#Press Releases

Kaplan Launches Online Resources Hub to Help Students Understand their PSAT® Scores

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (December 9, 2019) — For high school sophomores, December is more than just thinking about their much deserved days off from school and holiday gift buying and receiving. It also includes getting back their PSAT scores and understanding what’s ahead in the college admissions process. To help students and their families understand what their scores mean and how these can potentially help future college applicants secure merit-based financial aid, Kaplan Test Prep has created a PSAT online hub that will answer some of the most frequently asked questions, including:

The launch of the PSAT hub coincides with when test takers will receive their scores from the October exam. According to the test maker, students will be informed about their results December 9-11, depending on their region of the country.

“The PSAT is the starting line of the college admissions process and scholarship money,” said Sam Pritchard, director of college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “With tens of millions of dollars in National Merit scholarships awarded to top-scoring students, it’s to students’ and parents’ competitive advantage to be educated about all issues related to it. We’re excited to make these resources available, which will enable students and their families to be better informed about what’s at stake.”

For parents and students who have questions about understanding their PSAT scores and next steps, Kaplan is offering free consultations with SAT experts. To book an appointment, visit https://kaplan-psat-scores.youcanbook.me/

For reporters who want to speak with a Kaplan expert about how students and parents can best understand their PSAT scores and strategize for the next steps of the college admissions process, contact russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 212.453.7538. 

Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders, none of whom endorse or are affiliated with Kaplan.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Survey: Aspiring Doctors Say Free Medical School Tuition is the Way to Go, but a Majority of Admissions Officers Say It’s Not on the Horizon

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanMCATPrep

New York, NY (December 4, 2019) ⁠— Pre-med students have caught free tuition fever, but medical school admissions officers say that’s not something they will be able to offer within the next 10 years, find two new Kaplan Test Prep surveys. According to nearly 350 pre-med students who were polled, 47 percent say medical schools should go tuition free for all of their students, regardless of income, something NYU announced last year for its students; 19 percent favor free tuition, but only for students whose family income/ability to pay is below a certain threshold, something Cornell’s medical school recently announced; and 34 percent believe medical schools should continue to award financial aid however they see fit*.

The survey also found that an overwhelming 80 percent of pre-meds think that the cost of medical schools “is a major prohibitive factor, which keeps many talented people from pursuing a medical career.”

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the average cost (tuition and fees) of attending a private medical school in the United States hovers around $60,000 per year; for in-state students at a public medical school, the cost is lower, but still not an insignificant $35,000 per year. AAMC data also shows that students graduate from medical school with a median debt of $200,000

A separate Kaplan survey of admissions officers at 70 medical schools, however, finds that free tuition is still largely a pipedream**. Just 4 percent say their school will adopt the NYU plan over the next five to 10 years, with an identically small 4 percent saying their school will adopt the Cornell plan. Kaplan’s 2018 survey of medical schools found similar results, suggesting little has changed over the past year, though strong majorities see free tuition as a good idea, in theory. As one admissions officers shared, “It’s a wonderful idea, but most schools can’t afford it.”  Another admissions officers called free tuition “idealistic and hard to implement.”

“While pre-med students understandably want to see fundamental changes in how medical school financial aid is awarded, medical schools are telling us that the days of taking out loans and accruing debt for their medical education are unfortunately far from over. Most medical schools say they have no plans to implement their own free tuition programs, but the fact that so many support the idea shows a recognition that there’s a problem and they seem willing to do something about it in smaller, but significant ways, like upping financial aid amounts,” says Dr. Jeff Koetje, director of pre-health programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “At Kaplan, we strongly advise aspiring doctors to carefully plan how they are going to pay for medical school as far in advance as possible. FAFSA, for example, which many undergrads are familiar with, also applies to medical school, so the process will be familiar. The more money you have before you apply, the less limited you will be in deciding where to ultimately enroll, if cost is prohibitive. It’s important to keep the conversation about the price of medical school education going and that is part of the impetus behind our ongoing research in the area. ”

In 2018, Kaplan Test Prep awarded more than $4.3 million in scholarships for students preparing for admission to graduate, medical, law, business, pharmacy and dental school. To apply, students can visit www.kaptest.com/tuitionassistance.  

To schedule an interview about Kaplan’s findings, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*349 pre-med students who either took an MCAT® course with Kaplan and/or planned to enroll in medical school were surveyed by email in November 2019.

