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Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2010, 18:58
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Basic Description:
Manhattan’s Challenge archive contains over 250 very difficult math problems, along with answers and detailed explanations. For $29.00, customers gain online access to these questions for one year. The archive does not overlap with any other Manhattan math problems. In terms of difficulty, many Challenge problems rank in the 750-plus range. Perhaps just as many questions surpass anything found on the GMAT. For further information, please visit the Manhattan GMAT store.

Pros:
1. Price - Overall, the price is reasonable for the number of questions. While access is limited to one year, that's still plenty of time.
2. Updates - New math problems are added to the question bank and past questions are occasionally updated.
3. Explanations - Though the questions are extremely difficult, the explanations do a decent job. They can be rather lengthy, though.
4. Online Practice - Reviewing questions online provides an opportunity to grow accustomed to seeing problems on a computer screen.

Cons:
1. Out of scope – Many questions go way beyond anything that you will encounter on the actual test. Some problems are downright convoluted and stray too far from the GMAT. The style also feels slightly off at times.
2. Intended Audience – Unless you are performing well above the 90th percentile in quant, then these questions are definitely not recommended for regular use.

Overall Assessment:
For upper-level performers, the occasional Manhattan Challenge question might be helpful. Some may further argue that reinforcing concepts this way truly tests one’s math skills to the max. However, taken as a whole, the Challenge Archive is excessive and will not benefit most people. And even if you are exceptional in quant, many questions are not representative of the actual test at all. If you’re interested in effective hardcore practice, then the GMATClub Tests and Jeff Sackmann’s Extreme Challenge set are more suitable options.

However, if you still want to incorporate these into your studies, make sure to read the linked discussions below. Also, there are a few Challenges already available on the math forum. Just make sure that you're ready! :wink:

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did-anyone-do-the-mgmat-challenge-problem-archive-79026.html

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/fee ... 10339.html

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/man ... -t510.html
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2010, 19:50
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2010, 19:53
Thanks! I remember buying these challenge sets long ago and I came away impressed.
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2010, 20:35
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You're both very welcome! I hope the review didn't come off as too negative. The Challenge Archive is by no means bad. But for me, the other two options mentioned were better.

And thank you for your input, Praetorian! I was also impressed with these questions, but perhaps for different reasons. It clearly took a great deal of math skills and imagination to develop these problems. However, I feel that the authors got carried away on a number of them.
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 05:06
Thanks bmillan01 for the review. I think I will get this, as hopefully this will shake me up - I will allocate 30mins-1hr everyday on Quant and try to do 10-20 odd problems everyday. Hope this keep me awake all the time - I was brain dead in my last test :(.
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 06:20
Hi Kudos,

Where can i access MGMAT all 6 CAT's, i have registered n taken 1 for free. Is der any procedure to crack all 6 CAT
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 06:27
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Hi, riteshv.

I believe that you can either purchase the six Manhattan tests directly from their website or you can gain free access with a purchase of any of their guidebooks. The second option is better.
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 15:02
Great Review, and for once it seems an MGMAT product which isn't elite.
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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 16:41
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Great Review, and for once it seems an MGMAT product which isn't elite.


I don't think this was ever meant to be elite w.r.t. GMAT. Check Stacey's response in the 1st MGMAT link that bmillIan01 posted above. Some people learn by solving tougher problems for te same concepts, and that's exactly what MGMAT is offering. Thus, like other MGMAT products, this one serves its purpose perfectly as it indends to :)

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Re: Review of MGMAT Challenge Problem Archive [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 08:54
excellent review..kudos +1.
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