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July 26, 2018
ColumbiaEMBA

Joined: Sep 29, 2017

Posts: 114

Kudos: 44

Self-reported Score:
720 Q49 V39

Manhattan GMAT CATs - decent at best

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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 02, 2018
ColumbiaEMBA

Joined: Sep 29, 2017

Posts: 114

Kudos: 44

Self-reported Score:
720 Q49 V39

Very good quant exams, below average verbal exams

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I activated a 1 week subscription to the GMAT Club tests and took numerous quizzes and CATs for both verbal and math. The math questions are very well designed; to the extent that they actually teach you shortcuts and many principles which save a lot of time on the real GMAT official exams.

The verbal exams I did not like. The sentence correction questions focus more on the meaning of the sentence and specific verbiage rather than what is correct overall. There is no better way to describe than to compare to official GMAT questions directly. At least I have never come across a question on the GMAT which will have essentially 2 correct answers. The GMAT club test will say one is wrong because it does not like a word in one of them (not a conjunction or alike btw).

All in all, buy these to improve quant. It’s well worth the price.

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