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Stop Careless GMAT Quant Errors

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Stop Careless GMAT Quant Errors by Chelsey Cooley

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Here’s a careless error that any of us might make:

x – 7 – 2x + 4 = 3x

-x – 3 = 3x

-3 = 2x

x = -1.5

Did you spot the error? If yes, give yourself a pat on the back and keep reading. If not, go back and review each step. This time, as you think through it, you can only use the terms added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided. On each line, identify which of those operations we used, and how we used it. Read more

Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student by Elaine Loh

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Okay, that was a clickbait title. There’s no such thing as a bad GMAT student, just an unmotivated one. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a good GMAT student in that you are willing to put in time to learn about things you don’t know. But putting in that time doesn’t mean you actually have good study habits. Let’s take a look at some of the behaviors of students that I’ve seen along the way. Do you fall into any of these buckets? If so, you may want to rethink your approach. Read more

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

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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

Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score by Natasha Malpani

Natasha Malpani is a Stanford MBA student who scored over 720 on the GMAT using Manhattan Prep’s online course and materials. The views expressed in this piece are her own and do not necessarily reflect our official advice on the test.


I took the GMAT after studying for 10 weeks with Manhattan Prep. At the time, I had two deals closing at work and was pulling together the other critical parts of my b-school application in London, while simultaneously preparing for an upcoming wedding in India. Application deadlines were looming: I knew I wouldn’t get a second shot. I was struggling to stay calm and focus. 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

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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

How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 3) by Stacey Koprince

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Welcome to the third and final installment of our series on the Executive Assessment! If you’re just joining us, start with Part 1 and work your way back here.

So far, we’ve talked about what’s on the Executive Assessment, how it’s scored, and how the adaptive nature of the exam works. It’s time to talk about time management, including how to manage the fact that we can answer questions within one panel in whatever order we please. Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2) by Reed Arnold

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As Hemingway did for lions on the Savannah, I have continued my hunt in GMAT Critical Reasoning problems for little mistakes in logic, the tiny tempting answer choices that could trap even the most rational of minds. I have also been consuming as much whiskey as he would have, so plese forgive any typps cos Im perty drnk rite now… Read more

How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

Did you know that we offer an Executive Assessment Masterclass? In one weekend, we’ll give you the tools you’ll need to ace the EA and take your career to the next level.


Last time, we talked about all of the basics of the Executive Assessment (EA), including GMAC’s great new EA Official Practice Questions study tool. (GMAC is the organization that makes the EA.)

I left you hanging at the end of that first post, though! We need to talk about how this “section adaptivity” works on the EA and what implications that has for taking the exam. Read more

How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the Executive Assessment (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

Did you know that we offer an Executive Assessment Masterclass? In one weekend, we’ll give you the tools you’ll need to ace the EA and take your career to the next level.


Are you aiming for an Executive MBA? You may have heard already that GMAC launched a new exam designed specifically for EMBA programs: The Executive Assessment (EA). Eleven world-class programs now take the Executive Assessment and GMAC has just released a great new study product—so there are even more reasons for EMBA aspirants to take the EA rather than the GMAT. Read more

Pronoun Ambiguity on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Pronoun Ambiguity on the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

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What’s the deal with pronoun ambiguity on the GMAT?

Unfortunately, this question doesn’t have a short answer. Pronoun ambiguity is one area in which the rules of GMAT Sentence Correction are actually a little… ambiguous. (Sorry!) This article will describe what we know about the rules, and, more importantly, how you can use them to gain points on Sentence Correction. Read more