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Manhattan GMAT
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A must for the Quant Section
December 12 | 2015
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By Jmnjd 5 5
Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Ryan Starr

Its True: Manhattan GMAT provides students with the skills and strategies essential for success !

The course is very comprehensive given you the opportunity to improve your skills in each of the section tested on Gmat Exam.

The course is special good for the ones who want to improve the quant score - i notice that the mocks exams on quant section are harder than the real exam.

My improvement on quant section were from Q37 to Q47.

Notice that our score really depends on the work he put into studying plan. With discipline, focus, and a time, he can achieve our dream score.

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GMAT Course Review
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By mohater 1883 841
Self-reported Score:

710

Q48

V38

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

Part of my debrief includes my feelings on MGMAT:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/second-try-is-the-charm-710-48-q-38-v-79956.html

In a nut shell, learning as a 20+ something is much more difficult than learning as a 8-20 year old. The older you get, the more set you become in your ways (yes all ways), so if you have subconscious tendencies that are wrong educationally (math, grammar, etc.) it will be VERY difficult to get over those obstacles on your own. MGMAT puts a lot of emphasis to help you understand the "why" aspect of getting answers incorrectly. Obviously, a 1:1 is much more helpful, but the program does cater to this. The instructors are top notch, the material is excellent, but you as a student must invest the time to utilize these resources.

The flip side is self prep is possible, but you really need to invest the time to identify these tendencies and overcome them (the importance of the error log). No matter what you decide, the GMAT is a test that can be overcome, but you must invest in what your needs are (there isn't a one size fits all).

The class is well worth the money.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By DataCenter101 1 9
Verified Score:

760

Q50

V42

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
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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GMAT Course Review
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     By hsonenthal 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q48

V41

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
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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GMAT Course Review
Mark Sullivan- Manhattan GMAT
December 13 | 2016
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     By RMarkush 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q43

V46

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Mark Sullivan

I took the 9 week virtual Manhattan Prep GMAT Course. I knew that I needed the course to hold me accountable to my studying goals while working long hours at my job. The flexibility of a virtual course was also important to me. Mark was a fantastic instructor – he worked through practice problems by not only teaching us the fundamental techniques, but also discussing how the GMAT might distort similar problems. He made the courses very interactive – we never went more than 30 minutes without doing problem sets or other interactive activities during the sessions. We also spent time in every session talking about educated guessing strategies, which I could not have fully understood out of a book. Perhaps most importantly, he spend time clarifying a GMAT correct answer from our second choice answers. The fundamentals can come through practicing with the materials, but the ability to differentiate a “good” answer from the “right” answer comes a lot easier when you have a strong instructor who can help explain the difference. Highly recommend both Mark and Manhattan Prep!

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GMAT Course Review
100 point jump w/ MPrep (Reed)
November 30 | 2016
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     By drpetebeepbeep 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q49

V44

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Reed Arnold

SO many great things to say about Manhattan Prep. First, it's worth noting that I raised my score from 650 to 750 within 30 days after taking the intensive, twice-per-week online class with instructors Reed and Jayson (who are both awesome and hilarious dudes). I don't think that my case should be the expected case, however I also don't think that it is totally unrealistic to target a major boost in your score if you simply stay the path with Manhattan. The first thing we were told is that if you master the subject matter, you can achieve a 650, however to get a 750, you must master the strategies - this couldn't be more true, and this will really only come with practice and diligence. That said, Manhattan delivers a program that focuses on both of these items. I highly highly highly recommend Manhattan Prep for the GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
Overall Good Class
October 24 | 2016
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     By MDCanzoneri 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q45

V41

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Hakkon Brown

Pros: The instructor did a very good job of focusing on the foundational concepts. Almost as important, he did a nice job instructing students on how to identify shortcuts and common traps, which led to big time savings. The instructor approached teaching in a thoughtful way that made it easier to power through the 3-hour long classes.

