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If you like podcasts . . .


The best resource around for MBA-related podcasts is the aptly named MBAPodcaster, which includes Admissions tips and discussions with admissions officers from various institutions.  Their library is deep enough for you to constructively fill many a morning commute or jog on the treadmill.  Something else to do when you’re not prepping for the GMAT!  🙂

B-School Mixer: Shaken Not Stirred


If you’ve ever wondered how you could combine planning your forthcoming business school career with your previous undergraduate lifestyle, look no further. ManhattanGMAT, in conjunction with MBA Admissions Consultant Firm, Clear Admit, is holding a networking mixer in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

At the event, you’ll have the opportunity speak with ManhattanGMAT Instructor, Brian Lange, and Clear Admit co-founder, Graham Richmond. This is truly a great opportunity to get a head start on the admissions process while networking with other young professionals.

As if alcohol and food isn’t enough of a draw, for those who can’t wait to experience their senior citizen side, we’ll be raffling off various goodies throughout the night, including a 9-session GMAT prep course, a complete set of ManhattanGMAT course books and some school guides from Clear Admit.

Just click the Martini glass below to register! After all, there’s nothing quite like Happy Hour (or getting into a top business school).

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Happy New Year from ManhattanGMAT!


New Year ManhattanGMAT

Good luck to all business school candidates who have recently submitted (and perhaps may continue to submit) their applications for consideration! To all those who are just starting the process of applying to business school for Fall ’09 admissions, congratulations for doing your research sooner rather than later. We hope you strongly consider ManhattanGMAT for your test prep needs.

Have a safe and healthy New Year!


The Team at ManhattanGMAT

Veritas Prep vs. ManhattanGMAT – Instructor hiring and training


We are often asked to compare and contrast MGMAT to Veritas. The primary difference between ManhattanGMAT and Veritas is that the two organizations have vastly different approaches to Instructor hiring and training. We have several Instructors who have had direct experiences with both companies – their accounts follow below.

“The quality of any business is reflected in its hiring process. Manhattan GMAT’s excellent hiring process is the main reason I decided to work for it rather than for our competitor, Veritas Prep. Before applying to both companies, the only thing I knew was that they both advertised in Craigslist seeking instructors. I soon found out that the similarities end there.

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Insight from GMAC


Last month, GMAC hosted a seminar to brief us on facts, data, and trends from the test-takers out there. Here (somewhat belatedly), are some of the key points that they presented:

1.  Scores are creeping upwards – the average in 2007 was 537, 12 points higher than in 2005.

2.  The Number of Hours spent studying correlates to Higher GMAT Scores – people that achieved a score of 700 or higher reported studying an average of 114 hours for the test. In contrast, people that scored between 500 – 540 reported studying for 84 hours.

3. The Number of Weeks spent studying correlates to Higher GMAT Scores – 50+% of the people that studied for 7 weeks or more received a 600 or higher. This number dropped to 43% for those who studied between 4 and 6 weeks, and 37% for those who studied between 1 and 3 weeks.

4. Taking the Test more than once Tends to Result in a Higher Score – the mean score increase for someone who takes the test a 2nd time is 31 points. It should be noted though that this tends to be inflated by a couple of self-selection factors (i.e. the numbers tend to reflect people who underachieved on the 1st test relative to their college ranking, didn’t finish the quantitative section, etc.). 30% of re-testers saw no increase (or even a decrease). 40% of test-takers had their score increase 50 points or more, and 10% had results increase 100 points or more. I think ManhattanGMAT is responsible for some of that 10%. 🙂

From the above, it’s clear that even the administrators of the GMAT realize that this a test that you can prepare for in order to improve your performance. So your scores are certainly not fixed!

GMAC also reaffirmed once again that spending extra time on the first 10 questions does not help your score, and tends to hurt your score by ruining your time management throughout the section. There is enough variability in the algorithm such that some early mistakes are not necessarily critical to your score – you can quickly push yourself up to higher levels by getting later questions right.

