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Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills? by Chelsey Cooley

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There are a lot of things the GMAT can’t measure. It can’t measure your intelligence, your value as a person, or your ability to succeed. But is it really just about your test-taking skills? And if you’ve always done poorly on tests, are you doomed to GMAT failure? Read more

GMAT Grammar: Parts of Speech

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Grammar: Parts of Speech by Elaine Loh

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I promise you this will not be a diatribe directed towards the American school system, but I have to say that many of us were not taught proper grammar when we were in—ahem—grammar school. Many of us were also not taught how to make funny puns on blog posts. 😊 Read more

mbaMission and Manhattan Prep’s GMAT vs. GRE Infographic

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - mbaMission and Manhattan Prep's GMAT vs. GRE Infographic by mbaMission

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


Applying to business school is a process rife with decisions—which schools to target, which recommenders to choose, which essays to write—and a common one giving candidates some serious pause these days is which exam to take, the GMAT or the GRE? As the number of programs accepting the GRE continues to grow, aspiring MBAs are becoming more and more confused about this element of the application process. Read more

Sign Up for Our Free GMAT Practice Test Analysis Workshop!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Sign Up for Our Free GMAT Practice Test Analysis Workshop! by Manhattan Prep

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We know your time is precious while you’re prepping for the GMAT. To get the most out of your prep, we recommend analyzing your GMAT practice test results and then using those findings to create a smart study plan moving forward. This will help you strategize, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and get more accustomed to the format of the test. Read more

The GMAT’s Favorite Equation

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT's Favorite Equation by Reed Arnold

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After you do even a little bit of studying for the GMAT, you’ll probably start to realize something: the test is as repetitive as a Katy Perry song. You’ll see that the one hard question you’ve never quite understood is actually the same old game, reformulated in some subtle way, but ultimately similar to what you’ve learned before. Read more

High-Value GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - High-Value GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Every time you study GMAT Quant, you give your full attention to just a couple of topics. During that time, you won’t be studying all of the other topics the GMAT Quant section tests. The smartest way to make the tradeoff is by going straight to the highest-value Quant topics: the ones that are most likely to score you points on test day. Read more

One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life by James Brock

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A bold claim to be sure! But as I’ve used this phrase with a number of tutoring students over the past several years, I’ve seen it pay huge dividends. And I’m a big fan of simple rules and phrases that you can easily remember and apply across many different questions and even different question types. So here it is: Read more

How to Analyze Your Manhattan Prep Practice CAT for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Analyze Your Manhattan Prep Practice CAT for the GMAT by Elaine Loh

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If you’ve just finished taking a three-hour practice CAT, I assume you didn’t do it “just for fun.” You probably want to glean some information from the ordeal! Most people focus on the overall score and the Quant and Verbal percentiles. I’m here to say STOP. Don’t do that!! But what should you do instead? Read more

Manhattan Prep’s GMAT Score Calculator: What Quant and Verbal Scores Will Result in a 700+ Score?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Manhattan Prep's GMAT Score Calculator: What Quant and Verbal Scores Will Result in a 700+ Score? by Stacey Koprince

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The three-digit Total GMAT score is calculated from your performance on the Quant and Verbal sections of the test. The actual algorithm isn’t disclosed—but we’ve been able to “backwards engineer” the process via a lot of official score research, leading to our GMAT Score Calculator tool. (Thank you to all of our students who shared their official test score reports!) Read more

GMAT Study Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Study Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making by Chelsey Cooley

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In a perfect world, everyone would take the GMAT exactly once, get a fantastic score, then never think about the test again. Unfortunately, things sometimes don’t work out that way. Part of my role at Manhattan Prep is to sit down with students who didn’t quite achieve their goal scores on their first try and help them analyze what happened. (This type of meeting is called a Post-Exam Assessment, and it’s part of what you get when you sign up for the Manhattan Prep 9-week GMAT course.) Read more