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GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (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.


It’s the time of year when enterprising business school hopefuls are getting a head-start on their GMAT studies. It can take quite a bit of time to get a good score on the GMAT so, if you can, get the test out of the way well before you have to start in on your applications.

In the first part of this 2-part series, we’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the three primary study approaches: self-study, GMAT class, and private tutoring. In the second part, we’ll examine how to choose the best program and instructor for you (if you decide to take a GMAT class or work with a tutor). Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

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.


A few weeks ago, I wrote about making the most of your ear as a native English speaker. Here’s the short version: you already know, intuitively, a lot of the grammar that GMAT Sentence Correction tests. But the GMAT takes simple grammar errors and buries them in long, boring sentences with lots of extraneous detail. To outsmart the GMAT, simplify and visualize the sentence in your head as you read it. This will help your ear to do what it does best.

Now let’s talk about when and why to use your ear. It’s okay to use your ear on GMAT Sentence Correction… under two conditions. Read more

Introducing: In-Person and Online Hybrid GMAT Course!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Introducing: In-Person and Online Hybrid GMAT Course! by Manhattan Prep

You’ve been wanting to study for the GMAT for a while, but it’s hard to find the motivation to get started. You know that if you sign up for a course, the personal engagement and structured homework will help you to stay on track.

The problem? It’s summer, and you want to travel and enjoy life! Signing up for an in-person class means that you’re committed to spending every weekend in the classroom. But you’re worried that an online class won’t feel personal enough, and that you won’t feel as engaged as you would in-person.

So, we’re trying something new at Manhattan Prep, just for people like you: a hybrid version of our 9-week GMAT course! 4 sessions will be offered in-person at our NYC office, and 5 sessions will be offered online. Read more

GMAT Select Section Order is (Almost) Here!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Select Section Order is (Almost) Here! by Stacey Koprince

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GMAC® (the organization that makes the GMAT) announced today that they are going live with Select Section Order on July 11th of this year.

What is GMAT Select Section Order? You’ll have the ability to select one of three section orders for your GMAT exam! Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: You Need a 750 to Get In!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: You Need a 750 to Get In! 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.


We often hear MBA applicants ask some form of the following question: “Do I need a 750 to get into a top MBA program?” Although a 750 on the GMAT can only help, it is definitely not a prerequisite. We wanted to dispel this myth and put some who believe it at ease. Here are a few simple reasons why this is just not the case:

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Should I Get a GMAT Tutor?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should I Get a GMAT Tutor? by Elaine Loh

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.


“Do you think I should get a GMAT tutor? Is it worth it?” As a GMAT teacher, I hear these questions often and I’ve realized that they tend to come at three specific times during class. I have a few hypotheses as to why these questions come up at these particular times, and some suggestions for you if you share these concerns. Read more

Why You Should Be Redoing GMAT Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why You Should be Redoing GMAT Problems by Reed Arnold

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I was tutoring a student recently when I had a horrifying epiphany, not unlike the one Hank had in Breaking Bad when… Is it too soon to spoil the show? Have you not watched that show? I mean, I guess spend time studying for the GMAT if your future is really that important to you, but the whole series is on Netflix, y’know, so maybe your future isn’t even worth it.

Kidding, of course it is. Great show, though. Read more

Find Time to Study for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Find Time to Study for the GMAT by Varshil Patel

Get this—the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses is absolutely free. We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Working full-time and struggling to find time to study for the GMAT? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. At Manhattan Prep, we find that one of the biggest hurdles preventing students from achieving their goal score is not having enough time to study. You cannot “wing” the GMAT; if you are not able to commit enough time and energy toward studying, you will find it difficult to score as high you would like. Read on for tips on how to approach the balancing act of adding crucial hours of studying to your already busy week. Read more

Should I Study Math on My Own Before Enrolling in a GMAT Class?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Should I Study Math on My Own Before Enrolling in a GMAT Class? by Elaine Loh

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.


The Scenario in Your Head

I feel like I must have taken math in high school. I mean, it was a requirement, right? So, why don’t I remember any of it? Like, nada. No math exists in this brain. I feel like I need to study math on my own before I embarrass myself in a GMAT class. Once I have a solid foundation, then I’ll take a class. Right??

Um, no. There are a few things wrong with that scenario. Your head is lying to you.
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4 More GMAT Myths Busted

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 More GMAT Myths Busted by Chelsey Cooley

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.


There are some GMAT study practices that almost everyone agrees on: don’t pull all-nighters, don’t try to study at a metal concert, and don’t schedule your GMAT for 8 a.m. the morning after your best friend’s birthday party. However, there’s also some misinformation out there that sounds like good advice. I’ve already busted 4 popular GMAT myths, so let’s take a look at 4 more – this time, focusing on popular wisdom about how to study.   Read more