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Excellent Online Lessons
May 24 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By raghav436 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V41

Improvement:

200 Points

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The course was delivered efficiently through the Blackboard portal with an interactive website to get all the material for preparation. Paul was a calm and efficient instructor who knew exactly how to pace the lessons. The course is expensive but it is well worth the price as it will provide the advantage on test day over other people who did not have the specific instructions from certified instructors to take the exam. The GMAT interact service is essential to success. Also, homeworks assigned were adequate for practice. Highly recommend Manhattan for GMAT prep. Books are comprehensive, and the tutoring was personalized, insightful, and data-driven . Reached my target score in record time and will look forward to applying.

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     By arh93 0 0
Self-reported Score:

760

Q49

V44

Improvement:

N/A

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Location: Online
Taught by: Josh Braslow

I'd highly recommend Manhattan Prep, and specifically Josh Braslow as an instructor. When I was initially looking up who to take the course with, there were many highly rated instructors. Josh's name obviously came up, given how long he's been at MGMAT and his consistently strong track record. Despite the fact that there were some younger instructors who were highly rated, I figured that Josh's experience with the test for many years would be helpful. And boy, was I right! Josh really understands the test inside out, and will help you understand how the test writers think about questions. This goes a long way in terms of understanding guessing and elimination strategies. Josh also has a great sense of humor, which make the classes very enjoyable - making it a lot easier to sit through classes starting at 7am!

I also had a post-course assessment with Josh, which I would HIGHLY recommend signing up for ASAP after the course ends, provided that you were able to keep up with all the classroom requirements. I had one month between when the class ended and when I was taking my exam, and spending about 45 minutes with Josh on the phone really helped me develop a plan to elevate my performance in the last 4 weeks before my exam. We analyzed my prior performances on practice exams, focused on key areas, and made sure I was spending my last few weeks efficiently.

The first time I looked at anything GMAT-related was in February 2017. I improved 140 points from my first practice test in February 2017 (620) to my actual test in May 2017 (760) - all in the span of 3 months

It's not about working hard and doing as many practice questions / tests as you physically can, it's about working smart and using your time efficiently. Josh and MGMAT do a fantastic job of reinforcing these principles.

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Worth the money
May 20 | 2017
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     By khchi 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q46

V44

Improvement:

100 Points

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I debated between doing and online or in-person course for the GMAT. I never regretted going for the in person option. The extra personalized attention you get the in-person course made the money for the course worth it. I found the post course assessment and study plan that Keith put together particularly helpful. I also did an hour of private tutoring to help me revise my study plan after taking the test and not reaching my target score. Keith was also always happy to answer questions via email, which made me feel like I was continuing to benefit from the in-person course even when I wasn't physically in class.

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     By soniashah93 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q50

V41

Improvement:

130 Points

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My experience with Manhattan Prep went above and beyond my expectations. Having self studied for the GMAT prior to taking the class, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of expertise and skill all of the instructors had and was so happy to have such seasoned GMAT takers teaching me the most helpful tips and tricks for taking the test. I took the course with Christine Defenbaugh - she is an incredible teacher whose explanations are clear and understandable. She is very nice, very smart, and helps you identify target areas to ensure you get the score you are striving for. You've got to put in the work, but they provide you with the tools, tricks, and guidance to help support you through your studies. After scoring 70+ higher on my second test, Manhattan Prep is definitely the way to go.

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Highly Recommend
May 19 | 2017
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     By anonymous1111 0 0
Self-reported Score:

720

Improvement:

130 Points

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I'd highly recommend Manhattan Prep, and specifically Marcus Hedahl as an instructor. I improved over 100 points from the 600's into the 700's from the beginning of the course to test day in a little less than three months.

Manhattan Prep has the GMAT down to a science, without a question. (Not to mention, the customer service is incredibly professional, responsive, and all-around very helpful). Specifically, Marcus knows the exam backwards and forwards, and has tips, tricks, and invaluable insights into how to approach the exam, which I imagine are unparalleled among other prep companies. He also makes each class fun, lively, and engaging, which makes a real difference with a 3 hour class after a full workday. He's patient with everyone in the class, and has really great advice on how to approach various question types, common mistakes, study habits, and generally anything at all related to the test. I really can't speak highly enough of Marcus.

I would recommend focusing less on strategy books and more on practice problems, but as far as prep companies to use, Manhattan Prep is undoubtedly the way to go.

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     By DataCenter101 1 11
Verified Score:

760

Q50

V42

Improvement:

120 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Avi Gutman

Took Avi Gutman's class - great teacher and very engaging. You have to be fully involved in the classroom discussion to make the most of the course, but if you do so, your score will definitely improve.

MGMAT's quant strategy guides are super helpful; in my opinion, the Number Properties guide really is the best of them all. Put simply, I would not have obtained my quant score of 50 without this guide. The GMAT is all about thinking logically and using quick tricks wherever possible - MGMAT's Number Properties guide really knocks it out of the park in this regard.

