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About Manhattan Review

Dr. Joern Meissner, a tenured business school professor, began his concept of Manhattan Review back in 1999. He has supervised and overseen all of the programs since its inception. Meissner believes that prep programs created and presented by professionals that hold an MBA are not as valuable as his company, led by Meissner who has actually taught in an MBA environment. This distinction gives him a better perspective within the learning process.

Not to say that Dr. Meissner steers the Manhattan Review ship on his own. He has a crew of highly qualified, instructors who have gone through a rigorous selection process to become a part of the team. The Manhattan program focuses on enabling students to concentrate more on pure content and education, rather than tricks and shortcuts.

Basics

The formats for Manhattan’s prep classes, both GMAT and GRE, are rigorous, whether online or in a classroom setting, and some classes require a set amount of personal tutoring. Although they are similar to most of the competition when it comes to material, curriculum and content, but they are set to a specific course schedule.

Manhattan Review’s courses all offer a choice between in-person or online formats, a number of selected teaching hours with different durations of total instruction time and content. Ultimately, the plans are individualized to meet a student’s particular needs. GMAT BONUS: Weekend or “Boot Camp” options are available for those last minute crammers.

Manhattan Review Cost and Contact Info

The regime of courses and select tutoring are tiered for both GMAT and GRE on three different levels: Classic, Private and Tutoring at $990, $1,590 and $150 per hour respectively.

You can contact Manhattan Review toll-free at (800) 246-4600 or locally by dialing (212) 316-2000 and lastly by email to info@manhattanreview.com.

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40 reviews for Manhattan Review Overview

  1. 4 out of 5

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    Largely I was pleased with Manhattan Review GMAT, but for those looking to score 730+ I didn’t find the curriculum to be advanced enough.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself!
  2. 5 out of 5

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    This book provided me with a very comprehensive view of what the GMAT was like. I would complete a number of practice problems each day and would go through the activities as well. This was the only book that I used for my test prep and I do not regret that decision at all. Also, I got it on Amazon for a very reasonable price.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2019- Pitt
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Utilize the network your business school presents to you. It's something
  3. 5 out of 5

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    Great GMAT prep program

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: URI, 2007
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Utilize all materials thoroughly.
  4. 4 out of 5

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    Overall was a very comprehensive and easy to follow program for prepping for the GMAT. The system set me up for success by prepping me first on getting into the right mindset and then, helping me master the basics and correct strategies for the exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross / 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Overall was a very comprehensive and easy to follow program for prepping for the GMAT. The system set me up for success by prepping me first on getting into the right mindset and then, helping me master the basics and correct strategies for the exam.
  5. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan Review did a fantastic job of prepping me for the GMAT. If you don’t keep up with the homework, you won’t get as much out of it (if anything at all). The course expects you to keep up, and if you don’t, you’ll likely end up confused and wasting your time.

    The prep materials are also extensive enough that they provide ample material to study on your own after the course, should you choose to do more independent work before taking the test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross School of Business / 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: First, don't wait to get started until you finish the GMAT. Oftentimes people don't hit the scores they want to, and it pushes their whole timeline back, because they wanted to wait on starting their essays until the test is over. In this scenario, I highly recommend structuring your time to make room for both.Secondly, be authentic. This is the most cliche advice out there, but it's also so hard to achieve when you're reading example essays and trying to navigate what the admissions team wants to hear. And lastly, build in time so that you have time to review your essays...often time your ability to edit directly after writing is highly impaired.
  6. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan Helped a lot with my gmat. The lessons, practice problems and tests helped tremendously. I was able to review the basics and apply to solving problems in Quant. I was able to take the tests within a month

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Jones/2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Plan your time accordingly
  7. 5 out of 5

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    extremely bright and capable instructors, course was well organized and helped improve score greatly.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: northwestern kellogg / 2018
  8. 5 out of 5

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    One of the best prep sources out there. Gives you a very comprehensive approach to tackling each specific subject of the gmat. I would recommend going over each book multiple times as it can be difficult to pick up concepts one read through. Overall I think this resource is a great way to score a 700 score or higher.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Applying / 2020
  9. 4 out of 5

