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Joined: Sep 24, 2009
710 Q49 V37
Improvement 10 Points
Instructor Hemanth Venkataraman
Location New York (Manhattan), NY USA
ManhattanGMAT is excellent! I started my 9-session class in January with Hemanth as my instructor. He was an excellent instructor and went through everything thoroughly.
My quant improved a ton - in my diagnostic exam, I took 10 minutes over the 75 minute time limit to finish the quant sections and only got a 43Q (70th percentile). On test day I got a 49Q (85th percentile)! MGMAT is known for extremely difficult quant problems, especially at the 700+ level.
My verbal did not improve from my diagnostic exam. (I am a native speaker). In my diagnostic exam I got a 41V but on test day I got a 37V. I am not sure why this is as I have scored at least a 38V or higher on all of my practice tests. I do wish that the MGMAT verbal guides had multiple choice questions in the back (to simulate test questions) instead of the short answer questions that they currently have.
GMAT Diagnostic Exam: 700 (43Q 41V)
Test Day: 710 (49Q 37V)
In addition to the class syllabus, the class provides what is called a "study organizer", which details the exact problems that you need to do for homework for every day of the 9 week class. The study organizer includes what is assigned in the syllabus, as well as additional problems. I would say that I averaged about 25 hours of work a week on this course (3 hrs class + 21 hrs HW). It is a ton of work, but it is great!
The NYC location also provides a testing center that is pretty warm, but good for taking practice exams and studying.
A serious suggestion: The practice exams really need to be improved.
1. At the higher levels (700+), the quant portion of the MGMAT CAT exam will give you 3-4 probability / combinatorics questions. In reality you may see 1-2 of these problems on exam day.
2. The verbal portion of the MGMAT CAT exams will front-load the RC and CR questions, and you will usually finish all of the RC questions at around question 25-30. In reality it is more spread out. This is important for timing. You may find yourself finishing early on the CAT exams because the last 5-6 questions are SC questions, but on test day you may not have enough time if your verbal section ends with 4-5 RC or CR questions.
3. If you are a high scorer (700+), the later CAT exams will give you more 600-700 level questions, since you would have exhausted all of the 700 level questions in MGMAT's question bank. For example, I scored 700+ in my 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th CAT exams. In my 6th CAT exam, the last 13 questions in my verbal section were of 600-700 level. I got them all right, and I got an inflated score. In reality, the questions will be about 700+ level difficulty if you are scoring this high.
If MGMAT's CAT Exams are the best on the market (besides GMATPrep), then I really don't want to think about how bad CAT Exams from other providers are.
710 Q49 V37
I took the Knewton online course after my first attempt at the GMAT. The course materials and instructional videos really taught me how to tackle the verbal part of the GMAT, as evidenced by the 7 point jump in my raw score.
The quant part was ok, but the questions were not as rigorous as I had hoped. I would say that the quant questions are of 650 level difficulty. ManhattanGMAT is better for quant preparation. Still, you can't argue with a quant score of 50. As far as homework is concerned, I would say that I did about 4-6 hours a week, and still managed to finish the course in about 9 weeks.
Overall, as you can see from my score improvement, I would definitely recommend Knewton to others! One thing I would add is that you only have 4 months of online access for Knewton once you sign up.