These were the main points. They’re working on a new diagnostic test that can be downloaded, and the next edition of the Official Guide is targeted for late ’08. Still, this would not affect the average student substantially.

Last, they also indicated that most people rely upon word-of-mouth for choosing a test prep firm. That was possibly the best news of the event for us here at ManhattanGMAT!

GMAC Briefing


Last Friday, GMAC (the publishers of the GMAT) invited a few of the senior people from ManhattanGMAT to a presentation in a hotel in New York to let us know what GMAC has in development.

The event was very interesting, to say the least.  Much of it consisted of applicant profile data (i.e. how many people are taking the GMAT, average scores, average score increases if someone takes the test more than once, etc.).  But there was  the odd announcement concerning some of the newer resources GMAC is working on for 2008.

We’re going to be posting a more detailed write-up later this week.  However, if you’re studying for the GMAT right now, the important takeaway is likely that there are NO changes forthcoming in terms of the format or nature of questions tested.  So no major changes on the horizon, through mid-2008.

More to come!

Sweeping the GMAT Clouds Away, ManhattanGMAT Allows Sunnyvale to Shine


Sun in Sunnyvale Continuing to expand beyond any rational boundaries (just like one of those sponge toys that grow to gigantic proportions), ManhattanGMAT is opening a new center in beautiful Sunnyvale, CA! Residents of San Jose have to worry no longer, as they can now access ManhattanGMAT’s unparalleled curriculum taught by our overachieving instructors in one convenient location!

Conveniently, we are hosting an in-person preview tomorrow, October 18th, for anyone in the area interested in taking a GMAT prep course, checking out the new center, or meeting our charismatic GMAT instructor, Ron Purewal. Of course, if preview sessions aren’t your thing and you want to see how a real class in the new Sunnyvale center is going to operate, you can always attend a trial session or if you really want to get down to business, sign up for the course, set to begin on October 22nd.

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MGMAT’s Chris Ryan, Master of Levity, Builds ‘Foundations’ with BusinessWeek


We at ManhattanGMAT are pleased to announce that our very own Chris Ryan, Director of Product and Instructor Development, was recently featured in a BusinessWeek article about – you guessed it – the GMAT (more specifically, the quant section). From the article:

TAKE A COURSE: If you need a little nudging and a place to ask math questions you haven’t asked since eighth grade, opt for a day-long course like Manhattan GMAT’s new Foundations of Math. “We realized that a portion of our students were having some trouble and missing the basic skills you need for the GMAT,” says Chris Ryan, director of product and instructor development at Manhattan GMAT about creating the course. “You have to suck up and say: ‘This is what the GMAT requires of me, and the last time I saw this stuff I had a locker.'”

Zing! But seriously folks, if your basic math skills are a bit rusty and you need a refresher, look into Foundations of Math.

As a special deal, we’re offering $50 off the class to anyone who uses the discount code FDR2MGD when they sign up.

ManhattanGMAT Conquers YouTube, Documentary Filmmaking


ManhattanGMAT has produced an excellent short video with testimonials from real students discussing our superior teachers, curriculum, and support staff. Help us bump up the view count and rating on YouTube by viewing the video, located below!

Of course, leaving high ratings for us on YouTube is always better…

Admissions Consultant Panel Discussion: The Audio Recordings


A couple weeks ago, we promised an audio recording of our Admissions Consultant Panel. Today, we’re releasing it to the public! To download the audio, simply right click on the link and select “Save Link As…”. After clicking “OK” on the next prompt, your download will begin. The panel discussion has been split up into various subsections for your convenience.

Table of Contents

1. Panel Introduction
2. MBA Mission Introduction
3. MBA Mission Case Study
4. Expartus Introduction
5. Expartus Case Study
6. Clear Admit Introduction
7. Clear Admit Case Study
8. Stacey Blackman Introduction
9. Stacey Blackman Case Study

  • Entire Program Note: This is a very large file. We highly recommend not downloading this file unless you have a very fast internet connection.