Articles published in August 2013

How to Read Multi-Source Reasoning Problems, Part 1

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multi-source reasoning gmatGiven that Integrated Reasoning may become more important for those who want to go into consulting or banking, let’s take a look at a Multi-Source Reasoning (MSR) problem!

In this first part, we’re going to take a look at how to read and take notes on the MSR text. In the next article, we’ll do a problem that goes with the text. This MSR is from the free GMATPrep test, so if you have not yet taken GMATPrep, don’t read this article yet! Put it away and come back to it after you’ve seen the problem yourself.

MSRs appear as three tabs of information. I can’t format things into tabs here, so I’ll just show it all to you one after the other. You have about 2.5 minutes per question on IR. This MSR has a total of 3 associated questions, but I’m only giving you one in this article. Spend about 2 to 2.5 minutes on the read-through, leaving yourself about 1.5 to 2 minutes to spend on each question.

Tab 1

“An archaeological team has been excavating three ancient village sites—Barras, Agna, and Cussaia—looking in particular at kitchen waste dumps as a way to understand the villages’ dietary patterns and trading relationships. What follows are brief summaries of their findings.

“Barras: The best data come from stratified finds in this oceanside village, which was inhabited from AD 600 to 1300 and was the only one of the three villages to produce seafood, its main dietary item. Though Barras residents hunted on land and raised crops, this provided relatively small amounts of food. As Barras’s overall prosperity rose, there was more food available per person, and its population increased from an average of 100 residents in the AD 600s to 400 residents in the AD 1000s to 600 residents in the AD 1200s.

“Agna: Agna was established in an inland forest around AD 800 and its residents mainly hunted but also ate considerable amounts of fruit, nuts, and other forest-vegetable products. They also traded meat to Barras for other goods. With no open fields, Agna grew no grain.

“Cussaia: Predating Barras, Cussaia depended heavily on raising grain crops and eventually obtained seafood and meat via trade. It traded directly only with Barras, because a mountain range separated it from Agna, though some products may have been traded between Agna and Cussaia via Barras.

“Additionally, there is no evidence that any other village traded with Barras, Agna, or Cussaia prior to AD 1300.”

Tab 2

“Barras: Percentages, by Estimated Weight, of Dietary Items Consumed per Person per Month”

Century

Seafood

Meat

Grains

Other

600s

65%

10%

10%

15%

700s

65%

10%

15%

10%

800s

60%

15%

15%

10%

900s

45%

30%

12%

13%

1000s

45%

30%

12%

13%

1100s

60%

10%

20%

10%

1200s

55%

25%

10%

10%

Tab 3

“Barras, Agna: Estimated Average Monthly Meat and Seafood Consumption (lb per 4-Person Family)”

Century

Barras

Agna

Seafood

Meat

Seafood

Meat

600s

240

37

not applicable

not applicable

700s

250

38

not applicable

not applicable

800s

275

70

60

240

900s

258

172

66

180

1000s

240

160

66

186

1100s

275

45

8

240

1200s

265

120

45

240

That’s a lot to read through in only 2 minutes or so. The key is to be able to divide the info into three categories:

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Social Venture Scholars Program

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Manhattan Prep is offering special full tuition scholarships for up to 16 individuals per year (4 per quarter) who will be selected as part of Manhattan GMAT’s Social Venture Scholars program. This program provides the selected scholars with free admission into one of Manhattan GMAT’s live online Complete Courses (a $1290 value).

These competitive scholarships are offered to individuals who (1) currently work full-time in an organization that promotes positive social change, (2) plan to use their MBA to work in a public, not-for-profit, or other venture with a social-change oriented mission, and (3) demonstrate clear financial need. The Social Venture Scholars will all enroll in a special online preparation course taught by two of Manhattan GMAT’s expert instructors within one year of winning the scholarship.

The deadline our next application period is 9/6.

Details about the SVS program and how you can apply can be found here.

GMAT Challenge Problem Showdown: August 26, 2013

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We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving!
Here is this week’s problem:

If three different integers are selected at random from the integers 1 through 8, what is the probability that the three selected integers can be the side lengths of a triangle?

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Free GMAT Events This Week: August 26 – September 1

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Here are the free GMAT events we’re holding this week. All times are local unless otherwise specified.

8/26/13– Boston, MA – Essay Writing Workshop Presented by mbaMission– 7:00PM- 8:30PM

8/26/13– Online- Free Trial Class– 8:00PM- 11:00PM (EDT)

8/27/13– Austin, TX –  Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/27/13–  Washington, DC- MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed presented by mbaMission– 7:00PM- 8:30PM

8/27/13– Online – Free Trial Class– 9:00PM-12:00AM (EDT)

9/1/13– London- Essay Writing Workshop Presented by mbaMission– 7:00PM- 8:30PM

Looking for more free events? Check out our Free Events Listings Page.

Friday Links: Harvard Business School, MBA For Entrepreneurship, & More!

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Catch up on some business school news and tips with a few of this week’s top stories:

Here’s Why Applying To Harvard Business School Has Never Been Easier (Forbes)

Rather, it’s never been more straightforward – for you and close to 10,000 other applicants who are likely to apply this year for one of 940 or so places in the Class of 2016.

Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Then Get Your MBA (Really) (The Globe and Mail)

For those hoping to break into entrepreneurship, business school is an amazing path to do so because of its inherent opportunities.

10 Least Expensive Private Business Schools (U.S. News Education)

These private b-schools keep tuition and fees under $40,000 a year.

At Harvard Business School, Lessons in Leadership from Literature (Bloomberg Businessweek)

For the last 12 years, HBS students, who take a class on literature and leadership, have been scanning the pages of books for lessons to help them tackle business’s most challenging dilemmas.

Did we miss your favorite article from the week? Let us know what you have been reading in the comments below or tweet @ManhattanGMAT

GMAT Challenge Problem Showdown: August 19, 2013

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We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving!
Here is this week’s problem:

In the figure above, ABC is a right triangle with AC as its hypotenuse, and PQRS is a square. What is the area of the square?

(1) AC is 70 units long.

(2) The product of the length of AS and the length of RC is 396.

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Free GMAT Events This Week: August 19 – August 25

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Here are the free GMAT events we’re holding this week. All times are local unless otherwise specified.

8/19/13– Santa Monica, CA – Free Trial Class- 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/19/13– New York, NY- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/19/13– San Francisco, CA- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/19/13–  Toronto, ON- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/19/13– New York, NY – The Last Minute MBA Application presented by mbaMission– 7:00PM-8:30PM

8/19/13– Online- Live Online GMAT Preview– 9:00PM- 10:30PM

8/20/13–  Atlanta, GA- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/20/13– Boston, MA- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/21/13– Online- MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed presented by mbaMission– 9:30AM- 10:30PM (EDT)

8/21/13– San Diego, CA – Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/21/13– Santa Clara, CA – Essay Writing Workshop Presented by mbaMission– 7:00PM- 8:30PM

8/21/13– Irvine, CA- Free Trial Class– 6:30PM- 9:30PM

8/21/13– Online – Essay Writing Workshop Presented by mbaMission– 4:00PM- 5:30PM (EDT)

8/22/13– Chicago, IL- Free Trial Class – 6:30PM- 9:30PM
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Friday Links: Online MBA Programs, The MBA Resume, & More!

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iStock_000012655127XSmallCatch up on some business school news and tips with a few of this week’s top stories:

Seek Online MBA Programs The Provide Travel Opportunities (U.S. News Education)

Traveling abroad can help online business students network and improve their resumes.

The Nuances of an MBA Resume (Poets & Quants)

In an application, a resume is more than a chronology of your academic and professional career.

How Getting an MBA can Help You Be a Better Entrepreneur (Upstart Business)

Whether an MBA is necessary to be an entrepreneur is the subject of lots of debate, but getting a master’s in business administration can be a huge help in getting your startup off the ground.

M.B.A. Admission Tip: Always Go for an Easy ‘A’ (The Wall Street Journal)

Business-school applicants with high undergraduate grade point averages are more likely to be admitted than those who performed slightly less well but did so amid tougher grading standards.

From a Dark Foundry to The Milanese Sunshine: Do An MBA, Says MIP Engineer (BusinessBecause)

Former technical manager of engineering giant Metec WA shares why all engineers who want to be recognized as good managers should get an MBA.

Did we miss your favorite article from the week? Let us know what you have been reading in the comments below or tweet @ManhattanGMAT

GMAT Challenge Problem Showdown: August 12, 2013

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challenge problem
We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving!
Here is this week’s problem:

For how many unique pairs of nonnegative integers {a, b} is the equation a2 – b2 = 225 true?

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The Master Resource List for Reading Comprehension

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gmat reading comprehensionThey manage to pick such interesting topics for RC, don’t they? It’s always the kind of thing you’d choose to read at home in your free time!

Wait. No, that’s not quite right. But the topics are relevant to business school… well, occasionally. Hmm.

So, let me get this straight. They’re going to give me somewhat obscure, very dense topics with very complicated ideas and sentence structures. I’m going to have about 3 minutes to read such a passage, and then I have to start answering questions about the material. That’s completely artificial; it would never happen in the real world!

Actually, yes it will. You’re going to do case studies in business school. You often won’t be given enough time to read through every last detail carefully; instead, you’ll have to figure out what’s important and concentrate on those pieces, while putting together a framework for the main ideas and the big changes in direction or opinion.

At work, you’re often going to have to make decisions based upon incomplete information. At times, you’ll have a ton of information—and not enough time to review it all before you have to take action. These situations are far from rare in the real world.

So when you find yourself a bit unmotivated because you know you’ve got to study boring RC today, remind yourself that RC will actually help you develop much-needed skills for business school and beyond!

The Master List

I’ve put together what I’m calling the Master Resource List for this question type. A couple of disclaimers. First, this list includes only free resources, no paid ones. There are a lot of good resources out there that cost some money—they’re just not on this list!

Second, this list is limited to my own articles. I’m not trying to claim that only my articles are good enough to make such a list—far from it. I’m most familiar with my own articles, so that’s what I’m using. And, okay, I will admit that I think the Manhattan GMAT RC process is the best one out there. But I’m biased. : )

How To Read

Before you dive into individual question types, it’s critical to know some overall processes for Reading Comp, starting with how to read! You already know how to read in general, of course. I’m talking about How To Read RC.

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