**Admissions officers from 70 accredited medical schools across North America were polled by telephone between September and November 2019.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Test Prep Survey: Depressed Outlook for Business Schools Offers a Hint of Optimism for Potential MBA Applicants

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanGMATPrep

New York, NY (November 13, 2019) ⁠— Between 2014 and 2018, the number of accredited full-time MBA programs in the United States dropped 9 percent to 1,189 — a trend that a new Kaplan Test Prep survey of over 150 business schools across the United States finds is likely to continue*. Of the admissions officers polled, 63 percent predict that the downward trajectory won’t abate—not surprising, as this comes at a time when applications to business schools across the United States are suffering their worst drought in many cycles, even at top-ranked programs. 

The Kaplan survey finds the drop in applications is being fueled by multiple domestic and global trends. When asked what the biggest factor behind the application drop is, 42 percent say it is because the strong economy is keeping prospective students in the workforce; 22 percent say it is because of lingering doubts about the value of an MBA; 18 percent say it is because potential international students put off by the current U.S. political climate are deciding to attend business school in other countries instead; 13 percent say it is because the cost of a business education is too high; and 5 percent say it is because prospective students perceive fewer jobs require an MBA than in years past.

Notably, even as B-schools face declining application numbers, the outlook is brighter for their students: new data show that graduates from top programs continue to rake in record salaries and bonuses.

“What we would say to those who are on the fence about going to business school is that as far as admissions odds and earning potential go, this is one of the best times in recent memory to enroll and earn your MBA. Lower application volume means less competition to get in, though to be clear, top-ranked programs are never hurting for top talent. It’s also the case that starting salaries and bonuses for newly minted graduates from some business schools have hit record levels, which shows us that the ROI for an MBA is still strong,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of graduate programs, Kaplan Test Prep. 

Thomas noted that while this may be a good time for aspiring students, the decline in applicant volume is causing many MBA programs across the United States to think about the financial sustainability and need to innovate the traditional two-year, brick and mortar model, or to invest more comprehensively in online and part-time programs to meet students’ changing educational demands. 

“To adapt to students’ changing learning preferences and with a likely eye towards the future of Graduate Management Education, many business schools have invested significantly in their online MBA programs, a majority of which grew in application volume or at least kept pace with last year. We will be tracking these statistics and trends carefully to keep aspiring business school students updated with the most accurate information. The most successful applicants are the most informed ones,” Thomas said.

Kaplan will release additional results from its 2019 survey over the next few months, which will provide applicants and the Graduate Management Education community with additional insights and analysis. 

To schedule an interview about the survey results and MBA admissions landscape, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*Based on the results of a Kaplan Test Prep survey conducted by phone between August and November 2019. The survey included responses from 156 business schools, including 35 of the top 100, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Test Prep Comments on the ACT’s Announced Changes to the ACT® College Admissions Exam

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (October 8, 2019) – The following statement is from Sam Pritchard, director of college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep, regarding today’s announcement by the ACT on upcoming changes to the ACT college admissions exam, which was taken by nearly 2 million high school students this year:

“These are the most significant changes to the ACT in several decades and are designed to give aspiring college students more options in putting their best foot forward. First, allowing students to retake individual test sections, rather than retaking a three hour test, will enable them to focus their energy and study efforts accordingly to improve sectional performance. Second, putting the ability to ‘superscore’, or aggregate the best section scores from all tests taken, into the hands of the test taker allows students to present schools with their best test performance. Finally, the shift to digital provides more immediate reporting, which can give students more flexibility. Instead of waiting for the 2-8 weeks it can typically take for score reports to arrive, test takers can expect to receive their scores within two days, which gives them additional time to study or decide if they want to retake the exam.

“These are overall very positive changes for test takers, but there are a couple of issues we’ll monitor closely to understand their full impact. Making retesting more manageable may motivate certain students to retake test sections several times, which can feed into unnecessary test anxiety. Students should go into test day believing this will be the only time they’ll take the test, rather than relying on retest options. And not all students and high schools have internet access to practice the digital test format, which is why the test maker’s decision to keep a paper-and-pencil format option is important in ensuring all students continue to have access and options.

“But the shift to a digital format follows a trend we’ve seen among major admissions exams over the past decade, as the admissions exams for graduate school, business school, law school, and medical school have all already made the switch from paper-and-pencil to digital. This makes the SAT® the last major admissions exam remaining in a paper-and-pencil format.

