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Manhattan Prep

About Manhattan Prep

Teach for America alumnus and Yale graduate Zeke Vanderhoek, began with a vision of students learning better, if given more qualified teachers, back in 2000. He assembled a hand-picked team of 99th percentile educators to give potential learners a more substantial preparatory experience and the concept of Manhattan Prep was born.

Offering an approach that touts critical thinking, rather than using tricks and gimmicks, Zeke and his team of accomplished instructors believe that learning should be fun and not just something the student should suffer through as a means to the end.


Manhattan Prep offers services for self-starters, giving them readily available options offered at their own pace, up to and including last-minute crunch courses. More structured online courses are available for those who need tutoring options and more advanced, comprehensive direction and assistance.

Manhattan Prep Cost and Contact Info

Course option pricing is as follows:


Their basic “Interact” course starts at $549 and includes over 35 hours of interactive, on demand video lessons, access to all of their online books and other internet resources.

The Manhattan Prep live GMAT course begins at $1,299 and offers 27 hours of live instruction, online or personalized classes.

A 10 hour package of live tutoring will start at $2,450 with one-on-one sessions and attention available both in person and online. Their $2,650 “Boot Camp” class includes 35 hours of instruction over a two-week period also available either in person or online.


Their “Crunch Time” level package starts at $99 and offers a two-hour online session with a live instructor geared towards those presented with a last-minute scenario.

Moving up to the guided self-study program beginning at $299, features include over 22 hours of video instruction, access to all online books and resources.

The live GRE course study includes 27 hours of live instruction and online or in-person classes starting at $999. A ten hour tutoring package begins as $2,450 and presents one-on-one personalized instruction, custom-tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, available either in-person or online.

Reach out to Manhattan Prep via email at gmat@manhattanprep.com or gre@manhattanprep.com, toll-free to (800) 576-4628.

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Reviews Statistic

4.5 out of 4.5
278 Ratings
5 Stars 169
4 Stars 87
3 Stars 17
2 Stars 3
1 Stars 2

278 reviews for Manhattan Prep Overview

  1. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I’m not naturally a good test-taker, and this course gave me everything I needed to get a decent score! They don’t just address the subject matter; they also offer test-taking tips & tricks to make the most of your “guess-work”, and address all areas of the psychology of test-taking (for example: my instructor even provided a recorded mediation to help combat anxiety). You will be much more sure of your ability to perform at your best after taking this course.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School / 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Write your essays authentically; avoid writing about what you think admissions wants/needs to hear, and just be yourself!
  2. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    This GMAT prep course was valuable in that it forced me to study and make the most of it. I would take advantage of the one on one prep. The downside to this course is that it has very specific focuses and can be overwhelming to complete.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School / 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: When applying to MBA programmes, look to solicit advice from others who have been in your shoes. The GMAT is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle, but it is only one piece. Study hard and get a good score, but at the end of the day, your story is much bigger than just that. By reaching out to alumni, admissions staff or current students, you can get an appropriate gauge for your success.
  3. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Manhattan Prep (Live course in NYC) was fantastic. The instructors are all incredibly talented, scored in the high 700s, and have a knack for teaching not just the material covered on the GMAT, but more importantly the tricks and strategies needed to effectively tackle the test. From my dry run to test day I increased 100 points and I attribute a great deal of that success to Manhattan Prep. Even after the course was over and I had already sat for an official test, Manhattan Prep provided me with services to help focus and improve on problem areas. The class format is great, the material covered is incredibly helpful, and the instructors are supportive from start to finish. I highly recommend Manhattan Prep as the foundation for GMAT prep.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School/2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: My advice is to start as early in the process, both with regards to GMAT prep and speaking with current students and alumni. Not only will a head start help you down the road, it will give you peace of mind as you deal with the inevitable speedbumps along the way.
  4. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    In short, Manhattan Prep was definitely a step up from Kaplan online course (yes, I took both), but I still was not ready to score above 700 upon completion. I did all the exercises in all the books, and attended every lecture, but something was missing. Although I learned a lot of techniques and formulas, there were not enough similar exercises to sharpen my skills. I ended up hiring a tutor, who was able to get me past 700 mark. Looking back at my GMAT experience I see that Manhattan Prep was instrumental in creating a framework for my GMAT skills, but group studies did not provide an opportunity to focus on my personal weaknesses. This is where a personal tutor was instrumental. He identified areas in which I could easily improve, and by hitting those three subjects, I was able to improve my score dramatically. Don’t be afraid to try a different resource if the first one does not work, or does not get you as far as you would like to be. One size does not fit all.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School, 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: 1. If Columbia is your first choice, apply in Early Decision round as soon as application opens up. This way you might be done with the whole process by the end of July. 2. Don't leave short answer questions for the last moment. There are a lot! 3. Read about professors and courses offered. These differentiate schools one from another, and provide good points for "Why this school?" questions.
  5. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    At first, I thought I could study on my own. With work being so hectic, I slowly realized that I needed help getting out of my rut.

    I took a Sunday afternoon course and it was much better than expected – my class only had 5 people. The teacher was still able to break us up into different skill levels and make it personable while being online. Also the practice tests were clutch – 5 options, but even when you take them multiple times, you tend to get different questions 40% of the time.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Get the GMAT done as quickly as possible and then focus on the meat of your application. Your cover letter matters a lot more than you realize!
  6. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I took the standard Manhattan GMAT Prep class the summer before taking the GMAT. I was initially hesitant to shell out $1000+ to take a course that consisted of reviewing material available elsewhere. The course’s thematic grouping and logical progression with respect to topics covered on the GMAT justify the expense, and the easy access to top test takers who are more than willing to help you succeed is invaluable. I went up 120 points from my initial diagnostic to my final test score, and attribute much of that to the Manhattan Prep course.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Focus on no more than 3 schools per round. Begin your applications well in advance of the deadlines, especially if you are retaking the GMAT ahead of submission. I waited until after getting the GMAT score that I wanted to begin my applications.
  7. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I took the GMAT last year using Manhattan Prep and my score went up 80 points in 6 weeks. Manhattan Prep breaks down the material to be digestible. Furthermore, they are very responsive. I would email them with questions and they would always get back to me. I studied on my own for about 3 months and I learned more (and saw more progress) during the 6 weeks with Manhattan Prep than the 3 months prior combined. I recommend it to anyone.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School / 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: My application advice for the GMAT is to fit in the time. Have a schedule and dedicate a certain amount of time each day and week. I broke out the different sections of the GMAT and studied 2 hours before work every morning. Prior to doing Manhattan Prep, I studied on my own, as well. In total, it only took 4 months, which is worth the commitment for a top grade.
  8. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    I did a Manhatten Prep review course that was extremely helpful in prepping me for the exam. Re-learning the math and grammar rules, etc, is easy on your own but the course provided me with countless tips and tricks for doing my best on the test that I would not have known otherwise (e.g., strategies for timing questions, getting yourself mentally prepared, etc.) The materials provided for the course were also very thorough and something that I could use to help prep well after the course ended.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Darden/2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: The most important thing in the application process is to establish your "story" early and to know it very well. This will make everything else (e.g., writing essays, interviewing) much easier. Talk to coworkers, current MBA students, MBA alumni and those working at the companies you would be interested in post-MBA to help get this story right. Also, do lots of information-gathering through both campus visits and information sessions.

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