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7 out of 9 people found the following review helpful
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     By mymbadreamz 70 16
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60 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

If you want to score a 700+, look no further. Going through the well explained Manhattan GMAT guides and watching Thursdays with Ron alone will help you score that 700+.

The Manhattan GMAT guides are detailed and explained in a way that is understandable to any beginner with rusty quant or verbal.

The Manhattan GMAT test analysis has the detailed level of analysis that no other test prep company offers. I also loved their OG tracker, which helped me pin point my weak areas and practice OG questions by topic.

Thursdays with Ron is a hidden gem that is absolutely free. Watch these sessions and you will no longer think about quant or verbal in the same way.

MGMAT and Ron Purewal are awesome! My score improved from 650 to a 710 just because of MGMAT and Ron.

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Excellent! 710 (49Q 37V)
March 16 | 2012
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By NYCAnalyst 107 42
Self-reported Score:

710

Q49

V37

Improvement:

10 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

ManhattanGMAT is excellent! I started my 9-session class in January with Hemanth as my instructor. He was an excellent instructor and went through everything thoroughly.

My quant improved a ton - in my diagnostic exam, I took 10 minutes over the 75 minute time limit to finish the quant sections and only got a 43Q (70th percentile). On test day I got a 49Q (85th percentile)! MGMAT is known for extremely difficult quant problems, especially at the 700+ level.

My verbal did not improve from my diagnostic exam. (I am a native speaker). In my diagnostic exam I got a 41V but on test day I got a 37V. I am not sure why this is as I have scored at least a 38V or higher on all of my practice tests. I do wish that the MGMAT verbal guides had multiple choice questions in the back (to simulate test questions) instead of the short answer questions that they currently have.

In total:
GMAT Diagnostic Exam: 700 (43Q 41V)
Test Day: 710 (49Q 37V)
+10 Points

In addition to the class syllabus, the class provides what is called a "study organizer", which details the exact problems that you need to do for homework for every day of the 9 week class. The study organizer includes what is assigned in the syllabus, as well as additional problems. I would say that I averaged about 25 hours of work a week on this course (3 hrs class + 21 hrs HW). It is a ton of work, but it is great!

The NYC location also provides a testing center that is pretty warm, but good for taking practice exams and studying.

A serious suggestion: The practice exams really need to be improved.
1. At the higher levels (700+), the quant portion of the MGMAT CAT exam will give you 3-4 probability / combinatorics questions. In reality you may see 1-2 of these problems on exam day.
2. The verbal portion of the MGMAT CAT exams will front-load the RC and CR questions, and you will usually finish all of the RC questions at around question 25-30. In reality it is more spread out. This is important for timing. You may find yourself finishing early on the CAT exams because the last 5-6 questions are SC questions, but on test day you may not have enough time if your verbal section ends with 4-5 RC or CR questions.
3. If you are a high scorer (700+), the later CAT exams will give you more 600-700 level questions, since you would have exhausted all of the 700 level questions in MGMAT's question bank. For example, I scored 700+ in my 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th CAT exams. In my 6th CAT exam, the last 13 questions in my verbal section were of 600-700 level. I got them all right, and I got an inflated score. In reality, the questions will be about 700+ level difficulty if you are scoring this high.

If MGMAT's CAT Exams are the best on the market (besides GMATPrep), then I really don't want to think about how bad CAT Exams from other providers are.

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     By caitlingillespie 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q47

V40

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I highly recommend Manhattan Prep if you're looking for help with the GMAT. I was on a time crunch, and MPrep was extremely helpful and flexible in getting me set up with a tutor really quickly. When timing didn't work out with my initial tutor, the team got me set up with Logan right away.

Logan was an awesome tutor - he really took the time to find out what I was looking for and what my opportunities to improve were. We were able to work on my weaknesses to improve my Quant score by 9 points in a little over a month. Logan's background in mindfulness was super helpful in settling some of my nerves with the test - which I think was the key to hitting the 700 mark.

Most importantly, Logan made studying fun. I always looked forward to our sessions, it never felt like I was forcing myself to study. I think that was key to helping me hit my target score.

If you're looking for one-to-one tutoring - I would definitely recommend Logan!

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     By mbaba92 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V41

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I took the Manhattan Prep course in late February with Laurel as my instructor. It was overall a really helpful experience! Not only did it force me to set aside some time to study every week, the content and strategies discussed during the course were quite helpful. It was helpful to also take the course with others and see that we were all making some of the same mistakes. My score jumped around 80 points from the initial test to when I actually took it. Laurel was a fantastic instructor and was able to answer some truly obscure questions we threw her way. She made herself always available for questions and concerns, which was appreciated!

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Top Notch Teachers
September 16 | 2016
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     By noco401 2 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

After getting an abysmal score on my first GMAT CAT, I realized i would need a more structured program that forced me to sit down and actually get into a routine. Ceilidh Erickson was an AMAZING instructor. She helped us understand that the GMAT is not just a test, but rather a game of logic and time management. She had incredible time saving techniques and proved their applicability with real GMAT problems.