“For test takers, it’s important to keep in mind that the test’s structure, scoring and content remain exactly the same.”

These changes mark the biggest changes to the ACT since 1989, when certain sections were changed (Natural Science was replaced with Science Reasoning, Social Studies was replaced with Reading, trigonometry and pre-algebra were added, as was a focus on writing). In 2005, the optional Writing section was introduced.

Kaplan is the official, exclusive partner for live, online prep for the ACT test and offers free comprehensive prep for fee waiver students. Kaplan will continue to share updates to help parents and students understand the changes. 

To schedule an interview with an ACT expert at Kaplan, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 212.453.7538.

ACT® is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Kaplan is the official partner for live online prep for the ACT.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Test Prep to Hold PSAT Prep Live October 12-15, Giving Free Access to Best-In-Class Live, Interactive Instruction for All Aspiring College Applicants

Students Can Prep and Participate at www.kaptest.com/psatprep

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (October 7, 2019) – For many high school sophomores, the PSAT/NMSQT® is more than just good practice for the SAT® — it’s the first big step on their path to college. A strong score can attract notice from colleges and open the door to scholarship opportunities. In Kaplan’s continuing efforts to help students achieve their best PSAT scores, the company is hosting its fourth annual PSAT Prep Live, October 12 – 15, with lessons that cover every section of the exam. Free for all students, Kaplan’s PSAT Prep Live will give the over 4 million students who take the PSAT annually access to live interactive instruction online, taught by master teachers who can answer their questions in real time. Kaplan’s PSAT Prep Live is the only free PSAT prep offered at scale that features live instruction. 

“Start off the college admissions process the right way by achieving a high PSAT score, which could get you on colleges’ radar for recruitment and scholarship money,” said Sam Pritchard, director of college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “With tens of millions of dollars in National Merit scholarships awarded to top-scoring PSAT takers, it’s essential to learn the most effective strategies. Kaplan wants to help students achieve their best possible scores, which is why we continue to make our most outstanding teachers available for free at this annual event. We’re excited to provide every student with engaging, motivating content delivered live from enthusiastic, expert teachers, which will give them the ability to ask and have their questions answered in real time — within a community of other motivated PSAT preppers.”  

Last year’s participants shared the following personal experiences about attending the event:

  • “Thank you guys for everything! I cannot begin to express how everyone at Kaplan has improved my study skills and my positive attitude towards the test!”
  • “You guys were so engaging and helpful, I feel so much more confident!”
  • “These teachers have such a great sense of humor, which makes this lesson so much fun!”

The weekend of October 12-13 will feature two Advanced lessons (one Math, one Verbal) geared towards students who are competing for National Merit® scholarships. On Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15 students will log in for the ‘Top 5 PSAT Tips You Need to Know,’ which will provide strategies to help maximize students’ scoring potential. Kaplan will make recordings available for students who were unable to attend or for students needing a refresher. 

For more information, go to www.kaptest.com/psatprep.

The SAT® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.  The PSAT/NMSQT® is a registered trademark of the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse this product. 

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Survey: College Applicants Are Concerned About Unfairness in Admissions, But Most Admissions Officers Say Widespread “Varsity Blues” Behavior is Uncommon

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contacts: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (September 23, 2019) — The fallout from Varsity Blues, the scandal that included wealthy and celebrity parents bribing college officials, coaches, and test proctors to help their kids get admitted to some of the country’s most competitive colleges, is causing concern from students and admissions officers, according to two new Kaplan Test Prep surveys. Of the more than 300 aspiring college students polled, 57 percent say they are concerned that their spot at their top college choice might be given to a less qualified applicant because of who that applicant is connected to*. And 23 percent say they personally know a college applicant who they believe was less qualified, but received preferential treatment in admissions because of family wealth or connections.

Said one high school student who planned to apply to only top colleges, “I know numerous people that have connections to my top school, whereas I do not. I am especially concerned because I have a greater SAT score than them, but they will have an upper hand and be admitted. I have seen it previously with friends and now I am concerned for myself.”  Another student showed less concern and expressed some optimism, saying, “In light of the admissions scandals, colleges will be more attentive and aware of these types of schemes. Also, considering a number of the parents who were caught and punished, I don’t believe that this will be a large problem in the future.”

