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Help! I Can’t Handle GMAT Probability and Combinatorics (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Help! I Can't Handle GMAT Probability and Combinatorics (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

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There’s a classic brain teaser called the Monty Hall problem. It’s named after the host of an old-timey TV game show, who used it to confound contestants. He’d present each contestant with three closed doors. Behind one door was a new car, and behind the other two doors were goats.

Monty invited the player to pick one of the three doors. Whichever door the player chose, Monty would then open a different one, revealing a goat, not the car. Then, he would offer the player a choice. If the player wanted, he could switch doors, picking the other unopened door. Or, he could stick with the door he picked in the first place. Whichever decision he made, he would win the prize behind the door he chose. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Yikes, a Typo – I Am Done!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Yikes, a Typo—I Am Done! by mbaMission

What have you been told about applying to business school? With the advent of chat rooms, blogs and forums, armchair “experts” often unintentionally propagate MBA admissions myths, which can linger and undermine an applicant’s confidence. Some applicants are led to believe that schools want a specific “type” of candidate and expect certain GMAT scores and GPAs, for example. Others are led to believe that they need to know alumni from their target schools and/or get a letter of reference from the CEO of their firm in order to get in. In this series, mbaMission debunks these and other myths and strives to take the anxiety out of the admissions process.


You have worked painstakingly on your application. You have checked and rechecked your work. You finally press the Submit button only to discover—to your horror—that you are missing a comma and you inadvertently used “too” instead of “to.” The admissions committee is just going to throw your application out, right? Wrong. Read more

GMAT Grammar: Changing the Subject

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Grammar: Changing the Subject by Emily Madan

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Subject-verb agreement is fundamental to correct sentence construction. It’s commonly tested on the GMAT, but is overlooked far too often. Today, we’re going to focus on the subject of the sentence in GMAT grammar.

The subject is the actor of the sentence. It performs the action described by the verb. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to use “subject” to mean the main subject of the sentence, used in an independent clause, though, of course, a sentence can contain multiple actors/subjects. For example: Read more

Why You Should Be Redoing GMAT Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why You Should be Redoing GMAT Problems by Reed Arnold

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I was tutoring a student recently when I had a horrifying epiphany, not unlike the one Hank had in Breaking Bad when… Is it too soon to spoil the show? Have you not watched that show? I mean, I guess spend time studying for the GMAT if your future is really that important to you, but the whole series is on Netflix, y’know, so maybe your future isn’t even worth it.

Kidding, of course it is. Great show, though. Read more

Troubleshooting Your Unsuccessful MBA Application

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Troubleshooting Your Unsuccessful MBA Application by mbaMission

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


As the MBA application season nears its end, candidates find themselves in one of two positions. Either they were successful in their efforts and must now choose where (or whether) to enroll, or they are left wondering why they were not offered admission to their target program(s). To help those applicants who find themselves in the latter category, we will pinpoint some of the areas where many unsuccessful applicants tend to have fallen short. Read more

Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 1 of 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Practicing Sets of GMAT Problems: Mimic the Real Test (Part 1 of 3) by Stacey Koprince

Guess what? You can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free—we’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


When you first start studying, you’re going to do GMAT problems one at a time and then check your work and analyze the problem. But, eventually, you’re going to need to graduate to sets of GMAT problems that allow you to practice your executive decision-making—as on the real test.

So how do you do that? How many should you do at once? Where should you get those problems? How should you choose which ones to do?

That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about right now. Read more

The Access MBA Tour is on Its Way to NYC and Canada!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Access MBA Tour is on Its Way to NYC and Canada! by Manhattan Prep

Great news for any of you based in New York or Canada: the Access MBA Tour is coming to town! Access MBA, a global leader in one-on-one business education events, will return to Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and New York City respectively on March 20, 21, 23, 25, and 28, the Advent Group announced today.

“Access MBA connects business executives and top international MBA programs through personalized one-on-one meetings between experienced professionals and business school representatives,” says Christophe Coutat, Advent Group’s managing director. Read more

What If You Just Can’t Seem to Hit Your GMAT Goal Score?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What If You Just Can't Seem to Hit Your GMAT Goal Score? by Chelsey Cooley

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First of all, let me state the obvious: you aren’t stupid. If you’re making plans to earn an MBA, you’re already a capable, accomplished professional. Give yourself credit for that. However, you probably don’t know everything about succeeding on the GMAT! If it feels like you just can’t get there no matter how hard you try, here are a few things you might not have thought of. Read more

Mission Admission: The Value of Community Service

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: The Value of Community Service by mbaMission

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


MBA admissions committees try to identify applicants who are constantly active, challenging themselves in all spheres of their lives. So, not only are extracurricular and community service activities powerful in showing an MBA candidate’s benevolence, but they also help create the impression that the applicant is constantly pursuing goals and is therefore predisposed to success.
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Find Time to Study for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Find Time to Study for the GMAT by Varshil Patel

Get this—the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses is absolutely free. We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Working full-time and struggling to find time to study for the GMAT? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. At Manhattan Prep, we find that one of the biggest hurdles preventing students from achieving their goal score is not having enough time to study. You cannot “wing” the GMAT; if you are not able to commit enough time and energy toward studying, you will find it difficult to score as high you would like. Read on for tips on how to approach the balancing act of adding crucial hours of studying to your already busy week. Read more