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Advanced Error Log: Tie Your Hands Behind Your Back

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Advanced Error Log: Tie Your Hands Behind Your Back by Reed Arnold

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It’s been said that “a mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it,” which probably explains the shambles of my dating life. Read more

What to Do If You Are an Overrepresented MBA Candidate

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What to Do If You Are an Overrepresented MBA Candidate by mbaMission

Each week, we are featuring a series of MBA admissions tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


These days, the applicant pools for the top MBA programs are overfull with talented and experienced investment bankers, consultants, and software engineers. As a result, they are considered “overrepresented” MBA candidates and may have a much harder time standing out from the crowd. However, if you fall into one of these groups, do not lose hope. Although you cannot alter your work history, you can change the way you present yourself and your candidacy to the admissions committees. We at mbaMission can offer a few suggestions for ways to ensure that your essays grab an admissions reader’s attention. Read more

To Keep or Cancel Your GMAT Scores?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - To Keep or Cancel Your GMAT Scores? by Stacey Koprince

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The GMAT offers various kinds of flexibility around your decision to keep or cancel your GMAT scores—but also some restrictions. It’s important to understand your options so that you make the best decision for you! Read more

Stop Careless GMAT Quant Errors

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Stop Careless GMAT Quant Errors by Chelsey Cooley

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Here’s a careless error that any of us might make:

x – 7 – 2x + 4 = 3x

-x – 3 = 3x

-3 = 2x

x = -1.5

Did you spot the error? If yes, give yourself a pat on the back and keep reading. If not, go back and review each step. This time, as you think through it, you can only use the terms added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided. On each line, identify which of those operations we used, and how we used it. Read more

UCLA Anderson MBA Application Insider: Why Pursue an MBA Degree?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - UCLA Anderson MBA Application Insider: Why Pursue an MBA Degree? by UCLA Anderson

Manhattan Prep and UCLA Anderson will be co-hosting upcoming MBA information events. We hope you’ll sign up to learn about the Anderson MBA program’s admissions process, student life, career options, and curriculum, directly from their admissions staff and esteemed alumni:

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London Business School Answers: “Why Get an MBA Abroad?”

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - London Business School Answers:

London Business School will be hosting MBA information sessions with Manhattan Prep across different locations in the US during the upcoming months. We look forward to connecting with prospective students to answer any questions you have about pursuing your MBA outside of the US. As you start your research, you may be asking yourself how an MBA abroad is different from a domestic MBA. The information below should offer introductory insight into the unique benefits of London Business School as a global MBA programme. We look forward to continuing this conversation when we meet!


This article was written by Stephanie Thrane, London Business School’s Senior Manager of MBA Recruitment and Admissions.

One of the first things MBA candidates should ask themselves when considering business school in general is: “Where am I now? Where and who do I want to be? And what do I need to get there?” Read more

Managing Your MBA Interview

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Managing Your MBA Interview by mbaMission

Each week, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


“What if I don’t know the answer to a question I’m asked?” This is probably the number-one anxiety among business school candidates facing an MBA interview. Thankfully, however, it is largely an unnecessary one, because your interviewer will always be asking questions about a topic you actually know very well—you!—not questions that require applied knowledge or research. So, in an MBA interview, you will not need to know how to calculate a discounted cash flow or express your opinion about the U.S. interest rate policy. Instead, you must be able to reflect on and discuss your life experiences, why you want an MBA, the value you can add to your target program and how you expect to engage with it, and your reasons for wanting to attend the specific school at which you are interviewing. Read more

Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million? by James Brock

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It might be! And I’m not talking about the value of the top-10 MBA that your GMAT score might help you get—I’m talking about the knowledge that you gain from your GMAT studying. Check out this sentence: Read more

Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Good GMAT Student vs. Bad GMAT Student by Elaine Loh

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Okay, that was a clickbait title. There’s no such thing as a bad GMAT student, just an unmotivated one. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a good GMAT student in that you are willing to put in time to learn about things you don’t know. But putting in that time doesn’t mean you actually have good study habits. Let’s take a look at some of the behaviors of students that I’ve seen along the way. Do you fall into any of these buckets? If so, you may want to rethink your approach. Read more

GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Class, Self-Study, or Tutor? (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

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It’s the time of year when enterprising business school hopefuls are getting a head-start on their GMAT studies. It can take quite a bit of time to get a good score on the GMAT so, if you can, get the test out of the way well before you have to start in on your applications.

In the first part of this 2-part series, we’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the three primary study approaches: self-study, GMAT class, and private tutoring. In the second part, we’ll examine how to choose the best program and instructor for you (if you decide to take a GMAT class or work with a tutor). Read more