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Joined: Mar 01, 2020
710 Q48 V38
The Manhattan prep curriculum is great and Jamie was the best instructor! They have plenty of practice set available that you wont run out. The class sessions were especially valuable in helping me. I got behind on the homework, so the live online classes were really what kept me focused and engaged each week.
Before I took the class I was just doing practice problems in the official guide but seeing minimal progress. MP's curriculum really helps you to attack the test the way that the writers are trying to teach you. That is ultimately what contributed to my 100 point increase from my first 2 practice test to the real GMAT.
So glad I did it! Made my goal of a 700+ score a reality!
Joined: Oct 06, 2019
740 Q48 V44
Jeff was my instructor for the 9-session online course and coaching sessions. I highly recommend Jeff as an instructor!
He was engaging and thorough. He's great at pushing you to use multiple methods to arrive at quant solutions and helping you identify key clues in SC and CR problems. Several times after getting problems wrong, I had "aha" moments as he explained what the questions were really asking.
I started the course having done no prior preparation and with no review of any quant concepts since I graduated 5 years ago. I scored a 550 on my first practice test but was confident that I could make big improvements based on methods presented in the first few classes and making shifts in the way I thought about problems.
The course really facilitated this by providing a structure to my studies and integrating nicely with the course materials. Jeff was also great at providing encouragement when I was getting discouraged after plateau-ing at 650-620. He was very helpful in analyzing my practice CATs and identifying subjects and areas to focus on. Jeff also helped me devise a practice CAT schedule with specific goals for each CAT in the weeks leading up to my exam that I was able to use to guide my studying.
I am extremely pleased with this course and with Jeff's tutoring. Would highly recommend!
Joined: Sep 21, 2019
690 Q47 V38
I took the GMAT online class with Jamie. Jamie is a great instructor. She does a great job of providing you tricks and tips to ace the GMAT. My score jumped 90 points from the beginning of the class. She is also does a good job providing student specific strategies. I have test accommodations and she was able to provide me strategies specific to my accommodations. She also keeps in touch with you after the class to provide you any additional advice or resources you may need. I highly recommend taking the class with Jamie. I can also say that not all instructors at Manhattan prep are the same and the instructor you get makes a huge difference. Before choosing your class be sure to look up reviews on the instructor.
Joined: Nov 01, 2019
720 Q46 V44
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After talking with friends and co-workers and reading reviews online about available GMAT prep courses, I decided to take the Manhattan Prep Online Course. I particularly wanted to take the course with Jamie because of all the great reviews I had read about her. Having completed the course, I believe that those reviews were definitely warranted. Jamie is a great instructor – knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. Throughout the course she offered very helpful advice on timing and strategies, and her many “Jamie-isms” really helped ingrain the concepts being taught. Jamie was also very responsive outside of class if I had questions or concerns. She provided detailed feedback after each CAT and put together a personalized study plan during the Post-Course Assessment that I think really enabled me to optimize my final phase of studying before I took the GMAT.
In terms of the overall course, I think the classes were very well structured, and I appreciated the wealth of available resources. The course includes access to the Manhattan Prep strategy guides, along with great tools such as Navigator, Interact Videos, and the Manhattan Prep GMAT app. There is a lot of homework before each class, but I appreciated the homework in part because it helped me keep a good study schedule.
If you decide to take this course (which I would highly recommend), one thing you should note is that Manhattan Prep’s CAT exams are generally harder than the actual GMAT, so you shouldn’t be too discouraged when you take them. Since I was used to the CAT exams, I was much more comfortable when I finally took the real GMAT.
Joined: Jun 10, 2019
740 Q48 V44
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At first I was hesitant at first to take a live online prep course for the GMAT. After taking a couple "trial" classes , one being with Jamie Nelson, I decided live online was the way to go - it truly is interactive and feels just like an in-person class, but without the travel time.
Jamie's sense of humor, ability to engage the class, and her 'Jamie-isms' (metaphors for understanding concepts) stood out initially, convincing me to sign up for her class. In the long run, her passion for teaching/problem solving, commitment to her students improvement, and knack for finding a balance between addressing questions during class vs. after class ultimately reinforced that signing up for her class was a great decision.