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    Easy to follow and you can do it in your own timetable. Teaches you how to approach exam strategically

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/2017
  10. 5 out of 5

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    I found Manhattan to be by far the best GMAT prep materials I took. Yes, they’re the most challenging. But if you’re trying to score 700+, it’s exactly the type of review you need. I think I found the quant section more difficult (and thus more valuable) but the verbal was also very strong. I recommend Manhattan to everyone–but I would do so after you’ve studied the original gmat prep books and material, since it can feel like a quick ramp up in material.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: uNIVERSITY OF mICHIGAN, rOSS
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: tHE MBA APPLICATION FEELS BIG AND DAUNTING BUT IT'S REALLY JUST A SNAPSHOT OF WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE THUS FAR PROFESSIONALLY, AND WHAT VALUES YOU HOLD. take IT AS A CHANCE TO SHOW THE ADMISSIONS TEAM WHO YOU REALLY ARE--BUT MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR MOST TRUSTED AND TOUGHEST FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES TO HELP YOU REVIEW FIRST.
  11. 5 out of 5

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    Worth the money. Whether you have 6 months or 3 weeks – this course is very helpful. I found lectures specifically very helpful. Didn’t have too much time to practice, but test problems offered in a sample GMAT test prepare you well for the actual test date.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross business school 2019
  12. 5 out of 5

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    i would highly recommend the manhattan prep books. the lessons are very clear and methodical. i started off with a gmat score of 640 and after using the manhattan prep books (in conjunction with the official guides), I was able to achieve 710. the questions provided in manhattan tend to be a bit harder than the official ones which is good because it really tests you on your foundational knowledge and techniques. i would recommend to use an error log along side the manhattan guide. this way, you would be able to identify and focus on your weak areas. i can’t say good enough about manhattan!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: ucla anderseon, 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: take your test early, preferably a year before you decide to apply. this would give you ample amount of time to focus on your business school applications.
  13. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan Prep book were very valuable to learn the basics of the examen and to increase the proficiency in the areas where I needed additional review.

    I first took a complete Mgmat examen to assess the level of performance in the different areas of the examen. I later reviewed all mGmat books and did all the exercises available at the books. I later did an iterative process of taking a mgmat exam, review it in detail and expend time getting stronger in the areas that I performed the worst. exams available which were invaluable in getting me up to speed with the exam.

    Thanks to manhattan I was able to achieve the score that I was aiming. I definitely recommend manhattan prep course as the guide of choice to get up to speed to the gmat exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business school / 2019
  14. 5 out of 5

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    GMAT prep was awesome – able to easily understand weak spots and develop. Did better on GMAT (750) than I ever did in my practice tests!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School, 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself and honest with where you want to be in 5-10 years
  15. 5 out of 5

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    The Manhattan GMAT review course was very structured and easy to follow. By simply attending all of the require sessions and doing the homework, I was able to learn all of the necessary concepts. I struggled to beat 640 on my GMAT (after 6 months of studying). Then I found Manhattan GMAT and was able to achieve 710. My only drawback is that the course is a bit introductory for someone who has already studied extensively for it. However, it taught me techniques that helped me get to the next level, which is to achieve greater than 700. Highly recommend this course.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice would be to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure the application highlights your strengths. Then make sure you address your weaknesses with the activities you will participate in during business school and thereafter.
  16. 5 out of 5

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    The Manhattan GMAT review course was very structured and easy to follow. By simply attending all of the require sessions and doing the homework, I was able to learn all of the necessary concepts. I struggled to beat 640 on my GMAT (after 6 months of studying). Then I found Manhattan GMAT and was able to achieve 710. My only drawback was given that I had already studied extensively for the test, the course was a bit introductory for me. However, it taught me techniques that allowed me to get to the next level. Highly recommend this course.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: My advice would be to identify and understand both your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure your application highlights the 4-5 biggest strengths you have. Then use business school classes and programs to address your weaknesses and allow you to have a long-term successful career.
  17. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan prep’s specific books were perfect. I took practice tests first, found the areas where I was weakest, and then bought the relevant Manhattan books. I got a 760, so something went right!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be yourself and don't overthink your responses.
  18. 5 out of 5

