Survey Says: Admissions Officers Share Insight with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions

The Fund for American Studies partners with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions to provide opportunities for its students and alumni to take part in Kaplan’s test prep courses at a discounted rate. Kaplan facilitates seminars for TFAS students during the summers and semesters to help them prepare for the graduate school admissions process. Kaplan will be featured as a regular guest blogger in the coming months.

To ensure that prospective business and law students receive accurate and up-to-date information on key trends and relevant issues in the admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions annually surveys admissions officers from programs across the U.S. 

For students getting ready to take the GMAT, according to Kaplan’s 2009 survey of admissions officers at 261 MBA programs, including many of the top ranked ones:

  • GMAT vs. GRE: 76% of business schools told us that they only accept the GMAT for admissions, while 24% accept both the GMAT and the GRE.  Of the GMAT-only schools, only 5% are considering shifting to a policy of also accepting the GRE.  Advice: Though increasingly some of the more competitive MBA programs are accepting both, if you are a student considering applying to business school, take the GMAT – it gives you far more options.  
  • Application Killers:  44% of business schools say that a low GMAT score is the biggest application killer.  Advice: If you are a student whose GPA is not where it should be by the time you apply, all the more critical to achieve that highly competitive GMAT score. Kaplan’s new GMAT course featuring the first-of-its-kind virtual test prep center that allows students to manage their course progress, access online resources, connect with their teachers or fellow GMAT prep classmates, attend live online business school admissions events and more, can help you do that.  

For aspiring lawyers preparing for the LSAT, according to Kaplan’s 2009 survey of 152 law school admissions officers:

  • The Importance of the LSAT: For the four years Kaplan has been conducting this survey, admissions officers said that an applicant’s LSAT score is by far the most important admission factor.
  • Evaluating the LSAT: 76% of law schools evaluate an applicant based on his or her highest score submitted.  Just a few years ago, most schools evaluated applicants on the average score of multiple LSATs they submitted. Advice:  Prepare adequately and aim to score high on the first LSAT you take. But if you do need to take it again, it’s good know that law schools say they evaluate you only on the highest score. 

About Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com), a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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