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Considerations for a Part-Time MBA

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Considerations for a Part-Time MBA by mbaMission

Taking the GRE 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.


We at mbaMission often receive questions about part-time MBA programs. So, we thought a look at some of the pros and cons of this option would be in order.

As for the pros, the one that business school candidates cite most frequently is that the part-time MBA involves a limited opportunity cost. Unlike a full-time MBA student, a part-time one does not miss out on two years of salary (and, in some cases, retirement savings) and can still earn raises and promotions while completing his/her studies. Furthermore, firm sponsorship seems to be more prevalent for part-time MBAs, so candidates who have this option can truly come out ahead, with a free education and continued earning throughout. Read more

GRE Vocab Words You Think You Know…But Don’t

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Vocab Words You Think You Know...But Don't by Chelsey Cooley

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Some researchers estimate that there are as many as a million words in the English language. However, you won’t see words like mylohyoid, ekphrasis, or cotyledon on the GRE. In fact, even though English has a huge number of extremely rare words, the GRE almost never tests them. Instead, it focuses on a set of words we’ll call rare but reasonable. Read more

Your Attention, Please!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Your Attention, Please! by Neil Thornton

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The GRE is a loooong test. Sure, it’s broken up into 20 and 30 minute chunks, but you’re going to be sitting in front of that computer for more than 4 hours. Honestly, that’s too much time for any of us to focus effectively.

When was the last time you focused on one thing for 4 hours? I mean, besides Netflix or your Xbox? Has your ability to pay attention gotten better or worse lately? If email is a part of your life, if you have Facebook or Twitter, if you watch cable news (if you’re a human being who lives in the modern world) then chances are, your ability to concentrate on one task is nowhere near what it could be. Recent studies show that our attention span has dwindled to about 8 seconds before our minds start to wander. Read more

Navigating Proper MBA Interview Etiquette

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Navigating Proper MBA Interview Etiquette by mbaMission

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


Making a good impression on your MBA admissions interviewer goes beyond simply answering questions well. Knowing how to dress properly and how to navigate certain etiquette issues is also crucial. You want to leave your interviewer confident that you have the maturity and professionalism necessary to succeed after graduation. The following are our answers to four questions that often bedevil applicants with respect to proper interview etiquette. Read more

Lessons from Learning Science: The Testing Effect

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Lessons from Learning Science: The Testing Effect by Chelsey Cooley

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Here’s one surprising way to speed up your GRE studies: quiz yourself. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to take a lot of practice tests. Think smaller. To reap the benefits of the “testing effect,” give yourself frequent, small quizzes on whichever topics you’ve studied lately. Here’s how and why it works. Read more

GRE Official Guide Third Edition: What’s Different and Second Edition Conversion Guide

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Official Guide Third Edition: What's Different and Second Edition Conversion Guide by Chris Ryan

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ETS has released the Third Edition of its GRE Official Guide. It’s almost exactly the same as the Second Edition, so you can use either one interchangeably.

If you have a Second Edition already, there’s no need to run out and get a Third Edition.

If you have a Third Edition and want to know what’s the same and what’s different, read on.

What’s The Same

No GRE-like problems have been added or removed. All but six of those problems are identical in both editions, and the changes to those six are minuscule. (More on those changes later.)

So much has stayed the same that in fact, it’s easier to point out what’s different.

What’s Different

A smidgen of math strategy has been added. For instance, on pages 108 through 113, you’ll find three new problem-solving steps and 14 new strategies. These strategies are also mentioned at the end of some explanations, which otherwise remain the same.

A little more non-GRE-like practice has been added to Chapter 7, Math Review. For example, you now have two more exercises in the Data Analysis exercise set than before.

Finally, some pages are formatted a bit differently. As a result, the page numbers of many GRE-like problems have changed. Here’s how to find the new page number of a problem:

GRE Official Guide: Second Edition to Third Edition Problems Pages Conversion Guide

Second Edition 47-74: same new page number.

Second Edition 110-128: add 5 to get new page number (115-133), with a few exceptions:

#8 on Second Edition p. 115 is on Third Edition p. 119.

#2 on Second Edition p. 118 is on Third Edition p. 122.