In a separate Kaplan survey of over 300 top colleges and universities across the United States—something the company has done annually for 15 years—admissions officers suggest that the corrupt practices exposed in Operation Varsity Blues are rare**. Less than a quarter (24 percent) describe the illegal activities as common. Just 11 percent say they were ever pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet their school’s admissions requirement because of who that applicant was or to whom this applicant was connected. This represents a significant drop from the 25 percent who said they were pressured to do so when Kaplan first asked this question of admissions officers in 2014.

But despite admissions officers’ sense that this is uncommon, 49 percent say the scandal may have done long term harm to the public image of the college admissions process; 37 percent don’t think it has, while 14 percent aren’t sure.  When asked about how colleges can convince families that the admissions process is not “rigged” against them, admissions officers were largely unable to provide any specific policy prescriptions, but the theme of transparency was mentioned often. One admissions officers called the scandal a “wake-up call” for colleges to be more “ethical with all of their processes.”

“Like most people, we were appalled at what was exposed as part of Operation Varsity Blues. We know firsthand from working with hundreds of thousands of students every year how much effort students put into their academics, and they should feel confident that they are being evaluated by college admissions officers based on their own merit and overall quality of their application,” said Sam Pritchard, Kaplan’s director of college prep programs. “While our survey finds that most students think they could be at risk of being kept out of their top college picks to the benefit of their well-connected peers, it is somewhat encouraging to know that the vast majority of colleges think these activities are uncommon and fewer report being pressured to accept unqualified applicants than in years past. Still, a lot more needs to be done to safeguard the process and restore integrity and trust. Applicants deserve better.”

To schedule an interview with an admissions expert at Kaplan, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*Based on the results of a Kaplan survey conducted by email between March 2019 and September 2019 of 313 high school students who took a Kaplan SAT® or ACT® preparation course.
**322 admissions officers from the nation’s top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities – as compiled from U.S. News & World Report – were polled by telephone between July and August 2019.

Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Education Leaders at Kaplan and ACT Named as New Editors for Association of Test Publishers’ Journal of Applied Testing Technology

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contacts: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews

New York, NY (September 16, 2019) — The Association of Test Publishers, a non-profit organization representing providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational or clinical uses, has named Kaplan’s Holly Garner and ACT’s Dianne Henderson as the newest co-editors of its Journal of Applied Testing Technology. JATT, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the role of technology in educational and psychological measurement, aims to foster scientific dialogue about advances in applied psychometric practice, especially related to the use of technology. 

Dr. Dianne Henderson, ACT’s vice president of psychometrics research and assessment transformation, has extensive experience creating innovative solutions for educational assessment and measurement, including formative, interim, and summative assessments with expertise in test design, IRT, CAT, AI in education, equating, test scoring and reporting. She has held positions at CTB/McGraw-Hill, ETS, ProExam, and Renaissance Learning. Dr. Henderson earned her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

The founder of successful education technology focused on the use of new scoring methods to train AI, Holly Garner holds deep technical expertise at the intersection of assessment and education technology, and the use of data and AI to support business transformation. Ms. Garner is an award-winning education executive, an invited guest lecturer at the University of Iowa, Texas Tech and other institutions, and a frequent presenter on strategy in education technology and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.A. in Finance from University of Northern Iowa (UNI), an M.A. in Postsecondary Education and Program Evaluation from UNI, an MBA from the University of Iowa, an MBA Diploma from the Business School Sao Paulo, a PMP certificate and has conducted PhD coursework in Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa.  

In a joint statement, Ms. Garner and Dr. Henderson noted, “We are grateful for the support of our respective companies and the test publisher’s community and look forward to serving. Our goal is to build on the wonderful job that [outgoing editors] Reid Klion and Cor Sluijterand and the ATP/editorial team have done and work to continue to increase readership. We’ll focus more on social media to increase engagement with our members, continue using special editions that focus on specific themes, and help authors consider search engine discoverability. We also plan to encourage them to create video abstracts, which will visually and dynamically express their papers in a social sharing-friendly format that will engage the audience more. We are excited for the opportunity to help facilitate the dissemination of research in this new and growing area.”

Long-time editorial board member and professor at Boston College Mike Russell added, “Reid and Cor did an excellent job and I am looking forward to the continued growth of JATT. There is a critical need for a journal that focuses on cutting edge issues in the testing and assessment field and which has a quicker turnaround than paper-based journals. JATT fills this need and it’s fitting that Dianne and Holly have been chosen to continue the assessment community’s commitment to the journal.”

ATP’s members include leading publishers and assessment services providers in today’s testing industry, including the Graduation Management Admission Council, Law School Admission Council, and Educational Testing Service.

