As Indian students prepare hard to get through to some of the top Bschools in the country and overseas, Kaplan Inc, a US-based education service provider company, has tied up with iProf Learning solutions India Pvt. Ltd, to provide their test preparation material for GMAT and GRE on iProf's education tablet. It will be a six-month test preparation programme, which can be purchased from the iStudy centres and can be downloaded on a tablet.
This study programme, which will be available on the tablet, is similar to the regular programmes that we offer in our classroom coaching. But here the content will come in an integrated format comprising audio-video lectures, e-content, animations, structured tests, solutions etc. There are over 10 modules for both GMAT as well as GRE test preparation. In the regular pattern we just have three practice exams but the iProf tablet will contain more practice tests for the benefit of students,” said Jason Palmer, senior vice-president, Kaplan.
With GMAT changing its pattern from this year, Kaplan has decided to incorporate the new section in the test prep guide for tablet users. “Our material is well-aligned with the changes that take place in the tests. We generally update our test material every three to six months after getting information about the changes and the objectives behind the changes from the test makers. Changing the content available in a digital mode is always easier,” Palmer informed. To fill in the gap of classroom learning, query sessions will also be organised twice a month at the iStudy zones.
It will be a low-cost preparation guide available exclusively for Indian students who want to study abroad and in some of the top Indian B-schools which accept the GMAT score as an eligibility criterion. “As a country, India provides the second largest number of international students to the US universities. This partnership will help us provide high-quality interactive courses to students in large cities and rural areas even if they do not have a personal computer or broadband access,” Jason added.
Will the advent of technology replace classroom learning? “Technology is not replacing classroom learning but bringing the self-study culture back into a student’s life. The tablet will help students to study at their own pace and the audio-video material has a better retention element. Even GMAT is an online test, so preparing on such a tablet would definitely help students understand the medium better,” Jason concluded.