Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course Reviews
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MGMAT Experience
May 07 | 2012
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 2 5
Self-reported Score:

740

Q48

V42

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I enrolled in the Manhattan GMAT 9 week prep course and recently took the GMAT. I'm very happy to report that I managed to score a 740 (48 on quant and 42 on verbal). I felt very well prepared after completing the course. I attended all the classes and felt that they were a good supplement to my studying completed outside of the class. I only used the manhattan gmat materials in my preparation. Assuming you put the time in, the materials have everything that you need to score in the +700 range. In addition, Ron's posts were incredibly helpful in improving my performance in the SC.

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1 Commented by katiareyes on May 04, 2015
Hi! I'm really happy to hear that, Congratulations. Could you please tell me which of Rob's posts were very helpful for you, I would like to read them.
Thank you.
GMAT Course Review
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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GMAT Course Review
Manhattan GMAT is Excellent
August 22 | 2016
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     By tflegenheimer 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q44

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

My Manhattan GMAT experience significantly helped me improve my score. I started with a score of 630 and over the course of the nine weeks improved that to a 710. Not only did I learn tips about how to stay calm and effectively take the test. Our class was large (about 30 students), but the instructor did a great job managing the group. The online practice tests are harder than the actual GMAT, in my opinion, but signing up for Manhattan also gave me access to GMATWrite, which allowed me to see how I would score on the essay. Manhattan does not focus on the IR, and in fact, doesn't have any lessons on IR. For me, the verbal section was more helpful than was the quantitative section.

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GMAT Course Review
June 2016 Test Date
August 21 | 2016
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     By adammansuri 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q48

V38

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I took the 9-session GMAT prep course in early 2016. I had never taken any GMAT practice tests or anything. I had no idea about the format of the test or event that it was computer-adaptive. This course is well worth the money. If you are actually serious about taking the GMAT and are going to be willing to put in the time and effort, I would recommend it. Yes, there is a lot of homework each week, and it requires some discipline to work through 10-15 hrs per week, but it's worth it. Jamie was a great instructor and had a bunch of tricks that made the test much more manageable. The first test I took at the beginning of the course, I got a 540. A few weeks after the course ended I got a 700 on the real test, which I was happy with. It is possible to work your way up from a low score using this course. Highly recommended.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By aren0104 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q50

V42

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I highly recommend taking the class if you’ve got the funds for it. Manhattan Prep was invaluable in teaching me core strategies that helped drive my score from 620 (First CAT) to 750 (actual exam 2nd attempt). Even though I was targeting a very high score (750+), the class and the materials provided were all that I needed to reach my goal score. Signing up for a class comes with:
• Syllabus and homework schedule
• Copy of the latest Official GMAT guides
• Manhattan Prep strategy guides - which cover all the content that could come up during the real exam
• Access to plethora of online resources, such as 6 CAT exams (great for tracking progress), online office hours, performance analytics (helping in identifying strengths and weaknesses), Post-Exam Assessment, etc
I found the classes themselves engaging and well-structured. The instructors are passionate about teaching, are experienced, and have scored in the 99th percentile. I took the Sunday class with Laurel Hanson, who was great at keeping me engaged through each 3 hour class (not an easy thing to do!), and offered useful strategies to reduce exam stress and fatigue and master content.
While the classes are very useful, reaching your goal score may take some self-studying, as you identify weaknesses and areas of improvement while working through the syllabus and taking practice CATs. I spent several months self-studying after the class and scored a 720 (Q50 V38), which was close to my target score, but not quite there.
I went back to Manhattan Prep and signed up for a Post-Exam Assessment, which is included if you took a class. After filling out a questionnaire about my exam experience and study habits, Manhattan Prep put me in touch with instructor Jamie Nelson, who came up with a new study plan that was specific to my strengths and weaknesses and offered additional strategies to maintain my quant score and improve verbal. I kept to my new personalized study plan, and a month later, I took the exam a second time and scored 750 (Q50 V42).
The great thing about Manhattan Prep is even if you’ve finished the classes, you will still have the support of the instructors and resources to guide you through your GMAT preparation until you reach your goal.
Again, I strongly recommend going with Manhattan Prep if you’re deciding on a course to take. Great instructors, invaluable test-taking strategies, and pretty much everything you need if you’re targeting a high score.

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GMAT Course Review
Manhattan GMAT Rocks!
August 14 | 2016
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     By apurwapokhrel 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q48

V36

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I took the GMAT three times. Before my first exam, I largely did self-study using the Manhattan GMAT books. However, after several months of studying, I took the exam. To my surprise, I was not satisfied with my score or performance! After months of debating what I needed to do, a lot of people recommended me to Manhattan GMAT. I signed up for the 9 week prep course and my instructor was Jessica Hanzlik.