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    The verbal section was extremely helpful in preparing for the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC/2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Do as many practice tests as possible, there is no better way to prepare!
  19. 4 out of 5

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    Prep books are very in-depth and cover a good range of topics, good for self-studying. Live classes don’t seem to deviate much from the books, but there if you need it. If you plan to take the GRE, Manhattan’s ‘5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems’ is a fantastic study tool.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan (Ross)
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Do your research & apply early!
  20. 5 out of 5

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    The Manhattan Review is a great resource to prepare for GMAT even if you think you’re confidant about appearing for the exam. The material allows you to refresh the concepts involved and practice them in the format in which GMAT will test you. To make it slightly more affordable you can use their $100 student referral option and use their free vocabulary guide available online. IF you believe you have your basics covered you can quickly read through the chapters and start with the practice questions and come back to easier questions in case you don’t perform well with the tougher one.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School - Fall 2008
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: MBA applications are a test of discipline and your knowledge of the school. Be clear and concise about your thoughts in your essays maintaining a coherent logical set of reasoning. Also talk to as many professors and students as you can including the members of the admission committee and put down their names in the application and the interview. That will make world of a difference.
  21. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan worked great for me. Ton of test prep options and online tests.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Haas EWMBA 2019
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Take all of the online tests. The practice was key.
  22. 4 out of 5

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    I used online self-study of Manhattan to prepare for the GMAT. Although I did not find the materials as useful on their own, combined with other online resources out there I was able to score a 710 on my final try. Highly recommend for a comprehensive review and then utilize targeted resources to emphasize your personal areas.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: IESE Business School May 2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Get the GMAT out of the way ASAP - it makes a world of difference in the application process when that is behind you.
  23. 4 out of 5

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    Good tricks to teaching you problem recognition and appropriate methodology to solve problems.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: IESE Business School/2015
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! There are no other secrets.
  24. 5 out of 5

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    The Manhattan GMAT program is really helpful in preparing MBA candidates for the exam. There is a lot of practice exam questions to gain mastery of the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT. I did the in-class version and during class sessions, we had in-class problems that kept me on my toes and helped me stay on track so that I don’t fall behind with all of the material. My instructor was very engaging and made class sessions very fun. Manhattan GMAT really wants you to do well and gives you all of the tools to succeed. It’s expensive but worth the investment!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell University)/2016
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start practicing the various problems in the books as early as possible and try to review all practice problems as well as practice exams at least twice. Don't be discouraged by how you do on the practice tests as they may be harder than the actual exam.
  25. 5 out of 5

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    I took Manhattan’s GMAT test prep and found it to be very helpful in helping me to prepare for the exam. While I ended up not participating in the online class video sessions, the self-study books helped a lot in formulating test strategy. In my opinion, by far the biggest resource is the question bank and exams that help you understand in which areas you are week and need improvement. I think practice is the most important factor in preparation and doing as many questions as possible will provide the best results. good luck!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCLA Anderson / 2016
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Study and take a lot of practice exams.
  26. 5 out of 5

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    The Manhattan GMAT books for Quant and Verbal (especially sentence corrections) were extremely helpful.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: IU Kelley / 2015
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Join clubs, take on leadership positions and network. Then network some more! Use the resources your school has (they have money, petition to use it for the benefit of you and your classmates).
  27. 5 out of 5

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    I played around with a few of the other services and think this one was the best. A little costly, but well worth it.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CBS/2015
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Don't let statistics or gossip scare you from applying to your dream school.
  28. 5 out of 5

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    Manhattan GMAT was excellent! The class was engaging and the instructor actually made preparing for the GMAT manageable and fun. The homework assignments were helpful to make sure that I stayed on track, and the class participation component kept me on my toes throughout the session. The class is very well organized and the resources were crucial to my exceeding my goal of 700!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School, 16
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Really make sure that the schools you're applying to are a fit; otherwise you're wasting your time.
  29. 4 out of 5

