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### Manhattan GMAT Launches New Palo Alto And Upper East Side Classes

Exciting news for GMAT preppers on both coasts! Today we’re announcing two new Manhattan GMAT class locations that will make taking a Manhattan GMAT course even more convenient.

Starting October 9th, we will offer GMAT classes in Palo Alto, California. Our new Palo Alto location joins our other San Francisco Bay Area locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Clara. Details on our Palo Alto Fall A course can be found here.

We’re also pleased to announce a new Upper East Side class to join our West 25th Street flagship and Wall Street location in New York City. The UES location is conveniently located near the 6 train on the east side of Manhattan at 221 East 71st Street. Details about NYC [Upper East Side] Fall A, which also starts on October 9th, can be found here.

Both locations will be staffed by our famous 99th percentile instructors. You can read more about what makes them so special here. Not in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City? You can look at all our upcoming classes here.

### Manhattan Prep’s Pocket GMAT App: Quant Flash Cards In Your Pocket!

Exciting news for iPhone users! Our new Pocket GMAT app is now available for FREE in the iTunes App store. Containing over 350 GMAT quant flash cards, the app uses an adaptive algorithm developed by Manhattan Prep instructors to help you target cards you most need help with. Allowing you to work on your GMAT quant anywhere and at any time, the Pocket GMAT app is sure to be an indispensable tool for iPhone users.

Pocket GMAT is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch and was built with our friends at Learningpod, who are focused on making great practice and assessment questions free for everyone. In addition to the adaptive algorithm, there is also a sequential practice mode that lets you flip through the cards however you want. You also have the ability to enter a Target Date to keep you on pace and track your progress. The flash cards are organized into “KeyRings” by topic and include algebra, number properties, word problems, geometry, fractions, decimals, and percents.