Cons: There seemed to only be two types of question during the class - extremely basic or complex. This led to a gap in learning where one second you would feel confident and the next not, but you do not know where the drop off occurred. This could may also be seen as a pro, but the Manhattan practice GMATs were significantly more difficult than the actual test/GMAC practice tests. I saw minimal improvement with the Manhattan tests from the beginning to the end of the class, but saw a huge improvement when I began taking the tests administered by the actual GMAC. The post-course assessment (homework once you're done with the class) was largely pointless, which I believe is a missed opportunity. They assign an overbearing number of questions from the very simple to extremely complex and don't give you mush of a roadmap on what to focus on 1st, 2nd, etc.

Biggest place to improve: It would be nice to have a class with a quant focus and a class with a verbal focus (but both of which cover in less detail the other subject matter).

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GMAT Course Review
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     By rcbeagan 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q47

V42

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I paid for both a Kaplan course (2015) and a Manhattan course (2016) to prepare for the GMAT. I ended up not utilizing the Kaplan course in 2015 and it took me a year to choose Manhattan. Part of the reason I never used Kaplan materials is because of the more rigid structure with a time limit of being able to access online resources. I needed flexibility and Manhattan provided just that! With thin, content-driven strategy guide books that I could shove in my computer bag Monday morning before flying to a client and read on the plane or at my hotel room, Manhattan provided a high-quality curriculum based on learning fundamentals. Manhattan also allows you to access online resources for much longer than Kaplan. I do think Manhattan's practice CAT exams are more difficult than the actual GMAT, they helped me prepare for the real test, which I only had to take one time to obtain an excellent score. Jayson and Gerald from Manhattan were also great - they helped me solidify and test what I was learning in the course material throughout the week and humanized the GMAT prep experience with fun stories and great tips. Thanks, Manhattan Prep!

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GMAT Course Review
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     By goldfarr 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

190 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Brian Birdwell

To start, my GMAT journey was a relatively long one. I graduated from college early, summa cum laude, PBK and thought the GMAT would be a walk in the park.. a quick month of study and off to that 700. NOPE.

I took a practice test blind from the official GMAT website and scored a 500. I thought the world ended. I bought the official guide books and started doing my research into prep courses. Another month of self study and i scored a 520. Clearly this wasn't going very well.

After my research, MGMAT came up with the best reviews... for good reason. I decided to do the live online because I worked during the week and didnt want to jump back in the car on the weekends to commute to class.

The course is excellent... For 3 hours, every sunday, Birdwell and a rotating second teacher would literally walk myself and the other students through official guide problems, break them down into their cores, and show not only HOW to tackle every question type but WHAT each question type is really trying to test. All of a sudden, i saw the quant patterns on DS. I saw what CR questions were really asking. Now, match the weekly break down with a good 15 hours of self study a week based on a study guide the MGMAT folks worked up. Plus the 12 guide books which you should read cover to cover as they helped me tackle question types i had been clueless on only weeks earlier.

I only took 2 CATS during my course (which were 560 and 600) so i saw improvement but i was getting really nervous. My goal was always 680.

I started to take the other four CATS, the two official GMAT CATs and repeat all the OG qs and the official GMAC question pack. I set a test date for end of July and my course had ended mid june. So with 6 weeks, I needed to increase 100 points. I was not convinced it was possible. BUT all those tricks MGMAT taught in the course (not to mention how to tackle timing issues, pacing and nerves on test date), ended up becoming muscle memory on the CATS.

With one week to go, I stopped looking at all GMAT related stuff and just cleared my head. I went into the test center and cruised through the test... MGMAT (and their CATs) OVER PREPARED me. The test was certainly hard, but the Quant seemed easy to handle, the verbal seemed very approachable. I held my breath as i hit "see scores" and a 710 popped up.

I will say this, that score would not have been possible without MGMAT!

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     By AmandaDH 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q45

V41

Improvement:

150 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Emily Sledge

I would highly recommend the online 9-week Manhattan GMAT Prep Course. First, there were multiple time/day slots to fit my schedule. Second, the classes were extremely well run. It was run by 2 instructors - one was leading the class the other managing the forum and answering questions in the side bar. It was super effective. The class was extremely interactive. I was worried it would not be interactive and I'd get distracted to do other things. However, you couldn't take a break just like a real in-person class - you were engaged in classes, quizzes, etc. Also, I appreciated the focus on strategies and not just content. I tried the picking up a book and studying on my own. But it didn't get me very far. I cracked over 700 with the help of Manhattan GMAT's classes and strategy help.

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