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# Manhattan GMAT vs Kaplan

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A friend of mine referred me to Manhattan GMAT, but I'm also looking into Kaplan since it's got quite the following. Some of the things that I'm concerned with are:

- average class size
- computerized practice tests and stats to help track my progress throughout the course
- ability of instructor to break down the problems and strategies at all levels (I'm a low scorer and afraid to slow down the class, esp if the students are higher than average scorers)
- instructor personality & office hours

Can anyone please let me know your experience and if you're an instructor from Manhattan GMAT or Kaplan, can you please let me know average class size and expectations toward your students? I'm located in the Santa Monica area.
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13 Feb 2012, 15:27
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I too am located in the same area as you. I signed up for Kaplan in Santa Monica and they ended up canceling the class and transfering me to the Westwood class. At first I was angry, but I decided to sit in on the westwood class and I'm REALLY glad that I did. I had a great experience, with a 570 on my first diagnostic and a 710 on test day. I did the once a week class for 9 weeks, and it was NOT the advanced class. I would say the class had about 20 students, and there was as much help as you needed. The online material was AWESOME, and tracked EVERYTHING you did. I also found the Kaplan practice tests to be very representative of the actual test and actual test day score. Also, my teacher would grade my AWA essays AND I was able to take a practice test at the actual Pearson Center (something no other company can provide). Having a testing experience at the testing center in Gardena was priceless. I scored 690 on that practice test (highest to date) and then 710 five days later in the same seat, same cubicle, same everything. Felt great. I decided to supplement my studies with the Manhattan GMAT books, and ended up getting through about 4 of the quant books. It was great to see things from two different points of view.

If you are only looking in Santa Monica, I might go with Manhattan b/c their class didn't get canceled like mine did. I've also had two friends take their class and like it and do well (both strong educational backgrounds). I've heard that they are a little more concept based while kaplan is more strategy based. I LOVED the strategy side of it because there was so much to learn and so many free points out there if you study right, and Kaplan definitely had the material to cover all concepts as I needed. Plus I purhcased the manhattan books and went through the entire OG guide (minus some of the reading comp) (see my post here on some strategies: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393.html?fl=home)

If you do go with either class, just remember that the class is no golden ticket. You have a TON of outside work you need to do in order to increase your score. Stay on top of it all, and take full advantage of EVERYTHING they give you. I spent about 15-20 hours a week outside of the class with my nose in the books, doing practice tests, and covering material. Having an on-site class really helps guide your studying and keep you on track. There was so much confidence I built there. If you do Kaplan, ask for Mike Raben. HE WAS THE MAN!

If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.
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14 Feb 2012, 16:06
chrisstopher wrote:
A friend of mine referred me to Manhattan GMAT, but I'm also looking into Kaplan since it's got quite the following. Some of the things that I'm concerned with are:

- average class size
- computerized practice tests and stats to help track my progress throughout the course
- ability of instructor to break down the problems and strategies at all levels (I'm a low scorer and afraid to slow down the class, esp if the students are higher than average scorers)
- instructor personality & office hours

Can anyone please let me know your experience and if you're an instructor from Manhattan GMAT or Kaplan, can you please let me know average class size and expectations toward your students? I'm located in the Santa Monica area.

I think it would help to understand which class you are looking at (In Person or online and which city) - this will drive the class size.
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15 Feb 2012, 13:32
@GMATLA: Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. How was your class taught? For example, when I took some courses with Princeton, the instructor would start the class w/ questions/answers about the HW and then would have us each go through the problems in class. While working through the questions, he would also give us strategies on how to answer the questions.

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15 Feb 2012, 13:55
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@GMATLA: Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. How was your class taught? For example, when I took some courses with Princeton, the instructor would start the class w/ questions/answers about the HW and then would have us each go through the problems in class. While working through the questions, he would also give us strategies on how to answer the questions.

@BB: In person, Santa Monica, West LA, Marina del Rey, Venice, or Culver City areas.

Thanks, let me research on this.
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15 Feb 2012, 14:19

Kaplan class sizes run from about 5 students to a cap of 20-25. Most classes here on the East coast are in the 8-10 student range. I expect that the closer to the center of a major city like LA, the larger your classes would be, but I would be surprised if your class was close to the cap regardless (since the main GMAT-prep season in August-December).