While the 9 sessions may not be enough for some people (like me), I think the biggest benefit is that it forces you to get into a routine. Working and studying is not the easiest combination, so getting into a routine and making studying when you get home almost an addiction is how you're going to improve and ultimately hit your target score. After the 9 sessions and countless hours of applying all of what Ceilidh taught me, I finally cracked 700+ and hit my target score (which was a full 130 points above my first diagnostic CAT exam).

Only con: expensive

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700 GMAT - Highly Recommend
September 16 | 2016
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     By Wmiller159 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q46

V40

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

Manhattan GMAT did a wonderful job in preparing me for the exam. There is a large amount of work involved. I spent roughly 10-20 hours per week studying the course material and working on practice problems. The practice exams are as close of simulations to the real exam as I have experienced. They broke down problems into molecular detail and really made sure that you understood what strategies you should employ and how to arrive at the correct solutions. This course is a must if you want to be successful on the GMAT for the verbal, quant, and IR section.

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     By goldfarr 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

190 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Brian Birdwell

To start, my GMAT journey was a relatively long one. I graduated from college early, summa cum laude, PBK and thought the GMAT would be a walk in the park.. a quick month of study and off to that 700. NOPE.

I took a practice test blind from the official GMAT website and scored a 500. I thought the world ended. I bought the official guide books and started doing my research into prep courses. Another month of self study and i scored a 520. Clearly this wasn't going very well.

After my research, MGMAT came up with the best reviews... for good reason. I decided to do the live online because I worked during the week and didnt want to jump back in the car on the weekends to commute to class.

The course is excellent... For 3 hours, every sunday, Birdwell and a rotating second teacher would literally walk myself and the other students through official guide problems, break them down into their cores, and show not only HOW to tackle every question type but WHAT each question type is really trying to test. All of a sudden, i saw the quant patterns on DS. I saw what CR questions were really asking. Now, match the weekly break down with a good 15 hours of self study a week based on a study guide the MGMAT folks worked up. Plus the 12 guide books which you should read cover to cover as they helped me tackle question types i had been clueless on only weeks earlier.

I only took 2 CATS during my course (which were 560 and 600) so i saw improvement but i was getting really nervous. My goal was always 680.

I started to take the other four CATS, the two official GMAT CATs and repeat all the OG qs and the official GMAC question pack. I set a test date for end of July and my course had ended mid june. So with 6 weeks, I needed to increase 100 points. I was not convinced it was possible. BUT all those tricks MGMAT taught in the course (not to mention how to tackle timing issues, pacing and nerves on test date), ended up becoming muscle memory on the CATS.

With one week to go, I stopped looking at all GMAT related stuff and just cleared my head. I went into the test center and cruised through the test... MGMAT (and their CATs) OVER PREPARED me. The test was certainly hard, but the Quant seemed easy to handle, the verbal seemed very approachable. I held my breath as i hit "see scores" and a 710 popped up.

I will say this, that score would not have been possible without MGMAT!

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     By GMATstudent94 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q52

V51

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I found the Manhattan Prep test books and the overview of the GMAT that my instructor provided to be very helpful. I personally got more out of the books and the first class than I did the remaining eight classes, but everybody learns differently and I have a more independent learning style. That being said, my instructor (Keith) was great. He was supportive, patient, and encouraging. Even if I didn't find the class to be particularly helpful, I think access to an instructor is invaluable. If nothing else, purchase the Manhattan Prep Test Books and work through them on your own. I can't emphasize how helpful and manageable they were.

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     By laraol 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q46

V41

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

As someone who hadn't thought about grammar or geometry since high school, I really needed a refresher. Manhattan GMAT gives the appropriate structure and great teaching (take Isaac's class!). One thing I'd say is to do ALL the work. None of it should be optional.
The online tools and course materials were extremely thorough. The most useful tool was the ability to analyze your test results by question difficulty and topic - really helped me target my weakenesses. I also felt the class prepared me mentally for the test - not just content.
The post-course assessment was also extremely helpful in determining my plan to take the test based on my previous exams. I felt discouraged because I hadn't broken past 670 on any diagnostic, but my instructor encouraged me to keep studying and I ended up getting a solid score on test day.

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     By gracekmyers 0 0
Verified Score:

770

Q49

V47

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

Kim was well prepared for every class and shared insights that were unbelievably helpful for my performance. She made us feel comfortable asking questions but held us to a high standard in terms of keeping pace with the class. The class was the perfect length and helped me feel confident to take the GMAT 4 weeks after my last class ended. I've taken other courses like this in the past and none worked or made me feel as prepared as Kim did. Manhattan has great materials and both verbal and quant supplementary guides so you never run out of content to practice with.

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