Articles published in 2019

Register for Our Upcoming Dream MBA Webinar Now!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Register for Our Upcoming Dream MBA Webinar Now! by Manhattan Prep

Starting April 10, Manhattan Prep and mbaMission will be coming together for an invaluable series of free workshops titled “Maximize Your Potential: 5 Steps to Getting Your Dream MBA.” Senior consultants from mbaMission will address and explain various significant admissions issues, while experts from Manhattan Prep will help you tackle some of the toughest challenges GMAT test-takers face, offering insight, advice, and more. Read more

Dartmouth Tuck Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Dartmouth Tuck Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough Dartmouth Tuck essay analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out.


As the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College enters its second full admissions season with Luke Anthony Peña at the helm as executive director of admissions and financial aid, we are not surprised to see a major overhaul in the program’s essay questions. What was the school’s first essay last year—which covered candidates’ career goals, why an MBA is needed to achieve them, and their reasons for targeting Dartmouth Tuck—has been deconstructed and reformulated into a series of short-answer questions. Tuck’s new Essay 1 instead addresses applicants’ individuality and anticipated contributions to the school. The admissions committee keeps the focus on contribution in its second essay prompt, asking candidates to discuss a time when they helped facilitate another’s success. Clearly, Tuck is interested in identifying individuals who will be connected, cooperative, and supportive members of its community, both as students and as alumni, staying true to its reputation as having one of the closest-knit and most engaged networks among the top MBA programs. Read on for our detailed Dartmouth Tuck essay analysis. . . Read more

The GMAT Official Guide 2019 Edition, Part 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT Official Guide 2019 Edition, Part 3 by Stacey Koprince

Welcome back to our series on the new GMAT Official Guide 2019 (OG)! (If you’d like, you can start with the first installment of this article series.) Today’s post focuses on the Sentence Correction questions in the big OG. Read more

Top 20 Business Schools

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Top 20 Business Schools by Chelsey Cooley

If you’re trying for a great GMAT score, it’s probably because you have your eye on one of the top 20 business schools. Here’s the lowdown on how schools are ranked, which schools are at the top, and how that relates to your GMAT score. Read more

8 Essential GMAT Study Tips

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 8 Essential GMAT Study Tips by Chelsey Cooley

It’s easy to feel lost when you start to study for the GMAT. It doesn’t help that everybody wants to share their own GMAT study tips—and half of those tips contradict each other! Should you always study in the same spot, or should you change it up? Do you get a 700 on the GMAT by solving every official problem, or by reading every study guide?

Based on a combination of learning science and GMAT experience, here are our favorite GMAT study tips. We’ve broken them up into three categories: Read more

Should You Cancel Your GMAT Score?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should You Cancel Your GMAT Score? by Chelsey Cooley

You probably know that you can cancel your GMAT score if you aren’t happy with it. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about what it means to cancel your GMAT score and whether you should do it or not. In this article, we’ll answer the big questions about score cancelation, plus a few you might not have thought to ask. Read more

How Long Should I Study for the GMAT?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How Long Should I Study for the GMAT? by Chelsey Cooley

Most of us should spend about three months studying for the GMAT. However, your perfect GMAT timeline might look different! Keep reading for a look at what goes into a great GMAT study schedule. Read more

Should I Retake the GMAT?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should I Retake the GMAT? by Chelsey Cooley

In most cases, it’s a smart move to retake the GMAT! There are a number of reasons it might help your applications, and very few downsides. However, to help you make an informed decision, let’s go into the pros and cons of retaking the GMAT. Read more

Should I Take the GMAT or GRE?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should I Take the GMAT or GRE? by Chelsey Cooley

The “GMAT or GRE” decision seems more complicated than it really is. There are a few reasons you might strongly prefer one test over the other, but now that most MBA programs accept both tests, most of us are free to take whichever one is right for us. In this article, we’ll look at the differences between the GMAT and the GRE, and how those differences might change your decision.  Read more

GMAT Number Properties: Practice Questions

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Number Properties: Practice Questions by Chelsey Cooley

The best thing about GMAT Number Properties problems is that the numbers are nice and easy. There’s no need to worry about fractions, decimals, or percents! Read more