If you register for a class, you can email or call our customer care center a week in advance to find the registration. If the class is feeling a little to large (or too small!) for your taste, we generally run many classes in different locations and days of the week; we'll probably be able to transfer you to one that might be a better fit.

I hope this helps, and PM me with any other questions you may have!

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Prepare with Kaplan and save $150 on a course! Kaplan Reviews Current Student Joined: 12 Sep 2011 Posts: 900 Concentration: Finance, Finance GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40 Followers: 140 Kudos [?]: 921 [0], given: 114 Re: Manhattan GMAT vs Kaplan [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Feb 2012, 14:55 Quote: @GMATLA: Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. How was your class taught? For example, when I took some courses with Princeton, the instructor would start the class w/ questions/answers about the HW and then would have us each go through the problems in class. While working through the questions, he would also give us strategies on how to answer the questions. If you showed up early, he would go over any questions you had. We also covered many practice problems in class to help drive in concepts that we learned as well as learn more challenging math concepts. The questions ranged from super easy to super hard. And there are specifically questions marked as "advanced" in every section. Since the GMAT has SOO much material to cover, I found it most beneficial to use the class as a way to guide my studying and reinforce my studying. They have pre and post class homework that will help nail down concepts and slowly build you up. I think Kaplan might let you sit in on the first class for free if you sign up (and back out if you'd like), but I think you'd really like it. Many of my classes with Kaplan even went long 30-60 min, so sometimes I felt like I was getting extra teaching which helped a lot with the "value". Take every tip you possibly can, and never think you are bigger than the test or the teacher. Just make sure that you really put in a lot of time outside of class b/c GMAT concepts are not learned over night. It took me 3 - 4 times of seeing each concept before I really had it "mastered". I guess I probably studied for 150-200 hours, so that's like 1.5 hours of studying for every POINT increase I made from my first day diagnostic (hadn't cracked a book). So it just shows that it takes a LONG time to make improvements. PS this was all done over a 9 week period. I'm no genious, just a hard worker _________________ New to the GMAT Club? <START HERE> My GMAT and BSchool Tips: GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manhattan GMAT Online Marketing Associate Joined: 25 Feb 2011 Posts: 156 Followers: 26 Kudos [?]: 68 [0], given: 7 Re: Manhattan GMAT vs Kaplan [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Feb 2012, 16:29 Hey chrisstopher, Glad to hear you're considering Manhattan GMAT. Class size Our Santa Monica courses are currently capped at 22 although chances are that your class will have about 15 students. Tests & tracking tools We offer six of our own full-length practice GMAT exams which have been created to mimic the exact form of a real GMAT. As far as tracking your progress throughout the course, our practice exams feature personalized assessment reports to help you analyze your performance and we also offer a robust tool to track your progress on Official Guide questions called OG Archer. Our students love the OG Archer because it allows them to quickly pinpoint weaknesses and see improvement over time using graphs. You can try out both the practice test and the OG Archer on our website for free. Practice GMAT: http://www.manhattangmat.com/free-gmat.cfm OG Archer: http://www.manhattangmat.com/ogc-plus.cfm Beginner vs. advanced approach Our whole approach at Manhattan GMAT is built around content mastery, meaning that we'll teach you the fundamental math and verbal skills a lot of people haven't studied since high school and then continue building until you have the content skills necessary to approach every GMAT question type with confidence. We offer everything from beginner books and workshops (Foundations of GMAT Math and Foundations of GMAT Verbal) to even the most advanced content (Advanced GMAT Quant book and Quest for 750 workshops). If you're interested, we offer a free basic math diagnostic on our website. All you need to do is create an account. Instructor personality & office hours We really believe that excellent instruction is the key to student success. We like to say that you'll love every single one of our instructors and that's because we've set up the most rigorous hiring process in the industry to ensure that our students get the best. All of our instructors must: Have a 99th percentile overall on the official GMAT At least two years of prior teaching experience Undergo several rounds of in-person and online interviews and auditions Get 100+ hours of training We attract the best talent because we pay the best--$100/hr. That's up to four times more than the industry standard.

I encourage you to keep asking around and reading reviews. Attend some trial classes too to find the best fit for you. You can find upcoming free Manhattan GMAT trial classes in Orange County and Santa Monica here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/gmat-prep- ... ngeles.cfm

Good luck and let us know what you end up doing!

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