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Best GMAT Tutors
A comprehensive guide to the best GMAT private tutoring available
If your goal is to score over 700 on the GMAT, you very well may be able to get away with a self-paced prep course. However, for those looking for an extra edge, there’s likely no better way to prep than with 1-on-1 private tutoring. And to help you choose which GMAT tutor best fits your needs and budget, our team has evaluated the tutors from all of the major GMAT tutoring companies out there and closely analyzed their features like price, quality of tutors, score guarantees, and whether study materials come bundled with the tutoring.
So first up on our list of best GMAT tutors is Manhattan Prep, and they take the crown for two main reasons: their stellar team of tutors and the inclusion their self-paced GMAT course (along with all of the extra resources and study materials that come with it).
Let’s start with our thoughts on the Manhattan tutors themselves. Essentially, after reviewing GMAT tutoring packages from close to a dozen different companies and being allowed to audit sessions with students, it was clear to us that Manhattan’s instructors are the best.
Not only do they have a clear mastery of GMAT content and strategies, but they also seem to be the best communicators. This is likely because Manhattan has a company policy to screen their instructors for both smarts and personality, making communication skills and the ability to engage with students a key hiring factor.
This generally results in a team of tutors that are able to adapt to each student and provide totally customized sessions. In other words, they know what buttons to press to get you some extra score gains. So in short, we just thought Manhattan’s tutors were simply awesome and rated them out as the best from a pure quality perspective.
The other thing we really like about Manhattan’s tutoring packages is that they all include access to the company’s GMAT Interact course. This is Manhattan’s on demand, self-paced study program and it’s a prep course that we rate out as one of the best GMAT prep courses on the market. This is in large part due to all of the tools and study materials you get.
To be specific, you get approximately 35 interactive and on-demand video lessons, thousands of practice problems, 6 full-length computer adaptive practice tests, GMAT math workshops, a set of super robust hardcopy prep books, and some other cool resources. And when you consider that this course is usually priced at around $1,000, it’s like effectively getting a four-digit discount on your tutoring, as you’re almost certainly going to need a course anyway.
However, on the point of value and pricing, it should be noted that Manhattan is slightly more expensive than the other GMAT tutoring providers on this list. On a per hour basis, you’re looking at around $200-$250/hour. With that said, however, their tutors do rate out as the best, and this being a best list after all, it’s enough for them to nab our #1 spot.
The key point people should takeaway with Manhattan Prep is that if price isn’t a concern and you’re planning to absolutely immerse yourself in GMAT prep with private tutoring AND a mountain of other study materials and resources, then Manhattan Prep is a top tier option.
Nabbing the second spot on our list is Magoosh, who takes our best budget tutoring crown. Long story short with Magoosh is that this is a great option for students who don’t want any bells and whistles, or high price tags. In other words, it’s a great fit for someone who’s just looking for straight up 1-on-1 tutoring with a budget-friendly price tag.
And that’s because Magoosh’s tutoring is cheap. At just $90-$110 per hour, Magoosh costs roughly half of what Manhattan Prep charges on a hourly basis. But you also shouldn’t be fooled by the low pricing. Although highly affordable, Magoosh’s tutors are still pretty darn good.
In the sessions I audited, I found Magoosh’s tutors to be right up there with the tutors from mega providers like Manhattan Prep and Princeton Review in terms of quality. They were just solid in terms of their overall knowledge and the strategies they provided.
I think the bottom line here is that if you’re just looking for super affordable tutoring sessions and not much else in the way of resources or support, Magoosh is a great option.
In addition, I should just mention that despite it’s pretty affordable starting price, Magoosh still frequently runs special promotions and sales (sometimes offering 10% off their tutoring packages), so be sure to check for promo codes and coupons before buying.
Next up on our list of best GMAT tutoring services is Princeton Review. Now, Princeton offers two different GMAT tutoring packages to choose from: a 10-hour option and and an 18-hour option. Pretty simple.
On a per hour basis, both of these packages are slightly more affordable than those from Manhattan Prep, but don’t rate out quite as high based on the more qualitative factors like instruction and bundled resources. However, what really sets Princeton apart is the fact they offer the option of in-person tutoring.
If you’re the type of learner who does best with in-person, face-to-face instruction, as opposed to tutoring via Zoom, then Princeton Review may be the way to go. They’re just very good in this regard. Their instructors are really good interpersonal communicators and still leverage the Princeton framework.
Now, obviously the in-person option from Princeton isn’t available everywhere in the US (so don’t get excited if you live in the upper peninsula of Michigan), but if you do happen to live in an area where there is a Princeton GMAT tutor nearby, it’s definitely a nice option as opposed to going 100% online.
Last up on our list is the tutoring company Wyzant. Now, in my experience these more generalized tutoring services, where you choose an independent tutor from a list of hundreds, are a little bit more hit and miss than the tutors from focused test prep companies like Manhattan Prep and Magoosh.
And that’s largely because the instructors from Wyzant really don’t follow a defined teaching framework. Rather, each individual tutor has their own methods of teaching to the GMAT, with distinct strategies and hacks. Don’t get me wrong, you might be able to find a dynamite GMAT tutor for half the cost that some of these test prep companies charge.
However, you might also spend a bunch of time trying to find the right tutor only to discover out he or she teaches you questionable GMAT strategies or methods that just don’t really work with your learning style. So in short, in can be a little hit and miss.
By contrast, the tutors from GMAT focused test prep companies are fully trained to follow specific methods and strategies that have been proven to be successful year after year. That’s ultimately why our team trusts Manhattan Prep, Magoosh, and Princeton Review a little more than companies like Wyzant.
With that said, however, the hourly rates you can get with Wyzant can be substantially lower than regular old test prep companies. Their rates vary from $30 per hour on the low-end all the way to up $200+ on the high-end.
Plus, with Wyzant, you’ll likely be able to find a tutor in your area if you prefer in-person instruction. So there are definitely some nice perks with Wyzant; it’s not all negative. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, especially in-person, I’d recommend checking them out and at least going through the initial screening process. You never know what you might find.