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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By kchung3 16 10
Self-reported Score:

730

Q49

V40

Improvement:

50 Points

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I signed up for MGMAT’s private tutoring services after failing 10-20 point short of breaking the 700 mark. Since I have gone through most of the materials and tests myself and consider myself pretty well-versed at them, I was looking for guidance more on my approach and mindset than the actual content.

On our first session, Sarah stated a very important point that shifted my mindset. She mentioned that GMAT emphasizes on one’s decision making skills as much as it does an individual’s knowledge on the materials. GMAT is a test against perfectionist; to do well on the test, one has to be able to give up questions, the same way a good executive decline projects with only average return, and make educated guess, as what business owners do daily. This has a profound impact on my approach to the test – instead of thinking giving up/ guessing questions as a last resort, I now think of that as one of my testing strategies to preserve my mental energy for other questions.

Another great point that Sarah made was on my problem solving approach in quant. She mentioned GMAT wants us to simplify problems and to break them down, not to make things bigger. Therefore, think factorization, not multiplication. This single twist in my approach has helped me in numerous questions, especially in DS.

On top of that, Sarah taught me some techniques on making an educated guess. And it is also helpful to go through my approach on each question with her, so that she she can pinpoint any concept mistakes or point out ways to fine tune my approach.

Overall, I believe working with Sarah is significant in raising my score through the 700 mark. I will definitely recommend her to anyone looking into GMAT private tutoring.

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1 Commented by samie0302 on March 08, 2016
Hi Kchung3, thank you for the helpful review! could you describe the course structure & materials a bit more? Thank you!
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     By Anonymous 31 9
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I took about 5 sessions of private tutoring with Manhattan GMAT. My tutor was helpful, but to really get your score up, I think you would need a great deal of tutoring, much of the session is going over strategy and score trends, kind of annoying when you are paying so much per hour, and my score actually went down after I started with the tutor. The tutoring was in math, and although I felt that it was helpful, it was not that helpful and the tutor Mark did not always show the fastest way to solve the problem, like the 3-4-5 triangle, etc. Not a total waste but not for the faint of heart with their wallet.


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Amazing experience
November 07 | 2017
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     By Laura S 0 0
Self-reported Score:

750

Q51

V42

Improvement:

180 Points

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When I first started my GMAT journey, I assumed it wouldn’t be that difficult. I had always been a strong student…this will be easy. Much to my surprise, my initial score on a practice exam was abysmal (which, I was told, is not uncommon). I wanted to apply to a top ten school, and my mind was set on a 700+, so, it was time for tutoring. I decided to take the Manhattan GMAT Boot camp as well as use Reed Arnold as a private tutor. The resources and instruction at Manhattan are truly incredible. Be aware, that your score will not jump without commitment, but each teacher I worked with was patient and supportive along the way. The boot camp is a bit of a firehose, but both Laurel and Dhivya made a somewhat daunting two weeks more enjoyable. Both instructors were personable and kind, and most importantly, spent a tremendous amount of time assisting each student with developing the correct INDIVIDUALIZED strategy for studying, focusing on specific topics to help boost our scores. This test is not a “one size fits all approach”, and they really help you to recognize this. Their instruction was thorough and clear, and if you are working with a limited amount of time to study – WITH FOCUS – it is the best way to learn all of the material on the test.

Reed deserves a medal for putting up with my ebbs and flows of commitment over the past few months. He was attentive and supportive, and extremely responsive to all questions and needs along the way. His feedback was direct (and appreciated!) – he certainly didn’t sugar coat it, but it really pushed me to get to where I needed to be. His one-on-one instruction was very clear – he was articulate in explaining difficult topics to me, and even I claimed I understood something, he’d keep pushing with more difficult problems until I had mastered a concept. With his support, I developed a clear and manageable strategy for conquering the test – and wound up scoring over 700 on my first try. AND, even when I decided to push it even further to try to boost my score a bit more, he was extremely accommodating and continued to support me along the way. This is not to say that everyone who enrolls will miraculously jump over 150 points – as he explained – it takes a very methodical approach. Constant review, repetition and practice is key.

A+ overall. I highly, highly recommend to anyone looking to take the GMAT. It was worth the investment, and I am far more confident in applying to school.

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Reaching the 700 Club
August 31 | 2017
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     By dancona42 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q45

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

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Let me start by stating that I am definitely not a good standardized tester. My SAT scores weren't overwhelmingly stellar so I knew the GMAT would definitely be a challenge.

That being said I tried all different manners of studying in order to make sure I was at my peak performance for my test day, but if I were to do it again I would definitely start with the private tutoring that Manhattan offers. My instructor Josh gave me a variety of incredible strategies and helped instill some fantastic study habits in me. With his help I was able to increase my scores in almost every category and break into a high enough percentile to have a shot at my dream schools.

I initially had reservations about online tutoring but I can't stress it enough that it is just as good as in person tutoring. I was even able to schedule sessions BEFORE work so that my brain was at its freshest! If you're tentative about taking the dive, I highly recommend Josh. He will work with your schedule and budget to create a study plan that's perfect for you!

