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Manhattan Prep was created in response to the growing demand for high quality GMAT preparation. Our mission at Manhattan Prep is to provide students with the skills and strategies essential for success, given today's higher standards for what defines a competitive GMAT score. We have no magic formula, no silver bullet, no empty guarantees. Instead, we have three basic principles that separate us from other test prep: Focus on the GMAT; Superior Curriculum; Real Teachers

Joined: Jun 6, 2013
Purchased Course: Jun 24, 2013
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Good Experience

June 16, 2013
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: N/A

MGMAT materials are the best. There is an abundance of information to review, including the foundation books if you need a refresher on core content. I would highly recommend this product as I was able to raise my score by 90 points using the materials.
Joined: Apr 9, 2013
Purchased Course: Jan 21, 2013
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Great Teacher, Great Course

April 9, 2013
  • Teacher: Abby Berry
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 760

Abby Berry was an absolute pleasure to have as a teacher and I cannot recommend the course enough. She really takes the time to get to know each of her students personally, and is incredibly accessible if you have any additional questions, concerns, unusual circumstances, etc. The normal course schedule did not fit with my plans, and Abby could not have been more helpful in terms of making sure I made it work.

The resources provided by Manhattan GMAT seem literally endless, and this gives you the ability to spend as much time as you want/need to prepare. The biggest help is the classroom portion though, and my practice scores went up over 100 points from the beginning of the class to the end, and I was able to repeat this success on the actual test.

Overall, could not have been more happy with my experience, and I cannot say enough kind things about Abby.
Joined: May 10, 2011
Purchased Course: Aug 17, 2011
College: University of Virginia
Major: Computer Science
Industry: Consulting
Country: United States
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Great course with invaluable instruction and tips

August 24, 2012
  • Teacher: Mark Porath
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 700

The MGMAT course was fantastic. It was very well organized and extremely well taught. My instructor was very knowledgable and personable. The online materials were some of the best I have ever seen, and the instruction books are very thorough. I could not have done well on this test without studying the lessons specific to each question/content type and the practical test taking tips from MGMAT!
Joined: Oct 31, 2011
Purchased Course: Dec 19, 2011
College: University of Western Ontario
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Industry: Machinery and Indus Equip Mftrs
Country: Canada
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Great instructors: really helped me identify my weaknesses & concentrate my prep work

July 26, 2012
  • Teacher: Avi Gutman
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 710

I have to say that taking this course was the best thing I did in starting my prep for the GMAT. I was under a time crunch as I started my course in Feb to meet the June 2012 format change. The books and website material provide great deep-dives into each topic area and there are enough questions and practice exams to keep you occupied for months. Avi Gutman was a great instructor, really knowledgeable about the material and always followed up on items he was not immediately able to answer. After the 9 week course was over, he was also available via phone and email for questions that came up.

When I did the re-write I took advantage of the Post-Exam-Assessment and spent an hour on the phone with Brett Beach-Kimball hammering out a 1 month prep strategy for my re-write. Also, since I re-wrote in July and had to deal with IR, I found Stacey Koprince's blog posts and the BTG online workshops on IR an invaluable resource in learning the question types and prompts. Thank You to Manhattan GMAT for all your help. Keep up the good work!

I have written a more in-depth post about my preparation for my 2nd attempt at the GMAT and you can find this here:
Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Purchased Course: May 3, 2012
College: University of Nevada - Reno
Major: Marketing
Industry: Education
Country: United States
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If you're rusty start here!

July 25, 2012
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  • Recommended forVerbal: No  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: N/A

I haven't taken a math class since 2006, and math has never been my favorite. When I started with Number Properties, I was completely overwhelmed. I signed up in May of 2012, and for $95 received FoM I and II as well as the book.

The courses last 3 hours each, and are very interactive. FoM I was really good. It covered things like turning words into math, isolating variables and combining equation. I had Whitney Garner, and she is great. Not boring and very easy to follow.
FoM II wasn't as good. All I can remember is briefly going over geometry principles.
Can't remember who the teacher was either.

The book covers way more content than the course, but it's good to have for reference and practice questions. If you're not getting FoM II for free, don't spend the extra cash.

