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Joined: May 20, 2019
760 Q51 V41
So I was given this thought by my peers to enhance my skills to better my profile in my career. I was lured to appear in GMAT after talking to some close friends. And that's how goes my story...
I am a working professional working for the Government. I hold my bachelors in Medicine from University of Delhi,India. What I am trying to get at is that Quant was not a natural thing to me. I started my journey by making an acount on mba.com and sitting for the Official Mock. The idea was to know my baseline. It was not a surprise to have a low score. For the record, it was 620 which had a Q47.
With this, I started my preparation looking for a modest improvement only (I would have been happy to improve my score by 60 points. Yeah, wasn't very motivated). Anyhow, I had this Godly mentor, Abhinav who aced this exam sometime ago. He was my only source of help, courtesy the remoteness of the place where I worked. Abhinav prepped the entire study plan for me. For Quant, he described Target Test Prep by the same words which form the headline for this review i.e. One Stop Shop. So, I buy my subscription immediately and off I go.
First things first, the platform. The interface has been created in such an amazing way which is extremely thoughtful. It is very interactive without risking you getting lost. You have the hang of things and never lose focus from what you are suppose to do. The course was very systematic and perfectly indexed. The screen space was optimally utilised by giving various buttons to switch lessons, chapters, videos etc.
I was given an advice in the very beginning and I would recommend the same here: "DO NOT SKIP OR FASTEN THE VIDEOS BECAUSE WHAT YOU ARE BEING TAUGHT IS TOO OBVIOUS." It was a valuable talisman that paid dividends later. I would try to keep my focus throughout the lesson text and videos, solve the practice problem, check my answers and make notes. It was a convenient experience to form basics and build on the understanding of concepts brick by brick.
There is a downloadable sheet with various formulae and basic concepts that is available to retrieve as soon as you log in. Do make use of that. Again, nothing out of the box is to be found. But, those nuances are very important to be held on tips of your fingers for time bound problem solving.
After completing my Chapter wise theory, I came to the large question bank that Target Test Prep offers. I started from the Easy section and went on from Chapter to Chapter and to Medium and Hard. Here, I would like to share that I did not try to bombard myself with questions and tests everyday. I tried to make the test taking sessions effective by taking care that I don't get exhausted and lost. I would attempt a decent number of them and would go back to check the answers of those that I got incorrect. Also, I went back to see the answers of those questions that I bookmarked while I attempted them and those that were not generally answered correctly by test takers (40% and lower).
Here came the important aspect of error log, as suggested by my guardian angel, Abhinav. I realised that I was answering certain questions incorrectly because of an inbuilt pattern of thinking. Error log helped me slowly realise the loopholes in my analysis and processing of the problems.
Slowly, I touched all the Chapters and all the difficulty levels available.
I gave my first attempt on 28th August, 2019. I scored a total of 700 with Q48. I shared my score with mentor and made some plans to fine-tune my prep. This is where I began using Custom Tests feature on TTP. I would focus on Chapters that I was not comfortable with and slowly increased the difficulty level. Again, I would solve a limited number of questions trying to keep track of why I go wrong, when I go wrong. The original plan was to give my next attempt after a month but because of a reason not completely known to me, I registered for GMAT for a date 16 days after my earlier attempt. LOL!!!!
The score I got this time is 760 with Q51. It was a pleasant surprise. I tried to remain calm while taking the exam and adhere to the timeline in a priorly decided manner. I skipped a handful of questions that were taking too much of time. So yes, luck plays its own role.
Finally, this review would not be complete without mentioning Jeff. What do I say about him? We exchanged mails whenever I was on a sticky wicket about anything. His response was very prompt and supportive. I would like to share this small incident. My subscription expired while I still had a handful of tests remaining. I dropped a mail requesting him for help. Without any counter question , he immediately shared the coupon code to access the platform at a significantly low price.
