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GMAT Myths, Debunked by the Data Hammer

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Myths, Debunked by the Data Hammer by Ryan Jacobs

I want to debunk a few common GMAT myths about timing and scoring on the test. I’m going to try to do it in the best way that I, as a graduate of an MBA program, know how: with the help of Microsoft Excel!* Read more

Executive Reasoning on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Reasoning on the GMAT by Ryan Jacobs

Pop quiz: The GMAT is a test of __________ (fill in the blank). Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions by Ryan Jacobs

Consider the following two sentences, adapted from a GMAT Sentence Correction example I use in my classes: Read more

Why Robots Aren’t So Good at GMAT Sentence Correction

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Robots Aren't So Good at GMAT Sentence Correction by Ryan Jacobs

Greetings, reader. I wish to determine whether you are a robot. To help me do so, I will show you a sentence, and then ask you a very simple question about the sentence. Just so you know, the sentence uses correct grammar and would be an acceptable answer choice were it to appear in a GMAT Sentence Correction question. Please don’t worry about correcting the sentence; instead, just read it and then answer the question. Ready? Read more

There’s No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - There's No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question by Ryan Jacobs

One of the most popular questions I get asked by my students: “Can you tell me where to find 700 level GMAT questions I can practice?” To which I have a reply ready: “I’d love to help you! But what’s a 700 level GMAT question?” Read more

A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight by Ryan Jacobs

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Today, I want to share with you one of the easiest and quickest ways I’ve ever found to improve your accuracy when doing GMAT Critical Reasoning questions. Read more

A GMAT Timing Lesson from the German Bobsled Team

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A GMAT Timing Lesson from the German Bobsled Team by Ryan Jacobs

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.


Did you watch any of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang? If not, you missed out not only on some curling action that brought the house down*, but also on the most spectacular hockey shootout goal I’ve ever seen. If you saw it, you know the one I’m talking about! But there’s one other important thing you may have missed: an important lesson about GMAT timing. Read more

What Learning to Play the Piano Can Teach You about Studying for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What Learning to Play the Piano Can Teach You about Studying for the GMAT by Ryan Jacobs

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Before I was a GMAT teacher, I was a piano teacher. At my first job out of college, I would go house to house giving piano lessons to kids. The most important lesson I had for them was always the same: practice slowly, correctly, and in small, manageable pieces. Read more

I’ve Got Two Weeks…

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I recently tutored a student “ let’s call her Jane “ who came to me two weeks before her test. Here’s the discussion we had:

Jane: Right now, I’m doing well on the verbal section, consistently scoring in the 80th to 90th percentile on my practice tests. However, my math isn’t as good “ the highest I’ve scored is 48th percentile. I got a 630 on my most recent practice test, but I’d really like to score a 720. My GMAT date is two weeks from today.

gmat two weeksRyan: Why a 720?

Jane: I don’t know, I just heard that’s what you need to get into a top school.

Ryan: Well, let’s assume that you score in the 85th percentile on the verbal section, an average performance for you. To get a 720, you’d need to hit the 90th percentile on the quant section. Did you know that?

Jane: OH MY GOD NO! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?

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Should You Take a GMAT Prep Course?

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should i take a gmat courseIn my 9-session courses, all students are invited to try the first session for free. At the end of that trial session, one or more students invariably ask me, do I need to take this course to get a good score on the GMAT?

In a word, no. In fact, I scored a 760 on my first attempt, and I didn’t take a prep course. But then again, I devoted my lunch hour to studying for more than two months straight. Every. Single. Workday.

I’d like to think I’m a smart guy, but even so, there’s no way I could have scored a 760 without putting in significant study time. That is true for 99.99% of the GMAT-taking population, prep course or no. If you want to get the most out of my class, be prepared for an hour of homework every day for the duration of the course.

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