Kaplan Test Prep Biography & Facts
Kaplan, Inc. is an American for-profit corporation that provides educational and training services to colleges, universities, businesses and individuals around the world. Founded in 1938 by Stanley Kaplan, the company offers a variety of test preparation, certifications and student support services. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company.
Kaplan, Inc. was founded in 1938 by Stanley H. Kaplan, who started the business by tutoring students for the New York State Regents Exam in the basement of his parents' Brooklyn home. He eventually opened locations around the country. In 1984, Kaplan sold the company to The Washington Post Company.
The company grew significantly in the 1990s by expanding its business and purchasing other test preparation and educational companies. The company's leader during this expansion period was Jonathan Grayer.In 2017, Purdue University announced the acquisition of Kaplan University, and the sale was completed in 2018. The new institution became known as Purdue University Global, and provides accredited distance learning to students throughout the world. Kaplan continues to provide non-academic contractor support for services such as recruitment, marketing, admissions, human resources, and IT support.
Products and services
Kaplan offers a variety of educational and training products and services, including tutoring, on-site classes, live programs, print books, online products and others.
For students and individuals
Educational Test Preparation. Kaplan helps students prepare for 233 standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and many others.
Professional Training and Licensing Exams. Kaplan offers support to professionals for licensing exams such as nursing, medicine, insurance, real estate, architecture, engineering, finance, accounting, wealth management, law and others.
Tutoring and Admissions Counseling. Kaplan provides tutoring support, and publishes a guide for transfer of credits.
Language Training. Kaplan offers language training for English, French, German and Spanish, online and in-person at sites around the world.
Accredited College Study and Degrees. Kaplan supports Purdue University Global, which offers accredited coursework at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.For businesses and educational institutions
Kaplan offers support for technology, admissions, help-desk, marketing, human resources, financial aid processing, recruiting, corporate training, and other business functions.
Kaplan's educational and training include several enterprises:
Kaplan operates Metis, a licensed data science and analytics school and training organization that operates immersive, live online boot camp programs and courses, and conducts training for corporations worldwide.
Kaplan provides healthcare simulation through i-Human Patients, providing simulated patient interactions for use in training and assessing medical health professionals.
Kaplan runs Red Marker, which provides compliance software to identify potential legal and brand risk in any document, enabling review of marketing content to ensure compliance.
Kaplan Financial Education provides training in accounting, financial services, securities trading, insurance and other financial professionals.
PPI2PASS is a Kaplan-owned company that provides more than 35 training programs for engineering, architecture, surveying, interior design, and other professional disciplines.Corporate overview
According to the company’s website, Kaplan has more than 12,000 employees in more than 30 countries, and reaches more than 100 countries through its online courses. Its partners include more than 14,000 businesses and more than 4000 educational institutions. The company’s chairman and CEO is Andrew Rosen, and its 2020 revenue was $1.3 billion. Kaplan operates through two major divisions: Kaplan North America and Kaplan International. A third division, Kaplan Corporate, manages investment activities in education technology companies.
Kaplan North America (KNA)
Kaplan North America encompasses two segments: Higher Education and Supplemental Education.
KNA higher education provides operations support services for online pre-college, certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs to various educational and training institutions, including Purdue University, Wake Forest University and others. In its support agreement with Purdue University Global, which operates largely online as a public university affiliated with the Purdue University system, KNA provides support for technology, admissions, help-desk, marketing, human resources, financial aid processing, recruiting, and other functions.
KNA supplemental education products include test preparation, data science education and training, healthcare simulation businesses, publishing, professional licensure training and preparation, corporate training and continuing education. KNA’s test preparation services are branded through Kaplan Test Prep, Manhattan Prep and Barron’s Educational Series. In total, KNA test prep prepares students for more than 233 standardized tests, the large majority of which are U.S. focused. Kaplan also sells admissions consulting, tutoring and other student advising services. Kaplan Publishing focuses on print and digital test preparation and reference resources.
Kaplan International (KI)
Kaplan International is based in London and operates educational businesses in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East.
KI Pathways was founded in 2005, and serves 20,000 students per year, according to its website.KI Languages offers instruction in English, Spanish, French and German, and deliver content to countries around the world.
KI has offices and operations in more than 30 countries. For example, KI United Kingdom provides training, test preparation and degrees for accounting, financial services and legal professionals. In the Asia Pacific region, Kaplan operates businesses primarily in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Korea:
In Singapore, Kaplan operates three business units: Kaplan Higher Education, Kaplan Financial and Kaplan Professional. Kaplan Professional provided short courses to managers, executives, and other business leaders.
In Australia, Kaplan delivers financial services education and professional development courses through Kaplan Professional, as well as higher education programs in business, accounting, hospitality, and tourism and management.
In Hong Kong, Kaplan offers programs ranging from language education and standardized test preparation to corporate and financial training and higher education degree courses.
In South Korea, in addition to university preparation programs, Kaplan delivers A-Level programs and cooperates with several Chinese universities to provide ACCA training programs to students.Lawsuits and investigations
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