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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Business School Stereotypes

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Business School Stereotypes by mbaMission

What have you been told about applying to business school? With the advent of chat rooms, blogs and forums, armchair “experts” often unintentionally propagate MBA admissions myths, which can linger and undermine an applicant’s confidence. Some applicants are led to believe that schools want a specific “type” of candidate and expect certain GMAT scores and GPAs, for example. Others are led to believe that they need to know alumni from their target schools and/or get a letter of reference from the CEO of their firm in order to get in. In this series, mbaMission debunks these and other myths and strives to take the anxiety out of the admissions process.


Many business school applicants believe that the MBA admissions committees have distilled their criteria for selecting candidates over the years and have in mind a specific “type” of individual they want. For example, within this world of business school stereotypes, applicants believe that Harvard Business School (HBS) is looking only for leaders, Kellogg is looking only for marketing students, Chicago Booth is looking only for finance students, and even that MIT Sloan is looking only for “eggheads.” Of course, these business school stereotypes—like most stereotypes—are inaccurate. Chicago Booth wants far more than one-dimensional finance students in its classes, and it provides far more than just finance to its MBA students (including, to the surprise of many, an excellent marketing program). HBS is not a school just for “generals”; among the approximately 950 students in each of its classes, HBS has a wide variety of personalities, including some excellent foot soldiers. So, at mbaMission, we constantly strive to educate MBA candidates about these misconceptions, which can sink applications if applicants pander to them. Read more

Laying the Foundation for Your Business School Application

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Laying the Foundation for Your Business School Application by mbaMission

Each week, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


By being proactive and doing some advance planning, aspiring MBA candidates can remove a great deal of stress from the business school application process and substantially bolster their candidacy. We have several big picture recommendations for applicants to consider to help them be as competitive and prepared as possible when admissions season begins in earnest. Read more

The Access MBA Tour is on Its Way to NYC and Canada!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Access MBA Tour is on Its Way to NYC and Canada! by Manhattan Prep

Great news for any of you based in New York or Canada: the Access MBA Tour is coming to town! Access MBA, a global leader in one-on-one business education events, will return to Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and New York City respectively on March 20, 21, 23, 25, and 28, the Advent Group announced today.

“Access MBA connects business executives and top international MBA programs through personalized one-on-one meetings between experienced professionals and business school representatives,” says Christophe Coutat, Advent Group’s managing director. Read more

Breaking the 700 Barrier – Part 1: The GMAT Mindset

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Breaking the 700 Barrier Part 1: The GMAT Mindset by Stacey KoprinceDid 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.


The top 10 US b-schools now have average GMAT scores in the 700 to 730 range. That’s 90th percentile or higher—in other words, really high scores!

So, if you want a 700-level score, what does it take to get yourself into that range? Read more

Everything You Need to Know About GMAT Time Management – Part 3 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management (Part 3) by Stacey KoprinceAre you ready for the third and final installment of our Time Management series?

In the first part of this series, we established some overall principles for time management on the GMAT:

(1) Why is time management so important on the GMAT?

(2) Know (generally) how the scoring works.

(3) When solving problems, follow two principles.

In the second part, we talked about per-question timing:

(4) First, train per question: Develop your “One-minute time sense”

Today, we’re going to graduate to per-section timing. Let’s do this! Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management – Part 2 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management - Part 2 of 3Did 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.


Welcome back! In the first part of this series, we established some overall principles for time management on the GMAT:

  1. Why is time management so important on the GMAT?
  2. Know (generally) how the scoring works
  3. When solving problems, follow two principles

Today, we’re going to dive into per-question timing. Read more

What you’ll really learn from the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What You'll Really Learn from the GMAT by Chelsey CooleyDid 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.


When you leave the testing center, you’ll probably be ready to forget the GMAT! However, some of the lessons you learn while studying shouldn’t be left behind. They’ll help you even more during the rest of your MBA journey than they did on test day. Read more

Everything you need to know about GMAT Time Management – Part 1 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management - Part 1 by Stacey Koprince

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.


First, a note: this three-part series is long; there’s a lot going on. You aren’t going to be able to incorporate all of this from day one. Rather, expect to return to this article as you get further into your studies. Make a note right now that you want to review this before every practice test (and probably after, too!).

In this first part, we’re going to get oriented on some overall principles for time management on the GMAT. Let’s dive in! Read more

Develop a Business Mindset to Maximize your ROI on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Here's How to Maximize Your ROI on the GMAT by Stacey KoprinceDid 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.


What is the GMAT really testing? Read more

Two months and 80 points to go: How do I raise my GMAT score? (Part 2)

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Blog-Lincoln-PartIIIn the first part of this series, we talked about how to analyze your strengths and weaknesses and in which categories of “low hanging fruit” to concentrate your studies.

We left off talking about timing; let’s talk about how to make better decisions as you take the test. Read more