Manhattan’s 6 GRE Online Adaptive Tests Review
Manhattan Prep offers great preparatory material for the GRE exam – probably the best in the industry in terms of quality. Their 8 GRE study guides along with the Manhattan 5LB book are the best resources after the GRE official guides to study for the GRE exam. A few students studying for the GRE exam are aware that Manhattan offers 6 full-length adaptive tests for the GRE; worth $30 in total i.e. $5 per GRE mock test.
Given that there is a dearth of full-length GRE practice tests that are similar to the actual GRE tests, these 6 mocks are a welcome relief. That is not to say that these tests are like the actual level of the GRE exam, but they are clearly the best – and I would not hesitate to say this but they are much better on the quantitative sections than the 2 practice tests available in the power prep software.
What is great and not so great about the Manhattan GRE Practice tests?
Overall, the questions on the Manhattan GRE online adaptive practice tests are almost the same nature as the actual GRE – however the data interpretation and word problems are extremely hard and time consuming. In my experience, students generally score 2-4 points more on the actual test than they have scored on the Manhattan practice exams. The word problems are verbose and lengthy, which is a good thing because they over prepare you for the test. The only issue is that a few of the questions were not as tricky as the GRE but they were just long and required lengthy calculations.
A note about the computer adaptability: One observation is that Manhattan adapts in a different way than the actual GRE exam – the first section of the quant and verbal portions on the Manhattan tests are difficult than the actual GRE test’s first section. However if you do well on the first section of the Manhattan mocks the next section will be a little harder – but on the actual GRE once it adapts to a higher level, the next section gets really tough.
I feel Manhattan lacks here – many of the Text Completions and Sentence Equivalence are straightforward; they do require some thinking but the sentence structure is not that tough as the actual GRE. Moreover the vocabulary that you would see on the Manhattan full-length tests is not what you will see on the actual GRE. Except for a handful of passages, most of the Manhattan reading passages are easier than the actual GRE and the questions are also straightforward.
The text completions and the paragraphs may be long but not that convoluted or as artfully crafted as the actual GRE. I am surprised that Manhattan has not improved their GRE practice exams verbal section over time – they have not spent too much time updating their verbal content and writing better questions and complex sentences. Most of the questions are definitely helpful and won’t hurt your preparation.
What does this all mean? Well, the verbal section of the Manhattan online tests is not standardized. So sometimes you will get hard questions and very long passages while at other times you will get much easier stuff. So if you are looking for better verbal material then the best sources are the new and old GRE official guides along with the power prep mocks.
Well in short, the Manhattan practice tests are the best GRE practice tests after power prep exams and the paper based GRE tests at the end of the new and old GRE official guides. The quantitative is really up to the mark of the actual GRE and is a reliable measure of your performance. However the verbal section questions are not an imitation of the actual GRE verbal questions but they are still the best compared to other unofficial practice exams.
I collected data to determine a correlation between Manhattan scores and the actual GRE scores. For 736 students that I analyzed I saw a massive correlation between the scores. Over 80% of the students actually scored plus minus 3 points of their Manhattan scores. Manhattan does indeed predict your actual score well.
So should you buy these? Definitely. Practicing 6 adaptive tests will build your stamina of taking a grueling 4.5 hour-long exam. It will give you the confidence of sitting through a hard exam under difficult and stressful timed conditions. Moreover there are not many official tests to practice from and Manhattan has the best unofficial exams out there so it is better to practice these than not doing them. They are affordable and valued at only $30 so definitely worth your money.
Quantitative Overall: 9/10
Verbal Overall: 6/10
You can get the 6 practice tests for cheap!
1. Create an account in the Manhattan Prep Website. Here’s the link https://www.manhattanprep.com/gr… (https://www.manhattanprep.com/gre/studentcenter/)
2.Buy a kindle edition of any one of the 8 books (Costs approx $13 – $16) (you have to buy from the same mail id you have registered in manhattan) and then send the order confirmation mail to email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)