Articles published in Quant

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

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

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

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

Quick GMAT Tips: The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Quick GMAT Tips: The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind by Elaine Loh

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I was teaching online with another instructor a few days ago when he told a story about retaking the GMAT (as we instructors often do). He and another woman were riding up in an elevator to the testing facility, and they struck up a conversation. When she found out that he was a Manhattan Prep GMAT instructor, she said, “Quick, tell me something I just HAVE to know for the test!” Talk about pressure!! So, I started thinking about how I would answer that question. Here are the five quick GMAT tips I would tell you during an elevator ride. This is by no means meant to replace actual studying!! These are just quick GMAT tips to keep in mind. (By the way, the other instructor’s answer is below, too—read on.) 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

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

The Remainder Cycle

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Remainder Cycle by Reed Arnold

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One common complaint I hear from my students is that they ‘haven’t done math like this since high school.’ And they’re pretty much right: the concepts in the Quant section are by and large wrapped up by Algebra II. But for some subjects, my students drastically underestimate how long it has been since they’ve thought about them. One such subject: remainders on the GMAT. Read more

Breaking GMAT Study Barriers: Content vs. Process

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Breaking GMAT Study Barriers: Content vs. Process by James Brock

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You’ve been engaged in GMAT study for a while, maybe taken a course, maybe just done a lot of studying on your own, done lots of OG questions, taken several practice tests, and your score just seems stuck. You feel like you know a lot more than you used to, and when you look at the answer explanations they make sense, but your score just won’t go up. You look at your assessment reports from your practice exams and practice more questions in the areas of weakness, but your score still stays stuck. Sound familiar? Read more