The Princeton Review India Manya Group is a waste

Apr 30, 2008
review #119381

On 21/02/2008 I registered for the GMAT course offered by The Princeton Review in conjunction with the Manya Group in Hyderabad.

The previous day when I met Mr.Prasad, the front office man at Greenlands branch,Hyderabad, I made it very clear that I was in India for a holiday and would be taking up residence abroad . He told me that

a) I could avail of ongoing coaching anywhere in the world for a further year should I not be satisfied with my score; provided I wrote the GMAT within two weeks of the course ending.

b) Should the course not be completed for any reason on their part , I could transfer to another center (abroad) without extra cost.

c) When I pointed out there was no center in Sweden of TPR he said I could do it online.

To me this sounded like a very concerned and involved coaching group.

When I started the course I was given a schedule of course work. The second weekend when I reached the center with my assignment ready I was informed that since the rest of the class had not done it no discussion would take place. I also found that the Math classes started half an hour late. I was told to meet a Mr. Vinod Kumar concerning this matter. His attitude was to attack me and tell me that the schedule handed out was wrong and I was supposed to do something else! And if there were any doubts to be cleared concerning the course work he could do it or another faculty member could do it by previous appointment. At which point my parent had to tick him off and tell him to put his house in order instead of trying to intimidate me and cover up for their short comings. The math’s teacher would not clarify doubts as the class progressed. One was supposed to accumulate a number of “doubts” and then ask for a clarification!

On 27/04/2008 I did a TPR test and found that I scored 700.I took the exam on 29/04/2008 and scored 640. This score being far from the 30 points, either way swing, I was told to expect.

On 30/04/2008 when I called up saying that I would be availing of their one year extension because I had written the GMAT within nine days of the end of the course and that i was not satisfied with my mark. I also informed him that the actual format of the gmat was very different to that of the course. Vinod Kumar ‘s immediate response was that

a) Manya Group could not help me.

b) That two students had scored 710 and 720 on the day I wrote the GMAT and that a faculty ,member had scored 780 on taking the test during the month. In the eight years that he has been working for the Manya group he has never seen a 60 point decline in score from the TPR test. In short implying I was incompetent and the format was as per TPR tests. I would like to state here that I have a First Class BA(Hon) from the Middlesex University, UK, and I am just twenty years old!

On further conversation he said that the Manya Group operated only in India and that I could avail of their services only in India. That online support would cost me another Rs.25,000/-. I could only avail of online support without shelling out another 25,000/- in the following manner.

a)I email my doubts to a faculty member and they clear the doubt whenever they think fit to reply to that email.

b)I could clear my doubts via telephone… an international call would be just fine! On my expense by the way.

c)I cannot use instant messenger as the faculty was not available on IM.

Terms and Conditions on the Bill issued by The Manya Group Says clearly

“4. Satisfaction Guarantee Clause:The clause is only applicable to students who attend all classes, follow instructions as directed by the faculty, do the homework on time,take the practice tests as per schedule and take the test immediately after completing the course.(applicable for the SAT, GRE and GMAT)” Note that it does not specify in what way these extra classes can be done.

I have stuck to these conditions and also paid up money upfront. The only clause that works against me is their no refund policy.

I advice anyone thinking about taking a course with TPR and Manya Group not to do so. Firstly, their materials are outdated and secondly they refuse to stick with their original contract.

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Jan 14, 2013 Bangalore, Karnataka

hey stop complaining your score depends on your abilities nd how u perform on the day of the exam. Yes as a matter of fact they have deceived u bt still how can u blame them for a bad result.Stop crying over spilt milk and start preparing harder.And have a little maturity to understand when somebody is fooling you because the promises made by them were too much for the little amount you paid!

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Jai

Dec 04, 2012

I agree with many of the complaints.
I took the GRE package which was somewhat useful because of practice tests available and also how to go about with questions.

The ACS package was complete and utter ***. It sucks! First they assign a counsellor who tells you 'you have to improve your profile'... and doesn't do much else.
Then they will let you select only 5 universities - not more. And among those, most of it was ***. Some random Bgrade universities whereas with my 9gpa and 1paper i could apply for better places.

Also, the editor i was first assigned was decent. and then, for reasons unknown i was assigned another editor who decided she could call me ANY FRAKKING time of the day. once i picked up and told her i was busy, she wouldn't stop talking. fyi, i was at my brother's poonal ceremony. i disconnected on her.

