Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog

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

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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

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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

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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.
  • Revised Claims on Veritas’ Website

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    A few weeks ago, a student called in to ask us why Veritas asserts that they work directly with the GMAC, the makers of the GMAT, to update their materials four times each year. Knowing that any such practice between the administrators of a standardized test and a company that teaches that very same exam would be a gross misuse of power, I initially didn’t believe the student’s claims. But when I visited this page, I saw the following:

    Veritas' False GMAC Claim

    However, if you visit the site today, you’ll notice that Veritas has removed the language that implies they work with the GMAC to update their curriculum.

    I’m assuming the reason that they took the language down is because it wasn’t true. However, if anyone else has any idea why such language once existed on their website in the first place, I’d definitely like to know.

    Free GMAT Practice Exam is the CAT’s Meow

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    ManhattanGMAT is now offering a FREE GMAT Computer Adaptive Test to absolutely anyone and everyone who wants to take one. This FREE test is one of the 6 CAT exams that we offer to students enrolled in our 9-session classes and draws from the same pool of questions. This is a great FREE opportunity to take a ManhattanGMAT practice exam and see for yourself how our Assessment Reports, continually updated and re-calibrated Question Pool, and detailed solutions to every single question can help you master the GMAT. As if you needed another reason, did we mention that it’s FREE? Just click on any of the above links and follow the on-screen instructions to sign up!

    80 B-School Applicants, 4 Admissions Consultants, 1 Panel to Unite Them All

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    Last night, we hosted our first Admissions Consultant Panel Discussion at our center in New York City! We invited our friends from Clear Admit, MBA Mission, Expartus, and Stacy Blackman Consulting to engage in four separate conversations with our Director of Instructor Development, Chris Ryan, who roleplayed as four prospective students applying to business school. Afterwards, the attendees and consultants engaged in a question and answer session.

    The event exceeded even our own expectations. The energy level was astounding, the consultants’ reactions to the case studies were extremely insightful, students networked, and many even stayed long after the end of the event to ask more detailed questions to the consultants. A special thanks definitely goes out to all of the consultants, who stayed until they answered every student question.

    For those of you who couldn’t make the event, we’ll be posting audio from the discussion in the next week, so check back if you want to receive free advice from the best consulting agencies out there!

    Reading Comp acting funny?

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    Most folks regard Reading Comprehension on the GMAT as fairly predictable and boring, particularly in terms of the format. Generally students see 4 passages, 3 short and 1 long, with 3 questions for each short passage and 4 questions for the long passage, for a total of 13 questions.

    However, there have been reports of some funny business on the format of Reading Comprehension recently. One student reported having seen 5 passages, which would be unprecedented in our experience (though one of them was doubtless experimental). Also, another student reported a short passage that consisted of only one paragraph, which would also be something new.

    The moral of the story is, do NOT take for granted the number of passages and the number of Reading Comprehension passages anymore, as there seem to be some tinkering and experimentation going on with the format. More info to come if/as we get consistent confirmation of format changes.

    ManhattanGMAT Opens in Philadelphia, Voraciously Consumes Cheesesteak

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    ManhattanGMAT, shortly after opening a center in our nation’s current capital, is proud to announce the opening of another location in our nation’s original capital. Worry no longer, denizens of Philadelphia, for ManhattanGMAT has scheduled a preview class on August 21st at 6:30pm and a 9-session course (with accompanying trial session) set to begin the following week, August 28th also at 6:30pm.

    We are also pleased to announce that the preview class and the 9-session course will be taught by ManhattanGMAT’s first hire and current CEO, Andrew Yang. To register for any of the sessions, simply follow any of the links above.

    Know anyone REALLY smart who can teach?

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    ManhattanGMAT is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are constantly searching for new Instructors.

    It is a very hard thing to become a ManhattanGMAT Instructor; one must have a 99th percentile real GMAT score (now a 760+) and prior teaching experience to even be considered. Of those who satisfy these requirements and audition, we take about 1 in 5. Instructors must then complete training of approximately 100 hours before they are given a class or a tutoring student.

    If that sounds like an awfully daunting selection and training process, it is! But we make it worth people’s while; in order to attract and retain instructors that are this talented, we pay $100/hr, by far the highest in the industry. And our selectivity has paid off – it is not an exaggeration to say that our outstanding Instructors are the main reason we have been so successful as a company. Feel free to check out their bios here.

    If YOU know someone you think may be interested in applying to us, send them our way! As they apply, let us know that you referred them by e-mailing jobs@manhattanprep.com/gmat/, and have them mention you. If we hire your friend and they begin teaching for us, we will pay you an “Instructor Bounty” of $1,000! That’s right, you can finally take advantage of having brilliant friends who happen to be outstanding teachers!

    The information your friends needs to apply can be found here, as well as a list of locations for which we are hiring. And if you don’t have any friends that fit the bill yet, go find one! 🙂

    ManhattanGMAT is arriving in D.C.!

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    As first announced on businessweek.com, ManhattanGMAT is officially arriving in Washington D.C.! Our first open house will take place next Thursday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m. And our first course will begin the following Saturday, July 28th, taught by veteran ManhattanGMAT Instructor Eric Caballero.

    We are awfully excited to FINALLY be able to serve the students in our nation’s capital!