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Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 10:23
Hi guys,

I've been planning my GMAT prep for the next two months and was hoping for some advice. I've purchased the Manhattan GMAT books for Verbal (I am strong with Quant) and the Knewton course. I was wondering if anyone had any prep advice preparing with both sets of materials. When I purchased all of this, a long time ago, I had figured that it'd be a good idea to use two sets of resources. Two looks at something. I'm curious on your take if their strategies diverge a lot OR if there is any use in doing this?

Thank you for helping me organize my preparation!
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Re: Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 10:26
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Hi guys,

I've been planning my GMAT prep for the next two months and was hoping for some advice. I've purchased the Manhattan GMAT books for Verbal (I am strong with Quant) and the Knewton course. I was wondering if anyone had any prep advice preparing with both sets of materials. When I purchased all of this, a long time ago, I had figured that it'd be a good idea to use two sets of resources. Two looks at something. I'm curious on your take if their strategies diverge a lot OR if there is any use in doing this?

Thank you for helping me organize my preparation!


Depends on how strong you are in verbal. With the exception of the Sentence Correction book, the other two Manhattan Books are not that great. If you have a decent understanding of grammar I would just jump right in to the Knewton course.
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Re: Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 17:30
I used both of these materials.

Knewton really made the difference for me.

For verbal, Knewton is amazing. MGMAT verbal books are good as well (esp sentence correction). However, it goes into so much detail that it can sometimes be overkill imo.

If you watch all of the Knewton videos, lessons, tests, etc. you're going to find it difficult to ALSO go through all the MGMAT guides unless you have several months at your disposal. I would recommend using them as supplement material for things you want more details about.

For quant, Knewton was also very good. It bumped me from a 44 to a 47. It doesn't cover the more complex material in nearly as much detail as MGMAT. However, it does cover the fundamental material with great clarity. So again, I would recommend using MGMAT as supplementary material.
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Re: Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 18:08
I am using the same strategy of Knewton+MGMAT Guides and agree with the above post that it is difficult to complete the guides simultaneously as Knewton's homeworks, quizzes, extra focus classes are time consuming. I plan on studying until July/early August and then attempt GMAT so I have time to practice all the guides & OG in detail, and revise the Knewton classes again. Of course, I need to get serious and step up my preparation also (blame my laziness and the job !!).
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Re: Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 21:42
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I have seen a few references to this approach as well and it is good but there is a risk that you will do poorly with both materials requiring full attention and you not being able to dedicate that.

Since you have a course that is taught on a timeline, I would stick with that and then use the relevant MGMAT guides to supplement if you feel uncertain/easy about any of the subjects.

At the same time kudos for the effort!
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Re: Preparing for GMAT with Knewton Class & Manhattan Guides   [#permalink] 13 May 2011, 21:42
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