So dear Target Test Prep, please continue the good work. Through this review, I formally express my gratitude for being such a support in this journey of mine.
To the readers, unfortunately I write this review without adequate ease and time, making the sequence not so apt. May be I cover other aspects of my prep in near future. I believe in giving others what I got from someone else. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook if you think I can be of any help. I have a pretty unique full name, Rohit Singh Malan. Should not be a problem to find me there.
Adios!!!! Stay hungry, stay foolish...
Joined: Jan 21, 2020
740 Q47 V46
A lot of people mention TTP as a great way to bump up quant. It's true. Running through a couple sets of number properties and psets was far more efficient for me than, say, watching videos (but granted, I only used TTP for my final month of preparation). Looking back, I wish I could've used TTP for my first few months, too. Thanks, Scott + Jeff!
(More details - having spent a week running through as many questions as possible on TTP for the free trial, I ended up signing up for a month and spent my last week shoring up verbal. The bet paid off. The golden rule with all test prep material holds true here: you only get as much as you put in.)
Joined: Jan 18, 2020
740 Q49 V41
I went through a Manhattan Prep in-person course before trying TTP, but I didn’t feel like I was consistently excelling in quant. TTP finally took me out of my plateau. TTP helped me drill the key concepts that are critical to executing on the GMAT under the tight time constraints needed. TTP’s process may seem time-intensive and tedious, but it’s all worth it. My mental math improved and the repetition of the course helped me learn how to identify the shortcuts of the exam. While going through each chapter and the exams at the end of each, you’ll see the improvement. There’s no cheating the system! Try out TTP if you want a great quant score (49+) and are willing to put the time in.
Joined: Jul 27, 2019
710 Q46 V41
Target Test Prep is your one stop solution for raising your quant score. It's an incredibly thorough course, and your quant score will absolutely increase substantially if you take this course. GMAT Quant is notoriously difficult, and it was a long road getting to an 700+ score. I started my prep with books, but Target Test Prep proved to be much better. It was interactive and charted my progress. Plus, I could take practice exams, which is crucial for preparing since it is a timed test. My Also, Jeff provided incredible customer support along the way. Seriously, if you are reading this review right now because you're considering different courses to improve your quant, just do yourself a favor and sign up with Target Test Prep right now. It really is simply the best.
Joined: Jan 20, 2020
720 Q47 V42
Using only the Manhattan books with what I now realize was casual studying, I got a 680 (Q39 V44) with what you can see is a poor quant score. I ran out of time on quant and was penalized. I thought the GMAT would be relatively simple compared to the CFA, but really it's apples and oranges. It's tempting to white knuckle your way through the quant with tons of algebra and without a calculator, but for most problems, that's just not how it works. I took the test again a few weeks later but there was no improvement. Clearly I needed help with math.
I discovered Target Test Prep through a forum, and I'm happy to endorse the work that Scott, Jeff and the rest of their team have done with the platform. Rather than piecing my way through books, it was much more effective to use an integrated, online interface where you could learn the content and do practice problems. Everyone will advise that you track your progress and keep an error log, and TTP basically does this for you. If you're limited on time, I think you'll see a solid improvement with just the easy/medium problems. I will say, though, that having drilled their hard problems, I consistently got Q48/Q49 in my mocks. The math felt relatively simple — at that point, my inefficiencies were more about test-taking skills and falling for the GMAT's tricks rather than a gap in knowledge.
Joined: Jun 23, 2019
760 Q49 V44
I'll start off by saying that I owe my GMAT Quant score (49, up from...much lower than that) pretty much entirely to Target Test Prep. Coming into my GMAT prep, I hadn't taken a standardized test in almost 10 years and had not thought about geometry, probability or rate problems since probably freshman year of college. TTP was perfect for me because it really walks you through every major topic and hammers you with questions to make sure you're really comfortable with each type of problem you'd see on the test.
TTP might not be a good fit for you if:
-you're not a self-directed learner, since there aren't scheduled classes or accountability.
