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Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

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


If we were to choose an MBA essay question that we felt could be considered iconic, it would certainly be the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) mainstay “What matters most to you, and why?” For at least two decades, the program has asked this question, slightly tweaking the wording and word count over time, but always maintaining its spirit. We waited to see if the school might ultimately make a change this year, but the admissions committee clearly feels it is getting exactly what it needs out of candidates’ essay responses. The GSB has likewise made no changes to its somewhat standard “Why Stanford?” prompt (or its maximum word count allowance of 1,150 for the two essays combined). Our Stanford Graduate School of Business essay analysis of both follows… Read more

Executive Reasoning on the GMAT

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Executive Reasoning on the GMAT by Ryan Jacobs

Pop quiz: The GMAT is a test of __________ (fill in the blank). Read more

The GMAT’s G-MASKs

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT's G-MASKs by Reed Arnold

You can and should murder me for that pun. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Reapplicants Shouldn’t Reapply

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Reapplicants Shouldn't Reapply 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.


You applied to business schools once and did not get in. It took a lot of effort and caused a lot of heartache. Now what do you do? You cannot apply to those schools again, can you? What would be the point? They already rejected you once, so they will definitely do the same thing next time, right? Not quite so. Read more

4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 2) by Stacey Koprince

Welcome back! If you haven’t already, start with Part 1 of this series, where we performed a global executive reasoning and timing review for your GMAT practice tests. Let’s continue with a deeper dive of the per-question timing data from your problem list. (And grab pen and paper to take note—this is going to be…geeky.) Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Quant might be frustrating, but at least there are rules! Verbal, on the other hand… well, I’ve had some arguments with the GMAT over what the right answer to a GMAT Verbal problem should be. You probably have, too. Or, you’ve wondered what makes this Verbal answer choice “more right” than that Verbal answer choice. After a lot of years and a lot of GMAT Verbal problems, here are my thoughts. Read more

NYU Stern Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - NYU Stern Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

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


New York University’s Stern School of Business has simplified its application essays this season, dropping last year’s “Program Preferences” prompt, which asked candidates to choose which of the school’s MBA programs they would attend. We imagine this deletion may have been so the admissions committee can focus more fully on the information it is getting from its other, more revealing essay prompts and its intriguing EQ (emotional intelligence) endorsements, which Associate Dean of MBA Admission Isser Gallogly told Poets&Quants have delivered “some very interesting and useful information about people—things that people don’t necessarily talk about themselves.” At NYU Stern, you have a mix of the old and the new. The admissions committee has kept the somewhat classic personal statement and maintained the somewhat forward-looking “Pick Six,” which is truly an “essay” for the Instagram era. In your application, you should have a broad opportunity to offer the best of your professional and personal self. Our NYU Stern essay analysis follows… Read more

4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 1) by Stacey Koprince

How many GMAT practice tests have you taken so far? Are you satisfied—or frustrated—with your progress? Read more

GMAT Life Hacks

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Life Hacks by Patrick Tyrrell

“Life hacks” is a weird term that’s only been around for the last decade, brought to us by purveyors of clickbait. Most life hacks involve some resourceful repurposing of something (e.g. Got a tomato? Hollow it out and now you have a perfect ashtray!) The term itself mystifies me—how are these clever, janky solutions anything like hacking into a computer? I’ve never tried to penetrate the NSA’s mainframe, but I’m assuming it doesn’t involve saving up all your bottle tops in order to make a lower water usage toilet. Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Worry Because My Coworker is Applying Too!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Should Worry Because My Coworker is Applying Too! 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.


You look around your office and think to yourself: “I wish my coworker were not applying to the same school as I am. They can’t take two people who sit at the same desk. Also, his GPA is 0.15 higher!” On the surface, this reasoning may seem logical, and it can thus cause anxiety for some candidates—especially for those who are in positions for which an MBA is virtually a “must have” to move forward, such as in consulting and banking.

However—not to worry—this thinking has two significant flaws: Read more