Articles published in 2017

How to Study for the GMAT: The First Two Weeks (Part 1)

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Not sure where to start? Here’s how to handle the first two weeks of your GMAT journey. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My High GMAT Score Will Get Me In

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.

So, you have taken the GMAT and exceeded even your highest expectations, scoring at the very top of the scale. Congratulations! However, do not assume that earning such a high GMAT score means you can relax with respect to the other components of your application. Every year, applicants who have scored 750 or higher are rejected from their target business schools—even when their GMAT score falls within the top 10% of the schools’ range. Many of these candidates were rejected because of a fatal, but ultimately avoidable, mistake: they became overconfident and assumed their high GMAT score alone would get them in. Read more

No, The GMAT Didn’t Trick You

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A few quick questions:

1) Is ‘8x’ even?

2) Is y^2 positive?

3) What is √x + √y if x + y = 36?

4) What is the perimeter of triangle ABC below? Read more

Mission Admission: Visiting B-School Campuses Multiple Times, and a Reminder on Best Behavior!

Many MBA applicants set their sights on more than one b-school. In the fortunate case that a candidate does gain admission to multiple business schools, how does he/she choose between two (or more)? If you cannot determine a definitive “winner” based on specific academic or professional criteria, you may now need to make a b-school campus visit or, for some, another campus visit. If you have not yet had a chance to visit your target school(s), we advise you to get to know the program(s) better before deciding where to invest two years and \$100k or more. However, even if you have already visited your target b-school campuses, this may be a good time for a second, more focused trip. Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 5)

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Are you ready for your fifth and final question? We’ve been examining a Reading Comprehension history passage from the GMATPrep® free exams. If you’re just starting, go through the earlier installments first, then come back to this one—and feel free to do all five questions (one per installment) in a block for the passage. (Take some screen shots or set up separate browser tabs so that you can cycle through them all efficiently.)

Here are the history passage and the fifth problem. Good luck! Read more

How to Read Faster on the GMAT

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Are you struggling to finish the GMAT Verbal section within the time limit? Are you spending six minutes on every Reading Comprehension passage and using up time that you really need somewhere else? Here are some ideas on how to read faster on the GMAT that might turn your Verbal performance around. Read more

The Real GMAT Timing Danger

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So you’ve been studying for the GMAT for a couple months now and feel like you’re learning a ton and getting a lot better, but your score just won’t budge. Sound familiar? Or maybe your score is moving, but not getting where you want it to be. When you look at individual questions, they all more or less make sense, but when you try to put it all together on a practice test, the score still comes out the same as it always is. What gives? Read more

Quick GMAT Tips: The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind

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I was teaching online with another instructor a few days ago when he told a story about retaking the GMAT (as we instructors often do). He and another woman were riding up in an elevator to the testing facility, and they struck up a conversation. When she found out that he was a Manhattan Prep GMAT instructor, she said, “Quick, tell me something I just HAVE to know for the test!” Talk about pressure!! So, I started thinking about how I would answer that question. Here are the five quick GMAT tips I would tell you during an elevator ride. This is by no means meant to replace actual studying!! These are just quick GMAT tips to keep in mind. (By the way, the other instructor’s answer is below, too—read on.) Read more