-you don't have the time to put into it. I got through it in 3 months doing 3-6 hours per day, and wouldn't recommend skipping modules or tests
-you already have a strong foundation in the quant topics. While I still think there's value to be found in the sheer amount of practice questions TTP has, it really breaks down topics that I could imagine might be oversimplified if you're more recently familiar with these topics
My advice is to do the free trial and see how you like the style of the lessons and answer explanations. The video and written explanations for problems really clicked with me, so I knew pretty quickly this was going to be the program for me. The interface is really clean and easy to navigate too, which I appreciated.
Joined: Jan 06, 2020
780 Q50 V48
Target Test Prep is the fastest way to get to a perfect or near perfect Quant score. I started off at the <50th percentile because I had forgotten / never learned many of the key concepts of the GMAT and found myself scoring a 780 on the official GMAT within 6 weeks. I have five other friends who used Target and all of them score 50 or 51.
I definitely recommend a software like Target over a tutoring course. Everyone I know who has used a tutoring service ends up taking 4+ months to complete their GMAT study because you have to go at the tutor's pace and then feel a sense of completion once the tutoring is over. Target lets you go at your own pace - I put 2-3 hours in every day to cover the material quickly (an approach I would highly recommend) and always knew exactly how much material I still had not covered.
Joined: Aug 22, 2019
700 Q47 V39
The team did a fantastic job developing this product and it cost very little relative to the quality. I had done zero quant prep heading into the course and over a few months (while working full time) was able to score a 47Q in my first GMAT attempt. The course does a good job of walking you through scenarios and question formats that you're likely to see on test day. I learned alot of clever ways to rearrange questions and to organize my work.
Huge thanks to TTP, they did a great job. I learned alot and feel good about my score.
Joined: Jan 02, 2020
700 Q47 V39
I was a humanities major in college and took the GMAT years after any formal math education. I have never been stellar in quantitative subjects, but had a decent foundation in concepts. I credit my quantitative score almost entirely to the few months I used TTP. I used some books and other guides to supplement, but I believe the TTP program is what truly made the breakthrough difference from low 40s to high 40s/50 on practice tests.
The modules are easy to follow and are complemented perfectly by the equation guide. I used the equation guide as essentially a review sheet before taking practice tests and the real thing- something that I believe helped immensely. I was routinely hitting 47-50 scores on practice tests leading up to my official test. I bought into the program- I did all of the quizzes as recommended. At times it did seem like overkill and I just wanted to move on, but I trusted the process. Sticking with this advice definitely helped as many of the concepts and steps in problem identification became second nature to me.
In terms of customer service, any time I had any sort of question, Scott or a member of the TTP team responded almost immediately. Scott showed in interest in my path and followed up after the program to see how everything went.
I recommend this program to anyone studying the GMAT and needs that boost in the math section. I only wish that TTP would come out with a Verbal section as well. If they do, I will purchase the program again.
Joined: May 14, 2019
720 Q50 V38
Target Test Prep is one stop prep material for GMAT quant portions. You absolutely need nothing more for this section! The material and the questions are so exhaustive, I'm definite these lessons can be used for other aptitude tests coaching as well.
I used TTP for Quant and Manhattan Prep for Verbal. After thoroughly analysing my weak areas and mistakes with 6 Manhattan Prep CATs and 6 GMAT Official prep exams, my actual GMAT score shot up by 160 points - from 560 to 720. Make thorough notes of mistakes as well as better solutions provided even if you got the answers correct. It's okay if your mock exam scores fluctuate because they will until you get a firm grip on applying the concepts you learn.
How was Manhattan Prep for Verbal?
Could you specify your Q/V for before and after score improvement?
Manhattan prep for Verbal was excellent. I used three of their guides: CR, SC and RC and rigorously practiced their 6 free CAT tests and HW material online. I scored V23 on my first attempt which shot to V38 on my third.