Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog

Stacy Blackman event in New York on October 16th


ManhattanGMAT is proud to welcome Katie Malachuk, of Stacy Blackman Consulting , on Thursday night, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m. here at our New York Center!

Some of the topics to be presented include:

– What the top schools are looking for

– Answers to practical questions such as who to ask to write your recommendations, which schools to apply to and whether to plan a school visit

– Common application mistakes to avoid

– Dispelling business school application myths

– Real life applicant case studies

– Practical advice to help you get started

The speaker, Katie Malachuk, has a BA in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to attending business school, Katie was the Director of Admissions for Teach For America where she created the selection model and oversaw the admissions decisions for over 4,000 applicants annually.

Space is limited, so sign up now!

Not just checking your GMAT Score


This past weekend, I attended a barbecue and wound up in a conversation with a current Wharton student. We talked about Scoretop for a little bit, as she had just received an e-mail from the administration about the 3 students at Wharton whose scores had been canceled due to confirmed usage of the Scoretop site.

One interesting point that this student shared with me that I was surprised by was that, prior to her showing up at Wharton, she went through the equivalent of a background check, with people calling her past employers and confirming various details. She said that one of her supervisors at Ebay had since left the company, and she had to scramble to track the person down so that her information could be verified.

Businessweek also reported recently on steps B-schools are taking to catch resume-puffers. It seems there’s a growing trend of ‘trust, but verify’ in the MBA application landscape. Something to be aware of as you’re filling out your applications.

Numbers and Names (of Schools) in the Scoretop Affair


The Wall Street Journal has the number of applicants who have had their score canceled at 84, with 12 having supplied testing items and 72 having confirmed seeing live items when they took the GMAT. The 84 includes 2 University of Chicago students, and one graduate from Stanford. The article seems to suggest at least one Wharton student has been identified too, as Wharton didn’t say “None of our students were involved,” which was the preferred response of most other schools.

Update – the Wall Street Journal updates that three current and past Wharton students have had their scores canceled.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of the more visible of the 84 in the coming weeks. Be glad it’s not you, and study hard (legitimately)!

Clear Admit seminars in San Francisco, Silicon Valley


We are pleased to announce that Clear Admit will be offering two free MBA application seminars for applicants in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. The first seminar will take place in Santa Clara on Monday, September 15th and the second will be in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, September 18th. Both events will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Registration is mandatory and space is limited. Sign-up details are below.

What You’ll Learn at the Clear Admit MBA Application Seminars
As the deadlines for leading schools approach, now is the perfect time to attend a seminar that will review the application process, explain MBA admissions from an insider perspective and help you to think through your overall positioning strategy as well as your approach to the essays. Learn what admissions officers look for, how to avoid ˜red flags’ in your application, how to address weaknesses and more. Both seminars will be led by Clear Admit’s Stacey Oyler.

About Stacey Oyler
With a mix of MBA admissions and recruiting experience, Stacey Oyler is ideally prepared to guide business school applicants toward the right schools given their background and goals – and to help them get in. Serving as assistant director of admissions at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth from 2003 to 2005, Stacey read applications, conducted interviews and participated directly in admissions decisions. She also oversaw the waitlist process and provided feedback and coaching to candidates who were not granted admission. Beyond her perspective on what a top MBA program looks for in its students, Stacey’s view extends into what post-b-school employers want. Upon leaving Tuck, she joined McKinsey & Company, leading all West Coast recruiting efforts for advanced degree and MBA candidates.

Seminar attendees are also eligible to receive several prizes, including:
¢ A set of five Clear Admit School Guides (a $175 value)
¢ A set of five Clear Admit Interview Guides (a $100 value)

How to Sign Up
Clear Admit has teamed up with ManhattanGMAT to offer these seminars. The events will take place at the Manhattan GMAT centers in Santa Clara and downtown San Francisco. To sign up for the Santa Clara seminar, click here. To sign up for the San Francisco seminar, click here. (Note: These links will take you to the website. If it is your first visit to the site, you will be asked to complete a short student profile.) For questions about the event, contact ManhattanGMAT at 800-576-4628 or email

Monday, September 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
Santa Clara Manhattan GMAT Center: 2905 Stender Way, Suite 66, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Register Now!

