Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Data Savvy Engineer
GRE 316, GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9

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.