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Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2009, 12:12
Has anyone taken any gmat prep course in Toronto? I have been studying for the past month and a half, and realized I have somewhat wasted my time as my performance on the OG12 questions is nowhere near where I need it to be, and my timing is way off as well. I didn't want to do this, but I think I may need to resort to a live prep course.

My issue is this: MBA deadlines are beginning of October for round 1.

Ideally, I would like to have at least a month before that to write my essays and get my references lined up.

This leaves me with about a month and a half to write the GMAT.

Most prep courses are once a week over the course of 2 months... so I may need to find an "accelerated" course that will offer 2 classes a week over the span of a month.

Either that, or I may opt to apply in round 2, although I would strongly prefer not to have to do this.

Any recommendations as to which prep course to take?

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2009, 20:27
If you want to take prep course in Toronto, you can try New Oriental in Chinatown area. Not the one in Scarbough, but the rather old one. Or, otherwise, you can try knewton or manhattan gmat online course. Those are pretty helpful too.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2009, 23:08
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manhattan gmat's live course seems to be popular here, anyone have any experience with it?

It's 2 months, one class a week, $1500 canadian.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 07:22
I was very happy with MGMAT, but you for every hour in the classroom, you should be spending ~3 hours studying. It is CRUCIAL to get through and understand all of the material (if you need that extra help).

Have you taken any practice exams yet to gauge yourself? You might not need a class if you're already proficient. Self studying might suffice.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 12:55
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I was very happy with MGMAT, but you for every hour in the classroom, you should be spending ~3 hours studying. It is CRUCIAL to get through and understand all of the material (if you need that extra help).

Have you taken any practice exams yet to gauge yourself? You might not need a class if you're already proficient. Self studying might suffice.


I'm trying to find a decent practice exam to gauge myself... but I don't want to waste one of the two gmatprep exams. I was told by peers to save the 2 tests till the very end. Is there any other practice test to gauge my ability that you would recommend?

The reason why I think I'm behind where I need to be (I need at least 700), is because I started working thru the OG12, and found that I was taking ages to get the problem solving questions done (average 3 minutes per question). In terms of scoring, for the problem solving, I'm getting between 80-90% of the questions right, however its taking way too long and I can't see myself getting it down to less than 2 minutes per question without help. In data sufficiency, once I get beyond the first 100 questions, I'm scoring about 70% correct, which is terrible, and I'm still taking over 3 minutes per question.

This was the reason for my panic... I grossly underestimated how long it would take for me to prepare and the difficulty of the questions. I kind of assumed I would just read the material and automatically get 700 because I am used to taking MC tests (Completed CFA) and have a sound finance background. I deserve what I'm going thru for underestimating, so rather than risk submitting a sub-700 score to the top 5 schools, I'm debating waiting till round two and taking a course to solidify my chances of scoring 700+.

Prior to OG12, all I did was the Kaplan Premiere book, which I found much easier than the OG.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 16:18
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Have you seen this thread: gmat-prep-courses-classes-reviews-ratings-and-comparison-78451.html?
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 20:52
Thanks BB, that was very helpful. Sounds like the consensus is the Manhattan Gmat course is the best there is.
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I can recommend a course with Admit Master, I've taken it some time ago and got 710 on the first attempt, sent them a couple of my friends and they all got good scores.

Really liked their teaching style, the fact that they used real questions, and a very personal approach - meeting with the instructor 1 on 1 really helped me move along, and this was part of a standard package. Have only good things to say.
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Re: Need Advice: Best GMAT Prep Course - Toronto [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2014, 16:42
Blayze wrote:
manhattan gmat's live course seems to be popular here, anyone have any experience with it?

It's 2 months, one class a week, $1500 canadian.


I found it over my budget :(
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