Review of Manhattan GMAT

What a course. If I had a £1000 I would happily pay it.

I had the privilege of attending a trial course last Saturday in London which I really enjoyed.

I wandered into the class for a bright and early 10am start on a Sunday. Ouch. I expected a relatively large outfit. Instead it was one light room in a slightly grubby building with not much beyond its location to recommend it.

The course participants were mostly investment bankers of some type, one lawyer and me.

The 3 hour class was broken into three sections, maths, verbal and a bit round how the exam worked. This made me realise that for developing my study plan it would be good to mix up the quant and verbal.

I’m quite glad I had brushed up on my basics before attending as otherwise I would have struggled. As it was straight into practice questions rather than going over the fundamentals. I would definitely sat your basics need to be in place to get the benefit from the course.

I learnt a couple of really good tips:
Questions are designed to be answered in two minutes. So even for complex seeming questions there is often a quick way to answer them.
End of the exam is really important. Make sure you answer the question as that question resembles the score that GMAT will give you.
Take the time to identify what the question is really asking and that it often hidden.
Take your time in studying to identify question type and the quick way to answer the question.

The teaching was really good and gave a nice balance between GMAT strategy and how to answer particular question types.
I also really liked the complete approach the course provided. They set homework, provided homework tutorials and all the books you would need to study for the GMAT. Very comprehensive.

Didn’t get as much value out of the verbal particularly in the sentence correction mainly as it went too quick and I didn’t really understand why some of my answer choices were wrong. However I also know that my knowledge of grammar is weak and is better if I work at that at my own pace. But I would live with that for the excellent maths tuition.

Overall feel quite pleased with myself. I managed three hours of study with no anxiety attacks. (I did have them later that day, but that not the point.) I am now officially well enough to start studying properly.

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3 responses to “Review of Manhattan GMAT”

  1. expectingmbamilf says :

    Do you learn better when you’re sitting in a classroom rather than by yourself at home ? If yes, £1000 is really expensive … but if we compare it to the overall cost of an MBA, it might be worth considering. Do you intend to hire an admission consultant afterwards ?
    Good luck anyway, keep the positive thinking 🙂

    • sarahrs81 says :

      Hope to do self study again and have a private tutor for those questions I struggle with. I hope to write the essays myself with a little help from my friends.

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