I highly recommend FoM I and Whitney Garner!
Joined: Dec 5, 2009
Purchased Course: Nov 24, 2009
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Good course, a bit pricey, but overall among the best out there

July 19, 2012
  • Teacher: Liz Ghini
  • Recommended forVerbal: No  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 640

I have taken both the in-person and online version of the course. The in-person course is a lot better than the online course, is it really worth the 1400$ ? I would say maybe, if you really struggle with the basics then NO way, use GMATPREPNOW to brush up your basics for a fraction of the cost and then attend the in-person course.

Not all MGMAT instructors are cut from the same cloth, some are better than others. Liz and Kara Thorton were dream instructors. Aileen Neilsen was not even a shadow of the other two instructors I mentioned. MGMAT doesn't like to hear negative feedback about their "extremely well trained" instructors. I found this out when I called up student services and mentioned that my instructor (Aileen) wasn't upto the mark. Their answer was no way, we reject your subjective opinion about our instructor, if you don't like the instructor pay 300 $ that is if you really can't endure her teaching. I didn't hate her, I just thought that she wasn't good enough. So really there is no way out, MGMAT instructors are the best, well may be some really deserve the title, whereas others are not even close. I understand it MGMAT's policy and I respect it, but come on, not ALL of your instructors awesomely awesome. I would agree that MOST are indeed amazingly amazing :)

In my opinion, unless you really need tips and strategies, one can do just fine with MGMAT and OG books. The MGMAT class really was all about forcing me to study 30-40 hrs every week on homework. Most of the stuff they went over in class was strategy and tips. If you think these in class prep classes are going to teach you everything, including fundamentals, you are mistaken.I found this hard fact after spending $1400 in the course.

One more thing is that the folks at student service are extremely nice, even tough I have had my differences of opinion with them, but I still feel that the fine folks at Student Services do everything in their power to help you and accommodate your requests. For instance, MGMAT doesn't renew your online access more than three times, but the person at Student Services extended my online access for a forth time and that too with a smile. Not just the content, but the overall customer service is phenomenal.

But if you do plan to take a full length in-person course. Manhattan is simply the best hands down. Why?

MGMAT's 9-week live course isn't cheap, but it is excellent. I highly recommend it if you are serious about getting a top score . The written strategy guides are good, the OG Archer is a must-have resource and the other online resources are pretty good too. As far as the instructors are concerned, I suggest taking a trial class before being locked in with someone whose teaching style doesn't appeal to you. In a nutshell, PICK MGMAT (yeah sure shot way to go), but please don't choose blind, AND YES MGMAT is the BEST period.
Joined: Jul 13, 2012
Purchased Course: Apr 29, 2011
College: Union college
Major: Economics
Industry: Retailing/Wholesaling
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Great course!

July 13, 2012
  • Teacher: Jon Schneider
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 740

I'm really glad I did this. The course was vigorous and well focused. Jon is a great teacher. He's friendly, smart, and teaches you the skills and strategies you need. I had a number of interruptions which caused me to miss classes, and the company was very flexible in helping me do my make ups.
Joined: Jun 7, 2012
Purchased Course: Nov 17, 2011
College: London
Major: Management/Business Administration
Industry: High Technology/Electronics
Country: Ireland
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Strategic insights and last minute polishing increased my score!

June 7, 2012
  • Teacher: Robert Wilburne
  • Recommended forVerbal: No  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 650 After: 700

Robert helped me to pace myself for the test. His tips helped me not to get caught up on high level questions and to move on.

We went through my test exprience and discovered improvement opportunities with regards to timing.

Also, he answered some very specific question, which I still had after going through every possible question from all kinds of books (Manhattan, Kaplan, Official Guide), such as inequalities with absolute values on both sides.

If you are happy going through the study material on your own (I DO!), and you want the final push in getting the score you want, it is worth it to ask for 1-2-1 tutoring. I think I only had 2 sessions - so it wasn't more expensive than a 10-weeks course.

