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Manhattan GMAT is great
May 14 | 2012
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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
5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
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     By NYCAnalyst 105 66
Self-reported Score:

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:

680

Q42

V41

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200 Points

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I took an in-person course with Jamie Nelson, and I highly recommend her class to anyone considering taking the GMAT! Jamie is very engaging, and you can tell that she has many years of experience helping students master the GMAT.

The in-person class was definitely beneficial for me, as I was working full time while trying to prepare for the GMAT. Committing to a Manhattan Prep course helped me to develop a prep routine. I attended the three-hour class once a week and followed the assigned homework very closely. Jamie provided supplemental resources for my weakest content areas to help me master the basics.

When you sign up for the Manhattan Prep In-Person Class, you receive a ton of useful prep resources: Manhattan prep strategy guides, the most recent Official GMAT Guide, access to pre-recorded online lessons, 6 MGMAT practice exams, and the list goes on. Additionally, once you have completed the prep course, Manhattan Prep offers a one-on-one post course assessment meeting with an instructor to outline a custom study plan for you to follow from the time the course ends until your test day.

Ultimately, I was able to improve my score by more than 200 points (from my first practice test to the actual exam) and couldn’t be happier! Manhattan GMAT Prep classes are definitely worth the investment.

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Great 9 Week Program
October 16 | 2017
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     By lancer727 6 5
Self-reported Score:

720

Q49

V39

Improvement:

90 Points

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I took the Manhattan Prep Course in the summer of 2015 with Eric. I really appreciated his teaching methods as he keeps things interesting and fun. If you need help on math, he is definitely the right instructor to help you out! I definitely recommend taking Eric's course in Orange County and if you're on the fence about committing the money, you should try to attend the first class for free and decide from there. Overall, I think Eric is a great instructor who genuinely cares about his students. He still keeps in contact with me and answers any questions I still have.

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     By maggieaker 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q42

V44

Improvement:

120 Points

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Manhattan Prep knows what they are doing. Their teachers are experienced and will undoubtedly help you improve your score. Beyond some essential strategies for approaching timing and specific question types, the most valuable thing this class will teach you is how to study for the test. The test is overwhelming enough, so for me, having a class that helped me focus my study time and energy was invaluable. My only gripe is that I wish the class was more affordable so as not to disadvantage those who can't dish out ~$1,500 in addition to the cost of actually taking the test. It would also be great if they had a program to sell back the books from the class, assuming they are in good condition.

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     By nplatt7 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q48

V47

Improvement:

100 Points

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I recently completed my Manhattan Prep Live GMAT Course with Pedro Ledesma and I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to score 700+. Manhattan Prep’s value proposition is that they combine amazing in-person teaching with by far the most useful and helpful online trove of materials. Furthermore, the structured nature of their curriculum is incredibly helpful in breaking up the daunting task of studying for the test into manageable pieces. I could not be happier with my experience and my results, and with the increasingly competitive nature of MBA admissions, I highly encourage any prospective MBA candidates to use Manhattan Prep to attain the best GMAT score possible.

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Perseverance Pays Off!
August 03 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By cguarini3 9 7
Verified Score:

610

Q48

V27

Improvement:

80 Points

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I took a Manhattan GMAT prep course during June/July 2016. Isaac Puglia was my teacher - phenomenal instruction and tips to pass the exam. My first practice exam I took I received a 530 . . . extremely low I know, but it was the first exam of it's type that I ever took.
Fast forward through the course, Isaac's teachings, Manhattan GMAT's material (especially the Navigator website offered) and taking the GMAT a few more times. My first official score reported was 610, a sizable increase from where I started. However, this would not be sufficient for the schools I wanted to apply.
I began to rethink my target schools and where I thought I could attend. I retook the GMAT, receiving a 600. Slightly worse and still little disappointed with my score. I decided to apply for a part-time program at UCLA.
In an effort to boost my candidacy, I looked at my splits, and scheduled a meeting with an MGMAT test adviser (very helpful, and I recommend taking advantage of this when offered). Then I hit the verbal books; purchased a verbal book, and did hundreds of practice problems in a span of 2 weeks. I retook the GMAT amidst the application process after being wait-listed by the program.
I achieved my highest score yet, barely missing the vaunted 700 club; receiving a 690. I was extremely pleased (however, slightly sad that I couldn't repeat my quant. score - which would've put me in the 700+ club) , accepted to UCLA shortly after and will be attending the program Fall 2017.
I would not have known where to begin when studying for the GMAT exam originally, The direction, accountability, and ability to reach Isaac anytime allowed me to succeed.

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     By rdcan 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q51

V40

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N/A

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Structured approach and qualified teachers are all that is needed for a successful GMAT experience. I am thoroughly satisfied with MGMAT prep. I found their practice exams more difficult than the actual GMAT but it motivated me to work hard. I had a first shot success on my GMAT. My peer group and my teacher Dan Patinkin were excellent.

Please stay consistent and do your homework. No one knows your weaknesses and strengths better than you. I repeated problems and understood the ones I did rather than focus on trying as many problems as possible. I stuck to OG problems for the most part. I took 7 practice exams (5 MGMAT and 2 GMATPREP). Good luck!

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MPrep w/ Isaac Puglia
July 20 | 2017
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By etitizer 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q47

V40

Improvement:

100 Points

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I had Isaac Puglia as my instructor for Manhattan Prep (GMAT) and I can't rave enough about the course and specifically Isaac as an instructor. I started MPrep in mid-March and was able to reach my goal - 700! which was more than a 100 point increase from my initial practice scores- in four months simply by following Isaac's instructions. I was initially hesitant to take a course as I thought I could simply buy a GMAT book and learn the material on my own but I can honestly say that would have been impossible. Such a huge part of the test is timing which means you need to be able to identify markers and question types relatively quickly to have a decent shot at completing the test. Isaac did a great job pointing out markers and providing frameworks for how to complete different types of quant questions which I found to be crucial during the test. I highly recommend Isaac as a GMAT instructor.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By kim-s 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q44

V46

Improvement:

200 Points

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I took the Manhattan Prep 9-session course in Palo Alto, with Ryan Jacobs as the instructor. First off, Ryan is the best instructor I could've hoped for! Ryan was excellent in all components of the test - verbal, math, writing, and integrated reasoning. There was a healthy amount of homework before each course, which I'd encourage you to always make a priority. There are also a couple of hours of videos before each course which are important to watch prior. During the class, we'd review some of the tougher homework problems as well as other problems.

I could never have studied as diligently on my own, and am glad that I took the in person class rather than virtual because meeting other people who were studying for the GMAT was helpful.

My initial baseline score was low 500s which was disappointing because I was hoping for 700+. Thanks to Ryan, on my official test I got a 720! I 100% recommend Manhattan Prep, and if you can take a class with Ryan Jacobs - do it!

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