a US company that prepares students for examinations which they need to pass in order to enter American colleges or universities. These include the SAT and GRE. The company also runs English Language courses, and other general and professional educational courses. There are Kaplan Educational Centers in the US and in over 30 other countries. Stanley Kaplan, a teacher from Brooklyn, began the first one in the 1930s. The centres are now owned by the Washington Post Company (officailly the Graham Holdings Company), which also publishes Kaplan books. In 2001 a college called the American Institute of Commerce, which had been founded in Iowa in 1937, became Kaplan University. Almost all of its students study online.