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Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

Welcome to the second part of our series on learning the most that we can from official GMAT problems. Last time, we talked about how to use solutions as a series of hints from your own “private tutor.” This time, we’re going to talk about what to do when this process doesn’t actually help you to generate ideas about how to solve the problem.

Here’s where we left off: Read more

Mission Admission: How to Build the Ideal MBA Resume

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: How to Build the Ideal MBA Resume

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


Present Both Responsibilities and Results

In your MBA resume, be sure to showcase your accomplishments, rather than merely stating the responsibilities of your position. When your responsibilities are presented with no accompanying results, the reader has no understanding of whether you were effective in the role you are describing. For example, consider the following entry, in which only responsibilities are offered: 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

There’s No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - There's No Such Thing as a 700 Level GMAT Question by Ryan Jacobs

One of the most popular questions I get asked by my students: “Can you tell me where to find 700 level GMAT questions I can practice?” To which I have a reply ready: “I’d love to help you! But what’s a 700 level GMAT question?” Read more

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

Guess what? You can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free—we’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


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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Mission Admission: Begin Your MBA Essay with Your Strongest Accomplishments

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Mission Admission: Begin Your MBA Essay with Your Strongest Accomplishments by mbaMission

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


When preparing personal statements that require significant information about career progress, many MBA applicants choose to discuss their accomplishments in chronological order. Although the simplicity of this approach makes it an attractive one, we encourage you to consider an alternative to showcase your more recent and thus potentially stronger accomplishments first in your MBA essay. By choosing this alternate approach, you may capture your reader’s imagination more quickly and reduce the risk of being lost amid similar candidates. Read more

Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Maximize Your Learning from Official GMAT Problems (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

Guess what? You can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free—we’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


When was the last time you read a solution to a problem, thought to yourself, “Yep, that makes total sense,” set it aside…and then realized a week (or 3 days!) later that you had no idea what you’d read or that you couldn’t replicate that solution yourself? Read more

GMAT Official Practice Exams Have Been Updated

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Official Practice Exams Have Been Updated by Stacey Koprince

The GMAT® Official Practice Exams have been updated for the new (shorter!) test format—and that’s not all! 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

Did you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


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

Harvard Business School Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Harvard Business School Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With this thorough Harvard Business School essay analysis, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute, so that your experiences truly stand out.


They say the early bird gets the worm. Almost one month earlier than last year, Harvard Business School (HBS) has released its application essay prompt. Maybe it was able to do so expeditiously because… it made no changes to the question from last year. HBS director of admissions Chad Losee, now entering his third application season, must feel the prompt is effective in eliciting the kind of information the admissions committee finds valuable in evaluating potential students. Our Harvard Business School essay analysis of the prompt and advice on the best way to approach it therefore also remain constant… Read more