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     By komalsyed 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V42

Improvement:

N/A

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I started with a 3-month class-style course with Manhattan prep. It was an online course with 4 hours of class per week. This was great as I managed to cover all the required topics and brush up on my skills. After completing this course I did the GMAT and scored a 640 (Q52, V76). I definitely wasn't happy with this score and knew I could do better!
MPrep offered a free post course assessment (PCA) (which I did prior to the test) and then they also offered a free post exam assessment (PEA). This PEA helped me tremendously by pointing out specific areas I should focus on to bring my score up to a 700. I went on to take 3 hours of private tutoring with the same instructor who did the PEA. I then did the test again 5 months after the first test and this time my score went up by 100 points to a 740!

The PEA and private tutoring were gold! I would seriously recommend them in order to be able to put all your energy and effort towards specific topics which can actually help bring your score up instead of wasting time on trying to get the 'high-hanging fruit'.

My 3-month course instructors were Eric Garthoffner and Pedro Ledesma who were very thorough and kept me committed to a regular study schedule. My PEA and pvt tutoring instructor was Chris Gentry - he was phenomenal and continued to stay in touch much after my sessions ended and right up till the day I gave the second test with constant motivation and prep tips.

I would highly recommend Manhattan Prep as a resource to prepare for one's GMAT.

Good Luck!

-Komal
740 (Q77, V96)

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     By PNT4R 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q47

V44

Improvement:

40 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

Despite a lot of serious studying on my own, my previous attempt to crack 700 was unsuccessful, but I couldn't pinpoint why. I had a few visits with Keith, each of which were excellent in two different ways:

First, Keith had no issue narrowing in on my areas of weakness, and he provided highly focused and specific tips on how I could improve. The advice he provided was actionable both while studying and while taking the test.

Second, Keith's calm attitude and demeanor allowed me to believe that the test was not as daunting and intimidating as I'd made it out to be in my own head. He had a highly effective way of boosting my confidence so that when I went into the test, I felt that, as long as I trusted my studying and remembered the advice Keith had provided, I would do well.

Ultimately, with Keith's help, my score increased from a 690 to a 730 - a score I was absolutely thrilled to include on my business school applications. I should also note that Keith is very friendly, very accommodating and communicative, but still ensures that meetings are efficient so that all relevant material can be covered within the allotted time.

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Manhattan GMAT is Great!
June 11 | 2017
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     By MP1234 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q45

V41

Improvement:

130 Points

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I signed up for private tutoring classes with Joshua Braslow and got great results! Joshua was not only very knowledgeable but also very easy to work with. Over the 2-3 months of lessons, we were able to work on a number of my weaknesses and with his help, we were able to turn those weaknesses into strengths. Johsua provided me with a number of different test taking strategies to help me with my timing and a bunch of tips which helped vastly improve my quant and verbal performance. When I started studying I scored a 580 on a practice test. By the time I took the official exam, I finished with a 710 (45Q/41V)!

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     By mpthomas23 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q44

V44

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I was very impressed with Manhattan's class and private tutoring services! The books were detailed and helpful, and Joe did a wonderful job identifying the best way for me to make up points and truly excel at the sections I was good at and still improve dramatically in the ones I did not. I would recommend 10 times out of 10. Worth the cost every time. I also took the 9-session course earlier on as well and Joe did an excellent job of getting the most out of the whole class and framed the material in a way for each student to get closer to their desired number

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Best Quant Tutoring
June 01 | 2017
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     By Foxtrot123 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V45

Improvement:

170 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     

I did Manhattan Prep's online tutoring with Dan Patinkin and had a fantastic experience. Dan was great and helped me get 170 points of improvement from my baseline exam. He was fantastic about giving me direction and structuring my studies.

I also think that Manhattan Prep's practice exams, quant strategy guides, and advanced quant guide are the absolute best you can get. I highly recommend making flash cards instead of taking notes as you go through so that you can review more easily to prevent knowledge attrition. For Quant, I also found that the best way to study was to go through advanced quant worksets and make sure to ALWAYS USE A STOPWATCH TO TIME 2 MINUTES PER QUESTION whenever you do quant. Manhattan Prepwill give you all the tools you need to get a good score if you're willing to put in the work to learn!

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Good Experience
May 30 | 2017
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     By radhar 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q48

V47

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
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I signed up for the Manhattan GMAT Private tutoring in the beginning of this year and got Ryan Jacobs as my tutor. I was getting 99% in Verbal on the practice test but Math was an issue. We went through the wrong problems in the practice test and areas that I knew I was weak in. He was good in giving explanations about how to solve certain problems that I did not understand even after looking at the solution. Ended up getting a 760.

We met at Hana Haus in Palo Alto (a co-working space). He was not allowed to pay for the quiet rooms (about $30/hr) so I paid for them since it was easier to work without a bunch of distractions. He was allowed to pay for the regular co-working space though and I did see him there with other students so it might be personal preference. I would recommend that Manhattan GMAT allow tutors to pay for that. Makes the tutoring a lot better. Our average sessions were 1.5 hours

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