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Manhattan GMAT is great
May 14 | 2012
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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140 Points

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In researching GMAT courses to take, I read many reviews and talked to a few people. Most people said Manhattan GMAT was the best, and the reviews were certainly excellent. I signed up, hoping it was worth the price.

It was. MGMAT's 9-week live course isn't cheap, but it is excellent. I highly recommend it if you are serious about getting a top score (I got a 740). The written strategy guides are good, the OG Archer is a must-have resource (the other online resources are pretty good, too), and my instructor was excellent. He was funny, enthusiastic, very smart, and very able to break down complex problems into bite sized chunks.

Ultimately, your score really depends on the work you put into studying for the test. With discipline, focus, and a few months of your life dedicated to studying, you can do very well on the GMAT. But having a top notch instructor and a solid curriculum really help too. If you're serious about getting an excellent score, I highly recommend Manhattan GMAT.


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1 Commented by rohankaushik13 on August 28, 2015
Verbal 47, one heck of a score !! Congratulations. I am finding MGMAT maths to be way too tough in the CATs. Could you please share your MGMAT CAT scores?
2 Commented by Gigto on October 26, 2015
i used the Manhattan course as well, but scored 420 on test day, and about 550 4 of the practice tests leading up to that, what else did you find helpful?
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Excellent! 710 (49Q 37V)
March 16 | 2012
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     By NYCAnalyst 102 79
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710

Q49

V37

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10 Points

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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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Verified Score:

740

Q47

V45

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The live Manhattan Prep GMAT course was critical to my success and enabled me to ultimately score a 740. My instructor, Dhivya Arumugham was very well-prepared, articulate and knowledgeable. I would really recommend Dhivya as an instructor - she provides clear, concise explanations of problems, has a good sense of humor and brings a lot of energy to some mundane topics.

The course is very structured and incorporates quant, verbal, and test taking strategy each week. The online learning portal makes it very easy to manage your assignments weekly, track progress, and flag areas of weakness to review. I took the exam for the first time only two days after the course ended (which is not recommended) and scored a 690. After another month of review using the official guide and other quant drills, I scored a 740. I am convinced that Manhattan prep was key to my success and the price was well worth it.

They also provide additional resources including webinars about certain test areas, selecting the right schools for you, applications, and interviews. You have access to an individual review of a practice exam with an instructor to create a study plan. I also received a free half-hour session with an admissions consultant who helped tremendously and could answer questions about the specific schools to which I applied.

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     By edboldrick 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V45

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60 Points

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I took a GMAT prep class at Manhattan Prep with Laurel Hanson in late 2017, and highly recommend the course. Laurel is a fantastic teacher and makes what could be a very dry course fun. She's smart, patient, and has a ton of easy tricks that help not only with learning the material (which most students haven't encountered since high school), but also with timing (which, for a lot of people, is the hardest part of the GMAT). The books you receive when you sign up for the course are extremely helpful as well, and make high-quality studying after the course has finished entirely doable.

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Ryan was amazing!!
July 02 | 2018
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     By rolldeis15 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V41

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70 Points

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I would highly recommend taking the Manhattan Prep class with Ryan McGorman. He was captivating, adapted to all ability levels, and was always available by email for questions outside of class. He taught us a lot of good tips and tricks for time saving on math problems. Additionally, he gave us a lot of great strategy tips for maximizing our scores.

As for Manhattan Prep, all of the online resources were very helpful, especially the yellow pad technique! The course was well designed and I liked that we did math AND verbal in every class, so our brains didn't get too fatigued looking at the same type of problem for 3 hours. The CAT exams tended to be harder than my actual GMAT, so I felt confident while taking the exam.

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     By mf17 0 0
Self-reported Score:

700

Q49

V35

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120 Points

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I took the GMAT prep class with Mike Morgan as the instructor. He is a great teacher and engages the class when he teaches the content and gives good advice and tips for approaching questions. He is also available to answer questions that you have via email or after class.

The course was helpful in learning some GMAT test taking tips and approaches. After taking a few practice tests and doing the OG problems online in the Navigator, I would recommend reviewing them using their tracker and assessment reports. They help you identify your area of focus.

Manhattan Prep gives you the resources and tools to succeed but ultimately, it is up to you to take the time to prepare for the test. You also need to know what your goal is and be proactive about how you can reach that your ideal score.

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Great GMAT Course!!
June 30 | 2018
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     By burikabooboo 0 0
Verified Score:

640

Q44

V34

Improvement:

110 Points

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I took a 9-week GMAT course with Eric at the beginning of 2018. I had decided to not only study and take the GMAT, but also applied for a few part-time MBA programs at the same time, so during this period, I had to put in a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline. Eric was a great resource. He motivated our class and always had some piece of advice that we could use in our studies. You do need to put in the time as well but Eric helps along the way and I would recommend using the tips he provides even though it is more work on top of the Manhattan Prep homework load. My first score was a 530 after finishing the class, and Eric warned us our first live GMAT will not be as great as we hope, so I kept on with the studies, using the tips that Eric provided, while also keeping the mindset that this isn't the end of the world. After one month, I retook the GMAT and raised my score to 640! If it weren't for Eric, Manhattan Prep and my GMAT study group, I would probably not have reached that score, so I'm pretty darn happy so I highly recommend taking Eric's class.

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     By nicktucker 1 0
Verified Score:

760

Q47

V48

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180 Points

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I took the complete GMAT prep course with Shelton, and it was a great experience. He delivered really high-quality, exploratory lectures that really dove into the heart of what the GMAT tests: logic. My first practice score was a 580, and I ended up with a 760 when I finally took the GMAT.

I saw my practice test scores go up considerably during the duration of the course, and kept studying on my own well past the end of the class. My time with Shelton proved more valuable the longer I studied, and I really credit a lot of my success both to his actual instruction and his methodical way of teaching his students to analyze their own weaknesses and address them head-on.

There are no miracles when it comes to test-prep, and you won't wake up with a 700+ score if you don't put in the effort. If you're willing to work for it, though, there's no better choice than Shelton to get you up-to-snuff with the material.

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Helpful Course
June 28 | 2018
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     By ADAP2 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q44

V42

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80 Points

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I found the course to be one of the most essential parts of my GMAT studying experience. Before starting this course, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of material to study. The format and structure of the course made studying feel very manageable. The homework and practice problems/exams helped me build confidence which enabled me to be calm and collected on exam day. Ryan was a great instructor who brought humor to the class and was clear and patient in his teaching style. I highly recommend this course, especially for those who need a bit of structure to be efficient and effective at studying.

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     By nicholassobel 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q43

V47

Improvement:

100 Points

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I took a GMAT Prep class at Manhattan Prep with Mike Morgan as my instructor. He did a great job teaching the class, keeping us accountable without too much pressure, and making complex concepts easy to digest.

Sure, taking a class on Saturday mornings for two months doesn't sound like all that much fun, but this test really requires that you commit. On a few occasions, when I wasn't able to make the Saturday class, I took classes after work during the week. I found that I was totally wiped out by the time I got there - I recommend doing this on weekends!

The course includes a wealth of study resources – more than anyone should really need. If you follow the program, you will improve. Stay loose, trust the experts. You got this1

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