Jessica was an awesome teacher! She takes the time to explain the topics and also things to look out for when you see certain types of questions. Not only does she take time to frequently ask if anyone has any questions, she also gets the classroom involved and makes sure everyone understands the problem/answer, before moving on.

The course and homework take a lot of time, but I followed all the strategies and tricks that Jessica presented and finally finished with a score that I'm not only comfortable with, but one that exceeded my score expectation. I am very thankful for Manhattan Prep and Jessica! I don't think I could have increased my score by over 100 points without them. Remember, if you find the exam as difficult as I did, by staying disciplined and doing all the thing asked: flashcards, error logs, improving your weakness areas, you can get the score you want!

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GMAT Course Review
510 to 700
August 12 | 2016
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     By mjb3333 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q44

V41

Improvement:

190 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I completed the 9 week Manhattan prep in person class with Dan Bartz in the first quarter of 2016. First off Dan is an amazing person and a great teacher. He was willing to go above and beyond to help me reach my goal.

The Manhattan books were really useful and I found the explanations in the Navigator to be insightful (for the most part). At first I didn't see the value in the strategy supplements, but after going through them I really was able to see the gains that I wanted.

Going through the GMAT process is a miserable, but Manhattan Prep helped me get through the process and break the 700 threshold.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By alexkr 0 0
Verified Score:

780

Q51

V47

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I cannot highly enough recommend Logan Thompson as a GMAT adviser / Manhattan teacher. He is patient, thoughtful in tailoring in each class to student needs, and is genuinely and earnestly there to support you. Here is my story:

I decided to take a Manhattan course after base-lining around a 720, but had reservations about how expensive the class was and whether a 'general' gmat class would help someone who already was doing well. Logan helped address these concerns when I talked with him, and from the very first class through my own GMAT (well after the class) applied his background in mindfulness and the Manhattan network to answer a steady stream of questions -- form grappling with understanding the theory behind tricky problems to helping me study more effectively. Even with a range of skill levels and even English proficiency in the class, each day was carefully and thoughtfully tailored to student needs.

What set Logan apart from another excellent teacher was his integration of mindfulness into the classroom. Rather than reducing the content we could cover, taking 10 minutes each class to learn about and practice applying mindfulness in a GMAT and high pressure environment helped the class stay more focused and more quickly move through questions. Hopefully his lesson designs will be adopted by Manhattan more broadly as there sounds to be wide interest, but regardless, no one will do it better than Logan.

I sat for the GMAT this past weekend, and scored a 780. If you are uncertain whether to take a class with Manhattan, talk to Logan who will happily skip any sales and cut straight and honestly to helping you think about your needs and options. But if you do take a Manhattan GMAT class, do so with Logan.

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     By LittleMoW 2 0
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V44

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I did a TON of research into prep classes and ultimately decided with Manhattan Prep. For me, I knew I needed an in-person/structured format to keep me on track. I am very happy I did. When I took an MP diagnostic, I got a very upsetting score of 520. How would I ever improve to my goal of 700+?? Thankfully I took my class with Kim Cabot!

Thoughts on Manhattan Prep: the materials they provide are second to none. With the 9-session prep course, you get all their books, full suite of tests, and interactive lessons/OG answer bank. I was referencing these materials for months after the course and found them to be invaluable learning and practice tools. Be warned, their tests (particularly Quant and IR) are much more difficult than GMAT Prep in my opinion, likely by design. In addition, they offer phone support: end of class review/personal study plan + retake advice.

Thoughts on my instructor, Kim Cabot: very engaging and SO knowledgeable. If I didn't have an instructor like Kim, I likely would have psyched myself out of taking the test long ago. Not only did she teach the technical skills in an engaging manner, but also the tips & tricks of being a GMAT boss that were only provided in the context of a classroom — such as when it came to timing, proving to be invaluable. She brought insight to both core sections very well, helping emphasize the importance of verbal even when we (the students) were all so focused on quant. She was also very accessible and personable.

In the end, I got a 760. For a score like this, definitely be prepared to put in the work. Overall, though, I definitely recommend Manhattan!

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GMAT Course Review
Excellent Value
August 08 | 2016
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     By sjno 0 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q43

V39

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I took Ryan's in-person class in Downtown San Francisco (Financial District), and it was entirely worth the value. My score went up over 100 points from my initial practice test. The strategies are invaluable, and the homework assignments logically map out the material. The strategy guides allow you to focus on individual weaknesses in addition to the homework. I was focused more upon improving my raw quant score, but I definitely benefited from the verbal prep as well. I think there is a benefit to meeting in person, but I could also see the value from an online course. Highly recommend!

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