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What Really Matters on GMAT Reading Comp

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What Really Matters on GMAT Reading Comp by Reed Arnold

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How are you supposed to get better at GMAT Reading Comp? You’re already pretty good at reading, we must admit. After all, you’re doing it now. When you see a word, your brain recognizes it without you even trying. Seriously, try not to read this word: slurp. You can’t not read it. Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage by Stacey Koprince

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Some people really like history-based Reading Comprehension passages—and others find them pretty boring. Either way, you’ll probably have at least one historical passage, so let’s talk about how to tackle these. 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

The GMAT Official Guide 2018 Edition, Part 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT Official Guide 2018 Edition, Part 3 by Stacey Koprince

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The GMAT Official Guide 2018 books have landed and I’ve got the scoop for you! (If you’d like, you can start with the first installment of this article series.) Today’s post focuses on the Verbal questions in the big OG. Read more

How to Improve GMAT Reading Comprehension Skills

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Improve GMAT Reading Comprehension Skills by Stacey Koprince

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I’ve had multiple conversations recently with different students about how to improve GMAT Reading Comprehension skills, and each person had a somewhat different angle or issue going on. I realized, though, that these students all had something in common—and, therefore, there was one particular thing that they all needed to do to get better at RC. Read more

How to Hack GMAT Reading Comprehension: Think Like a Lawyer!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Hack GMAT Reading Comprehension: Think Like a Lawyer! by Ceilidh Erickson

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After working with thousands of students, I’ll admit: Reading Comprehension is my least favorite subject to teach. Why? Because unlike Quant or grammar, it doesn’t have concrete rules to apply, so it can be harder to find ways to help when students are struggling.

I have found, though, that many students who struggle with GMAT Reading Comprehension aren’t actually struggling with the “reading” or the “comprehension” part (unless they struggle with English skills generally). No, the passages – though dense and often boring – are mostly ok. It’s answering the questions that’s a struggle!

RC questions can seem vague, and the answer choices can feel like a sphinx’s riddle. Often 2 or 3 answers choices may seem equally right, or maybe none of them seem right! So what should you do? Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comp: Tackling a Tough Passage (part 5)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMATPrep Reading Comp: Tackling a Tough Passage - Part 4 by Stacey KoprinceDid 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 to the final installment of our series on tackling a tough reading comp passage from the GMATPrep® free exams! If you’re just joining us now, go all the way back to the first installment and work your way through to this one. Read more

GMAT Mastery: Manage Time and Avoid Traps on Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension

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SK 366 - GMAT Mastery: Manage Time and Avoid Traps on Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension by Stacey Koprince

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On Verbal, we’re asked for the “best” answer—not the “objectively correct” answer that we need to find on Quant—so it can be really easy to fall for tempting traps, especially on Critical Reasoning (CR) and Reading Comprehension (RC).

Learn to work super-systematically, though, and you’ll navigate through those tempting traps to land on the right answer. (Well…most of the time, anyway. 😊) Here’s what to do. Read more

The GMAT Official Guides 2017 edition – Part 4

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - New GMAT Official Guides 2017 Released! - Part 4 by Stacey KoprinceDid 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 to the fourth installment of our series on the new Official Guides for GMAT® Review (2017 edition). If you haven’t seen the earlier installments yet, start here and work your way back to me.

I know that some people have already worked through the 2016 editions of the books and want to know which questions in the 2017 editions are the new ones. I’ve got the scoop for you! Read more

The GMAT Official Guides 2017 edition – Part 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - New GMAT Official Guides 2017 Released! - Part 3 by Stacey KoprinceDid 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.


They’re alive! (Cough. Er.) Well, they’re published anyway: the new Official Guide books are here! In Part 1 and Part 2, we talked about the Quant portions of the new Official Guides, aka the OGs. It’s time to dive into Verbal. We’ll be talking about the verbal sections of The Official Guide for GMAT® Review 2017, aka the OG or the big book, as well as The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2017, aka the verbal review or the verbal supplement. Read more