Boston (Back Bay), MA USA GMAT Course Reviews
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Verbal was bomb but Quant didn't connect the dots well enough
July 21 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 26, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  150 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  | Taught by:  Josh Yardley
Admittedly, I'm someone who hasn't practiced math in a really long time and for full disclosure, my studies focused much more on the books post-course. But, I thought the verbal books were amazing, straight-forward, were very comprehensive. My verbal score literally doubled after spending minimal time reviewing the verbal books, but, to be fair, I think verbal was always going to be my strength. The math, for me, felt like it offered a lot of "rules" but wasn't helpful in terms of implementing the rules in a way that was effective for the adaptive/logic-over-math skills nature of the test. The practice questions after each section weren't in any way geared toward the test, so if you dedicatedly do them, it's just not going to help that much. I just feel like MGMAT's approach to quant isn't holistic enough. It was much more about trying to strengthen your math foundation rather than strongly coupling that with a strong foundation for approaching this adaptive test, a test which I think few of us have encountered before. My suggestion: definitely buy the verbal books. Pass on the math. Course was fine but I probably would have done another (and have since).


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Overall -- A Great Foundation, But Not a
May 19 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: January 21, 2013 | 7 | 11 | native speaker
Improvement:  N/A  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Veritas Prep Full Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  | Taught by:  Christopher Laconi
I want to start off by saying that I recommend Veritas to just about everyone. I have referred four of my friends, I took the full course with my roommate (we both scored 700+), and I was very impressed with the overall company from the first time I interacted with them -- they were straightforward, responsive, and generally professional in their correspondence.

With that being said, Veritas, and it's competitors, are not a "sure thing." So many people start the GMAT prep process hoping to sit through a class a few hours a week, do some homework problems, and walk in to the test center and get a 760. It doesn't work like that -- you will have to work at it, and I don't feel that the company stresses that component enough. For the price, many people would HOPE to have everything sorted out by simply showing up, but I have found that it takes a lot of work outside of the classroom as well.

Another piece of advice / observation is that the class's impact depends on the quality of the teacher. I had a great teacher, but some of my friends have had teachers who were "too smart for their own good." The great thing about Veritas is that every instructor got a 760+, so they know how to "beat" the test... The bad thing about Veritas is that every instructor got a 760+, and that doesn't always translate into great teachers. Just something to keep in mind.

The four stars for quant is indicative of my belief that the course / materials alone will not get you to the Q49-51 range (which makes up the coveted 80th+ percentile). It would be advantageous to have harder problems to really prepare students for the test.

One final note -- I preferred Manhattan's practice tests (more representative of the real test and I truly valued the analytics around how you performed), but much preferred Veritas's approach / study materials. Do yourself a favor and just buy the Manhattan tests (something like $50).

If you are going to invest in a GMAT prep course -- choose Veritas, and make sure you sign up with a great instructor.


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Fantastic Experience with Manhattan GMAT
September 09 | 2013

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       By Anonymous joined: September 9, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  80 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  |
The Manhattan GMAT curriculum and teachers were phenomenally important to my success and score improvement on the GMAT. I found the teachers friendly and engaging, the curriculum interactive and a really great foundation for my GMAT studies. I'm thrilled with the experience I had at Manhattan GMAT! I found that my score improved by 80 points from a prior exam where I had only self-studied. Manhattan GMAT was well worth the investment in time and money. The course helped me to focus on the right study areas and the diagnostic tools helped me to determine where I could gain the most improvements.
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Manhattan maybe pricey, but they're the best
August 14 | 2013

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       By Anonymous joined: August 14, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  100 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  | Taught by:  Faruk Bursal
When I started studying for the GMAT, one of my friends suggested I get in touch with Manhattan. I have a busy schedule, so the classes were a bit hard for me to fit in, but I ended up working with Faruk as a private tutor (which I did not see an option for under course type).

Manhattan's prep materials helped me realize I should be focusing on the quant section in order to improve my score. Faruk's unfailingly patient instruction helped me take the test "smarter" by ignoring overly time-consuming questions in addition to providing standard frameworks I could apply to "do-able" questions more quickly. In the end, being more tactical and deploying standard problem solving strategies helped me pick up a bunch of points on the quant section and do very well overall (significantly in excess of 700).
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720!! Improved 90 Points
August 16 | 2012

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       By Anonymous joined: August 16, 2012 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  90 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  | Taught by:  Faruk Bursal
Great course! My instructor was hilarious and made the class engaging and fun. Because I travel during the week for work, I initially wasn't too excited about taking a weekend class - I was already very busy! However, taking this class turned out to be a very rewarding experience. The instructors are intelligent, personable and funny. It was a very comfortable environment in the classroom.

Heading into this class I wasn't too confident that I could leave with the score I wanted, but by the end, I was ready to just take the exam because I had done so much prep. The prep does a great job preparing you for the actual exam.

I'm not a natural standardized test taker, but this class made taking the GMAT manageable and even fun! :)
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Effective, Fun, Best Available
June 19 | 2012

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       By Anonymous joined: August 2, 2011 | 15 | 1 | native speaker
Improvement:  50 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:   Boston (Back Bay), MA USA  | Taught by:  Tom Rose
Great teacher, kept the course entertaining and fun. From what I've heard many of the instructors are similar in that way.

Beyond teacher specific things, the structure of the course is great and is particularly useful if you're the kind of person that does well in a structured environment. The class does not require anyone to do any of the readings, but it's still a great way to be somewhat held accountable and have a study plan laid out for you.

The computer adaptive tests were quite accurate in my case and a great way to keep track of your progress. The analytics behind MGMAT is one of the true differentiators, as it allows you to really dig in to your problem areas.

All in all, the course is top notch. It's pricey, but you might be able to get your company to pay for as part of an educational stipend.


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