Articles published in 2018

The NEW Manhattan Prep 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems is Out Now!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - The NEW Manhattan Prep 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems is Out Now! by Mary Richter

We have some exciting news to share in GRE Land—a new edition of our bestselling 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems enters the world today! If you aren’t familiar with the 5 lb. Book, let me tell you—it’s my favorite of all the Manhattan Prep GRE products. I destroyed it when I was studying for the test. Struggling with exponents, I tore out the exponents chapter and did them on the train. Worried about rates and work problems, I cut them out of its pages and carried a stack around with me to do and redo in my downtime. I ransacked the chapters of any topic that I found difficult or daunting. (Can you say combinatorics? No, I mean literally, can you say it? Because I couldn’t until I started working here at Manhattan Prep.) I love that the chapters are organized by topic, so you decide where you need practice and take a targeted deep dive. With over 2,000 GRE practice problems, you’re going to find the practice you need.

With this new edition, my favorite GRE book gets even better. Here’s what we’ve added… Read more

Overrepresentation and Old Achievements in Your Application Essays

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Overrepresentation and Old Achievements in Your Application Essays by mbaMission

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


Many applicants worry that they are overrepresented—male investment bankers and Indian software engineers, for example. Applicants cannot change their work histories, of course, but they can change the way they introduce themselves to the admissions committee. Consider the following examples: Read more

More GRE Math Misconceptions

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - More GRE Math Misconceptions by Chelsey Cooley

Did you enjoy our last set of GRE Math Misconceptions? Here are four more to watch out for. Read more

8 Things Learning to Surf Has Taught Me about Studying for the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 8 Things Learning to Surf Has Taught Me about Studying for the GRE by Cat Powell

When I was 30, I went surfing for the first time, and I fell in love. And, like many people in love, I made an impulsive commitment whose consequences I did not fully understand: I decided that I was going to learn to surf well. Read more

What Are the Hardest GRE Math Problems?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - What Are the Hardest GRE Math Problems? by Tom Anderson

And what do they tell us about prepping for the GRE?

Students often ask me, “Where can I find the most difficult questions on the GRE?” In this blog entry, I’ll show you the top three hardest GRE Math problems, ranked by percent of students who got them wrong. Before we get there, I should say: you don’t need to correctly answer questions like these to get a very, very good score on the GRE. This is a test that favors accuracy and consistency on mid-range questions over the ability to get the very hard ones. One can nab a score in the 90th percentile or above without getting any of the very hardest GRE Math problems correct. In case you’re curious, though, this is what the hardest GRE Math problems look like. Each of these questions were correctly answered by fewer than 20 percent of GRE test takers.

Start the drum roll. Read more

How to Build the Ideal MBA Resume

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Build the Ideal MBA Resume by mbaMission

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


Present Both Responsibilities and Results in Your MBA Resume

In your MBA resume, be sure to showcase your accomplishments, rather than merely stating the responsibilities of your position. When your responsibilities are presented with no accompanying results, the reader has no understanding of whether you were effective in the role you are describing. For example, consider the following entry, in which only responsibilities are offered: Read more

Your GRE Study Calendar

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Your GRE Study Calendar by Chelsey Cooley

Studying for the GRE on your own? Load up your GRE study calendar right now—it’s time to get organized. Read more

Begin Your Essays with Your Strongest Accomplishments

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Begin Your Essays with Your Strongest Accomplishments by mbaMission

When preparing personal statements that require significant information about career progress, many applicants choose to discuss their accomplishments in chronological order. Although the simplicity of this approach makes it an attractive one, we encourage you to consider an alternative to showcase your more recent and thus potentially stronger accomplishments first. By choosing this alternate approach, you may capture your reader’s imagination more quickly and reduce the risk of being lost amid similar candidates. Read more

How to Create a GRE Problem Log for Quant

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Create a GRE Problem Log for Quant by Chelsey Cooley

Having a GRE problem log is like having a budget: sort of a pain sometimes, but much smarter than the alternative. Skeptical? Check out this article first—then come back here when you’re ready to roll. Read more

Using Smart Numbers for GRE Quant

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Using Smart Numbers for GRE Quant by Chelsey Cooley

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on how, when, and why to use Smart Numbers to solve GRE Quant problems. Read more