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Manhattan Prep CATs are Excellent
September 12 | 2016
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     By goldfarr 0 0

To start, I want to be very clear: The Manhattan Prep CATs are excellent. While the Quant is much harder and more verbose than what you will find on your GMAT, it prepares you more than adequately. I found that when I took CATs from the actual GMAT website, the quant seemed easy by comparison. I took all 6 CATs... The first test I took? I scored a 500.

I thought I was done for. I was a 3.9 Phi Beta Kappa student at a top 30 school and here I was, blowing it on the one test that matters. But I kept focused and really leveraged those detailed score analyses. This breaks down your strengths and weakness by topic. Couple that with a detailed answer guide and you'll be able to sort through your mistakes incredibly thoroughly.

Test after test (matched with intense self study and the 9 week course) and I saw a little improvement test to test. 500 to 520, then 580 to 630, and finally 640 to 700. Now, I felt good going into the test but with that range, I thought I would score between 580 and 650. BUT, those Manhattan CATs prepared me so much, the test felt like a breeze. When I hit "show scores" I felt good. Sure enough, that 710 popped up on the screen and I knew I had Manhattan Prep to thank. Highly highly recommend their material across the board. For non-native english speakers, the verbal is very easy to follow and for people with a good grasp of grammar and english, their break down on how to tackle CR and RC is super helpful.

So if you feel good going in with self study, the book set and CATS are definitely worth it. If you want to combine your study with some teacher/classroom help, my 9 week online course with Birdwell was amazing and helpful.

Thank you MGMAT!

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Perfect Score
September 06 | 2016
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     By TVA508 0 0

Okay, not quite prefect: 790 (Q:51, V:51, IR:8, AWA:6).

I accomplished this in one try by completely giving myself over to the MGMAT system. I read (practically memorized) every book (for quant, I only skimmed verbal) and problem. Took every practice test. Redid every problem I got wrong multiple times.

I started from a relatively low base of knowledge (I had somehow never encountered prime factorization), but the MGMAT system got me up to speed. This took 3 months of weekend and social life killing study, but it worked. (Note: I only used the books, did not take the class.)

Yes, the practice tests are harder than the real thing, but think of it as resistance training. By the time you get to the game, it's easy. On my first MGMAT practice test I got 640. I never scored higher than 730 on the MGMAT practice test. But the actual test was a breeze - it was the first time I had ever finished the IR section (I took 9 practice tests, and never finished IR) and finished quant with 3 minutes to spare.

I absolutely could not have gotten the score I did, in the time I had available, without MGMAT. In particular, their test-taking strategy tips in the advanced quant book are invaluable. I cannot recommend their system and services more highly.

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     By alphak3nny001 13 7

Manhattan prep gmat cats are definitely one of the best cats available. I recommend them for everyone taking the gmat. They are available at a fairly cheaper price as compared to most other cats.
I have found them to be more difficult than the actual gmat so don't get discouraged after seeing the results. Instead, use them to identify your weak spots and fill-in the knowledge gaps. They have high quality questions 700 level questions which are really good for practice. The people behind the tests seem to have done some good background work. The tests have a very similar feel as the GMAT Prep or GMAT itself. Every test has a vast variety of questions. Rarer topics such as Bold Faced CR or Subjunctive Mood or complex Set Theory questions or interesting Coordinate Geometry questions, which I did not find in my experience with other mock tests/material were present in the MGMAT test in fair proportion. I would say...Go for it!

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     By strivingFor800 113 33

I purchased the Manhattan GMAT CATs earlier this year with the hopes to have a very realistic experience of the GMAT. I took 3-4 of their practice exams (did not finish all 6). Here are my findings:

Verbal:

SC: they emphasize too much on the meaning. While I have found meaning related SC on the official exams, they tend to be less than 1% of the questions. More than 50% of Manhattan GMAT questions have something or the other to do with meaning and why the answer is incorrect because the meaning changed. What's more important that the same logic that I apply to the official questions would many times give me the wrong answer in MGMAT.

CR: their CR is relatively OK. The same logic that I apply to the official questions works on this so not much to say. Overall, they aren't difficult and are probably 600 level questions.

RC: similar to CR, their RC is just okay. I have found that sometimes more than 1 answer choice would make sense. This is something that will never happen on the official questions. While one could argue that I may not know the content (see what I did there? it's called quantifying...), I'm pretty confident in my English as a native speaker.

Quant:

PS: absolutely horrible. I learned nothing from this other than how easy it is to pull my hair out. Here's the trick: the official questions may seem hard, but can be solved very quickly no matter how difficult. It's a matter of finding the pattern and applying it. Here, it's 5 different steps required to get to the answer. Who has that kind of time? More importantly, how is this even relevant?

