone applications, no intuitive software, just old school soft cover text books. He offers a total of three books, one for the math section of the GMAT one for the verbal section, and a 'GMAT tips and tricks" book. Reviewing the details of each book contains chapters of lessons and then 200-300 test questions. It is very possible that some people prefer standard text books and static practice questions, so for anyone who learns best in this fashion, perhaps GMAT Hacks would be a good choice.

However the expense should deter even the most old school of text book student. The cost for just one of the three books is $59.95, or $49.95 for the e-book/PDF version. To purchase all three would cost you $150-$180 and you'd get at the most 900 test questions that don't change and are not customizable to each student. Due to the rudimentary technology, high cost and lack of content, we cannot recommend GMAT Hacks as a good value for GMAT test preparation.

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GMAT Test Prep

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An MBA requires getting into a decent business school which can be a challenge with the number of graduate students that apply each year. Having a strong GMAT score not only helps candidates meet the basic requirements of many colleges but it also highlights their knowledge to college admission professionals.

But getting a solid GMAT score takes practice and training and that's where GMAT prep classes become necessary. A GMAT test prep course is a great way to improve your overall score. These courses vary greatly in format, features and cost. Choosing the right GMAT prep program can be a hard decision. No one wants to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on a program that doesn't fit to their personal learning needs.

When choosing a GMAT test prep program, you should look for the following:

  • Instruction Method. Is it a classroom setting or online? Can you anticipate lectures, mostly reading or some other form of teaching?
  • Format. Is the program available online, in hard copy, DVD, audio, web enabled and more. Do they have Smartphone apps to reinforce concepts on the go?
  • Price. What does the program cost, how does that compare to the competition and what is included in the price?
  • Use. If you are purchasing an online program how long will you have access to the study materials? Will that period be long enough?
  • Guarantee. If you aren't satisfied with your test score will you have to re-purchase the study materials or does the company offer a guarantee?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best GMAT Test Prep programs available today. We hope these reviews help you score high with your next GMAT exam!



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