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Mission Admission: Limit the Use of “I” When Beginning Sentences and Never Use “Etc.” in MBA Application Essays

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


Although putting yourself at the center of the stories in your MBA application essays is certainly important, a common mistake applicants tend to make is beginning too many sentences with the word “I.” As a general rule, you should never begin two sentences in a row this way. Consider the following example: Read more

GMAT Studying: Get to the (Mental) Gym!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Studying: Get to the (Mental) Gym! by James Brock

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If a basketball player makes a free throw, do you expect him or her to make every free throw after that?

Of course not! Certainly the player knows “how” to make free throws, but none of us expect that “knowing how” is good enough in sports. You have to practice over and over again, and even then, we still think hitting 80%+ of free throws in a game is pretty good. Read more

The GMAT’s Favorite Equation

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT's Favorite Equation by Reed Arnold

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After you do even a little bit of studying for the GMAT, you’ll probably start to realize something: the test is as repetitive as a Katy Perry song. You’ll see that the one hard question you’ve never quite understood is actually the same old game, reformulated in some subtle way, but ultimately similar to what you’ve learned before. Read more

Mission Admission: Deciding How Many Business Schools to Target and Choosing a Safe School

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Deciding How Many Business Schools to Target and Choosing a Safe School by mbaMission

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


These days, as candidates consider their strategies for the ongoing MBA application cycle, many have a logical question in mind: To how many business schools should I apply? The answer, of course, varies dramatically from applicant to applicant, but the golden rule is that you should only apply to an MBA program if you have enough time to polish your application to its best state. So, if you have time to “perfect” only three applications, you should focus on applying to just three business schools—and not consider submitting several additional “average” applications. Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 6)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 6) by Stacey Koprince

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We’re done! Phew! That was a complicated history passage and those questions got pretty tricky at times. (If you’re just joining us for the first time now, follow that link back to part 1 of the series and work your way back here.) Read more

How to Study for the GMAT: The First Two Weeks (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Study for the GMAT: The First Two Weeks (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

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Not sure where to start? Here’s how to handle the first two weeks of your GMAT journey. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My High GMAT Score Will Get Me In

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My High GMAT Score Will Get Me In 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.


So, you have taken the GMAT and exceeded even your highest expectations, scoring at the very top of the scale. Congratulations! However, do not assume that earning such a high GMAT score means you can relax with respect to the other components of your application. Every year, applicants who have scored 750 or higher are rejected from their target business schools—even when their GMAT score falls within the top 10% of the schools’ range. Many of these candidates were rejected because of a fatal, but ultimately avoidable, mistake: they became overconfident and assumed their high GMAT score alone would get them in. Read more

No, The GMAT Didn’t Trick You

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - No, The GMAT Didn't Trick You by Reed Arnold

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A few quick questions:

1) Is ‘8x’ even?

2) Is y^2 positive?

3) What is √x + √y if x + y = 36?

4) What is the perimeter of triangle ABC below? Read more

Mission Admission: Visiting B-School Campuses Multiple Times, and a Reminder on Best Behavior!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Visiting B-School Campuses Multiple Times, and a Reminder on Best Behavior by mbaMission

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


Many MBA applicants set their sights on more than one b-school. In the fortunate case that a candidate does gain admission to multiple business schools, how does he/she choose between two (or more)? If you cannot determine a definitive “winner” based on specific academic or professional criteria, you may now need to make a b-school campus visit or, for some, another campus visit. If you have not yet had a chance to visit your target school(s), we advise you to get to know the program(s) better before deciding where to invest two years and $100k or more. However, even if you have already visited your target b-school campuses, this may be a good time for a second, more focused trip. Read more

GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 5)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMATPrep Reading Comprehension: Tackling a History Passage (Part 5) by Stacey Koprince

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Are you ready for your fifth and final question? We’ve been examining a Reading Comprehension history passage from the GMATPrep® free exams. If you’re just starting, go through the earlier installments first, then come back to this one—and feel free to do all five questions (one per installment) in a block for the passage. (Take some screen shots or set up separate browser tabs so that you can cycle through them all efficiently.)

Here are the history passage and the fifth problem. Good luck! Read more