Articles published in 2018

Mission Admission: Limit the Use of “I” When Beginning Sentences and Never Use “Etc.” in MBA Application Essays

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


Although putting yourself at the center of the stories in your MBA application essays is certainly important, a common mistake applicants tend to make is beginning too many sentences with the word “I.” As a general rule, you should never begin two sentences in a row this way. Consider the following example: Read more

GMAT Studying: Get to the (Mental) Gym!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Studying: Get to the (Mental) Gym! by James Brock

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If a basketball player makes a free throw, do you expect him or her to make every free throw after that?

Of course not! Certainly the player knows “how” to make free throws, but none of us expect that “knowing how” is good enough in sports. You have to practice over and over again, and even then, we still think hitting 80%+ of free throws in a game is pretty good. Read more

The GMAT’s Favorite Equation

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT's Favorite Equation by Reed Arnold

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After you do even a little bit of studying for the GMAT, you’ll probably start to realize something: the test is as repetitive as a Katy Perry song. You’ll see that the one hard question you’ve never quite understood is actually the same old game, reformulated in some subtle way, but ultimately similar to what you’ve learned before. Read more

Mission Admission: Deciding How Many Business Schools to Target and Choosing a Safe School

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Deciding How Many Business Schools to Target and Choosing a Safe School by mbaMission

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


These days, as candidates consider their strategies for the ongoing MBA application cycle, many have a logical question in mind: To how many business schools should I apply? The answer, of course, varies dramatically from applicant to applicant, but the golden rule is that you should only apply to an MBA program if you have enough time to polish your application to its best state. So, if you have time to “perfect” only three applications, you should focus on applying to just three business schools—and not consider submitting several additional “average” applications. Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 6)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 6) by Stacey Koprince

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We’re done! Phew! That was a complicated history passage and those questions got pretty tricky at times. (If you’re just joining us for the first time now, follow that link back to part 1 of the series and work your way back here.) Read more