The mix of live classes, homework, practice exams (CATS), and a personalized study plan (comes with the class) a few weeks prior to taking the GMAT was a perfect mix. Jamie made a point to focus on not just technical material (quant/verbal), but also time management, stress management, and understanding of strengths/weaknesses.
All this was critical to me not only reaching, but exceeding my stretch goal. My last practice exam I scored a 650 - which was approximately 2 weeks before my formal GMAT. My goal was a 670 and stretch goal was a 700. I ended up scoring a 740. Jamie provided me with the building blocks, structured and flexible prep work, confidence and belief that I could do it. I strongly recommend anyone looking to achieve or exceed their GMAT goals to sign-up for Jamie's class.
Joined: Dec 23, 2018
710 Q49 V37
When I started preparing for GMAT, I was not sure whether I should take coaching for it or not. One of my friends suggested that I should try one of the trial classes from Jamie Nelson, Manhattan Prep.I tried her class, and instantly I could connect with her teaching style. So I subscribed to the full course and I wasn't disappointed.
I gave the first CAT test(Manhattan GMAT prep test) and could score only 510, which was shocking to me. Jamie reviewed my responses and provided her feedback and told me not to worry about the score for now. Below are the key details from her feedback :-
1. Employing right strategies for particular category of questions.
2. Focussing on the classes to come and finishing assignments on time.
3. Maintaining an error log of the incorrect responses. (I cannot emphasize how important this was.)
I heartily followed these three suggestions.
I think I was good enough at Quant. But still there were valuable things I learnt in her class.Working Backwards,Testing Numbers,Plugging in smart numbers and Making an educated guess on questions when I was running out of time or not sure.
By the time I finished the course , I gave another test and score 650. I knew I was still short of my target score, mainly due to timing issues. After finishing the course in mid-November, I worked on my timing for good one and a half month. I gave a few practice tests in between and I was well with in 710-730 range. A week before my first official test I connected with Jamie again , she was kind enough to provide a Post Course Assessment on such a short notice and the areas where I could still improve.
On 17th Jan, I gave my first GMAT exam and scored a 740(Q50, V41) which till date is my highest score including any of the practice GMAT tests I had given. I highly recommend Jamie and cannot thank her enough for guiding me one step closer towards getting into my Dream Business school.
All the Best!
Joined: Oct 31, 2018
740 Q49 V41
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I sometimes feel intimidated when I see other reviews for others that are scoring 750+. I hope to score 700+ on my retake in a few weeks, but I am very happy with the score that I received. I am not a brilliant student, nor am I naturally gifted with numbers, I just worked as hard as I could with the Manhattan Prep program. I want to be clear, without Manhattan Prep, and specifically Elaine Loh, there is NO WAY that I would have scored as well as I did.
As the title states, I first scored a 520 on a practice test in December 2018 with a different GMAT test prep company. I used that particular program consistently from October-December of 2018, and I was crushed that I could only score a 520. At that point, I decided that I needed to get serious, and I started the Manhattan Prep instructor led course.
I was skeptical that using a Manhattan Prep instructor led course could really help since I had been working so hard with the other GMAT program. I was completely wrong. The Manhattan Prep materials are simply the best that you can get. I’ve used some different materials from other prep courses, and they were pretty good. However, the Manhattan Prep strategy guides are clearly better than the competition. The online content, including the GMAT Navigator, is phenomenal and certainly worth the money spent. The strategy guides are comprehensive, easy to read, and effective. The course syllabus provided the exact type of structure that I needed to prepare for the GMAT.
