Articles published in May 2009

More info on the “Next Generation” GMAT


GMAC has released a bit more information about their research process for the Next Generation GMAT, slated to launch in 2013. (See this story on GMAC’s web site.) Here’s the nutshell:

GMAC is currently researching what skills the Next Generation GMAT will test. An advisory group made up of representatives from 9 major business schools in the US and Europe has been meeting to review the results of several studies conducted by GMAC and to debate the skills that the GMAT should test. (See this page for a summary of the advisory group’s activities.)

GMAC has not yet finalized what the pool of skills will be, nor has it determined the format of the questions or even the scoring scale that will be used. The Next Generation GMAT may even be given in additional languages besides English! (See the FAQ for more.) All we know for now is that the new test is expected to launch in 2013.

As we said when this info first came to light, the Next Generation GMAT is so far in the future that nobody needs to worry about it right now (except, of course, for all of us here at ManhattanGMAT!). If you are curious, though, check out the above links for the word straight from GMAC’s lips.

Happy studying!

MGMAT in Crain’s


Manhattan GMAT was featured in Crain’s this past week. We’re happy to say that the article drew attention to some of the things we’re proud of here at Manhattan GMAT. 🙂

E-mail of the Day II


Another fantastic account from a student who went from a 570 to a 720. Hats off to Dan Patinkin for his tremendous work!

I am so proud of myself, but more just relieved – I knew I was capable but after struggling for 2 years, I was beginning to doubt myself.

I don’t know if you are familiar with my story, but I have ADHD and severe test anxiety. I had started studying for the GMAT in September of 2007 and had been through two different courses, all of the MBA guide books and 2 poorly attempted official tests before I got to Dan. I had called Manhattan GMAT as a last resort – mainly because my parents were convinced I had to try “everything” before I gave up. I expected nothing because no matter how much I had known in the past – my test score never showed it.

I want you to know how unbelievable Dan was in helping me execute what had been stuck inside my head for 2 whole years. The Manhattan Gmat tests and questions adequately prepared me and I have never had a more positive experience with a tutoring company or with any tutor period – and I am speaking from 15 years of tutors. When I called your New York office – everyone was receptive and listened to my situation and was able to actually help me.

I cannot thank you enough for your companies services and how much they helped me reach my full potential. It is going to change my life.


E-mail of the Day


We get good news from students quite often, but this e-mail today reminded us of how great it is to do what we do here at Manhattan GMAT. Kudos to Jonathan Schneider, Kate McKeon, and Horacio Quiroga for their tremendous work in contributing to yet another success story!

Hi all.

It’s with a lot of emotion that I write this email to you all -because each of you were instrumental in me achieving a fair GMAT score. Kate your teaching was always on point, so much so that I watched the replays of class long after class was over. Jonathan your teaching style in addition to your extra help throughout class is greatly appreciated, and I’m in gratitude to your constant interaction with me up to the hours before my exam. Horacio you were always so willing to help out in any way you could, including occasionally going beyond our scheduled time, and sending me much needed review documents.

As Jonathan said a few weeks ago, my goal is to “fire on all cannons.”

With that said:

Quantitative: 43

Verbal: 44

Score: 710 (92nd percentile)

Bear in mind my absolute highest combination of scores seen in the last five CATs were Q42 and V37. My first official GMAT taken in February was a 590. My goal on Saturday was a 650, yet I was hoping to break 630 on that day. With your help guys, I’ve blown away even the wackiest of expectations, with a 120 point increase and a 710 score.

Thanks to Manhattan GMAT, I now have crossed the academic bridge to getting into business school, and can at the minimum be taken seriously by any school in the country. I’m quite emotional about the whole thing – and want you all to know that you and your team were instrumental in me achieving my goals.

Sincerely – thank you. The direction of the rest of my life is now a bit different thanks to your support and teaching. Feel free to use me as a reference at any point. And feel free to forward this email to any of your supervisors, bosses, direct reports, proteges, references, or whomever. Thanks again.


Naveed A. Khan


mbaMission events in NY, Chicago, Silicon Valley


As application season just starts to get underway, Manhattan GMAT is proud to host mbaMission events in its New York, Chicago, and Silicon Valley centers this Thursday, May 14th.

This is your chance to talk to an expert and get your application off on the right foot. Admissions consultants from mbaMission (each with an MBA from Harvard or Chicago) will be answering such questions as:

* “What do B-Schools want to see from me?”
* “What can I do to improve my chances of getting in?”
* “What sort of GMAT score should I be aiming for?”

Each session will also include a Q & A to make sure you get your questions answered.

Click on your city for event details in NY, Chicago, or Silicon Valley. Space is limited.

If you’re not located in one of those cities, you should feel free to visit mbaMission’s website for a free consultation. They’re very helpful over there!

Introducing . . . Atlas LSAT


We here at Manhattan GMAT have done our utmost over the past 9 years to offer the best curriculum and the best Instructors in the test prep industry. We like to think that our growth and success indicate that we’ve succeeded in some measure.

Now, we are proud to introduce to the world our sister company, Atlas LSAT! Atlas LSAT will be driven by the same principles that have guided Manhattan GMAT:

Real Teachers. Instructors selected for teaching ability as well as test-taking expertise, with 99th percentile scores (172+) and paid the highest rates in the industry ($100/hour);
High-end Curriculum. A curriculum dedicated to teaching people the skills required to get the highest scores to get into top 10 programs;
Student-Centered. A belief that good teaching means building from the students up. No auditorium-sized classes.

We’re very confident that LSAT students will benefit from and gravitate toward an organization that reflects these principles.

A reasonable person might ask, Why not ManhattanLSAT? First, we believe that one of the reasons Manhattan GMAT has been successful is that we have remained laser-focused on just one thing: the GMAT. It was important to us to retain that focus. Thus, Atlas LSAT has its own staff and operations, and will establish its own identity. They might even have a bit more fun than we do. 🙂

Also, Atlas LSAT just sounds better.

Here’s to Atlas LSAT doing for LSAT students what Manhattan GMAT has done for GMAT students! (Note: Average GMAT scores have risen 15 points in the past 3 years, around the same time MGMAT has expanded worldwide. Maybe there’s some relationship there . . . )

MGMAT in the press


Manhattan GMAT was recently profiled on, part of the Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal network. Always good to get some recognition!