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UCLA Anderson MBA Application Insider: Why Pursue an MBA Degree?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - UCLA Anderson MBA Application Insider: Why Pursue an MBA Degree? by UCLA Anderson

Manhattan Prep and UCLA Anderson will be co-hosting upcoming MBA information events. We hope you’ll sign up to learn about the Anderson MBA program’s admissions process, student life, career options, and curriculum, directly from their admissions staff and esteemed alumni:

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London Business School Answers: “Why Get an MBA Abroad?”

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London Business School will be hosting MBA information sessions with Manhattan Prep across different locations in the US during the upcoming months. We look forward to connecting with prospective students to answer any questions you have about pursuing your MBA outside of the US. As you start your research, you may be asking yourself how an MBA abroad is different from a domestic MBA. The information below should offer introductory insight into the unique benefits of London Business School as a global MBA programme. We look forward to continuing this conversation when we meet!


This article was written by Stephanie Thrane, London Business School’s Senior Manager of MBA Recruitment and Admissions.

One of the first things MBA candidates should ask themselves when considering business school in general is: “Where am I now? Where and who do I want to be? And what do I need to get there?” Read more

Managing Your MBA Interview

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Managing Your MBA Interview by mbaMission

Each week, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


“What if I don’t know the answer to a question I’m asked?” This is probably the number-one anxiety among business school candidates facing an MBA interview. Thankfully, however, it is largely an unnecessary one, because your interviewer will always be asking questions about a topic you actually know very well—you!—not questions that require applied knowledge or research. So, in an MBA interview, you will not need to know how to calculate a discounted cash flow or express your opinion about the U.S. interest rate policy. Instead, you must be able to reflect on and discuss your life experiences, why you want an MBA, the value you can add to your target program and how you expect to engage with it, and your reasons for wanting to attend the specific school at which you are interviewing. Read more

Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million? by James Brock

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.


It might be! And I’m not talking about the value of the top-10 MBA that your GMAT score might help you get—I’m talking about the knowledge that you gain from your GMAT studying. Check out this sentence: Read more

Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student by Elaine Loh

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.


Okay, that was a clickbait title. There’s no such thing as a bad GMAT student, just an unmotivated one. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a good GMAT student in that you are willing to put in time to learn about things you don’t know. But putting in that time doesn’t mean you actually have good study habits. Let’s take a look at some of the behaviors of students that I’ve seen along the way. Do you fall into any of these buckets? If so, you may want to rethink your approach. Read more

GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

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.


It’s the time of year when enterprising business school hopefuls are getting a head-start on their GMAT studies. It can take quite a bit of time to get a good score on the GMAT so, if you can, get the test out of the way well before you have to start in on your applications.

In the first part of this 2-part series, we’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the three primary study approaches: self-study, GMAT class, and private tutoring. In the second part, we’ll examine how to choose the best program and instructor for you (if you decide to take a GMAT class or work with a tutor). Read more

EMBA and MBA: Know the Differences!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - EMBA and MBA: Know the Differences! by mbaMission

Did you know that we offer an Executive Assessment Masterclass? In one weekend, we’ll give you the tools you’ll need to ace the EA and take your career to the next level.


At some point in their career, many professionals decide to pursue a business degree. And these aspiring candidates often wonder, “Would I be a better candidate for an Executive MBA or a traditional MBA?” You may be pondering this issue yourself as you try to make the right decision to advance your career. In this post, we present some of the fundamental differences between the EMBA and MBA to help you clarify your options. Read more

Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score by Natasha Malpani

Natasha Malpani is a Stanford MBA student who scored over 720 on the GMAT using Manhattan Prep’s online course and materials. The views expressed in this piece are her own and do not necessarily reflect our official advice on the test.


I took the GMAT after studying for 10 weeks with Manhattan Prep. At the time, I had two deals closing at work and was pulling together the other critical parts of my b-school application in London, while simultaneously preparing for an upcoming wedding in India. Application deadlines were looming: I knew I wouldn’t get a second shot. I was struggling to stay calm and focus. Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2) 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.


A few weeks ago, I wrote about making the most of your ear as a native English speaker. Here’s the short version: you already know, intuitively, a lot of the grammar that GMAT Sentence Correction tests. But the GMAT takes simple grammar errors and buries them in long, boring sentences with lots of extraneous detail. To outsmart the GMAT, simplify and visualize the sentence in your head as you read it. This will help your ear to do what it does best.

Now let’s talk about when and why to use your ear. It’s okay to use your ear on GMAT Sentence Correction… under two conditions. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: The Admissions Committee’s Glass is 99% Empty

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: The Admissions Committee's Glass is 99% Empty 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.


“I was the first in my class to be promoted at McKinsey. I have a 710 GMAT score and completed Level 1 of the CFA exam, but I had a B- in calculus during my freshman year. Will that grade ruin my chances for admission?”

“My company has been under a hiring and promotion freeze for the past three years, but during that time, I have earned pay increases and survived successive rounds of layoffs. Will the admissions committee accept someone who has not been promoted?”

“I have been promoted, but my company changed names. Will the admissions committee think I am going somewhere at a sketchy company?” Read more