Articles published in March 2018

Why is My GMAT Verbal Score Going Down?

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why is My GMAT Verbal Score Going Down? 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.


First: you’re totally normal, and you’re not doomed to get the worst GMAT Verbal score in history. Most people’s GMAT practice test scores go up and down with time, and most people, despite this, end up with a stronger GMAT Verbal score than they started with. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: The CFA is a Liability

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: The CFA is a Liability 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.


The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation—a grueling, three-year financial program that hundreds of thousands of people pursue each year—covers many of the subjects included in a “typical” first-year MBA curriculum. A CFA aspirant must study basic economics, accounting, finance, and quantitative analysis—areas that echo aspects of many first-year MBA core curricula. So, could working toward the CFA designation negatively affect an MBA applicant’s candidacy by suggesting that he/she already has the tools an MBA education would provide and that additional studies would therefore be superfluous? Definitely not! Read more

GMAT Quant: The Problem with Pattern-Matching

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Quant: The Problem with Pattern-Matching 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.


“Can we do another problem like that?” It’s one of the most common requests I get in both class and tutoring sessions. It’s a perfectly good request and a necessary part of studying, but I always chuckle a little as I ask in return, “What exactly is like that?” After all, it could be that it involves exponents like the previous problem or that it has a C trap like the previous problem or that it requires testing cases—or all of the above! Read more

On the GMAT, Don’t Be Like UVA Men’s Basketball

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - On the GMAT, Don't Be Like UVA Men's Basketball by Reed Arnold

Guess what? 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.


The University of Virginia men’s basketball team had an historic season. They were 31-2 going into the NCAA tournament as an overall 1 seed and had just won their third ACC title in 5 years. Of course, that won’t be what this season is remembered for.

For the first time ever, a 16 seed beat a 1 seed in the first round of the tournament. And because this is the life I’ve chosen, I found a GMAT analogy to make. Read more

GMAT Grammar: Clauses, Modifiers, and the Founding Fathers

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Grammar: Clauses, Modifiers, and the Founding Fathers by Patrick Tyrrell

Guess what? 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.


Our Founding Fathers are routinely lionized for their heroic war for independence and their ingenious creation of our Constitutional democracy.

But these boys also knew how to spit some verse. Read more

Mission Admission: Pluralize Nouns and Vary Sentence Length on MBA Application Essays

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Pluralize Nouns and Vary Sentence Length on MBA Application Essays by mbaMission

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


One way to conserve words in your MBA application essays and short-answer responses is by pluralizing nouns whenever possible. Singular words often require an article such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” These words can add unnecessarily to your word count, thereby cluttering your page without contributing to your argument or style. Consider the following example: Read more

More Fast Math for the GMAT (Part 7)

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - More Fast Math for the GMAT (Part 7) by Stacey Koprince

Guess what? 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 while back, we started a series on Fast Math for the GMAT—here’s the link if you want to start from the beginning.

In our last installment, I gave you two fast math problems to try. We’ve already discussed the first one; here’s the second one again (from the free problem set that comes with GMATPrep®). Read more

My Manhattan Prep: Hear from Real GMAT, GRE, and LSAT Students

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - My Manhattan Prep: Hear from Real GMAT, GRE, and LSAT Students by Manhattan Prep

From aspiring business leaders to high-powered lawyers to education pioneers, our students come from all walks of life but are united by a common purpose: the desire to realize their best selves. For the next month, we’ll be sharing their Manhattan Prep stories with you. Read more

Introducing the Advanced GMAT Course!

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Introducing the Advanced GMAT Course! by Manhattan Prep

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.


Breaking the 700 barrier is no joke.

Maybe you’ve been studying a while and are in spitting distance of 700. Or perhaps you’ve always been a standardized test wiz and are starting out in the high 600s. If this describes you, take a look at our new GMAT Advanced Course! We’ve got one starting in March and one starting in April. Read more

Why I Like the GMAT (And Why You Should Like It Too)

by

Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why I Like the GMAT (And Why You Should Like It Too) 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.


You could think about the GMAT as a pointless, frustrating obstacle. But you shouldn’t. Here are some reasons I like the GMAT, our favorite standardized test. Read more