#1 on Second Edition p. 127 is on Third Edition p. 133.

Second Edition pages 145-163: add 10 to get Third Edition page number (155-173).

Second Edition pages 309-472: add 24 to get Third Edition page number (333-496).

What About Those Six Changed Problems?

Five of the six are Quant word problems. In each of those five, all that really changed is that “male” and “female” are no longer used as categories for people.

Here’s an example: instead of male and female purchasers of a product, one problem now talks about purchases made online and those made in a store. A couple of other tiny edits were sometimes made. But the underlying math is exactly the same in all cases.

Quant Problem Changes

#11 on Second Edition page 148, Third Edition page 158. This is the one that’s now about online and in-store purchases. A couple of wrong answers have changed, too.

#15 on Second Edition page 160, Third Edition page 170. It used to be about heights of male and female students in a class. Now it’s about the heights of two kinds of penguins. And those heights are now in centimeters, not inches. Yikes, the metric system!

#1-3 on Second Edition pages 161-162, Third Edition pages 171-172. The master chart for this set used to be about female and male faculty. Now it’s about adjunct and non-adjunct faculty. #3 also uses the category of medical doctors in place of tenured faculty.

In addition, a non-GRE-like exercise dropped its male/female distinctions: #13 on old page 297. The replacement problem is actually pretty new.

Verbal Problem Changes

Finally, one Verbal problem has changed, but not for this reason. All male/female references in Verbal problems remain the same.

In #3 on page 72 (same for both editions), an answer choice has been swapped out. Old choice C was not as anchored in the given passage as it should have been, we suppose.

That’s It!

We wish there were plenty of fresh new Official Guide problems for everyone to chew on and prep with. But there aren’t, so here we are.

To be clear, we strongly recommend using the Official Guide, whether you grab the Second or the Third Edition. No other book gives you direct access to the mind of the GRE test-writers. No other book delivers retired official GRE problems to you. These problems should be a core part of your preparation.

But don’t worry about Second vs. Third Edition. Get whichever one is handy. 📝


Chris Ryan currently serves as the Vice President of Manhattan Prep. He has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke) and a 99th percentile GRE score. His love of teaching has manifested everywhere from his days as a high school physics and chemistry teacher to his GMAT and GRE classes at Manhattan Prep.

Becoming Your Own Best Teacher

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Becoming Your Own Best Teacher by Cat Powell

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I recently did an exercise in one of my classes in which I asked each student to teach one or two problems to their classmates. I think some of my students suspected that I just wanted to make them better appreciate how hard teaching can be (like how my parents want me to have grandchildren so I can know how much they’ve suffered). But in truth, my hope was that this activity would help my students to study more effectively at home, and I was happy to discover that this turned out to be the case.

A lot of us, at times myself included, think of studying as a skill distinct from teaching. As I’ve seen with many students, though, the practices that make for a good teacher also make for the most effective student. The things that I think about as I prepare for a class are the same things that you should be thinking about at home when you sit down to work through a new math topic or GRE problem set. With this in mind, here are a few good teaching moves that you can apply to your studying. Read more

It’s Almost Time: Register For Our Upcoming GRE CrunchTime Workshops Now!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - It's Almost Time: Register For Our Upcoming GRE CrunchTime Workshops Now! by Manhattan Prep

If your GRE exam is coming up sooner than you’d like to admit, it’s officially CrunchTime. But don’t be (too) nervous; we’re hosting three GRE CrunchTime workshops in January and February! Whether you want to brush up on Quant, Verbal, or both, we’re here to make sure you’ll feel ready to tackle the test when it’s time. Read more

Determining Which MBA Application Round Is Best

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

Taking the GRE 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

Are GRE Verbal Questions Subjective?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Are GRE Verbal Questions Subjective? by Chelsey Cooley

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A lot of people think that GRE Verbal questions can have more than one right answer. The GRE itself doesn’t do anything to dispel this myth, since Verbal questions often include wording like which of the following is best supported? or with which statement would the author most likely agree?. These questions make it sound as if you’re supposed to read five pretty good answers and pick the best one, even if the other ones are okay, too. However, this mindset will hurt you on test day. Read more