Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Chess Professional
GRE 317, GPA 8.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6

How P&Q Readers Rate Their GMAT Test Prep Companies

GMAT and GRE test preparation is a great business. Students’ hopes, dreams, and potential careers can rest on the outcome of a three-hour multiple-choice test. Admissions committees tell us that they view candidates’ academic potential holistically, and they do. You cannot change much about your undergraduate record but can influence your own GMAT or GRE score.

That’s where test prep comes in — and the people preparing materials and teaching courses know that good performance on those courses will make a difference in students’ opinions. Or do they?

In our big fat survey of GMAT and GRE test-takers, with responses from 859 P&Q users, we saw a direct correlation between high scores and high recommendations. It’s in fact, quite linear.

That’s the way it looks in the aggregate, but consumers of test prep materials, courses, and instruction can be a fickle bunch. In a previous story on our survey, we looked at 11 major providers of test prep platforms. For the results of the survey, we grouped together all users of the test prep company’s platform, whether the student used it with a tutor, on top of a class, with both, or on their own.

Here’s what we learned from those who reported score increases (and yes, a few reported score decreases). The firm with the highest average score increase, or 91.3, was Manhattan GMAT. Magoosh came in for the silver, and E-GMAT, third place for the bronze. The numbers were close, but all three beat the average score increase of 83.3 points.

We figured the company that led to the highest score would lead to the happiest customers, but in this case, things aren’t always that linear. Manhattan Prep was not the most highly recommended provider, in fact, it came in third after Target Test Prep and GMAT Club.

Let’s look at the questions asked and how users of each of the services ranked them.

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