Manhattan Review GMAT Review

Manhattan Review's GMAT prep courses have something to offer students with all different learning styles and schedules, although their online supplementary materials are below average compared to the rest of the industry.

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The Good

Programs designed for every learning style

Manhattan Review has special Weekend and Bootcamp courses for students who don’t have the time in their schedules to attend a traditional eight-week course. These programs cover all the same material as the Classic Course but in a much shorter time period. The Weekend Course includes 16 hours of instruction over a single weekend while the Bootcamp Course is an intensive week-long program consisting of 42 hours of study. If you don’t live near one of Manhattan Review’s in-person courses, don’t worry. The Classic Course is available online as well with a live instructor and, for those who think they’d benefit more from individualized instruction, there’s private tutoring. Self-study materials are another nice alternative to the traditional GMAT prep course and perfect for students who prefer to study around their own schedules.

Extensive video library helps reinforce key ideas

When you sign up for a test prep course through Manhattan Review, you also receive a year’s access to their online video library, which contains over 100 hours of additional instruction. Use these videos to supplement your in-class lessons and to get some extra practice with some of the more difficult concepts on the exam. These lessons are all taught by actual Manhattan Review GMAT instructors who are well-versed in how the exam works and have a lot of experience in helping students prepare for the GMAT. Online video courses like these are relatively common in the industry, but few other companies offer this many hours of online instruction at such an affordable price. For this reason, you may want to investigate Manhattan Review a little further, especially if you’re interested in a self-study course.

Applicable advice on admissions

In addition to offering GMAT prep courses, Manhattan Review also provides admissions counseling to help you maximize your chances of being accepted to the graduate programs you’re applying to. Consultants work with you to choose the right schools, strengthen your application, and craft your essay so it stands out from the rest. Practice your interviewing skills with individuals who’ve worked in admissions consulting for years and understand what the top schools are looking for in their applicants. Once you get accepted, these same consultants will stand by to help you apply for scholarships or student loans. On the flip side, should the worst happen and you receive a waitlist or rejection letter in the mail, they will still be there to help you decide how to move forward.

The Bad

Few practice tests

Manhattan Review courses come with five GMAT practice exams, which is far fewer than the amount offered by companies like Veritas Prep and The Princeton Review. They’re also lacking a question bank with samples of each type of question that shows up on the exam. This may not be a big issue for some because there are practice questions found in the course books, but it would be nice to see Manhattan Review add some more supplementary materials to their website to give students additional ways to prepare for the exam.

No score improvement guarantees

If you don’t improve your score after taking one of Manhattan Review’s GMAT prep courses, there’s no way to get your money back because the company doesn’t offer satisfaction guarantees. Manhattan Review isn’t the only GMAT prep course provider without this type of guarantee. However, it would give students some extra peace of mind to know the company stands behind their product and is willing to do whatever’s necessary to help students achieve their goals. If this is of interest to you, check out a company like Kaplan. They will either refund your money or allow you to take the course again at no additional cost if you don’t see the score improvement you wanted.

The Details


  • Cost of Additional Tutoring Sessions: $150 per hour
  • Price Range: $375 - $1,890

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 25 - 30
  • Delivery Methods: Live On-Site, Live Online, Video On Demand
  • Hours of Instruction: 16 - 42
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 5
  • Quiz Bank Questions: N/A


General Instruction

GMAT online video library – streaming video

  • Price: $375
  • Hours of Instruction: 100+
  • Delivery Method: Streaming Video

GMAT online self-study package – streaming video

  • Price: $675
  • Hours of Instruction: 100+
  • Delivery Method: Streaming Video

GMAT in-person weekend course

  • Price: $890
  • Hours of Instruction: 16
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

GMAT online classic course – live online

  • Price: $990
  • Hours of Instruction: 28
  • Delivery Method: Live Online

GMAT online classic course – on-site

  • Price: $1,590
  • Hours of Instruction: 28
  • Delivery Method: On-Site

GMAT in-person boot camp

  • Price: $1,890
  • Hours of Instruction: 42
  • Delivery Method: On-Site


GMAT private tutoring

  • Price: $150 per hour
  • Hours of Instruction: 1+
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

GMAT private course

  • Price: $1,590
  • Hours of Instruction: 12
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

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