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Sucking All the Juice Out of GMAT Quant Problems (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Sucking All the Juice Out of GMAT Quant Problems (Part 2) by Patrick Tyrrell

Grab your Official Guide as we walk through 3 GMAT Quant problems (Problem Solving), hoping to drink every drop of knowledge from the problem before we say, “Yo, that keg is kicked.”

In part 1, we discussed the process of maxing out the value of the GMAT Quant problems you do.

As you review them, classify your current level of mastery for that problem. Read more

Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

Last time, I gave you a couple of questions to try and then we discussed how to minimize your work on the first one. (If you haven’t read the first installment yet, go do that now.) Today, we’re going to review the second problem. Read more

Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Assessment: Fast Math for Faster Solutions (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

The Executive Assessment (EA) shares a lot of roots with the GMAT, GMAC’s flagship graduate business school exam. In certain ways, the Executive Assessment feels almost like the GMAT on steroids—it’s even more stereotypically GMAT-like than the GMAT itself, if that’s possible. Read more

Using Data to Ace the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Using Data to Ace the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

Over the last two articles, I analyzed what we know about missing GMAT Quant questions and missing GMAT Verbal questions. As it turns out, you can miss a lot of questions on the GMAT. Getting a lot of wrong answers doesn’t guarantee you a bad score—and getting a lot of right answers doesn’t guarantee you a good score. Read more

GMAT Mindset: Honesty is the Best Policy

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Mindset: Honesty is the Best Policy by James Brock

No, this isn’t a post about test ethics, though you certainly should not cheat on the GMAT! Rather, this is about honesty with yourself as you get in the GMAT mindset while studying and especially in the middle of the test itself. Read more

Sucking All the Juice Out of GMAT Quant Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Sucking All the Juice Out of GMAT Quant Problems by Patrick Tyrrell

Remember how you’d finish off a Capri Sun pouch by twisting it up, trying to get out every precious drop of those 6 ounces of happiness? Capri Sun always left you wanting more… something never said about a Judd Apatow movie.

Let’s do the same thing with OG GMAT Quant problems. In order to extract all the potential value from doing an OG problem, you’re going to need to deeply review it, and then (in the vast majority of cases), you’re going to need to redo it once or twice a later date. Why? Read more

Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

Welcome to the second part of our series on learning the most that we can from official GMAT problems. Last time, we talked about how to use solutions as a series of hints from your own “private tutor.” This time, we’re going to talk about what to do when this process doesn’t actually help you to generate ideas about how to solve the problem.

Here’s where we left off: Read more

There’s No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - There's No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question by Ryan Jacobs

One of the most popular questions I get asked by my students: “Can you tell me where to find 700 level GMAT questions I can practice?” To which I have a reply ready: “I’d love to help you! But what’s a 700 level GMAT question?” Read more

Everything You Need to Know about Combinatorics for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know about Combinatorics for the GMAT by Reed Arnold

Guess what? 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 a pretty common question we GMAT teachers get: “Can we go over combinatorics?” To which my answer is usually a barely contained sigh.

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Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

Guess what? 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 was the last time you read a solution to a problem, thought to yourself, “Yep, that makes total sense,” set it aside…and then realized a week (or 3 days!) later that you had no idea what you’d read or that you couldn’t replicate that solution yourself? Read more