For more information, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in preparing learners for college and careers through test prep. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

About ACT

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career.

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Kaplan Provides Pre-Law Students Advice on How to Succeed on the Digital LSAT® Launching on September 21

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contacts: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanLSATPrep

New York, NY (September 12, 2019) — The LSAT, the most widely taken admissions exam to get into law school, is just days away from its biggest change in decades. Beginning September 21, every student taking the exam will take it in its new digital interface, on a tablet. To prepare test takers, Kaplan has released a free downloadable 25-page e-book outlining everything aspiring attorneys need to know about the digital test. Below are some must-knows and best strategies that students can find in it:

  • Bye, Bye Bubbling: On the paper-and-pencil LSAT, test takers could circle or cross out answers in the test booklet, but you did not get credit for an answer unless you accurately bubbled it on the answer grid. In the digital interface, your only concern is clicking on the correct answer. If the correct answer for Question 2 is (E), all you have to do is click (E) to the left of the answer choice. The tablet will record your answer choice for each question, making mis-bubbling a thing of the past. 
  • Flagging It: The digital LSAT has a flag tool that allows test takers to note questions to which you want to return, time permitting. Get used to flagging questions you skip and those for which you choose an answer but want to reconsider or review. In combination with the new functionality allowing you to grey out and eliminate answers, including collapsing answers you know you can safely eliminate, narrowing down your answer choices with visual cues becomes easier. 
  • Timing is Everything: On the digital LSAT, the proctor will tell you to get ready for a section to begin, and then they will press a button that starts the section for all of the tablets in the room. When five minutes remain in the section, test takers will see a pop-up alerting you to time remaining. When you have less than five minutes remaining in a section, take a moment to click an answer (even if it’s a guess) to each unanswered question you have remaining. 

The digital LSAT soft launched in July, when approximately half of the test takers were assigned to take the exam on a tablet, while half took it in its now retired paper-and-pencil format. Based on a survey of Kaplan students who took the LSAT in its new format in July, respondents were practically even in their evaluation as to whether the digital test was easier, harder or about what they anticipated, although the largest number claimed it was easier*.

While those results are  mixed, digital LSAT takers were more conclusive when specifically asked about technological aspects of the exam like touch-activated page turning, stylus functionality, and time keeping. A majority rate this experience “very good” or “good.” Some students, however, called out specific challenges they faced. The most commonly cited issue was with the stylus, with one student saying, “I kept underlining or highlighting things that I didn’t mean to, or undoing my earlier annotations when I accidentally highlighted more than I needed to.”

Jeff Thomas, Kaplan’s executive director of admissions programs notes that just as important as what is changing on the LSAT is what’s not changing: “The LSAT’s sections and questions are remaining the same, save for the LSAT Writing Sample which you’ll now take on your own from home.  At Kaplan, we will continue to prepare students for Test Day with up-to-date, realistic practice materials that will make them feel confident and ready for the new digital format.”

For more information about the LSAT change change, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*The e-survey was conducted in July 2019 and includes responses from 118 students who prepared for the LSAT with a Kaplan course and were assigned to take the digital LSAT. 

LSAT® is a registered trademark of Law School Admission Council, Inc. which does not review or endorse specific test preparation materials or services.


About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) 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 as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 200 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Among those tests are the SAT®, PSAT®, ACT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, NCLEX-RN® and bar exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Kaplan Bar Review Survey: Most Law School Graduates Say They Underestimated the Amount of Time Needed to Job Hunt

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538|
Twitter: @KapTestNews, @KaplanBarReview

New York, NY (August 26, 2019) — The employment market for new lawyers may be hotter than it has been in over a decade, but a new Kaplan Bar Review survey of recent law school graduates finds that a majority said the process was more time consuming than they had anticipated*. Of the 417 newly minted JDs surveyed, 52 percent say the job search process required more time than they anticipated; just 11 percent say the job search process required less time than they anticipated; the remaining 37 percent say it required about the amount of time they anticipated. 

