Manhattan Review GMAT Course Structure

GMAT Course Structure and Format

The Manhattan Review GMAT course is structured very much like a graduate-level university course, albeit a condensed one. By this we mean the course includes lectures, question-and-answer sessions, collaborative student projects, homework problems to illustrate coursework, and content reviews. The primary content areas – math, statistics and grammar – are thoroughly covered to ensure mastery of concepts.

In the case of the Analytical Writing Assessment, the class works collaboratively to write a top-scoring AWA essay. This interactive method allows students to share ideas and gather group feedback on the most effective essay structure. The new Integrated Reasoning Section is meticulously covered to carefully prepare students for this section's four unique question formats.

The first week of class, students begin with a psychology of the test lecture that helps students understand the reasoning behind the types and methods of questioning. This lecture also serves to allay fears, ease anxieties and motivate students to approach the test with the right frame of mind.

Drill-Down Instruction

Instructors go through GMAT test questions step-by-step, breaking them down to show students what tools and techniques to use. As the test is timed, instructors focus on teaching students how to solve each problem in the most streamlined and time-efficient manner. Strategy lectures followed by question-and-answer sessions teach students how to spot clues as to which methods to employ for each question.

Test Prep Immersion

Our GMAT Classic Classes meet once a week, covering specific GMAT subject areas in each session. This format allows students to pace themselves in their approach to the test and fully master each area independently before moving on to the next one. The course is designed as a test-prep immersion experience, with students spending three hours in class each week and ideally seven to eight hours at home on homework and practice tests. Homework is essential to reinforcing classwork and helping students get the maximum positive impact on their scores.

Instructors will follow the syllabus closely with slight modifications to address specific needs of the class. Instructors are highly accessible. The classroom structure is designed for interaction, with questions welcomed and encouraged. Students will all have their instructor's email address and can request to meet with instructors one-one-one before or after class. Information sharing between students is also encouraged, with instructors leading collaborative projects and facilitating peer relationships. The sense of community that test prep provides, including accessibility of instructors and camaraderie of peers, positively impacts student performance.