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Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess On? – Part 3: Making Great Guesses on Quant Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess on? - Part 3: Making Great Guesses on Quant Problems 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.


You’ve read a Quant problem, and you’ve realized that you don’t have a plan. How do you make the smartest, fastest guess possible, and increase your odds of salvaging the problem?

Let’s start with Quant Problem Solving problems. Let’s also assume that you’re actually guessing, not using an alternative strategy, such as Backsolving or Choosing Smart Numbers! The following three methods are good ways to make a decent guess even if you don’t have a strategy at all. Read more

You’ve just taken your first practice GMAT. Now what?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - You've Just Taken Your First Practice GMAT - Now What? 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.


So, you’ve just finished your first practice GMAT, and you’ve reviewed your assessment report. (If you haven’t generated an assessment report yet, do it now, before you keep reading!) If you’re like many of my students, you may have more questions now than you did beforehand. In this article, I’ll share some of the most common questions raised by the first practice GMAT, and how to answer them.

“I’m good at math, so why isn’t my Quant score higher?” Read more

Fixing your GMAT Quant Timing Problem (Part 3: Test Day)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog: Fixing Your GMAT Prep Timing Problem Part 3: Test Day 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.


You’ve been trying to improve your timing on the Quant section of the GMAT. You’ve already gotten into a timing-oriented mindset, and you’ve adopted the recommended study habits for better Quant timing. But what should you do when you’re actually taking the test? Follow these guidelines to maximize your Quant timing on test day. Read more

Why am I better at GMAT Problem Solving than Data Sufficiency?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Am I Better at GMAT Problem Solving than Data Sufficiency? by Chelsey Cooley

Did 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.


The next time you review a practice GMAT, pay attention to the difference between Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. Are you missing significantly more Data Sufficiency questions than Problem Solving questions? Or are you missing an unusual number of easy DS questions? 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

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

Fixing your GMAT Quant Timing Problem (Part 1: How to Think About Timing)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Fixing Your GMAT Quant Timing Problem - Part 1 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.


So, you’ve learned that timing is your number one problem on GMAT Quant. Even though you often get tough problems right, you just can’t get through a Quant section in 75 minutes or less, so your score doesn’t reflect your true ability. You have to fix this problem, or MBA admissions committees will underestimate you. How do you do it? Read more

The GMAT Official Guides 2017 edition – Part 4

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - New GMAT Official Guides 2017 Released! - Part 4 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.


Welcome to the fourth installment of our series on the new Official Guides for GMAT® Review (2017 edition). If you haven’t seen the earlier installments yet, start here and work your way back to me.

I know that some people have already worked through the 2016 editions of the books and want to know which questions in the 2017 editions are the new ones. I’ve got the scoop for you! Read more

Measure Twice, Cut Once for Success on GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Measure Twice, Cut Once for Success on the GMAT 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.


Have you ever heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”? Read more