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GMAT Test Preparation Courses by Manhattan Review

Content-Based GMAT Prep

Manhattan Review's GMAT course is efficient, straightforward and designed to help students maximize the impact of their study time. Our eight-week classic course includes easy-to-follow materials that focus on comprehensively covering all academic topics included in the GMAT. In addition, students are introduced to different test-taking techniques and taught how to identify and approach different question types.

The course begins with fundamentals, and work becomes increasingly challenging as the course progresses. All coursework is relevant to the test and builds the skills that lead to higher scores. Our course is structured to fit students' busy lifestyles, with homework, class work and practice exercises that reinforce each other to increase retention.

Realistic GMAT Practice

At Manhattan Review, students prepare for the GMAT using actual GMAT test questions. Repeat practice solving real GMAT questions helps build students' confidence in their readiness for the test. It also provides students with accurate indicators of their future performance on the GMAT. Questions and problems from past GMAT exams are the basis for both the homework and in-class coursework.

Real GMAT exam questions are used in both timed and untimed practice exercises. In class, instructors drill down into questions to ensure students have thorough understandings of the problems. They also show students how to look for and analyze patterns of questions so that students can recognize common question types quickly and easily.

Students learn the most streamlined and effective problem solving methods. Students then do timed exercises to measure their speed in simulated test conditions. As time management can be critical, students practice pacing themselves and solving problems using the most efficient, to-the-point techniques.

Manhattan Review's coursework challenges students in an easy-to-follow manner. Lessons cover increasingly complicated material each successive week. Students master the the content underlying the GMAT while also studying successful test-taking techniques. Strategies for pacing oneself are introduced as the coursework and question formats become more familiar. Students then continue to practice what they learn until they achieve full-confidence in their mastery of the material. This structure has built Manhattan Review's solid track record of GMAT success.

Academic Curriculum

Manhattan Review's curriculum is designed for students who want the security of knowing that they have mastered GMAT academic content. Our experience shows that students who have confidence in their understanding of the academic material covered in the GMAT are best poised for success. As test-taking techniques can also be helpful, while working toward mastery of GMAT content, students receive instruction in recognizing patterns in question types and learn tips for solving problems quickly.

Our curriculum is supported by the following material: 

  • Math and verbal primers with detailed instructions and essential formulas for all the academic concepts covered in the exam.
  • GMAT strategy guides that identify different question types, outline strategies for approaching different questions and demonstrate problem solving strategies using hundreds of examples.
  • A detailed overview of the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section and its unusual question formats, with hundreds of practice questions.

GMAT Course Format

The Manhattan Review GMAT course is designed to feel like a condensed graduate-level university course. The course follows a familiar and comfortable format that includes, lectures, question-and-answer sessions, collaborative student projects, homework problems that reinforce coursework, reviews, and in-person and online office hours for direct personal assistance from instructors. The primary GMAT subject areas – math, statistics and grammar – are comprehensively reviewed to ensure mastery of foundational concepts.

For the essay portion of the GMAT, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the class studies past scored essays to identify all the essential elements that earn top scores for an AWA essay. Students then write a top-scoring essay collaboratively. This method helps students learn how to recognize essay strengths and weaknesses in an interactive setting and enables them to share ideas as they build a successful essay.

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section, the newest section of the test, is also taught. This section has unusual question formats that can appear deceiving. Students learn to understand the thought process behind these questions, and they also practice synthesizing information from different sources as many of the questions in this section require.

Drill-Down Instruction

Our instructors dissect each test question to make sure students fully understand the question, know how to solve it and can identify the best time-saving strategies to use to ensure that problems are solved efficiently, without wasting valuable time. Lectures, practice exercises and question-and-answer sessions are employed to ensure that students fully grasp the problems and the best approaches for solving them. Students learn the academic principles underlying the test problems and questions and they also learn the best techniques for solving them.

Intensive Test Prep

Manhattan Review's GMAT classic course provides intensive test preparation on a schedule that fits into students' busy lives. There are three and a half hours of classroom instruction each week and students ideally devote seven to eight hours a week (as little as an hour a day) to homework and practice exercises. Each weekly class lecture covers specific GMAT subjects, and homework and GMAT practice tests completed later in the week reinforce lessons learned during the class lecture.

Classes cover more fundamental content in the beginning of the course, and step up in complexity as the course progresses. This structure allows students to focus on one subject each week, and helps students to fully master each area before moving on to the next one. The classroom is interactive and students are encouraged to ask questions and work out problems collaboratively in class with the help of the instructor and their peers. The interactive aspect of the class helps students network among themselves and fosters a sense of community among classmates.