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The Knowledge Trove that Is a GMAT Ratio

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Knowledge Trove that Is a GMAT Ratio by Reed Arnold

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‘Ratios?’ You might be thinking. ‘Those are easy. Pretty sure I get those.’

Wait. Let’s pretend I am the eccentric owner of a pet store, and I sell only two types of pets: rabid donkeys and three-legged mountain lions. In my store the ratio of donkeys to lions is 3:7. What do you know?

‘….That for every 3 donkeys you have 7 lions. Thanks for all the information, weird guy, should I get an external hard-drive so I can back all that up?’

Okay, drop the sarcasm, reader of my invention. When the GMAT gives you a ratio, it actually contains a boatload of information. Take a second and brainstorm what else you can figure out about this pet store. Anything at all.
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Wharton Team-Based Discussion 2017: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Wharton Team-Based Discussion 2017: What to Expect and How to Prepare by mbaMission

Don’t be nervous about your team-based interview at Wharton—our friends at mbaMission are offering important tips and hosting a team-based discussion simulation for Wharton hopefuls!


The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania plans to send out Round 2 interview invitations on February 8, and once again the school is using its team-based discussion format to evaluate MBA candidates, in place of a traditional business school admissions interview. Understandably, Wharton applicants get anxious about this atypical interview, because the approach creates a very different dynamic from what one usually encounters in a one-on-one meeting—and with other applicants also in the room, one cannot help but feel less in control of the content and direction of the conversation. Yet despite the uncertainty, here are a few things that interviewees can expect: Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction: Spot the Trap! (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

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If you’re a non-native English speaker, you know that you’ll need to be extra careful with idioms and other constructions that native speakers just “know.” If you’re a native speaker, though, don’t think that you have a huge advantage! The GMAT test writers know the kinds of common errors that have crept into spoken language, and they’re going to try to trap you, too!

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4 GMAT Myths Busted

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 GMAT Myths Busted by Chelsey Cooley

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There’s a lot of well-meaning advice for GMAT test takers out there. Unfortunately, some of the most reasonable-sounding and frequently-repeated claims are actually false. In this article, we’ll look at four of the most common GMAT myths, and what you should do instead. Read more

Determining Which MBA Application Round Is Best

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Determining Which Application Round Is Best by mbaMission

Taking the GMAT for your business school application? You’re in luck. Each month, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


Every MBA candidate naturally wonders how to determine the best time to submit his/her business school application. Inevitably, we find that applicants typically have two main concerns: Read more

Why GMAT Prep Is Like Training for a Marathon

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why GMAT Prep is Like Training for a Marathon by Varshil Patel

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I often tell students to think of the GMAT as a long-distance race. Successful runners conquer race day through specific goals, consistent training, and mental toughness. It turns out that the same holds true for successful GMAT test takers. Read more

The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 2: Review

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 2: Review by Stacey Koprince

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As we discussed in the first half of this series, Building Your Game Plan, during the last 1-2 weeks before you take the real test, your entire study focus changes. In this article, we’re going to discuss the second half of this process: how to review. (If you haven’t already read the first half, do so before you continue with this part.) Read more

The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 1: Building Your Game Plan

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT, Part 1: Building Your Game Plan by Stacey Koprince

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What’s the optimal way to spend your last two weeks before the GMAT? Several students have asked me this question recently, so that’s what we’re going to discuss today! There are two levels to this discussion: building a Game Plan and how to review. We’ll discuss the former topic in the first half of this article and the latter in the second half. Read more

When Will I Be Ready to Take the GMAT?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - When Will I Be Ready to Take the GMAT? by Elaine Loh

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How long do I need to study for the GMAT? When will I be ready? How much time per week do you think I need to invest?

These are the questions I get over and over and over, particularly from students who haven’t started studying yet. They’re usually trying to figure out whether or not they can manage class, and they’re on the verge of a mild freak out.

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Mission Admission: What to Expect from Your MBA Interview

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: What to Expect from Your MBA Interview by mbaMission

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


You have submitted your application. Now, it’s time to prepare for the next phase of the admissions process: the MBA interview. We thought it would be appropriate to discuss some challenging interview situations. Most business school interviews are straightforward opportunities for an interviewer to learn more about a candidate’s personal and professional backgrounds, goals, reasons for selecting a specific school, and leadership/team experiences. Yet interviews can vary dramatically from school to school, and sometimes they include a few peculiarities. So, what constitutes a “tough” interview, and how can you best navigate one? Read more