GMAT Course Options
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Ajeet Khurana

Ajeet was's GMAT expert and has published books through McGraw Hill on preparing for the GMAT. Ajeet is an expert on the MBA admissions process and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Business.

GMAT students often spend more than 50 hours preparing over a six- to eight-week period. Students looking to break 600 to gain entry into a top school or who have been out of school for several years need the most work to brush up their math and test-taking skills.

Consider taking a classroom or online course if you need additional help. Your score may increase by 100 to 200 points.

There are two main for options for GMAT prep: an online course or a classroom course.

  • Online GMAT courses are perfect for students who do not live where reputable classroom courses are offered or who don't have the time to go to a class. Online courses are either self-study or are conducted through virtual classrooms.

  • Live, in-person GMAT classroom courses are more expensive and take more time, but they provide in-depth support and motivation. Many students start with an online self-study course and then take a classroom course to focus on weak areas.

GMAT Classroom Course

  • VeritasPrep was recently profiled in BusinessWeek magazine as a rapidly growing GMAT prep company that has over 5,000 GMAT students a year at over 80 locations worldwide. If you need help with your application, their admissions consulting service uses former admissions officers from most of the top 20 business schools.

    • Over 2000 pages of materials and the Official GMAT Guide
    • 15 practice tests
    • 42 hours of class instruction
    • Unlimited instructor phone and email tutoring support
    • Instructors have scored above the 99th percentile (760+ GMAT)
    • Classroom products: Weekend/Focus course: $700; 42-hour course $1500
    • Online courses: $750 or $1100 (live)

  • More about VeritasPrep's GMAT Classroom Course

    • Manhattan GMAT offers a regular schedule of online GMAT classes in which students follow a live instructor online. Online classes are priced at $1090.

      • Six Manhattan GMAT Computer Adaptive Practice Exams
      • Pre-recorded session(s) from a nine-session Course
      • Two ½-Hour private sessions with an instructor over the phone
      • The Eight Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides
      • The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition, the Official Quantitative Review and the Official Verbal Review

Online Self-Study GMAT Course

  • If you do not wish to spend over $500 on a GMAT course, the 800score course is an option. The 800score GMAT Course has been favorably reviewed and has well-designed sample GMAT CAT tests. 800score is the only company to offer an affordable GMAT prep course option at $39.95. It is very popular and has had over 100,000 students since 1999. 800score is a regular contributor as a GMAT expert to BusinessWeek.

    • Most popular online GMAT course
    • Five Practice GMAT CAT tests
    • Sample practice essays with grading service
    • Immediate access
    • Online prep guide
    • Test-pacing technology
    • Guide to writing your college admissions essay
    • Over 100 preparation videos
    • 24-hour email support

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