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Everything You Need to Know about Combinatorics for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Everything You Need to Know about Combinatorics for the GMAT by Reed Arnold

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It’s a pretty common question we GMAT teachers get: “Can we go over combinatorics?” To which my answer is usually a barely contained sigh.

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Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints by Reed Arnold

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In our previous articles, we’ve talked about two big GMAT skills: reading specifically and stripping away your biases. Now we talk about another behemoth: being aware of possibility. Read more

On the GMAT, Don’t Be Like UVA Men’s Basketball

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - On the GMAT, Don't Be Like UVA Men's Basketball by Reed Arnold

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The University of Virginia men’s basketball team had an historic season. They were 31-2 going into the NCAA tournament as an overall 1 seed and had just won their third ACC title in 5 years. Of course, that won’t be what this season is remembered for.

For the first time ever, a 16 seed beat a 1 seed in the first round of the tournament. And because this is the life I’ve chosen, I found a GMAT analogy to make. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Shedding Your Biases

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Shedding Your Biases by Reed Arnold

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In our first post, we discussed what I would call the behemoth of big GMAT skills: reading with specificity and objectivity. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter of the two to delve into another one of the most important big GMAT skills: stripping yourself of biases. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively by Reed Arnold

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Why do I have to take the GMAT? Who cares about the Pythagorean theorem? Or perfect grammar? Why do we need to know the rules of exponents? Or what the prime factors of a number tell us? Or how to read a passage about science we’ll never study? 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

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

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3) by Reed Arnold

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The hunt for tricky GMAT Critical Reasoning games continues. (Check up here and here for the first two parts on this series).

As before, I’ll present three types of GMAT Critical Reasoning mistakes I see students (and myself) make, and I’ll give some sample questions demonstrating the trick. Then I’ll give you a number for an actual CR problem in the 2017 OG that has this kind of thing going on in it. Read more

What Really Matters on GMAT Reading Comp

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What Really Matters on GMAT Reading Comp by Reed Arnold

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How are you supposed to get better at GMAT Reading Comp? You’re already pretty good at reading, we must admit. After all, you’re doing it now. When you see a word, your brain recognizes it without you even trying. Seriously, try not to read this word: slurp. You can’t not read it. Read more

The Remainder Cycle

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Remainder Cycle by Reed Arnold

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One common complaint I hear from my students is that they ‘haven’t done math like this since high school.’ And they’re pretty much right: the concepts in the Quant section are by and large wrapped up by Algebra II. But for some subjects, my students drastically underestimate how long it has been since they’ve thought about them. One such subject: remainders on the GMAT. Read more