Articles published in October 2017

When to Stop Studying for the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - When to Stop Studying for the GRE by Ceilidh Erickson

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Studying for the GRE might be one of the hardest things that you’ll ever do. It may even be harder than some of your graduate school classes! Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have No Real Options

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have No Real Options 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 GRE 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.


In the late 2000s, Harvard Business School (HBS) made a change to its application essay questions that surprised many. Its previously mandatory “long- and short-term goals” essay prompt changed its focus more broadly to “career vision” and became one of four topic options from which applicants could select two. Immediately, MBA candidates tried to read between the lines and decipher HBS’s hidden agenda behind the change. As a result, many perplexed applicants called us, asking, “Every other school asks about goals, so HBS must want to know about them, too. I need to answer the essay question option about career vision, right?” Read more

GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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The secret to understanding GRE remainder problems is in the word remainder itself. Suppose you bake a dozen brownies, and while you’re at work, your roommate eats ten of them. The two brownies left over are the remainder of the batch. The mathematical term remainder refers to the same thing: what’s left over after something is taken away. Read more

Play to Your Strengths on the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Play to Your Strengths on the GRE by Cat Powell

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In the first class of our GRE curriculum, we begin by talking about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. If we approach a new task with a fixed mindset—i.e. I am or am not good at this—we’re a lot less likely to improve at it. When we believe instead that we can and will improve if we work hard, we get better faster. The stories we tell ourselves about our abilities shape what we’re actually able to accomplish. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Need to Tell It All! (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Need to Tell It All! (Part 1) 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.


In your pursuit of acceptance to business school, you are competing against thousands of other applicants. Because you do not actually know these individuals, you may naturally assume that you need any and every edge available to stand out. As a result, you may feel compelled to provide every single detail of your life, exploiting your MBA resume in particular to do so. We want you to maximize your opportunities, of course, but we also want to be sure you do not jeopardize your application by offering too much information. Read more

Perfectionism is the Enemy of the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Perfectionism is the Enemy of the GRE by Tom Anderson

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Do you consider yourself a perffectionist?

Maybe you wouldn’t normally use that word to describe yourself, but be honest, didn’t the typo in the sentence above drive you at least a little bit crazy? Read more

Introducing the GRE Just Math™ Course

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Introducing the GRE Just Math Course by Manhattan Prep

You just need to learn GRE Math. Maybe you haven’t taken math since high school and just need a respectable Quant score to get into your target school. Or maybe you’re already pretty good at math, but your target school requires you to be great. No matter your starting point or goal score, we built GRE Just Math to get you where you need to be on the Math section of the GRE. Read more

How to Read a GRE Explanation

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Read a GRE Explanation by Chelsey Cooley

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If you’re using the 5lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems, you’ve probably noticed that every single problem has a detailed explanation in the back of the book. They were written by our own Manhattan Prep instructors, who worked hard to keep them clear, realistic, and helpful.

But you know what? I sometimes wish those explanations weren’t in the book at all. Read more

Introducing Our 5lb. Book of TOEFL Practice Problems!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Introducing Our 5lb. Book of TOEFL Practice Problems! by Manhattan Prep

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our brand-new 5lb. Book of TOEFL Practice Problems! The TOEFL 5 lb. Book brings our best-selling 5 lb. Book series to students who need a study tool for the TOEFL. Written exclusively by expert Manhattan Prep instructors, this book is 5 lbs.* of TOEFL knowledge on everything you need to learn for the test. Read more

GRE Work Problems

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Work Problems by Neil Thornton

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Problems involving work and rates can be a problem for many test-takers, but with a clear method to set them up and a little clever plugging in, you can learn to knock them out efficiently and accurately. Read more