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Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 3) by Chelsey Cooley

In the first article in this series, we started looking at the big picture of GMAT Verbal. Is there any point to studying Verbal? Is there any way to know which answers are really right, given that language is so much more subjective than math? Read more

Yale School of Management Essay Analysis, 2018-2019

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Yale School of Management Essay Analysis, 2018-2019 by mbaMission

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


We hosted a question-and-answer session with several leading admissions officers earlier this year that featured Yale School of Management (SOM) Assistant Dean for Admissions Bruce DelMonico. Ever the straight shooter, Bruce told us that the SOM would not be changing its application essay prompt for this season. We likely should have just taken him at his word, but just to be sure, we waited to see whether Yale would indeed officially recommit to its single essay, and… it did! The school has made no modifications to its prompt. So, you have one 500-word essay with which to make an impression on the admissions committee. Our Yale School of Management essay analysis follows… Read more

Critical Reasoning Assumption Questions – Let’s Play Jenga!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Critical Reasoning Assumption Questions - Let's Play Jenga! by Ryan McGorman

Some Critical Reasoning question types are pretty straightforward about what you’re being asked to do. On a Strengthen the Argument question, for example, many students naturally have a good sense of what they’re supposed to do even if they’ve never specifically studied the question type before. Read more

A Memorizable List of GMAT Quant Content (Quantent)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Memorizable List of GMAT Quant Content (Quantent) by Patrick Tyrrell

Even though there’s no “new math” on GMAT Quant, there is still a ton of content to keep on our radar. And just like the tragic studying for a vocab test, we’ll have to learn 200 different things, even though the test is going to only ask us 31 of those things (because we don’t know which 31 things we’ll get asked on our test day). Read more

Take Ownership of Your Post-MBA Goals and Show Their Attainability

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Take Ownership of Your Post-MBA Goals and Show Their Attainability by mbaMission

When admissions officers read your MBA application, they want to feel inspired by your personal statement; they want to know that you have a strong sense of purpose and will work energetically to attain your objectives. Thus, you must ensure that you are not presenting generic or shallow post-MBA goals. Although this problem is not industry-specific, it occurs most often with candidates who propose careers in investment banking or consulting but do not have a true understanding of what these positions entail. Read more

4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - 4 Steps to Analyze Your GMAT Practice Tests (Part 3) by Stacey Koprince

Are you ready to get even more geeky about your GMAT practice tests? ☺️ Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

Students sometimes tell me that studying GMAT Verbal feels a little pointless. After all, isn’t it true that you either “know it or you don’t”? As it turns out, that’s not really true—although the GMAT definitely tries to make it seem that way! Read more

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