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4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

How many GMAT practice tests have you taken so far? Are you satisfied—or frustrated—with your progress? Read more

GMAT Life Hacks

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Life Hacks by Patrick Tyrrell

“Life hacks” is a weird term that’s only been around for the last decade, brought to us by purveyors of clickbait. Most life hacks involve some resourceful repurposing of something (e.g. Got a tomato? Hollow it out and now you have a perfect ashtray!) The term itself mystifies me—how are these clever, janky solutions anything like hacking into a computer? I’ve never tried to penetrate the NSA’s mainframe, but I’m assuming it doesn’t involve saving up all your bottle tops in order to make a lower water usage toilet. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Worry Because My Coworker is Applying Too!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Worry Because My Coworker is Applying Too! by mbaMission

What have you been told about applying to business school? With the advent of chat rooms, blogs, and forums, armchair “experts” often unintentionally propagate MBA admissions myths, which can linger and undermine an applicant’s confidence. Some applicants are led to believe that schools want a specific “type” of candidate and expect certain GMAT scores and GPAs, for example. Others are led to believe that they need to know alumni from their target schools and/or get a letter of reference from the CEO of their firm in order to get in. In this series, mbaMission debunks these and other myths and strives to take the anxiety out of the admissions process.


You look around your office and think to yourself: “I wish my coworker were not applying to the same school as I am. They can’t take two people who sit at the same desk. Also, his GPA is 0.15 higher!” On the surface, this reasoning may seem logical, and it can thus cause anxiety for some candidates—especially for those who are in positions for which an MBA is virtually a “must have” to move forward, such as in consulting and banking.

However—not to worry—this thinking has two significant flaws: Read more

Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 3) by Stacey Koprince

Welcome to the third installment of Fast Math for the Executive Assessment! If you’re just joining us now, you might want to go back to the first part and work your way back here. Read more

Overcoming GMAT Burnout

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Overcoming GMAT Burnout by Chelsey Cooley

When you think about studying for the GMAT, how do you feel? Determined, excited, and curious? Or anxious, exhausted, and resentful? Do you avoid studying, then beat yourself up over it later? Are you getting less and less out of each study session? Are your practice test scores in a downwards spiral? You might be struggling with GMAT burnout. Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions by Ryan Jacobs

Consider the following two sentences, adapted from a GMAT Sentence Correction example I use in my classes: Read more

Shed Your Pride on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Shed Your Pride on the GMAT by Reed Arnold

“Just tell us the answer!” a student demanded of me in a recent class. She wasn’t rude, but she definitely wasn’t happy. And I understand—I wasn’t being an easy teacher. I try not to be. I don’t want to be an explanation parrot, because my explanations don’t really transform into my students’ learning. Learning is harder than that. It requires active thought and wrestling with difficult concepts. So even when my students give a right answer, I ask them the often-feared question, “Why do you think that?” Read more

Mission Admission: Set the Tone Early and Use Active Verbs in Your MBA Application Essay

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Set the Tone Early and Use Active Verbs in Your MBA Application Essay by mbaMission

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


As any good journalist will tell you, the key to writing a good newspaper story or opinion piece is to make sure the very first line grabs the reader’s attention. Many authors employ this tactic when writing books. Perhaps few of us have actually read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, but many know that the novel begins with three famous words: “Call me Ishmael.” A powerful first line can stick with readers long after they have finished reading—and sometimes even when they have not read something firsthand. For example, we all likely recognize the phrase “It was a dark and stormy night,” but few of us may know that it is the opening line of a book by an obscure writer (Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton). Read more

Join us at The MBA Tour U.S.!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Join us for The MBA Tour U.S.! by Manhattan Prep

This is your chance to meet Columbia, MIT Sloan, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Stanford, and more top business programs. Connect in person to ask MBA questions, learn about program offerings, and discover how a graduate business degree can boost your career. Read more

Cracking the GMAT Code

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Cracking the GMAT Code by Chelsey Cooley

The GMAT will never lie to you. But, it doesn’t always tell you what you really want to know. The GMAT is a little bit like my friend in this exchange:

Me: “What do you think of this outfit?”

My friend: “Well, it’s very… creative.” Read more