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Manhattan GMAT provides students with the skills and strategies essential for success. There are higher standards for what defines a competitive GMAT score today. We have no magic formula, no silver bullet, no empty guarantees. Instead, we have three basic principles that separate us from other test prep: the best teachers, the most advanced learning approach, and a focus solely placed on the GMAT. Save $250-350 on Manhattan GMAT courses with GMAT Club

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7 out of 9 people found the following review helpful
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     By mymbadreamz 70 17
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.

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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 50
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 nitish16k 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q48

V42

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

As I mentioned, MGMAT Prep is a good investment but I do think to really ace both Verbal and Quant you need a bit more specifically on the quant side. The verbal of MGMAT is brilliant - it seriously helped me clarify my understanding and devise an attack strategy for my verbal. For Quant, the books are good to clarify concepts and lay down fundaments but I felt overall the quant tests from MGMAT are a bit more tedious than the actual GMAT which has slightly more witty questions which can make the real GMAT challenging. Along with this I would suggest to use the gmatclub Quant practise tests which are extremely representative. I suggest to focus on verbal for MGMAT and gmatclub tests for Quant.

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     By spenceranderson6 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q47

V47

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I had a fabulous experience in Isaac's class. I was very crammed on timing (class ending 9/11; test on 9/16; application due 9/21) and Isaac was super helpful in answering my questions after class to make sure that I had the best possible plan in place for achieving those goals.

I also really appreciated the studying tips that he gave us in addition to the basic material. For example, we would start classes by reviewing what we had learned in our studying over the past week and would end class by writing down our big takeaways from that class. Isaac also encouraged us to do this in our own studying sessions at home, all of which had the effect of constantly reinforcing what we were learning.

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Must USE!
February 26 | 2017
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     By gjonrexha 42 6
Improvement:

40 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

The MGMAT course review books are so fundamental to picking upn on the basics of the GMAT. I Dont know about all of you but they make concepts so clear and concise and so easy to follow that they really did help me better understand the material. The Quant Section was very good I especially liked the Advanced sections at the end of every book. Verbal was more or less ehhhh but Verbal is not a hard component of this test unless your a non-native speaker would highly recommend!! I would especially recommend the advanced quant book from MGMAT it really is a comprehensive book which lays out all the different tricks and GMAC can formulate questions. Would highly recommend coupled with the OG Guide to perform well on your exam.

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Manhattan GMAT prep
February 13 | 2017
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     By yuvaksh 3 1
Self-reported Score:

690

Q50

V32

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

Manhattan GMAT prep has a very extensive preparation material. I took 6 mock test package.
The mock tests with Manhattan were really good and were really realistic. The content of the test, the questions were pretty much close to the actual GMAT or of higher level. But the pattern of question is as good as actual GMAT.
For Verbal section the content is very rich and approximately of same toughness as in GMAT hence very useful.
For Quant section the content is lil on the higher side of toughness when compared with GMAT but a 46-47 here means 50 in the actual GMAT.

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     By lorwars 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V42

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I really enjoyed this class with Avi. He's very engaging in the classroom, and teaches a lot of tricks on how to solve math problems in creative and efficient ways. He also helped me mentally prepare for the GMAT, so that when I walked into the testing room, I was the calmest person there. Verbal is not stressed in the class, but Avi requires that students watch the online tutorials before coming to class, so that he can focus his class time on extra tips one couldn't get in those online videos. However, this class only works if you're willing to put in the effort and study on your own

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Amazing tutoring experience
January 20 | 2017
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     By Anonymous2552 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q46

V44

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I did the 9-session prep course and had an amazing experience with Sage and Ryan. The lessons are well structured, teachers are extremely smart, and are available for you (even outside the classroom). The classes are big enough so that there is strong group cohesion but small enough so that you can interact with everyone on a regular basis.
Plus, the tools and resources available to students are very helpful. Especially the software to take practice tests / questions, it helps practice and assimilate each topic addressed during the courses, it is very straightforward to use and actually very similar to the official test, which I guess takes away the element of surprise on D-day.

It's all well thought out and you have the option to take evening / weekend classes to accommodate around professional commitments.
I would highly recommend the 9-course program as it is structured to keep you focused and provides all the tools for you to succeed.

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     By holapeople45 1 9
Verified Score:

720

Q49

V40

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

After struggling with the GMAT for a year and not moving past the mid-600s, I decided to sign up for a Manhattan GMAT live class. Some people I know who previously took the class spoke very highly of the course. Ceilidh Erickson was the instructor and she was amazing.

She not only did a great job of teaching the basic skills and formulas but also taught us how to think and attack each question logically. During class, she addressed everyone’s needs and she was great at reading how people were absorbing the material. She showed different logical techniques which helped save time, eliminate answers, and guess and move on. These techniques are what she uses on the test such as spending the first few seconds with the pen down on quant and crossing off extreme answers on the RC section. These techniques are KEY when solving the tougher questions because the test is adaptive. When we did practice questions, she showed us multiple ways to solve a problem and this helped add to the arsenal of methods to use during the actual test so you don’t get stuck.

After the course, I wanted to work on a few specific areas and set some hours for tutoring with Ceilidh to make sure I would surpass the 700 level. I debated on spending the money but decided to go for it because in the end, it’s a small investment for the future. We spent about 3 hours going through my weaknesses to sure those up and she showed me some new techniques and ways to think about solving problems before I actually put pen to paper. After another month of studying, I was testing above the 700 level and booked the test.

I highly recommend taking either the class or tutoring with Ceilidh. I honestly don’t think I would have achieved the score I got without her. It’s and no regrets decision and well worth the money, time, and energy. Even after the class and tutoring, when I was studying on my own, she was always available to answer questions.

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A jump of 30 points
January 19 | 2017
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     By ishita1994 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V41

Improvement:

30 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I scored a 710 on the first attempt of GMAT but felt that it wasn't adequate for the schools I was aiming for. To get that extra push and target my weaknesses I opted for the Manhattan Prep GMAT 10 hour tutoring session. From the first hour itself I could see a remarkable change in the way I approached problems especially in the verbal section where I needed the most improvement. Josh guided me through the difficult concepts like divisibility, number properties, permutations and combinations by providing me with material with challenging questions and explaining concepts in a clear manner. He taught me the right way to approach critical reasoning problems which was my main area of concern. He also helped me get over my test anxiety which usually used to hamper my concentration to a large extent. The Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy guides and the practice exams also were very helpful though the quant section in the practice exams was a little harder than the actual GMAT level and can demoralize you at times. But on the whole it was an excellent experience working with Josh and Manhattan Prep GMAT and the results are evident from a score of 740 in the second attempt.

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