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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

High-Value GMAT Quant

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - High-Value GMAT Quant by Chelsey Cooley

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Every time you study GMAT Quant, you give your full attention to just a couple of topics. During that time, you won’t be studying all of the other topics the GMAT Quant section tests. The smartest way to make the tradeoff is by going straight to the highest-value Quant topics: the ones that are most likely to score you points on test day. Read more

One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life by James Brock

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A bold claim to be sure! But as I’ve used this phrase with a number of tutoring students over the past several years, I’ve seen it pay huge dividends. And I’m a big fan of simple rules and phrases that you can easily remember and apply across many different questions and even different question types. So here it is: Read more

How to Analyze Your Manhattan Prep Practice CAT for the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Analyze Your Manhattan Prep Practice CAT for the GMAT by Elaine Loh

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If you’ve just finished taking a three-hour practice CAT, I assume you didn’t do it “just for fun.” You probably want to glean some information from the ordeal! Most people focus on the overall score and the Quant and Verbal percentiles. I’m here to say STOP. Don’t do that!! But what should you do instead? Read more

Manhattan Prep’s GMAT Score Calculator: What Quant and Verbal Scores Will Result in a 700+ Score?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Manhattan Prep's GMAT Score Calculator: What Quant and Verbal Scores Will Result in a 700+ Score? by Stacey Koprince

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The three-digit Total GMAT score is calculated from your performance on the Quant and Verbal sections of the test. The actual algorithm isn’t disclosed—but we’ve been able to “backwards engineer” the process via a lot of official score research, leading to our GMAT Score Calculator tool. (Thank you to all of our students who shared their official test score reports!) Read more

GMAT Study Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Study Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making by Chelsey Cooley

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In a perfect world, everyone would take the GMAT exactly once, get a fantastic score, then never think about the test again. Unfortunately, things sometimes don’t work out that way. Part of my role at Manhattan Prep is to sit down with students who didn’t quite achieve their goal scores on their first try and help them analyze what happened. (This type of meeting is called a Post-Exam Assessment, and it’s part of what you get when you sign up for the Manhattan Prep 9-week GMAT course.) 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

GMAT Essay: Minimum Effort for Maximum Return

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Essay: Minimum Effort for Maximum Return by Stacey Koprince

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The first section of the GMAT requires you to write an essay. But here’s the interesting part: The schools don’t care very much about your GMAT essay score. So why even try at all? Read more

Do I Really Need to Study GMAT Verbal?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Do I Really Need to Study GMAT Verbal? by Chelsey Cooley

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You know the story. You haven’t taken a math class for eight (or ten, or fifteen, or twenty) years. You weren’t even that great at math when you were in school! And now that it’s been a decade since you last simplified a quadratic or calculated an average speed, you’re feeling rusty. You’ve got a lot of work to do. Read more

GMAT Grammar that Will Impress Your Friends

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Grammar that Will Impress Your Friends by Elaine Loh

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I was at a dinner party the other night and we started discussing the four uses of the word “that”. Apparently, I hang out with a lot of nerds at dinner. Not only did I impress these nerds with my grammar skills, but I also came up with a great idea for a blog post! So, from time to time, I’m going to write about some of the important GMAT grammar rules that I like to cover in my classes. Read more