Academic and professional development publisher Kaplan is bringing its training courses to Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad.

The publisher, a subsidiary of newspaper firm The Washington Post Company, is offering its Kaplan Mobile application to allow students to prepare for standardised tests while on the move.

Kaplan Mobile allows registered students to download a free electronic copy of their course books to their mobile devices. The application is available for download for free from the Apple iTunes Store for all iOS devices.

“With Kaplan Mobile, we wanted to develop an application that delivered the content our customers need through the devices they use,” said Maureen McMahon, president and publisher at the company.

After downloading the Kaplan Mobile application users log-in with their Kaplan account and are shown relevant course materials available for download. Kaplan customers are able to sync their accounts with up to two mobile devices.

Currently, the application allows students to access full course content for Kaplan's GRE, GMAT, and MCAT courses, as well as digital copies of its PSAT, SAT, GRE and GMAT retail test prep books.

Earlier this year the JANET university and college education network in the UK said it would be providing remote mobile access to academic and support staff through an agreement with the 3 mobile network. The connectivity - via mobile dongle devices or tablet SIMs - will allow academic and support staff to remotely access resources such as research data, virtual learning environments and library catalogues whilst on the move.