Pedro Ledesma's Instructor Reviews
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Great Program
August 09 | 2014

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       By chrblan joined: August 9, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 120 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Washington, USA | Taught by:  Pedro Ledesma
I had not taken a standardized test in ten years, nor had I really done any quantitative work since my freshman year of college. My first practice GMAT reflected that; I didn't finish the quantitative portion at all and scored a 640 overall. By the end of the Manhattan GMAT class, I was scoring mid to high 700s on my practice tests, and scored a 760 the second time I took the actual test. I had a rough week the first time I took the test, just a few days after the end of the class) and was not satisfied with my score, so I retook it after studying the class materials for another month, focusing in on my weak points. It is a very comprehensive, well-structured, and effective program. If you need a thorough review, take this class, do the recommended homework assignments, and use the practice tests to identify specific types of problems where you are weak.


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Manhattan GMAT Washington, DC Review
December 14 | 2013

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       By danielspiller joined: December 14, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 70 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Washington, USA | Taught by:  Pedro Ledesma
I ended up taking the Manhattan GMAT course twice -- the first time online and second time in person with Pedro in DC. When I originally signed up, I was okay with the fact that Manhattan wasn't one of the companies that reimbursed you if your score went up. After all, they're not the ones taking the test and the books are probably more important than the work.

The online course was alright, but not my preferred method of instruction. One of the teachers (Stacy Koprince) was really good and the other was just alright, but I wasn't as serious about the GMAT I needed to be and I'm not sure how much the online course helped. The problem-based course format got me some practice but I didn't leave lessons feeling like I learned strategies for problems I hadn't seen before. They demonstrated how to answer the questions in front of us, but there was little discussion of how to translate that to new problems in the times required by the GMAT.

My score stayed even with my diagnostic of 640 (.

The in-person course was a different experience. I really liked Pedro who was engaging and sarcastic, which fits with my learning style. He was excellent at answering questions from the class and there was more discussion about the mindset for tackling new problems in the time allotted by the GMAT. Just as importantly, the talent level of the class was high and I learned from them as well! The class was still problem-focused, but more engaging and helpful overall.

In the end, I got a 710 (40Q, 47V) with 5.5 on AWA and 7/8 on IR.


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Good Course
November 18 | 2013

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       By matthewryanbrown joined: November 18, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 150 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Washington, USA | Taught by:  Pedro Ledesma
This course got me focused on studying and provided structure I needed to succeed. The syllabus and books they provide were perhaps the greatest attribute.

My score increased exponentially as I was completely unprepared to do math that quickly. From around a 550 to a 700.

I do not think I studied as much as many other people but in crunch time I was able to go back over the syllabus and the books and hammer out my weaknesses.

Pedro was a very good instructor. I enjoyed his personality and style of teaching. This course gives you every opportunity to succeed if you put in the time and stay on course. Read the introduction books and then stay on track with the syllabus. 15 weeks will get you over a 700.
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Great Course!
June 26 | 2013

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       By Anonymous joined: June 26, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 170 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Washington, USA | Taught by:  Pedro Ledesma
Happy to recommend the Manhattan GMAT course. I just took the GMAT and scored a 770 (49Q/48V), and I couldn't have done that without the course. I went into the course never having taken a GMAT. On my first practice test (admittedly, I didn't know what I was doing), I got a 600. So, pretty substantial improvement.

Three things about the class really stand out: the instructor, the presentations, and the materials.

Pedro was a great instructor. He made the class engaging and fun, and he really knew his stuff. Going into the class, I expected someone who was really good at test-taking, but not well-versed in the substance. Boy was I wrong. Where necessary, Pedro went into the weeds of grammar and mathematics, and it was clear that he knows this stuff inside and out. I don't know or care what a participle is, but it's nice to know my GMAT instructor does.

Pedro was also really cool about staying after class to go over specific problems and challenges. He also was really quick to respond to questions over email. He definitely went above and beyond.

I really appreciated that the course was organized around GMAT problems, not around "tricks" for "beating" the test. Pedro would put a problem on the screen, we would do it individually, then talk about different ways to solve it. Any "tricks" that we learned were in the context finding shortcuts to solve specific problems. I found this approach refreshing, straightforward, and respectful of the students' intelligence.

The materials were first-rate. The course comes with a book on each major GMAT topic, and they do a good job laying out what you need to know. There are lots of online "labs" and practice sheets that I found useful. There is a great online system for inputting your answers to practice problems. It includes lots of data viz tools to help you see where you need to get better/speed up. And there are lots of practice tests, and solid tools for analyzing your results.

Bottom line, I went into the test feeling prepared.
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