Essay Grading (Kaplan GMAT, GRE, PCAT and TOEFL Programs)

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Essay Grading is available to students in the following courses as indicated below. NOTE: The essay on the official LSAT exam is ungraded.
Currently enrolled GMAT, GRE , and PCAT students (In Person, Self Paced and Live Online), and TOEFL Self-Paced programs can electronically submit their essays for grading by the Essay Grading Team.

Where and how do I submit my essay?
  • Students should submit the following formstack: 
  • You will get an automated acknowledgement that your essay has been submitted.  
How many essays may I submit at one time?
  • You may submit up to two essays at a time. 
  • If more than two essays are sent at one time, only the first two will be scored. 
  • Please wait to receive your feedback before sending additional essays.
The team's comments are designed to improve your scoring on your next test and we recommend that you look them over and practice implementing them before attempting your next essay. 

How and when can I expect to receive my essay score?
  • Your essay will be returned to you as a PDF file containing your essay, score, and feedback.
  • Properly submitted essays will be graded and returned within 3-7 business days.
If you submitted your essay more than 7 business days ago and have not received feedback, forward the automated Formstack reply email to Students should include their name, the test for which they are preparing, and test number in the email message along with their question or inquiry. 


Who grades the essays?

Kaplan’s Essay Grading team consists of qualified Kaplan instructors who have committed a fixed number of hours per week to grading your essays.  We have gone to great lengths to establish a professional team that sees hundreds of essays and has also been trained in the same rubrics that the official GRE, GMAT and PCAT essay graders use. One or more members of the team will give you specific feedback to help you improve and keep you on track. The feedback is in accordance with the Kaplan methods you are learning and your tests grading rubric.


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