well I am looking for a group to help me push in the 700 range..
From all the postings I read so far in this forum, the programs with highest reviews are Manhattan and Veritas
I can share my experience in the Veritas
2-week intensive program taken Feb this year.
I have read more than once that 99-percentiles do not make good instructors. I think that's a broad generalization or perception. I don't think training for n
hours can guarantee good instructors either.
After all, the question really is: Which level are you at in terms of GMAT preparation?
In general, the more prior GMAT experience you have or the better your are to absorb materials, the more ROI you can get from these classes. All programs are going to teach the basic techniques. Since there are so many basic techniques, students can easily be overwhelmed by the materials. However, only the better programs can teach the advanced techniques getting to higher scoring levels.
Before I took the Veritas
class, my goal back then was the same as yours - to bring my score above 700. I found the Veritas
class very useful because I can work with the top GMAT scorers (99-percentiles) and learn their way to approach the most advanced questions. For advanced GMAT questions there are really no easy or general techniques getting to the right answers. These are questions that differentiates better and best students. This is where the value of Veritas
came in - I learn by following the instructor's mental process (logic) to approach such advanced problems in an efficient manner. Sometimes the logic may not be that apparent, sometimes the question is so difficult that even the instructor need to use their "magic gut feel" to eliminate wrong choices and maximize the chance of picking the correct answers (they are correct most of the time, if not all). These are techniques not all programs can teach.