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GMAT Course Review
Fantastic if you practice
June 08 | 2016
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     By boulderian 0 0
Verified Score:

780

Q49

V51

Improvement:

110 Points

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What you need to succeed on the GMAT are an endless supply of questions and a recording engine to tell you what subject matters you need practice in. Manhattan provides both of those things in spades. I probably did hundreds of questions over the last month of my studying and barely made a dent in their question banks. With the analytics tool, I could see exactly which subjects I needed to drill on and which ones I could ease up on.

While the course itself was nothing unexpected (from a content perspective), the real value in taking the in-person course comes from being able to email a real person at all hours and get a personalized response to your question. I made a personalized study plan which really brought my score up after the course was finished.

One caveat, the classes tend to go at the pace of the average student which can slow you down or speed you up depending on the class. I was fortunate to have a very dedicated class with lots of sharp students but classes that I substituted were not as fast paced. Props to Isaac (the instructor) for adapting to the speed of our course.

Highly recommended especially for the sheer volume of resources you have at your disposal.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By bcebulla 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V41

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110 Points

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I was really happy with Manhattan Prep's 9-Session Prep Course for the GMAT--I enjoyed the studying journey (as much as you can) and was thrilled with the results. My instructor was Isaac Puglia. There were about 20 other students enrolled in this class, and we met every Tuesday night for three hours.

Before enrolling, I was worried that I would be too tired after work to get the most out of the three-hour sessions. Isaac, however, was a great instructor and made each session engaging no matter how tired I was.

The three-hour sessions, instruction from Isaac, homework, and practice exams gave me the confidence, know-how and mental-stamina to increase my GMAT score by 110 points.

Specifically, the sessions gave me the tips and tricks on how to tackle each question type on the GMAT. The homework/curriculum from Manhattan Prep allowed me to master these skills. The practice exams helped me build stamina for the actual exam and gave me a sense when I was ready to take the real test. I also loved Manhattan's Prep online study portal--the portal kept me on track, and it was reassuring to have this resource always at my disposal. And finally, Isaac was a great instructor. He genuinely believed you could succeed, making all the difference in getting the results you wanted.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By mba36 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q48

V39

Improvement:

100 Points

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I was prepping for the GMAT and felt overwhelmed by the different number of ways that I could tackle the exam. I saw countless books and free plans on line and attempted first to plan on my own. What I was missing, though, was advice on overall structure. I decided to enroll in the Manhattan Prep course.

From the onset, the class itself was incredibly organized. We had a game plan for material and strategy to cover each week, had clearly outlined homework to complete, and had milestones and check-ins to make sure we were progressing according to our plans.

Isaac in particular was a very strong instructor. He has a unique ability to keep the class going through all of the material but also makes sure that each question is answered and that each student is comfortable with the pace. He always stayed after class to make sure everyone had the info they needed and he always wrote back to emails when I had specific questions about my test timing.

I increased my score a huge amount and I owe a lot of that to Isaac and Manhattan Prep!

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GMAT Course Review
Manhattan prep SF
March 25 | 2016
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     By mhhicks 0 0
Self-reported Score:

720

Q49

V40

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100 Points

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I highly recommend Manhattan for test prep and also David as an instructor. David is a great teacher and did a really good job of articulating and explaining how to handle every aspect of the GMAT. As a result my score went from a 620 to a 720!

Summary:
9 weeks. About 150 hours studying.
I got a 40 on the verbal, up from 34 and a 49 on the quant, up from 41. The most helpful things I learned were elimination of wrong answers, especially on the verbal and also timing. Even though I had the flu the second time I took the test timing and pacing were so helpful that I scored above 700. Overall good experience with Manhattan

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1 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By mich1216 0 0
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200 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Prep - In Person
Taught by: Murl Smith

I recommend everyone to use Kaplan if you're weaker on Verbal. the Quant section simply isn't as difficult as some of the most difficult questions you would get in the 750 range. That said, I supplemented my Kaplan materials with Manhattan math materials and scored 740. I took my class in my office with Murl on the weekends and thought he was very engaging. He took the time to grade our essays as well as provide individual attending when we needed it. I also recommend the practice tests with Kaplan - it allows you to schedule to take them IN-PERSON AT THE TEST CENTER. So while everyone was taking their real test, I got to take my practice tests there twice. This helped to take my nerves off of test day because the testing conditions weren't completely foreign.

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Mind Blowing
June 27 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Taught by: Ravi Sreerama

There are several factors that make a course, a good one. In this case the instructor and the study materials achieved the goal. From the start of the course I learned new things. How to attack a problem, where should I expend my energy and concentration, how to identify incorrect answers, are few of the numerous topics learned. Ravi pushed me to keep on the top of my game. I would recommend the immersion course for people who are looking to change the way they see the test. Although is a test of how you think, instead of what you know, students will learn a lot in order to have the necessary tools to solve every type of problem during the test.

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Great tutor
June 26 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 0 0
Improvement:

110 Points

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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Taught by: Ravi Sreerama

I took a full week immersion course with Ravi Sreerama. He was great and pushed all of the class during the entire week while also being very human, approachable and motivating.

I was a bit dubious at first as the course videos are decent but could be improved, but the classes with Ravi mad the investment worth it.

Overall Veritas is a bit unintuitive in terms of UX, but pretty good when it comes to getting you to a higher GMAT score. I am happy with the time and money I spent and will recommend them (especially Ravi) to friends who look into doing an MBA.

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     By allisongomer 0 0
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160 Points

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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Taught by: Matt Douglas

The greatest asset of the course was the instructor, Matt. He knows the GMAT inside and out, and sharing his experience helped my class understand the unique approach the GMAT test-makers take in the ways they create and ask the questions. It's not enough to simply have sample questions and practice tests. To really get a handle on this, it's critical to have an insider's perspective on how to approach a logic-based test like the GMAT. Without Matt's own perspective, there's no way I could have known exactly what to expect or how to properly prepare. I recommend Veritas to anyone who wants the extra edge in preparing for the GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
Best prep course available
December 22 | 2014
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     By luckyseventy7 36 12
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Manhattan GMAT is the best GMAT prep course available in my opinion if you're trying to get a 700+ score. The strategies and content are all solid. While the other courses I tried out through free sample classes were good, I felt like MGMAT was really meant for those targeting 700+ scores and top schools. If that's not what you're going for, then other courses may be fine. Kim is an awesomely smart and funny teacher. No doubt the course is expensive too. It's important to note that cost wasn't a priority for me so it's not a review for value either. I really think if you have the means and want to do the best possible MGMAT is the way to go, and if the cost is an issue then do the online course or get the books because their books are best too in my opinion.

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Great course worth your money
December 13 | 2014
     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Taught by: Laura Cook

Veritas is extremely organized and I felt confident in their ability to help me cultivate the skills and strategies to succeed on the GMAT.

Veritas prep material is engaging and I rarely felt bored.
I was impressed with the well of strategies Veritas has compiled to teach its students, and with its emphasis on strategy over memorization.

Though I do not feel it impacted the quality of the instruction at all, I was slightly disappointed that my instructed did not go to business school herself.

Please note that I chose to take the longest course and it still felt *very* fast. If you take the time and spend the money to take this course, be prepared to put all other commitments aside for a full 6 weeks so you get your time and money's worth.

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