Thursday, September 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
San Francisco Manhattan GMAT Center: 870 Market Street, 6th floor San Francisco, CA 94102
Register Now!

We look forward to seeing you at these events!

The Economist says Business School Applications and the Economy are negatively correlated . . .


A recent piece in the Economist provides confirmation of the sense that this is shaping up to be a VERY competitive season for Business School applicants. It may be a good idea to apply to a few extra schools to make sure you have some options in the Spring if you’re committed to attending school next Fall.

Of course, a high GMAT score can’t hurt your chances either. 🙂

MBA Mission in Chicago, New York in September!


We are proud to welcome back, by popular demand, Jeremy Shinewald, founder of MBA Mission! MBA Mission is one of the leading admissions consulting firms in the industry, and we’re very fortunate to have Jeremy in to speak with our students in Chicago and New York.

Jeremy has agreed to conduct one-on-one FREE consultations with up to 20 of our students in Chicago on Monday, September 8th and Tuesday, September 9th between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we expect that slots will quickly fill up. If you’re in Chicago, contact Dan McElroy ( to get your name on the list. If you make the list, you’ll then submit your resume and other info so that Jeremy can review them ahead of time before meeting with you.

Jeremy, being a man on a mission (pun intended) will then head to MGMAT HQ here in New York for an Essay Workshop Thursday night, September 11th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The question Jeremy will address is “How do you write essays that will grab the attention of Admissions committees?” Wouldn’t we all like to know! Click here to sign up for this event.

Last, Jeremy will be conducting more FREE one-on-one consultations in New York on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Here again, you should e-mail Dan McElroy ( to register for a time slot.

We’ll post an update here when the slots fill up. So if you’re reading this and you’re a student in Chicago or New York, act fast!

ManhattanGMAT vs. Manhattan Review


Occasionally, we speak to someone who is confused between us and Manhattan Review. The confusion generally lifts very quickly, when they realize that we are the ‘Manhattan GMAT’ that their friend(s) mentioned to them (“the one that serves Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, etc.”).

It’s actually a surprise that it doesn’t happen more often, as Manhattan Review’s primary marketing strategy seems to be confusing students who are looking for Manhattan GMAT. They regularly pretend to be us and try to muddy the waters, particularly online.

Thankfully, we talk to hundreds of students and dozens of Instructor candidates, and no one has ever mentioned using Manhattan Review, considered teaching for them, etc. So the confusion can’t be too bad. 🙂

MGMAT in the New York Post


A recent article in the New York Post references Manhattan GMAT, and provides a useful summary of Scoretop for mainstream readers. We’ll take ‘legitimate’ any day! 🙂

Bschools react to Scoretop


Again from Businessweek we have Business Schools themselves reacting to the Scoretop affair. A wait-and-see attitude seems to be the dominant theme until more facts and numbers are presented. Certainly the number of affected individuals seems to be substantially smaller than the 6,000 identified students to date.

How to Analyze a GMATPrep SC Question


Research has shown that when speaking, individuals who have been blind from birth and have thus never seen anyone gesture nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way as sighted people do, and that they will gesture even when conversing with another blind person.

A) have thus never seen anyone gesture nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way as sighted people do, and that

B) have thus never seen anyone gesture but nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way that sighted people do, and

C) have thus never seen anyone gesture, that they nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way as sighted people do, and

D) thus they have never seen anyone gesture, but nonetheless they make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way that sighted people do, and that

E) thus they have never seen anyone gesture nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way that sighted people do, and

After trying the problem, checking the answer, and reading and understanding the solution, I try to answer these questions:

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