Bangalore, India GMAT Course Reviews
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October 11 | 2015

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By rohitmanglik joined: July 24, 2011 | 243 | 20 non-native speaker
Improvement:  50 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Classroom Training | Location:   Bangalore, India  |
I joined Jamboree only for Verbal Section. They also gave me one to one sessions to clear my doubt and 12 free tests that are valid for 6 months. I also received Official Guide from them. They gave me ample of material to prepare.

The instructor is quite friendly to conduct one to one classes whenever needed.

I learned a lot of tricks and core concepts specially in Sentence Correction. Their tricks are unbeatably awesome. Please keep in mind that GMAT tricks us by fooling us on those tricks so in higher difficulty questions tricks, such as "so X as to Y", "having" are almost always wrong etc., might leave you alone.
Nevertheless, at that time, I was not at the condition to improve score without using those tricks. For non-native speakers, this is probably a fast track way.

In Critical Reasoning, their approached worked with me. I made significant improvements in it.

However, in Reading Comprehension section, thought I grabbed a lot of concepts, I believe they still have little scope of improvement. I discovered this when I brought an online course.

In AWA they will give you a template and that helped me to score great marks, even though my writing skills are bad. You don't have to invest any time in preparing for AWA. My instructor also reviewed my AWAs and that helped me decreasing common errors.

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From 630(mock score) to 720(actual score) in 2 attempts
September 22 | 2015

By RPgolucky joined: July 29, 2015 | 1 | 0 native speaker
Improvement:  90 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  | Taught by:  Merrily Tobin
I joined the Princeton review small group courses with almost no hope of scoring above 700.

Like the majority of other Indian GMAT aspirants my quant skill was at a 48-50 level. Verbal was my biggest nightmare. But as and when I progressed through the course I found my verbal skills to improve drastically , thanks to brilliant teaching technique and sincere dedication from my verbal teacher.

In the final MGMAT mock test that I wrote before my first attempt I scored a 660. My first attempt was made without me attending any booster sessions(due to work travel). If you are a student at Princeton Review , let me tell you - YOU DON'T WANNA MISS THE BOOSTER SESSIONS. I got a decent 700 score in my first attempt( Q - 46 V 39 ; due to a bit of over confidence in quants).

I seeked advices from my teachers on if and how I can improve my scores. I was in a position to take up these sessions after my first attempt. I underwent rigorous training and reformation during my booster sessions. The level of pressure I faced in my mock tests during the booster sessions were so high high that when I faced the actual GMAT the second time , it was a breeze. I scored a 720 in my second attempt. All thanks to Manya Princeton review. Thanks a ton !

I would suggest this place to anyone who aspires to jump from the 600 - 700 score range to the 700+ score range.(Empirically proven through many varied cases other than mine , no assumptions involved and hence a flawless argument :D).

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The Princeton Review Jayanagar Bangalore: Helped me score 730 :)
October 11 | 2014

By freeflow joined: October 11, 2014 | 89 | 23 native speaker
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This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  | Taught by:  Merrily Tobin
Math: The course consisted of explanations of the Math concepts tested by GMAT divided into different topics. Review Material was comprehensive on the content. In the class room, questions were worked out and the approach to be used for each question type was discussed e.g. When to plug in, split approach for DS etc. Importantly, solving GMAT math problems was made to seem like a fun activity in class.

Verbal: Lessons in the verbal review comprise of different types of approaches to be used for each question type on the GMAT. SC: The common and rare correction types were separate, good list of idioms that can come in handy etc. My SC accuracy was near 100% most of the times. RC: Different approaches to working passages of different kinds followed by the techniques to be used for each kind of question on the passage. CR: Working the argument by finding the flaw, line of reasoning etc.

Other things of note: Online drills and tests were very helpful in my preparation. Homework schedule, if one sticks to it, is comprehensive enough as a study plan. Class timings were convenient. Teachers very much knowledgeable and approachable.

