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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

Pronoun Ambiguity on the GMAT: Finding the Antecedent

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Pronoun Ambiguity on the GMAT: Finding the Antecedent by Chelsey Cooley

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The last time I wrote about pronoun ambiguity on the GMAT, we explored a couple of big ideas. Here’s a quick summary, before we dive deeper into the topic: Read more

To Keep or Cancel Your GMAT Scores?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - To Keep or Cancel Your GMAT Scores? by Stacey Koprince

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The GMAT offers various kinds of flexibility around your decision to keep or cancel your GMAT scores—but also some restrictions. It’s important to understand your options so that you make the best decision for you! Read more

Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Cracking the GMAT: How to Get a 720+ Score by Natasha Malpani

Natasha Malpani is a Stanford MBA student who scored over 720 on the GMAT using Manhattan Prep’s online course and materials. The views expressed in this piece are her own and do not necessarily reflect our official advice on the test.


I took the GMAT after studying for 10 weeks with Manhattan Prep. At the time, I had two deals closing at work and was pulling together the other critical parts of my b-school application in London, while simultaneously preparing for an upcoming wedding in India. Application deadlines were looming: I knew I wouldn’t get a second shot. I was struggling to stay calm and focus. Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 1)

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If you’re a non-native English speaker who wants to excel on GMAT Sentence Correction, there are a lot of resources out there for you. (I’d recommend starting with the excellent Foundations of Verbal.) But what if you are a native English speaker? This article is especially for you. By leveraging the skills you already have, you can take your GMAT Sentence Correction performance to the next level and improve your overall score. Read more

Un-Educated Guessing on the GMAT: Problem Solving Edition

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Un-Educated Guessing on the GMAT: Problem Solving Edition by James Brock

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Do you remember that feeling of being in math class and the teacher asks a question that you really should know, but you don’t, and then you hear your name called to answer the question? Maybe your heart starts racing, your mind blanks even more, and in an attempt to avoid embarrassment, you just start talking, desperately hoping you land somewhere close to the answer.

As a high school teacher, I saw this all the time from the teacher side. And I would smile and thank the student for trying, but usually while thinking “just go ahead and admit that you don’t know!” Read more

GMAT Select Section Order is (Almost) Here!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Select Section Order is (Almost) Here! by Stacey Koprince

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GMAC® (the organization that makes the GMAT) announced today that they are going live with Select Section Order on July 11th of this year.

What is GMAT Select Section Order? You’ll have the ability to select one of three section orders for your GMAT exam! Read more

How to Handle GMAT Stress Without Freaking Out

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - How to Handle GMAT Stress Without Freaking Out by Elaine Loh

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Have you spent months studying for the GMAT? Taken a class? Done private tutoring? Do you have an error log? Do you have a strict study schedule? Have you done everything absolutely right and the looming test is still FREAKING YOU OUT?!?! Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: You Need a 750 to Get In!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: You Need a 750 to Get 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.


We often hear MBA applicants ask some form of the following question: “Do I need a 750 to get into a top MBA program?” Although a 750 on the GMAT can only help, it is definitely not a prerequisite. We wanted to dispel this myth and put some who believe it at ease. Here are a few simple reasons why this is just not the case:

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Un-Educated Guessing on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Un-Educated Guessing on the GMAT by James Brock

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As any good GMAT student knows, you can’t possibly answer every question correctly. In fact, if you get the first couple questions right, you will rapidly get into territory where most people can hardly figure out what the questions mean. And if you take extra time to dig into those questions and try to figure them out, it bites you in a big way when you run out of time toward the end. So we quickly learn that if you can’t figure out a good plan to solve a problem, you need to go ahead and take an educated guess.

Sounds great, but it’s not actually that simple, is it? Read more