The verbal strategy guides are also very useful; I have found the CR strategy guide to best most effective in raising my verbal score. While I am no expert at CR, MGMAT's CR guide lays out an extremely effective framework for approaching each CR question type. It took a lot of practice to get used to this framework, but the extra boost to my verbal score (42) was worth all the trouble.

MGMAT also helped me tremendously with my timing issues, a very important part of this test.

Advice for prospective students: Take your MGMAT CAT scores with a grain of salt. I will note that the MGMAT quant section is much tougher than that in the actual exam (this is why I am giving Quant 4 stars). While over-preparation is obviously better than under-preparation, MGMAT runs the risk of demoralizing students into not taking the test. I recommend MGMAT re-calibrate the difficulty level of its CAT quant questions.

Thank you MGMAT for getting me to my dream score!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By PersianPrince07 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q48

V44

Improvement:

130 Points

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I purchased the Manhattan Prep strategy guides in April 2015, but it was difficult for me to structure my time to incorporate serious prep. This past January, I made the decision to enroll in a 9-session Manhattan Prep class in Santa Monica. I committed to doing the homework each week, so I'd be prepared for Ben's engaging class discussions. I scored a 620 on my first practice CAT exam. Thanks to the Manhattan Prep platform and Ben's tips and tricks, I was able to get a 750 (first try) on the official GMAT. I would highly recommend both Manhattan Prep and Ben Ku for anyone struggling to structure their study time effectively.

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     By lebron23Goat 43 11
Verified Score:

720

Q46

V44

Improvement:

30 Points

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this is a brutally honest review of MGMAT Interact, which is basically the 9 week course, and the tutoring sessions offered.

1. I looked at all the interact and attended one trial course. IF YOU ARE SCORING ANYWHERE NEAR 650, I WOULD SAY THE COURSE IS TOO EASY.

2. private tutoring helped a lot. the instructors are obviously knowledgable about the materials. They can help you improve on your areas of weakness, but even then it isnt guaranteed. All test have a very high level of luck. The instructors are also very responsive, ready to answer any questions and provide you with great explanations. The one big con is the price. given that the gmat requires a lot of luck, you have to ask yourself if the price is worth the gamble. But if price isnt a issue, definitely worth taking tutoring courses.

3. the six MGMAT CAT exams...... i hated them . on 2 gmat prep exams, i scored 720. my real score was 720, and 690 before then. out of i think 4 MGMAT exams, I DIDNT SCORE ABOVE 660 ON ONE EXAM. i even scored a 610 on one.... in my opinion the questions are 1. too difficult 2. not accurate reflections of the real test. the MGMAT test actually negatively impacted my mental state, so i decided i wouldnt even review my error log for those test.

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1 Commented by mcelroytutoring on May 08, 2017
I agree about the unrealistic MGMAT practice exams. With a few exceptions, there is no need to practice on anything other than real GMAT questions / practice tests.
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     By caseylee37 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q42

V44

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60 Points

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Studying for the GMAT was a long and hard journey (as I think it is for a lot of people) but once I got connected with Manhattan Prep, and specifically with their private tutoring, my scores started to improve dramatically.
I jumped in not really knowing what I was doing and signed up for an accelerated Manhattan Prep course without much planning, hoping to crank out a 700 after 8 weeks of studying. Before the course, I took a practice test and got a 540, which terrified me! After the course, I was consistently scoring around 650 but could not get my quant any higher. My tutoring with Dan was great because we could focus so specifically on the quant and my weak areas, versus paying for a course where I had to sit through verbal lessons that were much easier for me. If you are struggling with one side more than the other, the private tutoring is great for personalizing your studying. Dan was so knowledgeable, helpful, and really kept me accountable for my studying. It was a great experience!

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     By hsonenthal 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q48

V41

Improvement:

80 Points

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Location: Online
Taught by: Jayson Beatty

I'm really happy that I signed up for Manhattan GMAT Prep. I only allowed myself ~7-8 weeks to study (which is less than recommended), so I needed the course to keep me on track and make sure my studying was efficient.

I ended up completing the homework before each class and used the class as a review. The homework plan, resources, and pacing was the most helpful part of the course. The live-online format was really nice because I could take the class from home (I was working full-time while studying) and also ask questions of the instructor when needed. My class was really small (3-4 people total), and I really liked that because we were able to keep a quick pace.

My score improved 80 points from my diagnostic exam and 60 points from my last practice test (I only took 3) to a 700+ score. If I had given myself more time, I may have been able to score even higher (but there is a chance I might have also burned out as I was studying ~20+ hours each week in addition to working full time).

The resources and questions were very helpful. I did find the IR section on the Manhattan Prep practice tests to be significantly more difficult than the actual tests, and there were fewer prep resources for IR. I scored between a 0-2 on each IR practice test and ended up with a 7 on my actual IR.

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