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# Welcome Guide

Welcome to

Manhattan GMAT!

You are about to begin your Manhattan GMAT course. You probably have a lot of questions and concerns about what we will do together over the next nine weeks. This Welcome Guide will explain what you can expect from your course and instructor. Specifically, it will cover:

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Course Syllabus Materials Manhattan GMAT Online Resources Manhattan GMAT Course Policies How to Get the Most from Your Course The Structure and Content of the GMAT The Testing Experience & Score Reporting

Updated: 11/06/06

I. Course Syllabus
SESSION 1: DUE: 1. Full-length Exam (Note: If not completed for session 1, please complete by session 2.) CLASS SESSION: A. Introductions B. Data Sufficiency: Methods C. Course Overview D. Sentence Correction: Methods E. Preparing to Face the GMAT I SESSION 2: DUE: 1. Complete DS – Quick Elimination Lab 2. Number Properties Guide (Complete, except Official Guide Problems) 3. Sentence Correction Guide: 3 C’s SESSION 3: DUE: 1. Complete DS – Yes/No Testing Lab 2. Official Guide Problems: Number Properties 3. Sentence Correction Guide: Subject Verb 4. Official Guide Problems: Subject - Verb 5. Equations, Inequalities, VIC Guide (Complete, except Official Guide Problems) 6. Critical Reasoning Guide: Argument Structure SESSION 4: DUE: 1. Complete CR – Diagramming Lab 2. Official Guide Problems: Equations/Ineq/VIC 3. Word Translations Strategy Guide (Partial) 4. Reading Comprehension Guide: Sec. 1 3 5. Sentence Correction Guide: Verbs 6. Official Guide Problems: Verbs 7. Critical Reasoning Guide: Diagramming CLASS SESSION: A. Reading Comprehension B. Data Sufficiency: Manipulations CLASS SESSION: A. Sentence Correction: Subject - Verb B. Critical Reasoning: Argument Structure C. Math: Number Properties D. Preparing to Face the GMAT II CLASS SESSION: A. Sentence Correction: Verbs B. Critical Reasoning: Diagramming C. Math: Equations, Inequalities, & VIC D. Preparing to Face the GMAT III

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Official Guide Problems: FDPs 3. Official Guide Problems: Draw Conclusion CLASS SESSION: A. & Percents B. except Official Guide Problems) 4. Math: Word Translations SESSION 6: DUE: 1. Full-length Exam #2 CLASS SESSION: A. Word Translations Strategy Guide (Complete. except Official Guide Problems) 3. Sentence Correction: Modifiers B. Official Guide Problems: Word Translations 4. Complete Timing Strategy Lab 2. Sentence Correction: Parallelism C. Critical Reasoning: Draw A Conclusion SESSION 8: DUE: 1. Critical Reasoning: Find Assumption C. The AWA Essays SESSION 7: DUE: 1. Official Guide Problems: Pronouns 6. Complete Writing Essays Lab 2. except Official Guide Problems) 3. Official Guide Problems: Find Assumption CLASS SESSION: A. Sentence Correction Guide: Parallelism 5. Math: Geometry B. Sentence Correction Guide: Modifiers 4. Critical Reasoning: Strengthen/Weaken C. Complete DS – Rephrasing Lab 2. Reading Comprehension Guide (Complete) 4. Decimals. Official Guide Problems: Parallelism 6. FDP's Strategy Guide (Complete. Read Official Guide Chapter 10: AWA 3. Sentence Correction Guide: Pronouns 5. Geometry Strategy Guide (Complete. Complete RC – Prove It Lab 2. Sentence Correction: Comparisons 3 .SESSION 5: DUE: 1. Sentence Correction: Pronouns B. Critical Reasoning Guide: Find Assumption 6. Official Guide Problems: Reading Comprehension (Partial) 5. Critical Reasoning Guide: Draw Conclusion 7. Official Guide Problems: Modifiers 5. Official Guide Problems: Reading Comprehension (Complete) CLASS SESSION: A. Math: Fractions.

