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Know the GMAT Code: Work Backwards on Problem Solving Problems (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Know the GMAT Code: Work Backwards on Problem Solving Problems (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

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Last time, I asked whether you know how—and when—to Work Backwards on Problem Solving problems. If you haven’t already worked through part 1 of this series, go do that and then come back here. I’ll wait. Read more

How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations by Chelsey Cooley

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GMAT word problems, like the ones from the Official Guide to the GMAT, usually come with explanations. A lot of those explanations start by turning the word problem into equations. Starting with the equations can make an explanation easy to understand: if the equations match up to what the problem says, then the explanation makes sense. Read more

What Learning to Play the Piano Can Teach You about Studying for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What Learning to Play the Piano Can Teach You about Studying for the GMAT by Ryan Jacobs

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Before I was a GMAT teacher, I was a piano teacher. At my first job out of college, I would go house to house giving piano lessons to kids. The most important lesson I had for them was always the same: practice slowly, correctly, and in small, manageable pieces. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively by Reed Arnold

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Why do I have to take the GMAT? Who cares about the Pythagorean theorem? Or perfect grammar? Why do we need to know the rules of exponents? Or what the prime factors of a number tell us? Or how to read a passage about science we’ll never study? Read more

Know the GMAT Code: Work Backwards on Problem Solving Problems (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Know the GMAT Code: Work Backwards on Problem Solving Problems (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

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Do you know how to work backwards on Problem Solving problems? More important, do you know when to work backwards—and when not to? To get a really high score on this test, you’ve got to Know the Code in order to get through the questions efficiently. Read more

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 Approach: Think Like a Computer

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Approach: Think Like a Computer by James Brock

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The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test, so it makes sense that to beat it, you might need to think like a computer, right? It really is true, but maybe not in the way that you would expect. You might think that a computer is really smart and could solve lots of problems on the GMAT. Actually, the problems on the GMAT require a fair amount of creativity and critical thinking that would be hard for a computer. For solving problems, you need your own human brain. 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

Know the GMAT Code: Work Fast on IR Table Problems (Again!)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Know the GMAT Code: Work Fast on IR Table Problems (Again!) by Stacey Koprince

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In today’s latest installment of our Know the Code series, we’re going to talk about the most efficient way to tackle Table problems in the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the GMAT. You can check out our previous IR Table problems tips here. Read more

Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Are you having trouble finishing GMAT Quant word problems within two minutes? Here’s a technique that will help. Read more