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How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations by Chelsey Cooley

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GMAT word problems, like the ones from the Official Guide to the GMAT, usually come with explanations. A lot of those explanations start by turning the word problem into equations. Starting with the equations can make an explanation easy to understand: if the equations match up to what the problem says, then the explanation makes sense. Read more

Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills? by Chelsey Cooley

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There are a lot of things the GMAT can’t measure. It can’t measure your intelligence, your value as a person, or your ability to succeed. But is it really just about your test-taking skills? And if you’ve always done poorly on tests, are you doomed to GMAT failure? Read more

Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Are you having trouble finishing GMAT Quant word problems within two minutes? Here’s a technique that will help. Read more

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

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the GMAT: The First Two Weeks (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

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

How to Read Faster on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Read Faster on the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

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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

High-Value GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - High-Value GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Every time you study GMAT Quant, you give your full attention to just a couple of topics. During that time, you won’t be studying all of the other topics the GMAT Quant section tests. The smartest way to make the tradeoff is by going straight to the highest-value Quant topics: the ones that are most likely to score you points on test day. Read more

Why Isn’t My GMAT Score Going Up?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Isn't My GMAT Score Going Up? by Chelsey Cooley

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So, you took your first practice GMAT a couple of months ago, and you immediately knew that you could do better. You spent the last month or two studying—maybe you even enrolled in our 9-week complete GMAT course. You’re feeling much more comfortable with the test, and you know you’ve learned a lot. But when you took your second practice test, you got a nasty surprise: your GMAT score hadn’t improved at all. What’s going on? Read more

A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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The basic rule of GMAT Find the Assumption problems on Critical Reasoning is this:

The right answer is the only one that’s necessary to the argument.

But what does that actually mean, and how can you apply it on test day? Read more

GMAT Study Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Study Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making by Chelsey Cooley

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In a perfect world, everyone would take the GMAT exactly once, get a fantastic score, then never think about the test again. Unfortunately, things sometimes don’t work out that way. Part of my role at Manhattan Prep is to sit down with students who didn’t quite achieve their goal scores on their first try and help them analyze what happened. (This type of meeting is called a Post-Exam Assessment, and it’s part of what you get when you sign up for the Manhattan Prep 9-week GMAT course.) Read more

Do I Really Need to Study GMAT Verbal?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Do I Really Need to Study GMAT Verbal? by Chelsey Cooley

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You know the story. You haven’t taken a math class for eight (or ten, or fifteen, or twenty) years. You weren’t even that great at math when you were in school! And now that it’s been a decade since you last simplified a quadratic or calculated an average speed, you’re feeling rusty. You’ve got a lot of work to do. Read more