Program Evaluation C. Critical Reasoning Guide: Strengthen/Weaken 6. Official Guide Problems: CR Minor Question Types 4 . Official Guide Problems: Idioms & Odds/Ends 3. Timed Drills B. Sentence Correction Guide (Complete) 4. Preparing to Face the GMAT IV E. Complete PS – Strategic Speed Guessing Lab 2. Customized Problem Sets C. Official Guide Problems: Strengthen/Weaken 7.SESSION 9: DUE: 1. Practice Exams #4 and up POST COURSE: 2. Complete SC: Split & Resplit Lab CLASS SESSION: A. Official Guide Problems: Comparisons 5. Critical Reasoning: Analyze Structure D. Sentence Correction: Idioms & Odds/Ends B. Full-length Exam #3 1. Official Guide Problems: Analyze Argument 6. Official Guide Problems: Geometry 3. Critical Reasoning Guide: Analyze Argument 4. Critical Reasoning Guide: Minor Question Types 5. Sample Problem Set (from entire Curriculum) Practice for Test: A.

coming prepared to every class. you may review the class recordings online for up to 3 months following the end of your course—free of charge. Refunds/Cancellations All payments made to Manhattan GMAT are nonrefundable. you will meet your GMAT goals. Retaking the Course/Switching into Another Class You may switch from your current course into any other LIVE Online Manhattan GMAT course that has available seats by paying a \$300 change fee. This applies both to deposits and any other tuition payments. most of the work must come from you. we are not able to provide refunds to students for any reason. Manhattan GMAT Course Policies Score Guarantees Manhattan GMAT does NOT make ANY score guarantees. you can do so by paying a retake fee. The fee is \$300 to retake the course in a section that has open seats or \$800 to retake the course in any section (of your choosing). We are confident that if you apply yourself by completing all the assigned homework. 9 . If you do not want to retake the course but want to review topic areas covered in class. One of the principles guiding Manhattan GMAT is the belief that. including a rigorous curriculum and outstanding teachers. If you wish to retake the course completely. and taking advantage of the additional resources which we provide. Due both to the proprietary nature of our materials and our limited class size. while we provide you with the structure for success.IV.

principally because of our outstanding teachers. The presentation uses a four-step writing process to teach effective GMAT essay writing. even if you do not complete the homework assignment. The presentation previews the argument type which you will be working on at home during the coming week. Don’t use the “I didn’t feel prepared” excuse for missing class. Data Sufficiency Sentence Correction Critical Reasoning Reading Comprehension Analytical Essays 10 . You will get the most out of class and the course by completing the assigned homework before coming to class. Each class session also includes a computer-based lab exercise designed to build speed for particular question types. However. Classroom instruction is the single most important factor leading to GMAT success. Students also write timed essays. come to class anyway as it will prove valuable. It is imperative that you come to EVERY class as the material is taught in a way that is NOT covered in any book. How To Get The Most From Your Manhattan GMAT Course Attend Class (no matter what!) Come to every Manhattan GMAT class and come prepared. Our class presentations presuppose that you have done the assigned reading and are already familiar with certain key concepts. teaching a variety of strategies for you to use on test day. which are graded by Manhattan GMAT. The presentation focuses on specific strategies you can use to attack this particularly difficult type of math problem. The presentation takes the reading strategy which you have learned in the homework and applies it to real GMAT reading passages. The presentation previews the grammar topic which you will be working on at home during the coming week. The following chart will give you a better sense of how we cover each topic in class: TOPIC 5 Math Content Areas WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS? The presentation focuses on taking the knowledge and skills you have gained in the homework and applying them to real GMAT problems for the given content area. they apply the concepts to real GMAT problems. The material is covered through instructor presentations and group exercises designed to be both challenging and engaging.V. The focus of the sessions is always on REAL GMAT problems that have actually appeared on past exams. Our instructors do not simply review the material that you have practiced during the week. Each Manhattan GMAT class session typically covers 3 topic areas in depth.

