Articles tagged "GMAT Myths"

GMAT Myths, Debunked by the Data Hammer

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Myths, Debunked by the Data Hammer by Ryan Jacobs

I want to debunk a few common GMAT myths about timing and scoring on the test. I’m going to try to do it in the best way that I, as a graduate of an MBA program, know how: with the help of Microsoft Excel!* Read more

4 More GMAT Myths Busted

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

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There are some GMAT study practices that almost everyone agrees on: don’t pull all-nighters, don’t try to study at a metal concert, and don’t schedule your GMAT for 8 a.m. the morning after your best friend’s birthday party. However, there’s also some misinformation out there that sounds like good advice. I’ve already busted 4 popular GMAT myths, so let’s take a look at 4 more – this time, focusing on popular wisdom about how to study.   Read more

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

Breaking the 700 Barrier – Part 1: The GMAT Mindset

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Breaking the 700 Barrier Part 1: The GMAT Mindset by Stacey KoprinceDid you know that 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.


The top 10 US b-schools now have average GMAT scores in the 700 to 730 range. That’s 90th percentile or higher—in other words, really high scores!

So, if you want a 700-level score, what does it take to get yourself into that range? Read more

Breaking the 700 Barrier

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One of the great GMAT myths is that the first 8 questions in each section “make or break” your score and that nothing you do after that point has much of an effect on the score you end up with. False! Eight questions are not enough to determine your score. If they were enough, each section would consist of 8 questions.

One of the consequences of the myth is the belief that in order to break 700, you must answer those first 8 questions correctly. Untold numbers of test-takers have labored over the first eight, afraid that any mistake will send their scores plummeting to unthinkable depths. While it is true that you should give each question your best shot, the absolute number of questions answered correctly is not as important as their difficulty level. Better to have a 50/50 success rate at a high level than a 50/50 success rate at a lower one, even though the percentage of right and wrong answers is the same.

The most serious upshot of this myth is that its believers spend far too much time on the first eight questions and then find themselves racing to finish the section. Often, these test-takers run out of time and leave some questions unanswered at the end of a section. Given that unanswered questions are essentially counted as incorrect answers, it makes more sense to move at a steady pace throughout the entire section rather than concentrate on any particular subset of questions. In fact, spending too much time on early questions may actually damage rather than help your final score.

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