Manhattan Prep is offering special full tuition scholarships for up to 16 individuals per year (4 per quarter) who will be selected as part of Manhattan GMAT’s Social Venture Scholars program. This program provides the selected scholars with free admission into one of Manhattan GMAT’s live online Complete Courses (a $1290 value). These competitive scholarships are offered to individuals who (1) currently work full-time in an organization that promotes positive social change, (2) plan to use their MBA to work in a public, not-for-profit, or other venture with a social-change oriented mission, and (3) demonstrate clear financial need. The Social Venture Scholars will all enroll in a special online preparation course taught by two of Manhattan GMAT’s expert instructors within one year of winning the scholarship. The deadline our next application period is 9/6. ### How Would You Do On A Breaking Bad GMAT? In honor of the final season of Breaking Bad, we decided to put together our ultimate Breaking Bad GMAT quiz. Those of you who fall in the overlapping section of the “Breaking Bad Fan” “GMAT student” Venn diagram should test your skills below… yo! ### 1. Data Sufficiency Does x+4 = Walter White? (1) x+4 is the danger (2) x+4 is the one who knocks A. Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) ALONE is not sufficient B. Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) ALONE is not sufficient C. BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient D. EACH statement ALONE is sufficient E. Statement (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data are needed ### 2. Discrete Quant The front portion of Walter White’s Roof is a 7 ‘ by 15’ rectangle. If the diameter of a pizza is 22”, what is the approximate area of the shaded region of this diagram? A. 13,600 inches sq. B. 14,740 inches sq. C. 15,120 inches sq. D. 15,500 inches sq. E. 16,640 inches sq. ### 3. Critical Reasoning Today, Walter White will cook 100 pounds of methamphetamine. This argument is flawed primarily because: A. Cooking methamphetamine presents a moral dilemma for Walter White. B. Walter White has to prioritize the needs of his wife and children and be a better father. C. Walter has already paid for his cancer treatment and no longer needs to cook methamphetamine. D. There is a fly in the laboratory. E. He was told not to cook that day and is obeying his instructions. ### 4. Critical Reasoning Hank’s collection of rocks includes over 400 different items. Hank’s rock collection is clearly the most impressive in New Mexico. This argument is flawed primarily because: A. Rock collections are not judged by the total number of rocks but by the rarity of each item included. B. Rock collections are not impressive to anyone. C. Hank’s rock collection is a metaphor and therefore cannot be judged against other rock collections. D. Hank’s wife stole most of the rocks and it is therefore ineligible for any superlatives. E. They aren’t rocks, they are minerals. ### 5. Discrete Quant Walter Junior eats 3 eggs for breakfast every morning. Given that Walter Junior never misses breakfast, how many eggs does Walter Junior consume in March? A. 60 B. 74 C. 82 D. 93 E. 107 Answers are after the jump… ### GMAT Challenge Problem Showdown: July 8, 2013 We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving! Here is this week’s problem: If PQ is a diameter of the circle above, and the lengths of AXBXPX, and QX are integers, what is the area of the circle? (1) (AX)(BX) = 16 (2) QX > AB ### GMAT Challenge Problem Showdown: June 10, 2013 We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving! Here is this week’s problem: Each of seven consecutive integers, all greater than positive integer n, is divided by n. The seven resulting remainders, not necessarily distinct, are assembled into a list L. What is the value of n? (1) List L contains two odd values and 5 even values. (2) No odd integer appears in list L more than once. ### More Recruiting and More Avenues: What MBA Applicants Should Consider in GMAC’s Corporate Recruiters Survey Note: The following is a guest post by Liza Weale, Senior Consultant for mbaMission. The numbers from GMAC’s 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey are in, and the MBA continues to gain ground with employers. Of the companies surveyed, 75% plan to hire MBAs in 2013 versus the 71% that hired business school graduates in 2012. The median starting salary for MBAs at U.S. companies is also on the rise: up from$90K in 2012 to $95K in 2013. And companies in the classic fields of consulting and finance are not the only ones expecting to add MBAs to their work force (79% in 2013 over 69% in 2012 and 75% in 2013 over 70% in 2012, respectively): 86% of energy and utility companies (up 17% over 2012) and 89% of health care and pharma companies (up 12% over 2012) report plans to do so as well. Undoubtedly, the outlook for MBAs is rosy, but being aware of this promising forecast is not enough to help an applicant gain a spot at a top program. Some deep soul searching is needed, and resources such as GMAC’s 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey can be excellent sources of inspiration”especially as candidates contemplate what next after business school. The following are a few things that might be helpful to consider as you think about your goals: ### Social Venture Scholars Program Manhattan Prep is offering special full tuition scholarships for up to 16 individuals per year (4 per quarter) who will be selected as part of Manhattan GMAT’s Social Venture Scholars program. This program provides the selected scholars with free admission into one of Manhattan GMAT’s live online Complete Courses (a$1290 value).

These competitive scholarships are offered to individuals who (1) currently work full-time in an organization that promotes positive social change, (2) plan to use their MBA to work in a public, not-for-profit, or other venture with a social-change oriented mission, and (3) demonstrate clear financial need. The Social Venture Scholars will all enroll in a special online preparation course taught by two of Manhattan GMAT’s expert instructors within one year of winning the scholarship.

The deadline our next application period is 6/14.

### mbaMission: Harvard Business School Essay Analysis, 2013-2014

We’ve invited mbaMission to share their Business School Essays Analyses as they’re released for the 2013-2014 application season. Here is their analysis for Harvard Business School.

Harvard Business School (HBS) is taking a bold new approach to its application essays this year by offering just one question”and one that is much more open to interpretation than many applicants would probably like:

You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Few things strike more fear into an MBA candidate’s heart than vague essay directions. Because of HBS’s lack of guidance with respect to word limits and its extremely open-ended question, knowing whether you are truly responding with information that the admissions committee wants and needs will be difficult. The committee further complicates things by specifically noting the information it will already have”transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, etc. This may make you wonder if mentioning such information is a complete no-no and would weaken your chances for admission.

First, we would like to allay your fears to some degree and help you reframe your view of this question. Think of it as an opportunity to round out your candidacy in the admissions committee’s eyes the way you want, not within the parameters of a narrowly focused topic someone else has chosen. This is your chance to tell the school what you really feel it should know about you”what you believe makes you a worthy  candidate, deserving of a spot in HBS’s next incoming class.

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