GMAT Club
Manhattan Prep GMAT GMAT Course Reviews
    Number of reviews [478]
    Average Rating:       (4.8/5)
Courses
Find by:  
Manhattan Prep GMAT Manhattan GMAT Private Tutoring [40]
    
Manhattan Prep GMAT Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course [307]
    
Manhattan Prep GMAT Manhattan Prep Live Online [82]
    
Manhattan Prep GMAT MGMAT Self-Study Toolkit [33]
    
Manhattan Prep GMAT MGMAT Interact [16]
    
 
Manhattan GMAT
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 up to $100 on Manhattan GMAT courses + $250 bonus with GMAT Club

Your OWN review

Submit a Verified Review and get up to a $10 Amazon gift card

create

REAL REVIEWS
YOU CAN TRUST

We read, verify and individually confirm each review

How we verify reviews

Step 1

Purchase Verification

We verify that the reviewer was a client by comparing the email address they provide with the company's database.

Step 2

Identity Verification

We verify the reviewer's identity through one of the following:

Official GMAT Score Report

GMAT Club Membership Term

School E-mail Address

Step 3

We manually process all reviews, and if a review does not meet any of the prior criteria, the review will not be posted.

Step 4

We pay $10 for each GMAT Course and Admission Consultant review only if we are certain it is a real review. If we cannot verify it, we won't issue a giftcard for it and we won't publish it.

GMAT Club requires that users verify their identity before posting a review.

GMAT Course Review
Manhattan GMAT is Excellent
August 22 | 2016
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
June 2016 Test Date
August 21 | 2016
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by score report
     By adragon 2 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.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
Manhattan GMAT Rocks!
August 14 | 2016
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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!

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by score report
     By Ants1 0 0
Verified Score:

680

Q42

V40

Improvement:

150 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: David Chong

My GMAT preparation lasted for a full year. I took both the "Live Online" course, as well as the in-person course. I've never been very talented at taking standardized tests and I tend to get anxiety when I'm in difficult test-taking situations, so the GMAT was a continous struggle for me.

David Chong never gave up on me. David made himself available for help even after my course ended, and he also understood my weaknesses very well and helped me craft a plan to hit the 680 that I wanted.

For me, Manhattan Prep was valuable for two reasons:
1) Incredibly bright instructors who tend to be good at teaching students
2) The course syllabus curriculum

The above two points, in my opinion, are priceless and not easily substituted by Manhattan Prep's competition.

The only issue I had with Manhattan Prep was that I got the feeling that not all the instructors cared about my success at the end of the day. My online instructors, David and Mark, were the exceptions and were fantastic, passionate GMAT instructors. Thank you, David and Mark, for helping me accomplish my goal. However, with others, I remember waiting days to receive e-mail responses (and in rare cases, no response). Additionally, I remember attending a substitute in-person class taught by a guy named Matt. Matt was a fantastic instructor and even offered to send out a list of OG problems that were excellent for practicing the "smart #" strategy at the end of the class session. Why didn't my other instructor(s) offer to do that? The tips and advice varied highly among the instructors that worked with me.

Manhattan Prep is still a solid value, I am only voicing a few frustrations.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
510 to 700
August 12 | 2016
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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.

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by score report
     By shortstop 42 6
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!

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
Excellent Value
August 08 | 2016
reviewer identity verified by score report
     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!

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]
GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by score report
     By MH2016 3 0
Verified Score:

700

Q47

V39

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I signed up for the 9 week group classes and had a great experience. Mark was both knowledgeable and cared about our personal success taking the GMAT. I cannot speak to how Manhattan compares to other programs as it's the only one I've done, but the 9 week program includes a lot of "bonus" resources that I found essential when prepping for my test.

The sheer number of people that use Manhattan means they have a huge pool of data with which to generate learnings and for you to compare yourself to in your practice exams. This means their grading is more accurate which then helps you figure out where you should be focusing your study time.

After you complete the course Manhattan provides an hour long one on one session with one of their counselors to identify your weak points (based on your practice tests) and create a study plan for you based on your test date. I found this to be a big time saver when I was studying as I could drive home the sections I needed help with. After your first exam, if you plan to retake the test, Manhattan also includes a follow up one on one to figure out what went wrong (or right) and how you can improve your score. This last session proved crucial as I was able to improve my score from a 660 to a target 700.

Overall I would highly recommend Manhattan prep's 9 week course. The money I spent was well worth the score I got and the weekly meetings helped me stay on track when studying. The content is thorough and from what I hear, it's the best of all the prep programs. Good luck!

Was this review helpful to you?
   
Comments [0]



192 Older and Non-Verified Reviews for Manhattan Prep GMAT
Manhattan Prep GMAT Course Rankings
Overall Score Improvement
102 points
International Student Score Improvement
89 points
Verbal
94%
Quant
96%
Most Reviewed Manhattan Prep GMAT GMAT Instructors
Jonathan Schneider [27]
    
Avi Gutman [21]
    
Isaac Puglia [16]
    
Keith Blume [16]
    
Ron Purewal [13]
    
Save Up To $360
on Manhattan GMAT
+Up To $100 discount
+$260 bonus
Get Manhattan GMAT Promo Code