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Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

Students sometimes tell me that studying GMAT Verbal feels a little pointless. After all, isn’t it true that you either “know it or you don’t”? As it turns out, that’s not really true—although the GMAT definitely tries to make it seem that way! 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

GMAT Critical Reasoning: Arguments that Predict the Future

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Critical Reasoning: Arguments that Predict the Future by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Critical Reasoning is repetitive. The arguments in GMAT Critical Reasoning problems might be dressed up differently—one is about local politics, another is about business—but, under the surface, the arguments use the same tricks over and over again. If you learn to spot these tricks, you’ll also learn to spot the right answer. (You’ll also start poking holes in every argument you hear, which is a great way to make new friends.) Read more

Why Am I Not Doing Better on GMAT Critical Reasoning?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Am I Not Doing Better on GMAT Critical Reasoning? by Patrick Tyrrell

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GIVEN THAT I’m awesome, HOW COME I’m not awesome at GMAT Critical Reasoning?

Do you know what cognitive dissonance is? It’s a concept that usually only comes up when someone is smugly implying that you’re a hypocrite: “So you believe that abortion is wrong because we don’t have the right to take away someone else’s right to life …but you believe in the death penalty?”

Wipe that look of “checkmate” off your face, bub: Read more

A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight by Ryan Jacobs

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Today, I want to share with you one of the easiest and quickest ways I’ve ever found to improve your accuracy when doing GMAT Critical Reasoning questions. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints by Reed Arnold

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In our previous articles, we’ve talked about two big GMAT skills: reading specifically and stripping away your biases. Now we talk about another behemoth: being aware of possibility. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively by Reed Arnold

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Why do I have to take the GMAT? Who cares about the Pythagorean theorem? Or perfect grammar? Why do we need to know the rules of exponents? Or what the prime factors of a number tell us? Or how to read a passage about science we’ll never study? Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3) by Reed Arnold

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The hunt for tricky GMAT Critical Reasoning games continues. (Check up here and here for the first two parts on this series).

As before, I’ll present three types of GMAT Critical Reasoning mistakes I see students (and myself) make, and I’ll give some sample questions demonstrating the trick. Then I’ll give you a number for an actual CR problem in the 2017 OG that has this kind of thing going on in it. Read more

A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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The basic rule of GMAT Find the Assumption problems on Critical Reasoning is this:

The right answer is the only one that’s necessary to the argument.

But what does that actually mean, and how can you apply it on test day? Read more

One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life by James Brock

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A bold claim to be sure! But as I’ve used this phrase with a number of tutoring students over the past several years, I’ve seen it pay huge dividends. And I’m a big fan of simple rules and phrases that you can easily remember and apply across many different questions and even different question types. So here it is: Read more