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Using Data to Ace the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Using Data to Ace the GMAT by Chelsey Cooley

Over the last two articles, I analyzed what we know about missing GMAT Quant questions and missing GMAT Verbal questions. As it turns out, you can miss a lot of questions on the GMAT. Getting a lot of wrong answers doesn’t guarantee you a bad score—and getting a lot of right answers doesn’t guarantee you a good score. Read more

How Many GMAT Verbal Questions Can I Miss?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How Many GMAT Verbal Questions Can I Miss? by Chelsey Cooley

In this series of articles, we’re trying to answer an age-old question: “How many questions can I miss on the GMAT?” If you missed the introduction to this project, or the data on missing Quant questions, check out this article first! On the Quant section, you can miss a lot of questions and still get a fantastic score. But is that true for GMAT Verbal questions as well? Read on to find out. Read more

Managing Your GMAT Weaknesses on Test Day

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Managing Your GMAT Weaknesses on Test Day by Chelsey Cooley

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My mother-in-law is amazing at baking. She’s the kind of person who can whip up a layer cake with no recipe, while having a conversation, reading the news, and playing a game of Scrabble.

Me, on the other hand—well, I once managed to melt a batch of lemon cookies. So, when I have to bake something, I triple-check the recipe like it’s instructions for doing heart surgery. Read more

How Many GMAT Questions Can I Miss? What the Data Really Says

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How Many GMAT Questions Can I Miss? What the Data Really Says by Chelsey Cooley

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about how many GMAT questions you can miss. But it’s time to revisit it, because we’ve got something that’s even better than birthday presents (when you’re a test prep nerd): new data. Read more

Why is My GMAT Verbal Score Going Down?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why is My GMAT Verbal Score Going Down? by Chelsey Cooley

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First: you’re totally normal, and you’re not doomed to get the worst GMAT Verbal score in history. Most people’s GMAT practice test scores go up and down with time, and most people, despite this, end up with a stronger GMAT Verbal score than they started with. Read more

Why I Like the GMAT (And Why You Should Like It Too)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why I Like the GMAT (And Why You Should Like It Too) by Chelsey Cooley

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You could think about the GMAT as a pointless, frustrating obstacle. But you shouldn’t. Here are some reasons I like the GMAT, our favorite standardized test. Read more

When is an Absolute Value Not an Absolute Value?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - When is an Absolute Value Not an Absolute Value? by Chelsey Cooley

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… when it’s a distance on a number line!

Okay, that doesn’t quite work as a joke. But it does work as a GMAT Quant strategy. Intimidated by absolute value GMAT problems? Read on to learn a quick and painless strategy. Read more

How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Turn GMAT Word Problems into Equations by Chelsey Cooley

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GMAT word problems, like the ones from the Official Guide to the GMAT, usually come with explanations. A lot of those explanations start by turning the word problem into equations. Starting with the equations can make an explanation easy to understand: if the equations match up to what the problem says, then the explanation makes sense. Read more

Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Does the GMAT Really Just Test Your Test-Taking Skills? by Chelsey Cooley

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There are a lot of things the GMAT can’t measure. It can’t measure your intelligence, your value as a person, or your ability to succeed. But is it really just about your test-taking skills? And if you’ve always done poorly on tests, are you doomed to GMAT failure? Read more

Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Use Smart Numbers to Speed Up Your GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Are you having trouble finishing GMAT Quant word problems within two minutes? Here’s a technique that will help. Read more