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Know the GMAT Code: Interest Rate GMAT Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Know the GMAT Code: Interest Rate GMAT Problems by Stacey Koprince

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I’m excited about the problem I have to share with you today in the latest installment of our Know the Code series. Interest rate GMAT problems can be extremely annoying—you might find yourself spending 4 minutes and still having to guess in the end. So your first decision is whether you even want to tackle these kinds of problems in the first place.

But there are some things you can learn that could make answering interest rate GMAT problems a lot less irritating. Try out this Integrated Reasoning (IR) Two-Part problem from the GMATPrep® free practice exams. (Note: This one is an IR question, but I could absolutely see them testing the same principle on a Quant problem.) Read more

Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 3 of 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 3 of 3) by Stacey Koprince

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Welcome to part 3 of our series! If you haven’t seen the earlier installments yet, please start with part 1 and work your way back to me here.

We’ve talked about how to create sets of GMAT problems and how to set your time limit. We haven’t yet discussed what you need to learn from one of these sets before you try another one. Read more

Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 2 of 3)

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SK 406 - Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 2 of 3) by Stacey Koprince

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Last time, we talked about all of the basics of creating practice problem sets. Today, we’re going to talk about how to create larger sets that really mimic the GMAT testing experience. (If you haven’t read the first part yet, do start there.)

What are my goals for these larger sets of GMAT problems?

When you’ve made it through your primary review of all study materials (all question types and content areas), you’re ready to start doing larger problem sets: 8, 12, 16. (I’ll tell you later why these are all multiples of 4.)

Your goal is two-fold:

—Test (and continue to build) your skills on all this stuff you’ve been studying.

—Practice your overall business-decision-making skills (in other words, practice under conditions that mimic the real GMAT as closely as possible). Read more

Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 1 of 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 1 of 3) by Stacey Koprince

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When you first start studying, you’re going to do GMAT problems one at a time and then check your work and analyze the problem. But, eventually, you’re going to need to graduate to sets of GMAT problems that allow you to practice your executive decision-making—as on the real test.

So how do you do that? How many should you do at once? Where should you get those problems? How should you choose which ones to do?

That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about right now. Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

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Last time, we talked about how to read for meaning and spot redundancy traps on GMAT Sentence Correction.

I’ve got another trappy SC for you; this one is from the GMATPrep® free exams. Go for it! Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

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If you’re a non-native English speaker, you know that you’ll need to be extra careful with idioms and other constructions that native speakers just “know.” If you’re a native speaker, though, don’t think that you have a huge advantage! The GMAT test writers know the kinds of common errors that have crept into spoken language, and they’re going to try to trap you, too!

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The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 2: Review

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 2: Review by Stacey Koprince

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As we discussed in the first half of this series, Building Your Game Plan, during the last 1-2 weeks before you take the real test, your entire study focus changes. In this article, we’re going to discuss the second half of this process: how to review. (If you haven’t already read the first half, do so before you continue with this part.) Read more

The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 1: Building Your Game Plan

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 1: Building Your Game Plan by Stacey Koprince

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What’s the optimal way to spend your last two weeks before the GMAT? Several students have asked me this question recently, so that’s what we’re going to discuss today! There are two levels to this discussion: building a Game Plan and how to review. We’ll discuss the former topic in the first half of this article and the latter in the second half. Read more

Know the GMAT Code: Story Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Know the GMAT Code: Story Problems by Stacey Koprince

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How are the GMAT test writers going to hide information in plain sight and get you to fall into traps? Read more

Ace the GMAT Essay? No, Thanks!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Ace the GMAT Essay? No, Thanks! by Stacey Koprince

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We all know that the GMAT essay is scored separately and that the schools don’t care as much about the essay score. We also know we have to write the essays first thing, before we get to the more important Quant and Verbal sections (or even IR), so we don’t want to use up too much brain-power on the essay. Still, we can’t just bomb this section; the schools do care about the essay somewhat. So how do we do a good enough job without expending so much energy that we’re negatively affected during the multiple-choice portion of the test? Read more