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    The test itself was very expensive so the last thing I wanted to do was pay for expensive prep sessions, tutoring or other offerings (though, I know many people to whom those have been valuable). I toughed it out by getting Manhattan GMAT preparation book but I found it to be enormously helpful. I would read through each section on my own, trace through the practice problems and either attempt the end of chapter questions or follow the solution explanation to understand how to tackle the problem. It is great for providing helpful tools and hints to “unlock” solutions — even if you aren’t sure of an answer, It gives you strategies to figure out what it might be, helping you have the greatest shot at success. I used the free practice tests online as well as the CD/software that came with the book. Learning the material in different ways helped to reinforce the concepts and ultimately, the information stuck with me! I recommend Manhattan. They’ve really refined their processes and want students to do well. Helps student score above 700. Very comprehensive material and slightly harder than actual GMAT exam

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: The Paul of Merage School of Business 2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Be clear how past present and future relate to why you want to do an MBA at this point.
  30. 5 out of 5

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    Of the various test books I used to prepare for the GMAT, I found the Manhattan materials the most difficult and best for preparing. I also found the sample tests to be much harder than the GMAT itself. I appreciated this, as the additional prep helped calm my nerves on the day of the GMAT exam itself. (Note: I only used the Manhattan books for self-study and did not take the Manhattan course or work with Manhattan instructors).

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth/2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Spend time reflecting on why you want an MBA before starting the GMAT and application process. This will help motivate you to study, write essays, prep for interviews, etc.
  31. 5 out of 5

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    Great preparation. They really are the standard when it comes to GMAT Prep. They are knowledgeable, great teachers and have a great brand!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start Early and consistently study!
  32. 5 out of 5

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    I completed the ten week in-person class and had a really positive experience. The books are well written and comprehensive. Having weekly homework sounds annoying but for a procrastinator such as myself, it was very helpful for staying on track with my preparation and making sure I was studying all different question types. My teacher was great about responding to email. After the test, you get a 30 minute consultation if the test didn’t go as well as you hoped so that you can readjust your studying strategy for next time.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth 2016
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Build in extra time to step away from your essays. It's helpful to give yourself time for your ideas to evolve and make sure you're telling the most comprehensive story about yourself.
  33. 5 out of 5

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    Took the online course, which was a webex based course with a live instructor and same content as the in-class course. Great class and a good amount of material. Best thing about it was the access to a number of practice tests, and practice problems.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden/2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Make sure you have your story down as to why you want to go to b-school and what you can bring to the table from your background to benefit the cohort or class. Be yourself.
  34. 5 out of 5

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    Great material and comprehensive coverage of questions asked in GMAT. It was a very useful to prepare using their material.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden School of Business / 2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Start early and get GMAT out of the way as soon as possible. Invest time in writing good essays.
  35. 5 out of 5

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    Very comprehensive material and slightly harder than actual GMAT exam but that makes it easy to write the actual exam.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: SBS 2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Do lots of research when choosing your School.
  36. 5 out of 5

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    The material provided by Manhattan was enough to get me through on of the toughest exams in the world. This is the best choice for any MBA aspirant. The admissions consulting was the best help I could get with a personal touch. Completely blew my mind.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS/2017
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: After studying a year of MBA, I got to know that the 'Why MBA' question is extremely crucial and that one has to be clear in their mind why they want to pursue MBA.
  37. 5 out of 5

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    The full set of Manhattan Prep books for both Quant and Verbal were exceptional – in the sense that they actually isolated and broke down problem solving into bare bones. Brilliantly referenced to the official GMAT guide with tons of practice materials!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Rotterdam School of Management / 2016
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Leave atleast 2 months for preparation of the GMAT especially if you're a working professional as I was.
  38. 4 out of 5

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    Good, comprehensive set of STUDY MATERIAL FOR THE WHOLE EXAM.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: uc BERKELEY HAAS, EWMBA 2018
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: mba is a Major commitment in both time and money but definitely a rewarding experience.
  39. 5 out of 5

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    A lot of practice material to work with

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Unicersity of iowa/2016
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: Really thonk about why you want to get an MBa Versus another master's degree
  40. 5 out of 5

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    prepares you at a level above the actual gmat so that the final gmat seems easier than your practice.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: broad college of business
    • Advice to current prospective applicants: MAKE SURE TO CONNECT YOUR EXPERIENCE TO THE FUTURE.

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