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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.
These tests are unbelievable. They are the closest questions I have gotten to actual GMAT questions. In fact, they are slightly tougher, but not too tough as to make the questions unhelpful.
These questions make you work for every answer, even the 500 level problems. These questions are excellent practice for the real exam. Using the quizzes feature, I was able to improve from a Q38 to Q43 to Q47/48. Without these tests, I would not have been able to improve my quant score as much as I have.
Thank you to the entire GMAT Club team, especially Bunuel who has the best/most simple answer explanations I have ever come across.
Instructor Marcus Hedahl
Location DC Area, DC USA
I decided to enroll in the course after it came highly recommended by a few colleagues. However, I was utterly disappointed by Manhattan Prep's live class for a few reasons.
Firstly, the course is unbelievable expensive (even for an undergrad the course will run you about 1000 dollars). I used a few free online trials from other companies (all of which offered their services for a fraction of the cost of Manhattan Prep) and was much happier with my free trial then I ever was with Manhattan Prep. Also, Manhattan offers no score increase guarantee at all.
The teacher was incredibly smart, but I did not see much use for his being there to be honest. There was not much teaching going on in this course. Most of the material was learned beforehand through Manhattan's Strategy Guides (Overall, those are quite helpful, even to me, and I am a visual learner). Thus, the class conisted of us solving a few problems, and the teacher going through explanations, but Manhattan Prep gives the same explanations through their learning software.
Further, I could tell the teacher did not really want to be there. He did not seem to care about his student's performance, and it was clear this was just another job for him.
Manhattan's learning software (atlas) is actually quite good due to the comprehensive syllabus, and high-quality OG explanations, however, all of this can be had for a fraction of the cost using Manhattan's cheapest offering.
Overall, I might be inclined to recommend some of Manhattan Prep's services, but definitely not the live course. It was a waste of valuable time and money.