However, I think the real difference was the course led by Elaine Loh. I can’t say enough good things about the actual course. When I was taking the class, I had confidence knowing that who I was working with actually scored in the 99th percentile. Elaine was fun, charismatic, and most importantly, she was genuine in wanting to help us score as high as possible. She really took the time to make sure that we understood the material. She taught the class in such a way that I could actually recall specific moments while I was taking the GMAT. I know it sounds weird, but I was actually singing our “peanut butter” words song under my breath while doing the verbal section. My wife laughs at me when I randomly say “when in doubt, get the pronoun out!” And lastly, I specifically recall Elaine telling us to “WORK IT OUT” when doing data sufficiency questions.
Elaine not only taught us the appropriate content, but also the strategy behind the questions---I think this is the real difference between high scores and mediocre scores. She taught us different ways to approach questions, and made sure we understood WHY we worked problems the way that we did. Knowing content will only take you so far with the GMAT. After completing the course and actually taking the test, I’m convinced that anyone can score above a 650 with the right preparation.
In closing, I want to thank Elaine Loh and the Manhattan Prep team for helping me to score as well as I did. This sounds dramatic, and maybe it is, but her course really helped me get closer to my dreams. For 3 long months, I had serious doubts about whether I could make it in business school. I could only see myself working in sales for the rest of my career. However, with Elaine’s help and Manhattan Prep, I can not only say that I WILL go to business school, but I also have a good chance of going to legitimate top business school. Thank you Elaine!
Joined: Jul 28, 2018
740 Q49 V41
This course is set up for 5 classes for students who have already achieved a 650 or higher and want to excel into the 700s. I suggest already being familiar with the Manhattan methods to some degree (self study the books or take their other classes), but it’s not 100% necessary as it is all covered in details.
This course was perfect for me. Extremely detailed step by step, problem by problem schedule. A complete roadmap for success. You have a main path to follow with plenty of optional work to fill in gaps. Trust in the program, forget everything you know and do the test the way they teach you and you’ll crush it.
Mark specifically is very engaging. The online atmosphere quickly feels like you are in person. He is polite and very responsive to individual questions during class and after. Cannot tell you how impressed I was with an online class.
Joined: Jan 16, 2019
710 Q42 V46
I had self-studied using Manhattan Prep books for the GMAT for two solid months and took the test in July - sadly, I got a 640 and was deeply disappointed in myself.
After giving myself a month off, I decided to take matters into my own hands and enroll in a GMAT class. I would have preferred an in-person course but live in the Midwest, so an online class was the next best option. I ended up choosing Manhattan Prep for their live online class, and I am so glad that I did.
The course I took was compressed into about 6 weeks and boy was it a marathon! It consisted of 3-hour classes every Saturday and Sunday with a long list of homework assignments to complete during the week in between classes. It was definitely a slog, but it was worth it. What stood out about Manhattan GMAT's approach, in my opinion, was the way they taught the course. They placed a firm emphasis on mastering foundational quant skills and then taught techniques and shortcuts to use on the test. I also really benefited from the timed questions that they used during the class. They were excellent practice that helped me shed my jitters around completing complex math questions in such a short period of time. Tony was also a great instructor. He was patient, kind, and always willing to explain a concept multiple ways so that students fully understood it.
Thanks to this class, I increased my score from a 640 to a 710. I also got a 99th percentile Verbal score and a much higher quant score than I received before. It's not cheap -- financially or time-wise -- but I firmly believe that committing to a Manhattan GMAT course will significantly increase your score.
Joined: Dec 29, 2018
710 Q42 V44
I took both the in-person course with Marcus Hedal and the Advanced Live Online course with Daniel Fogel. The in-person course was a great primer to the GMAT and really useful. (I hadn't done much self-study on my own before). Marcus was awesome and I thought the course covered a lot of important information, but I wasn't thrilled with my quant score on the official exam. I used the retake option to enroll in the Advanced Live Online course at a discounted rate.
I was thrilled with the Advanced Course -- I had expected the online course to be harder to interact with, but it was a small group and really engaging. The Advanced Quant textbook itself was really useful too. My quant score went up from a 42 to a 47 in just 6 weeks.
If I could do it again, I'd probably self-study more from the beginning and then enroll only in the Advanced Course, but regardless I'm really happy with my score and grateful that Manhattan Prep had the options that worked for me.