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GMAT Sentence Correction: Modifiers and Meaning

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction: Modifiers and Meaning by Reed Arnold

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Meaning. Important in life, important in GMAT Sentence Correction questions.

I realized recently just how much the GMAT loves switching between verbs and modifiers derived from verbs (we nerds know these as ‘participles’) in SC. For example: Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might Be Making (Part 1)

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Critical Reasoning. It’s not the easiest subject to teach, I tell ya. Or to study. On the one hand, it’s deceptively simple: ‘here are four sentences, answer a question about them.’ You might be glad there are no formulas, no little rules to memorize. Unlike geometry, in which you might not see a 5-12-13 triangle on the actual test but need to know about them just in case, GMAT Critical Reasoning is usually just a game of spotting a few parts of an argument and answering the question logically.

But while there are certain things that show up again and again—premise, conclusion, counterpoints, assumptions—there are a lot of different ways the GMAT can construct the logic, and a lot of different ways they can make wrong answers seem tempting. How many times have you been wrong but the answer just felt so right? Read more

How to Handle 3-Group Overlapping Sets on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Handle 3-Group Overlapping Sets on the GMAT by Reed Arnold

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Most overlapping sets on the GMAT have two distinct groups. Students take French and/or Spanish (or neither), pianists play either classical and/or jazz (or neither), people like either QDoba and/or Baja Fresh (definitely neither. Chipotle, please)—and for these situations, the familiar, double-set matrix approach works best. Read more

Why You Should Be Redoing GMAT Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why You Should be Redoing GMAT Problems by Reed Arnold

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I was tutoring a student recently when I had a horrifying epiphany, not unlike the one Hank had in Breaking Bad when… Is it too soon to spoil the show? Have you not watched that show? I mean, I guess spend time studying for the GMAT if your future is really that important to you, but the whole series is on Netflix, y’know, so maybe your future isn’t even worth it.

Kidding, of course it is. Great show, though. Read more

The Knowledge Trove that Is a GMAT Ratio

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Knowledge Trove that Is a GMAT Ratio by Reed Arnold

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‘Ratios?’ You might be thinking. ‘Those are easy. Pretty sure I get those.’

Wait. Let’s pretend I am the eccentric owner of a pet store, and I sell only two types of pets: rabid donkeys and three-legged mountain lions. In my store the ratio of donkeys to lions is 3:7. What do you know?

‘….That for every 3 donkeys you have 7 lions. Thanks for all the information, weird guy, should I get an external hard-drive so I can back all that up?’

Okay, drop the sarcasm, reader of my invention. When the GMAT gives you a ratio, it actually contains a boatload of information. Take a second and brainstorm what else you can figure out about this pet store. Anything at all.
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