I decided to let them fo and used edulix which is highly recommended.

Anyone, please do not be fooled by their money making business of Manya Aroad.

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Abhishek

Apr 07, 2012

I hired them for my applications to business school. Without any doubt, they are the worst service providers. You are far better off without Manya (Princeton). Don't let them fool you with the fancy 'princeton' name.

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Cindy

Jan 21, 2011

Whoa! After reading these comments I think I'll go with Kaplan. It's to scary to take a chance on Princeton Review, these classes are not cheap and I'm searching for a private tutor.

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raj

Jan 20, 2011

Manya group ACS services sucks.I faced excessive delays in their ACS services and happened to waste an entire year because of it. only 20% of students enroll gets the actual benifit.

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AD

Aug 28, 2010

Hey i am third yr engg student. I am going to give GRE and TOEFL in 2011. I was looking for any good coaching institutes for the same.After reading all the comments about Princeton manya Group, I am confused on whether to enroll with them. What do u suggest and do u guys knw any other good coaching institutes for GRE and TOEFL???????

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Chinna

Dec 13, 2013 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Hey I was actually gonna take coaching for GRE and TOEFL from Princeton Review - Hyderabad. Is this advisable or can you please suggest me some coaching institutes for the same.

email: msairaghu3012@gmail.com

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abishek gupta

Aug 18, 2010

its all ***...
i was a student of the manya group in kolkata 2008-09 march-august batch... i scored 1570 in GRE and 116 in TOEFL...
right now i am in stanford and i find these comments quite entertaining as it has got nothing to do with the reality

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sravya

Aug 15, 2010

my god ,i enrolled in campus ,for gre classes by manya,, paid 12k for the course.. what to do??

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uma

Jul 26, 2010

JUST THINK WHAT EVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR YOUR GOOD. THINK POSITIVE.

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ela

Jul 17, 2010

oh my god.. i just enrolled for the gre classes and acs service before a week.. the first and foremost class has been postponed and when i called them they said it was due to some technical reasons. i have paid a huge amount for these. now looking all the comments im baffled. the first mail they sent me the username and the passwords did not match. now after paying a huge amount i am scared where it will go for a waste and i want to anyhow fullfill m dreams. i dono what to do. im clueless. anyone plz help me regarding this.i just want to know that is it really that bad.? will i never be able to fullfill my dream.?

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HI

Jun 01, 2010

The princeton Review Manya group is actually a waste (Admission counselling Service)...... I will not recommend it to any one, no matter whichever branch it is............

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A concerned student

May 25, 2010

Any feedback on Princeton Review = Chennai ? Am in year 1 of my Engineering and am baffled as to how and what to do. Help me please.
emailrahulr@gmail.com

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a benevolent stoner

Dec 26, 2012

Now that you have a freaking job in Mu Sigma and a score of 317 on the GRE with 4.5 in AWT, I hope you're not baffled anymore... :)

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sat

Apr 27, 2010

same here i was planning to go for admissiosn consulting services now I have to do it myself its much better and you get to know the course well.

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Surya

Jan 29, 2010

ACS services are very bad. I would not recoomend anyone for it. They seem to have bunch of 5th class teachers to do the editing. Leave aside creative inputs for the essays, they are not even capable of checking the grammar. I had to do it myself in the end.

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Surbhi

Jan 27, 2010

My friend on my advice had registered for their App help services. He paid 36k for 5 apps. They delivered only 2 and those were in such shabby state that applying with those applications was impossible. Let alone aditing, there were grammatical errors and even spelling mistakes. This is after word gives the option of spell check. They gave him the 'edited versions' on the last day, thus he had no option but to finish it himself. After this they refused to refund the moeny saying they have no refund policy!!!
We are taking them to consumer forum but really dont know how much that would help. But wanted to alert others who might trust them with their apps.

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VA

Dec 22, 2009

thanks for putting up this review. i really had to hunt for feedback on Princeton in Bangalore. I also felt that though they are a big brand, it may not be right for me as more than anything its a business for them. i am looking to join 4gmat.com which is less expensive and the guy there seems more interested in helping out. any feedback on 4gmat.com or Csquare learning in Bangalore.

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