3 hours 30 min. Please note that all images are taken from PowerPrep® software. The Structure & Content of the GMAT The chart below lays out the structure of the GMAT and the time allotted per section: The Format of the GMAT The AWA Essays Analysis of an Argument Analysis of an Issue Optional Break Quantitative Problem Solving (22) Data Sufficiency (15) Optional Break Verbal Sentence Correction (14-15) Critical Reasoning (13 -14) Reading Comprehension (13-14) Total Time # of Questions Time 1 1 30 min. 41 75 min. 10 min. 10 min. 30 min. 37 75 min. The PowerPrep® interface is essentially identical to the interface that you will see on the actual GMAT exam. PowerPrep is free software published by Graduate Management Admission Council™. Each question type is described in detail and accompanied by an annotated image that will help you understand its particular format. which is not affiliated in any way with ManhattanGMAT.V. 12 . (plus breaks) The following pages delve into each exam section in-depth.

Notice that spell-check and grammar-check are NOT available! 13 .The AWA (Essay Section) The AWA consists of two 30-minute essays: (1) Analysis of an Issue and (2) Analysis of an Argument. Most of these topics can be found in the back of The Official Guide for GMAT Review. The Task. Space to write your essay. These essays do NOT count towards your overall score out of 800. We will analyze your essays and return them to you with a score and extensive written feedback! The Topic. The topics you will see on test day will likely be taken from these lists. and you will have an opportunity to write two essays under timed conditions. Instead. Your essay score will appear on the official score report sent by ETS to the schools to which you apply. (This is the ISSUE essay). Available commands. There are 115+ potential essay topics for each essay type. they are scored separately on a 6-point scale (0 = lowest / 6 = highest). We will discuss the essays in depth in Session 6.

they are listed in ascending order. There are approximately 22 of these problems in the quantitative section (out of 37 total). Decimals. There are 5 choices – you select one. Is it a probability question? Is it a rate problem? Each type requires a different approach and we will show you how to determine which approach is best. (22 of the 37 quantitative questions appear in this Problem Solving format. and VIC's (Session 3) Word Translations (Session 5) Fractions. and Percents (Session 7) Geometry (Session 8) There is a Problem Solving lab exercise during week 8. The Problem. When answer choices are numbers.) 5 answer choices. Inequalities. 14 . Our Problem Solving philosophy centers on identifying the concept being tested in order to select the best strategy for solving the problem. We divide all the quantitative questions into 5 general CONTENT areas: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Number Properties (Session 2) Equations.Problem Solving (Quantitative) These are "classic" multiple-choice math problems.

students who are "good" at Data Sufficiency are usually "good" at Problem Solving. You are given a question and two pieces of information. Data Sufficiency problems usually present a greater challenge than Problem Solving problems. if you have time to work on only 3 math questions tomorrow. there are special Data Sufficiency sections in each math Strategy Guide. Approximately 15 of the 37 math questions are in this format. Finally.) The TWO statements (or clues) provide information.) 15 . Because it is unfamiliar to most students. you should make sure to allot ample time to studying and practicing Data Sufficiency. (15 of the 37 quantitative questions appear in this Data Sufficiency format. There are also 3 Data Sufficiency labs (weeks 1. In fact. and 7).Data Sufficiency (Quantitative) This math format is unique to the GMAT. 2 of them should be Data Sufficiency. It is not a skill you can pick up on the fly. The Question Stem. These same 5 answer choices appear in this exact order for EVERY Data Sufficiency problem. In fact. Your task is to determine whether the information provided is sufficient to answer the question asked. There are 2 Data Sufficiency lessons in the course (Session 1 DS Rephrasing and Session 4 DS Manipulations). 2. but the reverse is not always the case! As a result.

you will learn how to Diagram. In Session 3. 16 . Writing is the key to unpacking each CR argument. In Session 2. 7. You will be given a short argument and asked a question about its logic. The Argument. Roughly 13 or 14 of the 41 verbal questions will be in this format. you will learn about Argument Structure. You will have to select the best of five potential answers. The Question.Critical Reasoning These questions test your ability to analyze the logic of an argument. Strengthen or Weaken the Conclusion. Draw A Conclusion. you will learn about each of the major CR question types: Find the Assumption. which is usually 2 to 4 sentences long. and 9. Each choice is one sentence. Our Critical Reasoning philosophy centers on understanding the underlying structure of each argument and developing the ability to diagram each argument quickly and effectively. There is also a Critical Reasoning lab exercise during week 3. 8. and Analyze Argument Structure. The five answer choices. In Sessions 6. A diagram is a list of numbered and labeled points that you write on your scrap paper.