Hope this helps,

Joined: Mar 31, 2012
Purchased Course: Feb 15, 2012
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Highly adaptable teaching style

March 31, 2012
  • Teacher: Brett Beach-Kimball
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 730

I purchased private tutoring from Manhattan GMAT and was paired with Brett Beach-Kimball. Before engaging in online tutoring I had attempted to study on my own and was stuck hovering around the 640 mark. After 8 hours of tutoring from Brett, I took the GMAT and scored a 730. I found the online classroom easy to use and navigate. I must admit, I was skeptical at first as I am very much not a computer guy, but the forum worked well. Brett's strongest attribute as a teacher is his ability to explain problems in multiple ways. Whenever I would have difficulty with a particular problem or concept, Brett would ask me to talk him through my thought process on tackling the problem. Brett made his recommendation on how to approach similar problems in the future based on my thinking and learning style, and did not try to force a "single solution" model on me, which was quite beneficial.
Brett and I also worked together to create a solid game plan for the month leading up to the GMAT. His recommendations were spot on and enabled me to perform at my peak on test day.
The out of session work assigned by Brett on a weekly basis proved invaluable at preparing me for test day. When we started together I was having to rush through the last 7 or 8 questions on the quantitative section. On test day I was able to finish to quantitative section with ten minutes to spare.
It is important to note that in order to maximize time and money (as the tutoring is pricey, but well worth it) you must spend ample time in between tutoring sessions to practice sets and drills. Brett and I met every Monday night for two hours. Between sessions, I usually studied for at least an hour on weeknights and 3 hours on week ends.
Brett is a true professional. I would recommend him to anyone seriously looking to improve their GMAT score and is willing to put in the extra time to do so.
Joined: Mar 29, 2012
Purchased Course: Sep 25, 2011
College: U. Chicago/Pepperdine
Major: Political Science
Industry: Multimedia
Country: United States
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Rigorous, thorough preparation. No short cuts here.

March 29, 2012
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 740

Rigorous, thorough preparation. No short cuts, but it will definitely prepare you for the exam--especially if you are willing to put in the work. Your score will definitely show significant improvement--again if you do the work. And that's the way it should be.

My instructor, Hemanth, was very good, had very thorough knowledge of the exam and had apparently been teaching the prep course for a long time. Additionally and perhaps most importantly, he was sincerely concerned with our success as students and is a full-time school teacher for his day job (obviously good training for teaching a prep class).

Manhattan GMAT also has great resources for taking practices exams--which probably cannot be emphasized too much--giving you as close to the real experience as possible--and up to like 6 times.

Let's see...Manhattan also has very good online resources. I'm sure their website can describe it better than me.

Their study guides are very thorough, more thorough than the Kaplan guides I've seen. When you sign up for the class, they mail you a box full of study guides--and you are expected to go through approx. 3/4 of them.

If you're serious about a good score and willing to put in some work take Manhattan--just my personal opinion and experience.
Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Purchased Course: Oct 16, 2011
College: University of Maryland - College Park
Major: Finance
Industry: Investment Banking
Country: United States
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Great Course - Adds the structure needed for success

March 13, 2012
  • Teacher: Jonathan Schneider
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 750

Manhattan GMAT's 9-week prep course was a great program. I began my studying quest about 4 months prior to signing up for Manhattan's class. This beginning entailed purchasing a prep book and spending about an hour every other night reading through it. After a few months, this clearly wasn't working and I signed up for Manhattan's class. The class did a great job at not only re-introducing all of the quant/verbal topics you haven't seen since high school, but also teaching strategies on how to approach each type of question and difficulty level.

My teacher at Manhattan GMAT was also great. He had a very firm grasp on all subject matter and laid out very realistic goals for accomplishing practice work. Overall, the combination of a very smart and encouraging teacher, a well structured study/practice regiment, and expansive internet resources allowed me to succeed on the GMAT.