Boosters: Students are eligible for booster sessions if they score a 600 on one of the online tests during the course. I took the Verbal boosters where Merrily Tobin was my teacher. Although I went in for these sessions with hardly a week before my GMAT, these sessions helped me a lot in time management on the test, RC and CR accuracy.

I scored a 630 on the first practice test before the course started and ended up with a 730 (M:50,V:40,IR:7,AWA:6) on my actual GMAT after the course. I owe a big chunk of my success to The Princeton Review and the awesome teachers there- Dr.Ramya, Bodhana and Merrily :)

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My experience with TPR
September 22 | 2014

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By gayathriudhay joined: May 3, 2012 | 0 | 0 native speaker
Improvement:  100 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  | Taught by:  Merrily Tobin
Hi!

My experience with Princeton Review was Fantastic.
The apparent strengths of TPR are the teaching methods, course content, lab & library facilities, and the qualified trainers. Also, I found the Trainers updated with the test contents, & formats and constantly working on teaching methods to help students go through the changes, if any.
In my view, what puts TPR apart is the availability of trainers outside classrooms and their sincere effort to focus on every student.
Both my tutors Merrily & Rohit were there for me throughout my GMAT prep. They spent so much extra time with me that without any doubt pushed my GMAT score in my second attempt (from 520 to 670). Especially I found each of Merrily’s classes as well as booster sessions Energy packed and motivating.
Booster sessions were definitely more than just a technical discussion, very useful, as they helped me identify the flaws in my thought process. Apparently to approach GMAT questions, it is critical to know the weakness than the strength.
I wasn’t either a fast learner or a quick thinker. So I took more than 4 months after finishing all my classroom sessions to take my first GMAT test. Then my second attempt was 3 months after that. Both my tutors did not deny once when I asked for an extra help throughout my prep. Merrily would come to the centre just for my Booster session though there were no other classes scheduled for her that day. Tutors’ faith in my ability instilled a responsibility on me to give my best. Each booster session was a real confidence booster. Moreover, after my second attempt (with 670), when I approached Merrily for help with my third attempt, she readily accepted. May be I was lucky to have found the right coaches to start working on my dream career.
I would highly recommend TPR for all those looking for real help with GMAT prep.

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Amazing experience. Very cost effective.
September 18 | 2014

By varunmb joined: March 7, 2013 | 10 | 5 non-native speaker
Improvement:  100 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  |
I joined for gmat classes at Princeton review in December 2013. My classes were taken be Sonal(verbal) and Asma(quant). These classes gave me a thorough grounding in all the concepts needed for the GMAT. After gaining all basic training in verbal and quant, I was put for booster sessions around FEB. I think this structure of the course is very effective. It caters to the individual needs of each student.
My verbal boosters were taken by Merrily and quant by Rohit Maiya. Unlike the basic class which gives you all the relevant skills for GMAT, the boosters specifically identify where we are going wrong and corrects them.
In verbal boosters, Merrily would make me redo the questions which were answered wrong or which took more time. She would analyse the thinking process which went into solving the questions and gave detailed feedback which helped me correct the approach. The common mistakes I was making in verbal were-
1)In CR I was not deconstructing the argument and was not able to identify patterns. I was giving more time in selecting the answers than deconstructing the argument. But the answer choices confuse you more. Once I started identifying patterns and started predicting answers before reading the answer choices, I started getting around 90% of the CR questions right from 50%
2) In SC there were many areas I was going wrong in. My approach was corrected to a large extent. I was also thought when to give up and move on.
3) I was made aware of the time killers. Some of the questions just cannot be answered. I became aware of such questions which helped me immensely in the real GMAT.
4) In RC I was taking more time in reading the passage. I stared giving more time to important stuff and skip the details. Also predicting what the sentence is going to say by reading the first 3 or 4 words was of immense help in putting the sentence in w.r.t the main idea of the passage.

