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# Manhttan GMAT vs Veritas

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05 May 2007, 07:46
Was wondering which prep course is better..any insight is appreciated

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12 May 2007, 23:01
im taking veritas right now; i think the materials so far are great and there website is fantastic. i love their lectures via the web.

the lectures in person... well :/

let's just say... that.. well... just because you are smart and can score 99th percentile on the GMAT doesn't mean you will make a good instructor.

maybe my guy is a fluke. i know he is new. he told the class that he had an interview with another test prep company that wanted to pay him \$100 an hour to teach but he would need 200 hours of training and he thought that was too much... which makes me think that this dude didn't go through ANY training.

but i am going to try and make the most of it!

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13 May 2007, 10:50
I know that all instructors at Manhattan GMAT need to go through a 200-hour training. The prep company he is referring to has to be MGMAT:)

gmatiscoming wrote:
im taking veritas right now; i think the materials so far are great and there website is fantastic. i love their lectures via the web.

the lectures in person... well :/

let's just say... that.. well... just because you are smart and can score 99th percentile on the GMAT doesn't mean you will make a good instructor.

maybe my guy is a fluke. i know he is new. he told the class that he had an interview with another test prep company that wanted to pay him \$100 an hour to teach but he would need 200 hours of training and he thought that was too much... which makes me think that this dude didn't go through ANY training.

but i am going to try and make the most of it!

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13 May 2007, 19:23
Did you look at Princeton Review as an option? I am doing their online course and I love it. I have access to the instructors, and so far, so good. Very helpful. I couldn't do the classroom course but the materials are the same and they rock.

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15 May 2007, 13:01
well I am looking for a group to help me push in the 700 range..

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15 May 2007, 13:18
Did you look at Princeton Review as an option? I am doing their online course and I love it. I have access to the instructors, and so far, so good. Very helpful. I couldn't do the classroom course but the materials are the same and they rock.

Crazy house

Is princeton review course really good? Since I am thinking of taking it and dont want to waste my money like I did for taking Kaplan. I am planning to take the Classroom PR course and you mention the materials are the same?? Please give your honest feedback. How much is the online course and is one better then the other?

Thanks

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15 May 2007, 14:12
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well I am looking for a group to help me push in the 700 range..

From all the postings I read so far in this forum, the programs with highest reviews are Manhattan and Veritas.

I can share my experience in the Veritas 2-week intensive program taken Feb this year.

I have read more than once that 99-percentiles do not make good instructors. I think that's a broad generalization or perception. I don't think training for n hours can guarantee good instructors either.

After all, the question really is: Which level are you at in terms of GMAT preparation?

In general, the more prior GMAT experience you have or the better your are to absorb materials, the more ROI you can get from these classes. All programs are going to teach the basic techniques. Since there are so many basic techniques, students can easily be overwhelmed by the materials. However, only the better programs can teach the advanced techniques getting to higher scoring levels.

Before I took the Veritas class, my goal back then was the same as yours - to bring my score above 700. I found the Veritas class very useful because I can work with the top GMAT scorers (99-percentiles) and learn their way to approach the most advanced questions. For advanced GMAT questions there are really no easy or general techniques getting to the right answers. These are questions that differentiates better and best students. This is where the value of Veritas came in - I learn by following the instructor's mental process (logic) to approach such advanced problems in an efficient manner. Sometimes the logic may not be that apparent, sometimes the question is so difficult that even the instructor need to use their "magic gut feel" to eliminate wrong choices and maximize the chance of picking the correct answers (they are correct most of the time, if not all). These are techniques not all programs can teach.

My 0.02.

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22 May 2007, 08:28
Some people like the bigger companies like PR or Kaplan. I think they're more general so if you are a bit alien to the test, then one of those courses might work for you. If you are just trying to up an already decent score, then one of the smaller ones, which are more willing to tailor to what you want is better. I took it with Manhattan Review, you should check them out. they were pretty good.

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29 May 2007, 15:45
I love my Princeton Review course. It's a lot more engaging than I would have expected. I am easily bored when I am online (well, when I am on the computer in general), and it has actually managed to keep my attention. The Online course that I'm taking is \$599.

I would have done the classroom course if I could have, just because I like the classroom setting. I guess it depends on your schedule and how much you prefer studying independently vs. in a classroom.

And I think PR is definitely better than Kaplan!!

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