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What If You Just Can’t Seem to Hit Your GMAT Goal Score?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What If You Just Can't Seem to Hit Your GMAT Goal Score? by Chelsey Cooley

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First of all, let me state the obvious: you aren’t stupid. If you’re making plans to earn an MBA, you’re already a capable, accomplished professional. Give yourself credit for that. However, you probably don’t know everything about succeeding on the GMAT! If it feels like you just can’t get there no matter how hard you try, here are a few things you might not have thought of. Read more

4 GMAT Myths Busted

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

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There’s a lot of well-meaning advice for GMAT test takers out there. Unfortunately, some of the most reasonable-sounding and frequently-repeated claims are actually false. In this article, we’ll look at four of the most common GMAT myths, and what you should do instead. Read more

Ace the GMAT Essay? No, Thanks!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Ace the GMAT Essay? No, Thanks! by Stacey Koprince

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We all know that the GMAT essay is scored separately and that the schools don’t care as much about the essay score. We also know we have to write the essays first thing, before we get to the more important Quant and Verbal sections (or even IR), so we don’t want to use up too much brain-power on the essay. Still, we can’t just bomb this section; the schools do care about the essay somewhat. So how do we do a good enough job without expending so much energy that we’re negatively affected during the multiple-choice portion of the test? Read more

Everything You Need to Know About GMAT Time Management – Part 3 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management (Part 3) by Stacey KoprinceAre you ready for the third and final installment of our Time Management series?

In the first part of this series, we established some overall principles for time management on the GMAT:

(1) Why is time management so important on the GMAT?

(2) Know (generally) how the scoring works.

(3) When solving problems, follow two principles.

In the second part, we talked about per-question timing:

(4) First, train per question: Develop your “One-minute time sense”

Today, we’re going to graduate to per-section timing. Let’s do this! Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management – Part 2 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management - Part 2 of 3Did 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.


Welcome back! In the first part of this series, we established some overall principles for time management on the GMAT:

  1. Why is time management so important on the GMAT?
  2. Know (generally) how the scoring works
  3. When solving problems, follow two principles

Today, we’re going to dive into per-question timing. Read more

Everything you need to know about GMAT Time Management – Part 1 of 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know About Time Management - Part 1 by Stacey Koprince

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First, a note: this three-part series is long; there’s a lot going on. You aren’t going to be able to incorporate all of this from day one. Rather, expect to return to this article as you get further into your studies. Make a note right now that you want to review this before every practice test (and probably after, too!).

In this first part, we’re going to get oriented on some overall principles for time management on the GMAT. Let’s dive in! Read more

Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess On? – Part 3: Making Great Guesses on Quant Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess on? - Part 3: Making Great Guesses on Quant Problems by Chelsey CooleyDid 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.


You’ve read a Quant problem, and you’ve realized that you don’t have a plan. How do you make the smartest, fastest guess possible, and increase your odds of salvaging the problem?

Let’s start with Quant Problem Solving problems. Let’s also assume that you’re actually guessing, not using an alternative strategy, such as Backsolving or Choosing Smart Numbers! The following three methods are good ways to make a decent guess even if you don’t have a strategy at all. Read more

Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess On? – Part 2: When to Guess

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Which GMAT Problems Should I Guess On? - Part 2: When to Guess by Chelsey CooleyDid 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.


If you read the previous article in this series, we hope you’re ready to start using guessing as a first resort! Guessing is a critical and necessary part of getting the GMAT score you deserve. But how do you know that a problem is ‘guessable’? After all, the tough problems aren’t labeled on the test. They look exactly the same as every other problem…or do they? Read more

Scheduling Your GMAT: Everything You Need to Know about Booking, Cancelling, Reporting, etc.

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Scheduling Your GMAT: Everything You Need to Know About Booking, Cancelling, Reporting, etc. by Ceilidh EricksonDid 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.


I get dozens of questions from students every week about when & how to schedule their tests. A lot of the basic information can be found at mba.com, so check there for logistical questions, but here’s all of the advice you won’t find there: Read more

Measure Twice, Cut Once for Success on GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Measure Twice, Cut Once for Success on the GMAT by Chelsey CooleyDid 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.


Have you ever heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”? Read more