Manhattan Prep GMAT offers a series of comprehensive options to prepare for the GMAT, including traditional, in-person prep courses, live online, on-demand, and private tutoring options.
High definition videos, a large number of available practice questions, excellent study materials, expert instructors, and an impressive selection of free materials are some of the best features of this GMAT prep course.
1. Range of Course Offerings
With in-person, live online, on-demand, and private tutoring options for the GMAT, Manhattan Prep covers all its bases. You can take their intense, two-week Boot Camp course right before the exam, or you can start studying 2 or more months in advance with the more comprehensive GMAT Complete Course (either in person or live online).
Entirely on-demand options are available too: sign up for the GMAT Interact course, which covers everything on the GMAT from a well-organized course dashboard online, or choose just the Verbal or Quant course. You can even pick one specific area on the exam that needs additional practice and focus on that in one of Manhattan’s short 2-3 hour online workshops. Private tutoring is available as well.
2. Free GMAT Study Materials
An impressive amount of free GMAT study materials, including a full-length computer adaptive practice exam, challenge problems, flashcards, and weekly online hour-and-a-half study sessions (“Thursdays with Ron”), are available on the Manhattan Prep GMAT website. You can explore the basic version of the GMAT Navigator (Manhattan Prep’s all-in-one GMAT dashboard) for free before you purchase a full course.
Take advantage of the free trial of their on-demand course, GMAT Interact. You can get a feel for how the interactive lessons work, and whether this self-study course is right for you.
3. Sheer Volume of Study Material
Access to more than 4,200 GMAT practice questions, several volumes of guidebooks and strategy guides, more than 35 video lessons, and additional resources means that students get a lot for their money. The books are well-organized and explain concepts in a way that is easy to understand.
You can use the online features, such as the GMAT Navigator and the interactive syllabus to track your progress and review or hone skills that are covered in the lessons. Take advantage of the OG tracker to monitor your progress on Official Guide problems. Six practice tests are also available to simulate the actual exam and help you gauge your progress during the course.
With the exception of the GMAT Interact course (priced at $899), Manhattan Prep’s options are significantly more expensive than the competition. In person/live online options range from $1299 to $2950, and private tutoring will cost you at least $220 an hour.
2. No App
Manhattan Prep’s courses are accessible from your computer or iPad, but there is no app for the comprehensive course materials, so it is not as portable as versions offered by many competitors. Many students prefer to study on the go while they are commuting or have a few spare minutes on their hands, and that is easier to do when you can just watch a quick lesson or answer a few questions from your smartphone with an app having both online/offline capabilities.
3. No Refunds or Score Improvement Guarantee
Unlike other prep companies in this category, Manhattan Prep makes no promises that your score will increase if you take one of their courses. There is also no money-back guarantee. Given the relatively steep price of most of Manhattan’s course options, this is somewhat surprising.
The Manhattan Prep GMAT Interact Course is good for students looking for a flexible, self-paced GMAT program. This on-demand option is priced at the lower end of the company’s courses and can be customized to include only the Verbal or the Quant review. Students who would rather be held accountable by a live course can choose from in-person instructional sessions with instructors or the online option of the GMAT Complete Course. Manhattan is one of few companies that offers targeted help on the essay with their essay grading software.
Given the amount of material that is covered in the various courses, official guide books, and online, this prep course is best for students who are committed to studying hard and completing a lot of work for a significant number of hours a week before the GMAT. Manhattan Prep is a quite a comprehensive course, so students should expect to put in a lot of work if they plan to get through all of the material.
The wide variety of course options make Manhattan Prep’s courses very appealing. From live to on-demand options, from comprehensive course reviews to specialized workshops that focus on one type of question, Manhattan has something for everyone. The prices are somewhat higher than those of competing courses, however, most students agree that you get a lot for your money. Most of their offerings come with a set of study guides, access to online course material and practice exams, and some one-on-one coaching by GMAT expert tutors.
Try the generous amount of free study material and the free trial session of the GMAT Interact course to find out exactly what you are missing! If you want a thorough prep course and don’t mind spending a bit more for all those quality materials, Manhattan Prep is definitely worth considering.
Summary of Course Features
- In classroom or live online instruction
- On-demand options
- 35+ interactive video-based lessons
- 6 full-length computer adaptive practice tests,
- 4200+ quiz bank questions
- One-on-one coaching from instructors
- Interactive online syllabus
- GMAT Navigator™ online practice tracker
- Private tutoring available
- 10 strategy guide books
- 3 Official Guides for GMAT Review
- OG tracker
- 2 Online Foundations of Math Workshops
- Test Simulation Booklet
- Essay grading software
- eBook downloads
GMAT Interact Course
Price: $899 for full course; $499 for Quant Only/Verbal Only
Includes: 35+ interactive video lessons, 1-on-1 session with a live instructor, 10 Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides, The Official Guide for GMAT Review, The Official Guides for GMAT Quantitative and Verbal Review, 2 online Foundations of Math Workshops, Foundations of GMAT Math, Foundations of Verbal, Advanced GMAT Quant, Test Simulation Booklet similar to GMAT scratch pad provided during the test, 6 full-length computer adaptive practice tests, interactive online syllabus, GMAT Navigator, challenge problem archives and question banks, essay grading software, eBook downloads.
Quant Only course includes 16 interactive quant lessons, 6 practice tests, 6 strategy guides, online tools, and more.
Verbal Only course includes 21 interactive verbal lessons, 6 practice tests, 4 strategy guides, online tools, and more.
GMAT Complete Course
Price: $1299 live online/$1599 live in-person
Includes: 27 hours of classroom instruction over 9 sessions, custom 1-on-1 pre- and post-exam assessments with an instructor, unlimited advice from GMAT Instructors through online forums, 10 Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides, The Official Guide for GMAT Review, The Official Guides for GMAT Quantitative and Verbal Review, 2 Online Foundations of Math Workshops, Foundations of GMAT Math, Foundations of Verbal, Advanced GMAT Quant, Test Simulation Booklet, full access to GMAT Interact on-demand prep course, 35+ interactive video-based lessons, 6 full-length computer adaptive practice tests, interactive online syllabus, GMAT Navigator, challenge problem archives and question banks, essay grading software, and eBook downloads.
Includes: 1 or more hours of on-site or live online instruction for a Specific Question Type (e.g. Sentence Correction or Data Sufficiency).
Price: $2,650 live online/$2,950 live in-person
Includes: 35 hours of intensive online or in-person instruction in 2 weeks, one-on-one coaching, 12 hours of simulated practice testing, 10 Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides, The Official Guide for GMAT Review, The Official Guides for GMAT Quantitative and Verbal Review, Test Simulation Booklet, 6 full-length practice tests, GMAT Navigator, full access to GMAT Interact on-demand prep course, challenge problems, question banks, essay grading software, and eBook downloads.
Price: $225 per hour
Includes: 1 or more hours of on-site or live online instruction with an expert tutor.
Price: $1,100 – $4,875
Includes: 5-25 hours of on-site or live online instruction with an expert tutor.