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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

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

Breaking GMAT Study Barriers: Content vs. Process

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Breaking GMAT Study Barriers: Content vs. Process by James Brock

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You’ve been engaged in GMAT study for a while, maybe taken a course, maybe just done a lot of studying on your own, done lots of OG questions, taken several practice tests, and your score just seems stuck. You feel like you know a lot more than you used to, and when you look at the answer explanations they make sense, but your score just won’t go up. You look at your assessment reports from your practice exams and practice more questions in the areas of weakness, but your score still stays stuck. Sound familiar? 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

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

Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is Your GMAT Studying Worth $10 Million? by James Brock

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It might be! And I’m not talking about the value of the top-10 MBA that your GMAT score might help you get—I’m talking about the knowledge that you gain from your GMAT studying. Check out this sentence: Read more

GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Sentence Correction for Native English Speakers (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about making the most of your ear as a native English speaker. Here’s the short version: you already know, intuitively, a lot of the grammar that GMAT Sentence Correction tests. But the GMAT takes simple grammar errors and buries them in long, boring sentences with lots of extraneous detail. To outsmart the GMAT, simplify and visualize the sentence in your head as you read it. This will help your ear to do what it does best.

Now let’s talk about when and why to use your ear. It’s okay to use your ear on GMAT Sentence Correction… under two conditions. Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2) by Reed Arnold

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As Hemingway did for lions on the Savannah, I have continued my hunt in GMAT Critical Reasoning problems for little mistakes in logic, the tiny tempting answer choices that could trap even the most rational of minds. I have also been consuming as much whiskey as he would have, so plese forgive any typps cos Im perty drnk rite now… Read more

Pronoun Ambiguity on the GMAT

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

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What’s the deal with pronoun ambiguity on the GMAT?

Unfortunately, this question doesn’t have a short answer. Pronoun ambiguity is one area in which the rules of GMAT Sentence Correction are actually a little… ambiguous. (Sorry!) This article will describe what we know about the rules, and, more importantly, how you can use them to gain points on Sentence Correction. 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