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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Register for Our Upcoming Dream MBA Webinar Now! by Manhattan Prep

Starting April 10, Manhattan Prep and mbaMission will be coming together for an invaluable series of free workshops titled “Maximize Your Potential: 5 Steps to Getting Your Dream MBA.” Senior consultants from mbaMission will address and explain various significant admissions issues, while experts from Manhattan Prep will help you tackle some of the toughest challenges GMAT test-takers face, offering insight, advice, and more. Read more

Dartmouth Tuck Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Dartmouth Tuck Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough Dartmouth Tuck essay analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out.


As the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College enters its second full admissions season with Luke Anthony Peña at the helm as executive director of admissions and financial aid, we are not surprised to see a major overhaul in the program’s essay questions. What was the school’s first essay last year—which covered candidates’ career goals, why an MBA is needed to achieve them, and their reasons for targeting Dartmouth Tuck—has been deconstructed and reformulated into a series of short-answer questions. Tuck’s new Essay 1 instead addresses applicants’ individuality and anticipated contributions to the school. The admissions committee keeps the focus on contribution in its second essay prompt, asking candidates to discuss a time when they helped facilitate another’s success. Clearly, Tuck is interested in identifying individuals who will be connected, cooperative, and supportive members of its community, both as students and as alumni, staying true to its reputation as having one of the closest-knit and most engaged networks among the top MBA programs. Read on for our detailed Dartmouth Tuck essay analysis. . . Read more

Should I Take the GMAT or GRE?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should I Take the GMAT or GRE? by Chelsey Cooley

The “GMAT or GRE” decision seems more complicated than it really is. There are a few reasons you might strongly prefer one test over the other, but now that most MBA programs accept both tests, most of us are free to take whichever one is right for us. In this article, we’ll look at the differences between the GMAT and the GRE, and how those differences might change your decision.  Read more

Top 9 GMAT Math Tips

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Top 9 GMAT Math Tips by Chelsey Cooley

Looking for GMAT Math tips that might earn you a few extra points on Quant? Every one of us can use these simple test-day GMAT math tips, no matter what Quant score we’re aiming for. Read more

What’s Tested on GMAT Math

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What's Tested on GMAT Math by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Math is like middle or high school math, minus the hard parts. There’s no trigonometry, no calculus, and no proofs. Instead, the biggest value is in story problems, solving and simplifying equations, and some basic geometry and number theory. Read more

How to Get a 700 on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Get a 700 on the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

Getting a 700 GMAT score isn’t easy, and it’s not the right goal for everyone. But if it wasn’t tough to get a 700, it wouldn’t be such an accomplishment! Here’s how to get a 700 on the GMAT and add something really special to your MBA applications. Read more

How to Study for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

The GMAT isn’t a college exam! Instead of ramping up the difficulty by testing harder material, the GMAT gets harder by making tougher demands on your executive reasoning skills. The way you study for the GMAT can’t just be based on learning math and grammar. It also has to improve your executive reasoning skills and prepare you to take the test effectively. Read more

Wharton Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Wharton Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough Wharton essay analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out.


Often spurned at the last minute for Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and, at times, Columbia Business School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, possibly more than any other top MBA program, really wants to know that you want to earn your degree there. So we were not at all surprised to see that Wharton has maintained the prompt for its first essay, which requires applicants to explain their professional rationale for wanting to go to Wharton. (Note that by contrast, HBS does not ask candidates to spell out “Why HBS?”) Read more

Chicago Booth Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Chicago Booth Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough Chicago Booth essay analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out.


After maintaining its somewhat unique “choose a photo” essay prompt for three years in a row, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has completely overhauled its application essays this season, transitioning from that single open-ended and creative option to two short, direct essay questions. And notably, the school has shifted from having no limits at all to having a minimum expectation with respect to word count. In some ways, the minimum sets a range that a lack of limit does not. We have often suggested 1,000 words as a guide for the unlimited Chicago Booth essay, but now, we suggest keeping responses to 500–600 words each. Approximately double the minimum seems to be a reasonable high-end target, though you will not be thrown from the applicant pool for going even higher. That said, we do think 1,000 words would be as high as one might go, and only in exceedingly rare cases. Read more

Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset by Patrick Tyrrell

Haaaappy Halloweeeeen, dear reader. What’s that? You’re already annoyed by the trite conceit of this conveniently-timed piece about trick-or-treating? Read more