The program is certainly recommended to anyone else looking for that push to finally get the studying done and sit for the test.
Joined: Mar 4, 2012
Purchased Course: Sep 22, 2011
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Very Helpful and Thorough Online Manhattan GMAT Course

March 4, 2012
  • Teacher: Brett & Tim
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 730

I took the Manhattan GMAT 9-session online course over a period of nine weeks because I am currently working in China. Although worried at first that I wouldn't learn as much through the online course as an in-person course, I am very pleased with the results of my online course. My instructors (Brett and Tim) were both very knowledgeable about the content they were teaching and you could tell they prepared for each class thoroughly. They also very well-informed about the actual CAT exam itself and gave helpful tips on how to manage one's time on the test. I am sure that I would not have done as well as I did on the test without their test-taking advice.

Manhattan GMAT also offers fantastic resources for their students. The CAT exams are very similar to the actual test and, in my case, a good predictor of your score on test day. I also really appreciated the notes for each class and the question banks. All in all, I am very satisfied with my Manhattan GMAT experience and would strongly recommend this course to those who want a practical and streamlined GMAT prep course.
Joined: Mar 2, 2012
Purchased Course: Oct 23, 2011
College: Washington University
Major: Political Science
Industry: Investment Management
Country: United States
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Tons of resources!

March 2, 2012
  • Teacher: Tom Rose
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 730

Manhattan GMAT provides a comprehensive approach to studying for the GMAT.

They syllabus is a bit intimidating in the brute amount of information in contains, but if you diligently work through it over the course of a few months you'll definitely get improved results.

Tom Rose is a fantastic teacher. His explanations were clear and he's very funny as well.

I also heavily utilized "Thursdays with Ron", which is actually free to anyone. These thorough and difficult sessions significantly helped me with Quant.
Joined: Feb 28, 2012
Purchased Course: Aug 14, 2011
Country: United States
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Expert instructor and concrete strategies to help you achieve a high score

February 28, 2012
  • Teacher: Andrew Mara
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 750

I would highly recommend the in person Manhattan course for anyone who knows they want/need to achieve a 700's score to get in to the schools they are targeting. I did some research and asked around about other courses and the most positive I kept hearing about was Manhattan, minus the cost. It is expensive, but in my eyes it was worth it because I had heard success stories from others and I knew I needed a top score.

The bottom line is that Manhattan couples harder than average practice questions/tests with pretty legit and specific test taking and problem solving strategies for the GMAT to basically help ensure that you are going to achieve the best score your intelligence will allow, and likely higher because of all the tricks. The in person class was great, the instructor was incredibly smart but had a knack for making sure that you understood the "half ass" ways to do the most difficult problems and increase your chances. I really felt like I benefited from being there in person and getting the perspective of someone who was successful themselves (they are not shy about proclaiming that all teachers scored 99th percentile).

The books themselves are very good and many will recommend just to buy those whether or not you take the course. If you're tight on money that might not be a bad idea, because you get access to their online tests if you simply purchase a book. The books help give the same unique way of tackling all the different problem types that they discuss in class. But like I said, I think the class was valuable, but that is just me. The explanations of the official guide practice problems are also infinitely better than in the official guide itself.

The online practice tests were helpful as well because they are MUCH more difficult than the actual GMAT, so they help you push yourself and force you to get better by pinpointing areas you should work on, timing issues, etc...

Overall the course helped force me to push myself, do the practice, come to class, and ultimately know the best way to tackle the whole process. Expert advice every step of the way (I forgot to mention they have free 30 min virtual sessions with professors every week you can sign up for. I did these a few times and they helped as well).

If you are someone who knows they want a top score, I would highly recommend it. The first class is usually free, try it once and see if you like the instructor. Cheers.
Joined: Feb 6, 2012
Purchased Course: Sep 10, 2011
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Good course but depends on the teacher

February 6, 2012
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 720

I went to many different instructors based on scheduling conflicts and the teaching styles are wildly different. I needed more help with math and my first teacher loved teaching english. Make sure you look into the teachers first.
Joined: Jan 26, 2012
Purchased Course: Aug 25, 2011
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Great experience with Manhattan GMAT

January 26, 2012
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 760

I'm a relative slacker that doesn't often find himself impressed with teaching styles or curriculum, and rarely find myself walking away changed from a particular class.

The Manhattan GMAT course, however, taught me an abundance of information, and I left feeling charged and confident about best ways to take the gmats, as well as more knowledgeable about the material itself - both math and verbal.

