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Why Was My Official GMAT Score Lower than My Practice Test Scores?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Was My Official GMAT Score Lower than My Practice Test Scores? by Chelsey Cooley

Hopefully, once you’ve done a couple of GMAT practice tests, nothing will surprise you on test day. That includes your official GMAT score. But what does it mean if your official GMAT score doesn’t measure up to your practice tests? Keep reading, and we’ll troubleshoot. Read more

Why You’re Getting GMAT Problems Wrong (And What You Can Do about It)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why You're Getting GMAT Problems Wrong (And What You Can Do about It) by Chelsey Cooley

Right GMAT answers are all alike; every wrong answer is wrong in its own way.

With apologies to both Tolstoy and MPrep instructor Ceilidh Erickson, from whom I borrowed that analogy: let’s have a chat about getting GMAT problems wrong. It’s not just about careless errors and forgotten formulas! Read more

Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset by Patrick Tyrrell

Haaaappy Halloweeeeen, dear reader. What’s that? You’re already annoyed by the trite conceit of this conveniently-timed piece about trick-or-treating? Read more

Ignoring Your GMAT Gremlins

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Ignoring Your GMAT Gremlins by Chelsey Cooley

A GMAT gremlin is an imaginary creature that gives you terrible advice. Read more

A Memorizable List of GMAT Quant Content (Quantent)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Memorizable List of GMAT Quant Content (Quantent) by Patrick Tyrrell

Even though there’s no “new math” on GMAT Quant, there is still a ton of content to keep on our radar. And just like the tragic studying for a vocab test, we’ll have to learn 200 different things, even though the test is going to only ask us 31 of those things (because we don’t know which 31 things we’ll get asked on our test day). Read more

Executive Reasoning on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Reasoning on the GMAT by Ryan Jacobs

Pop quiz: The GMAT is a test of __________ (fill in the blank). Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Quant might be frustrating, but at least there are rules! Verbal, on the other hand… well, I’ve had some arguments with the GMAT over what the right answer to a GMAT Verbal problem should be. You probably have, too. Or, you’ve wondered what makes this Verbal answer choice “more right” than that Verbal answer choice. After a lot of years and a lot of GMAT Verbal problems, here are my thoughts. Read more

Overcoming GMAT Burnout

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Overcoming GMAT Burnout by Chelsey Cooley

When you think about studying for the GMAT, how do you feel? Determined, excited, and curious? Or anxious, exhausted, and resentful? Do you avoid studying, then beat yourself up over it later? Are you getting less and less out of each study session? Are your practice test scores in a downwards spiral? You might be struggling with GMAT burnout. Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction and the Search for Easy Decisions by Ryan Jacobs

Consider the following two sentences, adapted from a GMAT Sentence Correction example I use in my classes: Read more

Shed Your Pride on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Shed Your Pride on the GMAT by Reed Arnold

“Just tell us the answer!” a student demanded of me in a recent class. She wasn’t rude, but she definitely wasn’t happy. And I understand—I wasn’t being an easy teacher. I try not to be. I don’t want to be an explanation parrot, because my explanations don’t really transform into my students’ learning. Learning is harder than that. It requires active thought and wrestling with difficult concepts. So even when my students give a right answer, I ask them the often-feared question, “Why do you think that?” Read more