DS: same as PS. Too much work, no learning.

Overall: these exams will get you to a 600 maybe. The overall content isn't that relevant and I found these exams to be a waste of time and money. I have no gripes against MGMAT or the fact that I lost $50 - I just wish there was something that was very relatable to the official exam and so far I have found nothing to be close other than the official guides.

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July 14 | 2018
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     By Saps 40 6

Dear All,

I have used Manhattan tests for my last GMAT exam. Here goes the feedback -

I found the questions are good but very tough. Both Quant and Verbal questions are hard to solve. The questions need more time than avg of 1.5-2 min to solve in both sections, which was not the case with actual exam. If you practice these CATs you should end up scoring more on the real GMAT test than in the Manhattan tests. So MGMAT can act as a benchmark for improvement or as a morale breaker, depending on how you want to see it. There was +50 score difference between manhattan and original test for me.
Hope this helps.

Thanks,
Sapna

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     By swap6098 37 1

I registered for Manhattan Prep GMAT Test before my first attempt of GMAT (3rd October 2017).
Comparison with other CAT test series -
Before joining Manhattan I was giving Princeton Review test series. According to my experience Princeton review Test series is not as matching to GMAT as Manhattan test.
CAT test detailed Analysis -
After giving the CAT test in Manhattan, You can get detailed analysis of the test. You will also get Your percentage of correct answer category wise (for example they will show You that You did 60% parallelism question correct in the test). This helps to analyse Your level more accurately.
Manhattan also gives detailed explanation of all the questions and I found all the explanations pretty good. They were easy to understand.
Comparison with GMAT -
I think for predicting Your score on actual GMAT, Manhattan test series is the best resource. During my tests before GMAT i was getting score of 620-640, and in GMAT I got 640. And in exam I was feeling that GMAT is almost same as Manhattan CAT tests. I think most of the people will get their GMAT score within variation of 20 from Manhattan tests.
So before giving attempt to GMAT is best to analyse Your level through Manhattan test series.

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     By MBAHanover2018 17 8

hello everyone
It took me roughly a year to study for the GMAT but also for the GRE, and while I agree that the officiel tests are the best, the problem is that they are not so many you can take. That is where Manhattan gmat cat comes in handy because they offer 6 tests. The only problem in my opinion is that the test are a bit too difficult at first and it can be discouraging but if you are aware of this bias, those test should help you a lot. good luck to all and wish you to succeed and break the 700 barier

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     By emcsherry 0 0

The CAT exams are great for applying your learnings in a real test-taking scenario. I treat mine like the real tests, taking them all the way through and at the time of day my real GMAT is scheduled. They are especially helpful because they are timed and you can generate assessment reports that help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. The Manhattan navigator allows you to combine assessments from multiple CAT's at once, which helps you really understand where you can make improvements. Time is also broken down by question, so you can see how your timing correlates to the answers you had right or wrong.

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May 06 | 2018
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     By norovers 36 8

I took Manhattan's Prep's CAT's after enrolling in a live Manhattan course. I was surprised by the quality of these tests.

Firstly, these tests are not very comparable to the GMATPrep tests. For example, I found the quant to be daunting. The entire quant section was unbelievably wordy and far more complex than anything I had seen on GMATPrep quant. With that being said, Manhattan Prep's quant section could be useful in terms of skill building, but it is far too unrealistic to the GMAT quant. (Fair warning: these tests made me question my quant ability, and really drained my confidence, take with caution).

Lastly, I felt the Verbal portion was slightly easier on average. The SC and CR are on par, but the RC passages are not too difficult to read, I felt the GMATPrep readings were a bit more cumbersome.

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     By sdlife 182 9

MGMAT CATs are probably the best non-official CATs out there.

1) Verbal questions are pretty good and represent the official questions to some extent. The one thing you would realize is that as you get better in your conceptual knowledge and patterns in official questions, you'd start doing good in MGMAT CATs too, simply because the MGMAT verbal questions are made using the official questions as a reference (true for any other non-official GMAT prep company).

2) Their Quant is definitely very calculation intensive, unlike GMAT Quant. BUT, it can still be helpful if you are targeting 49+. If you analyze the Quant questions and try to learn from every question, instead of focusing on how "hard" the question is, then you'd start realizing the value of their Quant questions. The main thing is to have a conceptual clarity of the concepts used.

3) My recommendation would be to take these tests in between your GMAT Prep tests as the GMAT Prep tests are limited and are closest to the actual test, and must be used wisely. Use the MGMAT Tests to pinpoint your weak areas, work on them and then take an official test to gauge your level/performance. These tests will definitely help you build the stamina for the real test.

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