MGMAT Self-Study Toolkit Reviews
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7 out of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Improvement:

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.

GMAT Course Review
710 -> 770
January 14 | 2013
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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By mokwopa
Self-reported Score:

770

Q50

V46

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

When I took the GMAT in 2006, I thought a single volume, all-in-one book was enough. And it was enough, at least to get a 710.

Fast forward to 2012. My previous score had expired, so I needed to retake the test. What I felt I lacked in my previous attempt was a focus on concepts, instead of just "tricks". Manhattan GMAT seemed to advertise more than any other prep program that it was "concept-focused". Not only was this true, but I think it had the perfect balance of concepts with strategies ("tricks") to make it the perfect prep program. Full disclosure: I consistently scored very high on the Verbal section, so I completely blew off studying the Verbal strategy guides and focused solely on the Quant section. I'm sure the Verbal was just as good, though. :)

GMAT Course Review
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Verified Score:

730

Q48

V41

Improvement:

40 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

The Manhattan GMAT prep set was the only resource I used to study for my GMAT. The discrete guides were a great way to really focus on your weaknesses. In general, you want to avoid spending too much time on things that are already strong on so I truthfully read about half the books in depth and skimmed the other half.

Additionally, the practice pad was instrumental in getting my score squarely above 700. I would attribute a good 20 points to proper pad management - setting it up ahead of time and using it to help manage time.

Additionally, the teaching content of the guides were great - the GMAT is a game and the MGMAT materials treats it as such - it gives you the strategies and trains you to know how to play the game. You don't need to genuinely understand or know the content intimately to ace the GMAT - you need to know how to play the game.

GMAT Course Review
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Verified Score:

770

Q49

V46

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

I purchased the verbal course from Manhattan Prep as I saw most room for improvement in that area and gave myself 4 weeks to study intensely. I scored a 99 percentile in the verbal - despite thinking quant was my strong suit.

In short - MPrep is absolutely worth it - you get a complete set of materials and their practice exams prepare you VERY well for the real test. The tutorials on timing and bucketing questions were worth their weight in gold.

in more detail -
The content is very straight to the point and focused on the actual test questions (as opposed to teaching endless grammar rules). MPrep also focuses on the most popular GMAT question types and content (a lot of other sources do not prioritize the material in this way, leading to a highly inefficient studying experience)
The interface is very easy and entertaining, the mix of video content and textbook work is good and keeps you engaged

GMAT Course Review
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Verified Score:

740

Q49

V41

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

I would like to share my positive experience with Manhattan Gmat Prep self study kit and a 9 week prep course taught by Noah Teitelbaum. In addition to very interactive and engaging instruction, the material and strategies covered during the preparation helped me improve my score from 570 (Q37, V29) to 740 (Q49, V41). The key to my preparation was blocking out time slots throughout the week to go through the material and follow the syllabus during the course and then focusing on practice and solving the problem from GMAT Official Guide for a few weeks after the course was completed to allow the information to fully sink in, timing per problem to improve and become more consistent. Keeping up the pace throughout the exam and being ready to endure the 3.5hrs exam without loosing focus is also crucial.

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MGMAT Review
April 09 | 2016
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By SD007
Self-reported Score:

620

Q43

V32

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:
Quant:

I opted for this course in order to get the access to the MGMAT guides and officially began my preparation for the test. I think the books did a good job in providing the fundamentals of the course and the IR course on the GMAT interact helped in understanding that section. The OG tracker i.e. the navigator and the access to the 6 MGMAT tests came free with this course and were really helpful in measuring the performance during the preparation. I would recommend you to start your study for the GMAT with these books to develop your foundation and then maybe after some practice tests figure out your weak areas and see if the course can help, in case not you can either upgrade to live/interact or switch to a course that can provide you a online video based learning.

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By sananoor
Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

ManhattanPrep is awesome...i am non-native English speaker and believe me SC and RC were something like nightmares for me. Then i purchased used Manhattanprep book for SC and believe me my score in SC starts improving to a level that now i am ranked in top ten at gmatclub. when i started gmat, i though i wont be able to do it and thus i couldnt score much on my test. but then i bought this book and now i have been scoring 650+. My verbal score has actually put a great impact on my overall score. I, once, wrote to Stacey and she helped me. Moreover, Ron, the guru of gmat, has helped me alot via his free videos (thursday with ron). I will definitely recommend this course to everyone and i am totally confident that this time i can score 700+. Thanks Manhattan

GMAT Course Review
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By PugLyfe
Self-reported Score:

690

Q45

V39

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

I purchased the MGMAT study guides after reading reviews on this forum. I have to say that I was not disappointed. My baseline score was a 610 and after going through the guides and attempting the OG problems, I was able to bump it up to a 690 on test day.

I believe the SC, CR, and number properties books are very helpful. For RC, i disagree with the strategy of taking notes. I found that reading the passage slowly and trying to read for meaning was more beneficial.

As far as the quant resources, they are very good to get you to a reasonable score level. However, I do wish I used their advanced quant guide because I did hit a plateau after making my initial score increase.

It is also important to note that the manhattan cats are not the best indicator of your score or ability level. The manhattan cat quant is much harder than the real thing and the verbal questions do not always represent the official ones.

With that said, the study guides are great resources and I was able to increase my score by 80 points with fairly relaxed, but structured studying.

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February 08 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Self-reported Score:

410

Q32

V16

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:
Quant:

I gave GMAT twice, first without any interest to write and next by taking Manhattan coaching. Manhattan is a good tool for GMAT beginners, who just started preparing for GMAT. Maths section is a bit more easy than verbal section. The questions which we come across in this source are very good, the explanation of the answers of questions is very nice. instructors will help us in solving problems. This course is very flexible, and reliable. Tests in Manhattan are very easy compared to other tests.
English is not up to marks, it is clumsy while reading and practicing English. I would refer Manhattan for my friends.

GMAT Course Review
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Self-reported Score:

740

Q48

V42

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:
Quant:

I bought all of the MGMAT self-study books, although I only had enough time and energy to get through quant (my main problem area). There is A LOT of information to get through, so prioritize your weaknesses or commit to a LONG study period.

I suggest you combine these with the official question book and an overall GMAT strategy guidebook. I used GMAT Clarity, although I wasn't entirely impressed with it.

Read the MGMAT books to get a refresher on the math concepts, use the official question book to test (and re-test) your knowledge, and use the strategy guidebook to help you break down and organize the questions by concept.

The practice tests are harder than the actual GMAT, which is beneficial in my mind.

The true strength(s) of the self-study course are the strategies for educated guessing. Seriously, they are invaluable and they just might save you.

I can't imagine scoring a 740 on my first try without Manhattan. Highly recommended.

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