When asked about the biggest surprises they encountered during the job hunting process, those surveyed shared the following anecdotes:

  • “I think I overestimated the value of my GPA, class rank, journal experience, and other qualifications. Not that those are unimportant, but I should have spent just as much time networking as I did studying.”
  • “I was surprised by the amount of people who don’t ask about your law school grades since professors and schools make it sound like if you got any Cs in law school it is the end of your law career.”
  • “Career planning and job search begins during your 1L summer. If you learn like I did that you enjoy other aspects of the law you need to network to get where you need to go.”
  • “It was a bit of a surprise to learn that many firms do not hire pending bar results anymore, so navigating the limbo period between obtaining a degree and receiving bar passage results is a bit difficult.”
  • “Facebook can be an ally for job seekers. After reading a well written legal article on equine law (stable keeper lien rights), I messaged the author complimenting them on the article and asking how to find out more information as that was the niche field I was looking to enter. I received an email shortly thereafter asking if I was interested in a position at that firm.”

The survey found that overall, law school grads give their alma maters’ career services office above average marks when it comes to helping them find a job, with 23 percent awarding them an “A”; 30 percent gave them a “B”; 23 percent, a “C”; 14 percent a “D”; and 11 percent an “F”.

“The job market for newly graduated lawyers has not been this strong since the start of the Great Recession, which is promising, but that doesn’t mean that jobs are just going to fall into their laps. It requires networking, starting the process early, and often passing the bar exam, as many employers won’t hire you until you’ve secured your license,” said Tammi Rice, vice president, Kaplan Bar Review. “We encourage all recent law school graduates to take advantage of the resources and guidance your alma mater’s career services office can provide you. They have a vested interest in seeing their graduates succeed, so they want to be helpful as you look to land a job that requires that you passed the bar.”

Law school grads also largely gave their former law schools strong marks in terms of equipping them with the skills needed to successfully transition from being a student to a legal professional, with 33 percent awarding them an “A”;  45 percent, a “B”; 16 percent a “C”; 3 percent a “D”; and 3 percent an “F”.  

Rice added, “Overconfidence can sometimes get law school graduates into trouble, whether it’s thinking that they have allocated enough time to the job hunting search to thinking they have the proper professional skills to easily transition into the workforce. One thing we often hear from employers is that they wish their new lawyer hires were more work ready. Law schools are increasingly looking at experiential training to fill that skills gap that employers are concerned about and we think that’s a positive development for the legal field.”

For more information about Kaplan’s survey, please contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*Based on the results of Kaplan Bar Review e-survey conducted in August 2019 of 417 law school graduates who took a Kaplan bar preparation course. Percentages were rounded up to the nearest whole number.

About Kaplan Bar Review

Kaplan Bar Review (www.kaplanbarreview.com) offers a robust suite of personalized onsite, live online and on-demand offerings, as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, for the bar exam in 51 jurisdictions (all 50 states and Washington, DC), including state-specific bar exams and the Uniform Bar Examination. Kaplan Bar Review also offers supplemental preparation for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Additionally, Kaplan’s Excellence Program provides law schools with learning tools, skill support, and assessments to help their students succeed at every stage of their legal education, from admissions to through licensing. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry.

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Kaplan Acquires the Healthcare Assets of Becker Professional Education

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contacts: Carina Wong, carina.wong@kaplan.com, 212.453.7571
Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews

New York, NY (August 19, 2019) — Kaplan, a premier provider of educational and career services, announced it has acquired certain of the healthcare test preparation assets of Becker Professional Education, a subsidiary of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading global workforce solutions provider. In conjunction with the acquisition, Kaplan also entered into multi-year deals with Adtalem to provide USMLE review programs to its two medical schools, Ross University School of Medicine and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition includes certain assets related to Becker’s U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) review programs.

The move expands Kaplan’s reach among medical students preparing for the USMLE. The acquisition is also Kaplan’s latest signal of its commitment to investment in the health care and education space. Last year, Kaplan advanced its capabilities in health care training with the acquisition of i-Human Patients, a leader in virtual interactive medical simulation.

“With the U.S. facing a projected shortage in healthcare professionals in the coming years, medical students are becoming an increasingly vital demographic, which makes ensuring their training and development critically important,” said Steven Marietti, President of Kaplan Prep & Achieve. “Along with our partner schools, we’re committed to providing more students with high-quality preparation and training resources to help them on their professional journeys to becoming licensed physicians and nurses. This acquisition will help us expand educational support for future healthcare professionals.”

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. serves more than one million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, and university preparation programs, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in about 30 countries, employs more than 12,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and about 10,000 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE : GHC) and its largest division.

About Adtalem Global Education
The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading workforce solutions provider and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil (IBMEC, Damásio and Wyden institutions), American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com and follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal) and LinkedIn.

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