Quant boosters too improved my skills immensely. Rohit always asked me to work smart not hard. He would come up with different approaches to the same problem which would save time and effort. This approach of trying out different methods of solving a problem helped me immensely in improving my Quant score which had stagnated. I was really bad in plugging-in, arithmetic and Geometry, which were made a lot easier by Rohit.
And I gave my first GMAT on April 11th. The mistake I did was I didn't go for any boosters for about 20-25 days before the test. This was a major mistake. I just concentrated on studying more and more material which was there on the net.
In the end I didn't apply any approach and scored a 610(q45,v27).
This was a terrible score considering I had scored 740 in two of the GMATPREP s.
I had lost complete hope in my ability. That's when Merrily motivated me a lot. TPR had done everything from giving me classes, to boosters to additional tests , library of books etc. I didn’t expect them to do more. But merrily had not lost hope in my ability. She asked me to take rest for 4/5 days and asked me to come for boosters. She analyzed that I had completely strayed away from the approach in Sc, Cr and Rc. I took about 4/5 verbal boosters in a month and was back on track. I scored a 690 (q49,v34) on May 22. It is considerably better score than 610.
I am thoroughly satisfied with Manya group gmat classes. They tailor the course according to the students needs and abilities.
I was quite satisfied with my score of 690. Recently I realized I can give one more try as the score will not go lower even if I score less. But I really hope to cross the 720-730 this time. I recently attended a sc workshop conducted by merrily. The questions we solved were the once which will propel the score to 700+. The questions are also representative of the recent trends in GMAT which is moving away from pure grammar and towards meaning in SC.
Hope to cross the elusive 700 this time when I take my GMAT on sept 2nd. I thank TPR for being a constant companion in my GMAT journey.

P.S- I gave my GMAT again on Sept 2nd and I have scored a 710(Q49, V38).

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Princeton Review Classroom Coaching
December 09 | 2013

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By Anonymous joined: May 27, 2013 | 1 | 0 non-native speaker
Improvement:  110 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  | Taught by:  Merrily Tobin
The Classroom Coaching that I attended at TPR for GMAT has definitely played a key role in me achieving a score of 710!

Best things about the overall package they offer are:

1) Their faculty especially for verbal is very experienced. The tutors have been in the GMAT training field for a long time and they know exactly what has to be taught to a potential GMAT test taker. They approach the training in a systematic and organized way so that you are well versed with the concepts that you have learned before moving on to the next topics. Also, the tutors are just not limited to queries been asked in the classroom - they are available to schedule any extra help sessions. One can tremendously improve their score just by being attentive and regular to the classroom.

2) The facilities TPR offers are really good. Their library is up to date with all the materials that you need for your GMAT preparation. You can also take up mock tests at the center at any time of the week. I had been taking practice tests even after 6 months of my completion of their classroom course!

3) Their course material unlike many other big brand materials has a very simplified approach to even the tricky topics. GMAT does not test you much on the depth of knowledge on a subject, instead you just need to know right approach to specific problems or questions. The course material provides basic guidelines and also very simple techniques which can get you to the right answer and take seconds to solve as compared to the traditional approach which can be very laborious.

Last but not the least - I would like to mention about their Booster sessions which offer unlimited one-to-one support. This has been instrumental in improving my score by atleast 70 points and helped me identify and correct the common mistakes that I was making. Verbal tutor Merrily Tobin has helped me understand the way questions on GMAT need to be approached and pointed out the errors I was making repeatedly and helped me avoid them by analyzing every single question in detail and identifying the root cause. This really helped me change the way I approached a GMAT question and get a score of 40 in verbal.

All the Best with your GMAT prep!

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July 03 | 2013

By vivekjha84 joined: June 12, 2012 | 1 | 0 native speaker
Improvement:  200 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  | Taught by:  Merrily Tobin
Hi Friends,

I wish to give credit to Princeton review Indiranagar Branch Teachers & staff (Merilly & Asha) for my improved score. Keeping the fact that I had scored very poorly in my disgnostic test.

I had a demanding job. Plus, I have been working for the last 6 years which means being out of touch with studies (except technical) for quite a long time, which very much determines many things.