My instructor was phenomenal, and I would (and have) wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone.
Joined: Dec 3, 2011
Purchased Course: Oct 29, 2011
College: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Chemical Engineering
Industry: Investment Management
Country: United States
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Manhattan GMAT helped me get 700+ score in a short amount of time

January 24, 2012
  • Teacher: Jonathan Schneider
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 730

Manhattan GMAT helped me get above a 700 in a short amount of time. Jon Schneider was a great instructor - easy to follow and always kept the class engaged.

I enrolled and started a 9-week prep class a week after the class had started and took the GMAT a week before my last scheduled class. Manhattan GMAT allowed me to take make-up classes until I got on schedule and reschedule the last class so I could take it before the test. I did not take a practice GMAT until my 2nd or 3rd week of class and had never even seen a GMAT problem before the course - the course went over each type of question and a strategy and a few ways to approach each problem.

Although I am a very bad at standardized tests, started the class knowing I would not be able to commit the recommended amount of time, and worked way more than full-time during it, my instructor - Jon Schneider - just kept encouraging me and even helped me decide what was important when I fell behind. He made sure that the class fully understood the problems discussed and was always willing to stay to explain a problem. It was clear that he really wanted all of us to do well and really like teaching the course. The materials were a great way to refresh the math & verbal skills that I had not used for years. The website/student center was filled with resources including practice tests that allow you to assess exactly what specific topics you really need to work on, online seminars that address specific problem types & strategies, free access to the GMAT essay grading tool, and a lot of other things I did not even get around to but am sure would have helped me even more.

I knew I needed a class to give me the structure, work assignments/materials, and motivation to study with such little time and am glad I chose Manhattan GMAT. I don't think another course could have prepared me with the limited amount of time I had to commit. The Manhattan GMAT course helped identify what to focus on and breaks down the material in an organized fashion. I would seriously consider the course even if you don't think you have the recommended amount of time to commit.
Joined: Jan 23, 2012
Purchased Course: Nov 23, 2011
College: Loyola Marymount University
Major: Film, Cinema and Video
Industry: Advertising/Marketing
Country: United States
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I scored a 710!

January 23, 2012
  • Teacher: Chris Brusznicki
  • Recommended forVerbal: No  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 660 After: 710

Manhattan identified my weakest quant areas (through a practice test) and provided me with additional practice material and strategy tips to improve those areas. Overall, I improved 20 percentile points.
Joined: Jan 22, 2012
Purchased Course: Dec 5, 2011
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Invest time preparing with Manhattan GMAT

January 22, 2012
  • Teacher: Sarah Ryan
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: No
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 760

Sarah Ryan was a great teacher, able to guide me when I had lost direction. She made things as clear as possible and showed me a better and more effective way to study.

She helped me determine a strategy to perform well on the GMAT, given my level of existing preparation. She also spent a lot of time reassuring me and trying to build my confidence - probably the most important determinant of my performance!

I liked the Manhattan books as well, much more rigorous than competitors. As they say, they focus on rules and concepts, rather than guessing strategies. The general info (Getting Started with GMAT) and articles on time management on the manhattangmat website were very useful as well.

Joined: Mar 27, 2011
Purchased Course: Jun 3, 2011
College: Harvey Mudd College
Major: Computer Science
Industry: Computers/Software
Country: United States
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D. Manhattan GMAT ALONE is sufficient

January 18, 2012
  • Teacher: Kim Cabot
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 710

I work 70-80 hours/week at a tech startup and simply did not have the time to figure out what I needed to focus on studying for the GMAT. I signed up specifically for this course so I could exceed a 700 GMAT score and manage my time effectively.

Manhattan GMAT gives you all of this. You receive more than enough textbook material to bury yourself in studying for months, but the instructors and course structure really help distill the essentials for you.

My instructor, Kim Cabot, is a fantastic teacher and I found the energy she brought to the classroom as valuable as her excellent pacing and delivery of the material. She was always able to explain even the most advanced quant questions clearly, and I really valued her advice on sentence correction (PIMPSCV!)
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