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Columbia Business School Essay Analysis: 2016–2017

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Columbia Business School Essay Analysis - 2016-2017 by mbaMissionHow can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out. You do not need to be actively working on a $5 billion deal or have won an Olympic gold medal to go to HBS. You just need to have done the everyday things remarkably well, and you must make sure that your essays reflect your actions.


A famous quotation, though one of murky attribution, states, “If I had had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” Read more

How to Analyze the Upgraded GMAT Enhanced Score Report

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Analyze the Upgraded GMAT Enhanced Score Report by Stacey KoprinceDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


GMAC has just launched a beta version of their Enhanced Score Report (ESR), with fantastic new data to help us figure out how to get better at taking the GMAT. Read on for the scoop! Read more

Scheduling Your GMAT: Everything You Need to Know about Booking, Cancelling, Reporting, etc.

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Scheduling Your GMAT: Everything You Need to Know About Booking, Cancelling, Reporting, etc. by Ceilidh EricksonDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


I get dozens of questions from students every week about when & how to schedule their tests. A lot of the basic information can be found at mba.com, so check there for logistical questions, but here’s all of the advice you won’t find there: Read more

6 Tips For MBA Admissions Success

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The MBA Tour USDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GRE courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


So, you want to get your MBA? Make sure to follow The MBA Tour’s tips for success! Read more

The GMAT Careless Error Blues (Part 1 of 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT Careless Error Blues (Part 1 of 2) by Emily MadanDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


You know the concept, the setup, the steps. You have equations ready and a prowess with algebra. You solve the problem and come up with what is certainly the correct answer, yet you quickly find that answer is not one of the answer choices. You, my friend, are in danger of having just committed a careless error. Read more

Harvard Business School Essay Analysis: 2016–2017

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Harvard Business School Essay Analyses 2016-2017 by mbaMissionHow can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out. You do not need to be actively working on a $5 billion deal or have won an Olympic gold medal to go to HBS. You just need to have done the everyday things remarkably well, and you must make sure that your essays reflect your actions.


After just one year, Harvard Business School (HBS) has done away with its “introduce yourself” essay prompt, which gave applicants a lot of leeway to share their story on their terms, and has returned to an even broader prompt—one that at first may seem as though it has no parameters at all. This year’s question is almost exactly the same as the one the school used in 2013–2014, when it asked, “What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?” This year, the question is “What more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?” (italics ours). We presume that after seeing the essays candidates submitted in response to its “introduce yourself” prompt, the HBS admissions committee simply determined that the previous essay question generated “better” essays that proved more valuable in their decision-making process. Regardless of the reason behind the change, you will need to find the best way to approach this year’s prompt, which we will now analyze in more detail… Read more

In the News: Is Great Teaching Teachable?

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Manhattan Prep Blog - In the News: Is Great Teaching Teachable? by Noah TeitelbaumDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding. Select your test to sign up now.


This past week, several of our instructors emailed me a recent Economist article, Teaching the Teachers. One of the main ideas of the article is that great teachers are not born—they’re made. Read more

Summer plans? We’re road trippin’. Join us on The MBA Tour.

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Summer Plans? We're Road Trippin'. Join us on The MBA TourDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


MBA events are a great way for B-School aspirants to get information about different programs across the world. They provide not only a chance to hear more about what these programs offer, but also an opportunity to access inside information from admissions representatives. Many schools host their own open houses for prospective students, but you can hit many of them at once at national fairs such as the upcoming MBA Tour.
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Fixing your GMAT Quant Timing Problem (Part 2: How to Study)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Fixing Your GMAT Quant Timing Problem (Part 2: How to Study) by Chelsey CooleyDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


If timing on the Quant section is keeping your GMAT score down, you’ve come to the right place! First, check out the previous article in this series and get into a timing-oriented mindset. Then, read the tips below, and learn about the study practices that will strengthen your Quant timing. Read more

GMAT Data Sufficiency: Follow Your Process (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Data Sufficiency: Follow Your Process Part 1 by Stacey KoprinceDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Data Sufficiency problems are fantastic because you can avoid doing lots of math calculations! Data Sufficiency problems are really annoying because they’re so tricky; it’s very easy to fall into a trap. :(

So how do we take advantage of the benefits of DS without falling prey to the test-writer’s tricks? Read more