Despite these limitations, the teachers were very motivating & encouraging. The teaching, style, curriculam & the pattern of study keeps the student intact and motivated.

And I have no doubt that it was not possible without the motivation that I got from my Princeton teachers. I’m pretty sure I would have left the preparations had I not got the support from the teachers. Three months of this class has been very beneficial for me.

So, to sum up, I was not very sure if I would be able to manage the preparations. But Princeton Review was a big help for me. And I was able to improve my score in the actual test.

Thanks
Vivek.

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TPR review
September 14 | 2012

By Anonymous joined: March 26, 2012 | 0 | 0 native speaker
Improvement:  90 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  |
TPR is the best destination if planning to prepare for GMAT in Bangalore. The course curriculum is very focussed, and very precise and true to the real GMAT exam. The faculties are extremely well prepared, motivating and reachable.

I really liked the smoothness with which they take up the course from basic to advanced. Every question is well answered and every doubt is well cleared. The engagement in terms of study groups and online discussions helped a lot. One of the best things provided by TPR is the booster sessions. I.e, one on one meetings with the instructors, where they identify your weak areas and work on them, and all this, after the course ends.

The long list of TPR tests keep gear you for the Computer adaptive tests. I am a hard worker, but i really need motivation to perform well. TPR was just the right place to receive all the push and motivation I required. Highly recommended.

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Princeton is the best. No doubt about it.
July 05 | 2012

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By Anonymous joined: July 5, 2012 | 0 | 5 non-native speaker
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This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  |
Princeton is the best. No doubt about it. I believe a 770 score speaks for itself...

Princeton Review was perfect for me. I realize now that there is no way I could have crossed a 700 score studying by myself. My teachers were great in terms of the support which they extended to me (and still are extending to me...) and classes were fun (can't believe I'm actually saying that).

Their approach for worked like a charm and they had booster sessions to help me work on my weak areas. Another great thing about them is that they provided so much material to study from. I had a lot of support even when I was studying after I finished the course.
Being a non-native English speaker, I still managed to get a 45 on verbal and that's thanks to my teacher. I would definitely recommend Princeton Review to anyone who's looking for coaching.....

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GMAT prep - The Princeton way!
July 04 | 2012

By Anonymous joined: July 4, 2012 | 0 | 0 native speaker
Improvement:  200 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:
This review is for:   GMAT Ultimate Small Group Instruction | Location:   Bangalore, India  |
Hello

Like any other 5-6 year IT professional I wanted to do my MBA but little did I know that it is a war-field in itself with the first hurdle being the GMAT. Attempting to give my GMAT without the help of any tutorial I tried my hand at a mock test.

When I took the pre-GMAT mock test I scored a 430. Disappointed and worried, I realized a need for a helping hand & was desperately in the look-out for a quality GMAT prep tutorial. I then found out about Princeton Review based out of Bangalore and got myself admitted there.

I have to say that this decision of mine definitely accelerated my GMAT prep process. The trainers at the tutorial are not only well-equipped to train the students but are also very friendly and helpful. The best part of the course are their booster sessions where every deserving student gets a chance to review his or her strengths and weaknesses with a master trainer for Verbal and Quant in one-to-one sessions. These sessions are definitely a 'booster' to your prep process in its true sense.

On completing the course with Princeton and taking offline help sessions from Merrily, Rohit and Vikram I managed to score a 730 in my GMAT. Yes, this definitely seems like an achievement to me to move from 430 to 730 and the trainers at Princeton deserve a major credit in this endeavor of mine.

The top strengths of the tutorial are

1.) Their course structure
2.) Their lab and library facilities
3.) Their prep-material and practice tests
4.) Their trainers, each of whom I have interacted with are friendly, approachable and 'they know their job'

I have also been a part of their ACS services and I can vouch these are top-notch as well.

Finally, if you are a candidate who is busy with work but still wants to do well in his or her GMAT then Princeton is the place to go to!

All the best..

Have fun!

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