Articles published in June 2009

Why an MBA?


We’re lucky here at Manhattan GMAT to be part of a thriving community of people who are headed toward business school – our website gets tens of thousands of visits each month. So we decided to try and get some insight as to what our students were thinking in terms of their professional aspirations and motivations for applying to MBA programs.

We conducted a survey, which students responded to in order to procrastinate, contribute to collective human knowledge, or win the gift certificate we gave away to one lucky winner (Congrats to you!). After we compiled hundreds of responses, we put together a press release with the results. Some of the findings were a bit surprising, in that most of our respondents were secure in their jobs and not, for example, pursuing an MBA because of some job dislocation. Others were in keeping with you what you read in the press (fewer aspiring bankers and consultants than in years past). We’ll let you read for yourself if you’re curious.

2009 AIGAC Conference


Manhattan GMAT is proud to host the 1st day of the 2009 AIGAC Conference (the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) on June 17th. Admissions officers from Haas (Berkeley), Tuck (Dartmouth), Yale, Michigan, and Darden (Virginia) will all be participating, with presentations from officers from NYU and Columbia during the conference as well.

Though we’re obviously a test prep company, we know that the larger admissions process is of acute interest to many of our students. Hopefully we’ll pick up a few tidbits to pass along.

All About the GMAT


Application season is starting to heat up again! For those of you just getting started, here’s an overview of “what’s what” with the GMAT.

What Is The GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test is a standardized test that many English-speaking business schools require applicants to take. The test is called a CAT, or Computer Adaptive Test, both because it is administered on a computer and because the test actually changes based upon how we answer the questions. The computer chooses what test questions to give us based upon our performance up until that point in the test. In a sense, we all take a different test, because the specific mix of questions any one person sees is based on that person’s performance during the test.

To register for the test or learn more information straight from the testwriters, go to

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New York Times article on TEP


The front page of today’s New York Times included a feature article about TEP, the innovative charter school founded by Zeke Vanderhoek. Zeke also founded Manhattan GMAT and served as CEO until the end of 2006.

Believe it or not, this is Zeke and TEP’s 2nd time on the front page of the Times. If you missed it, here’s a link to the 1st article.

TEP is doing to public education what Manhattan GMAT has done to test prep – demonstrating that if you pay more and select the best, the results speak for themselves. Congratulations to Zeke and TEP! If this article is any indication, the world is watching!