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7 GRE Study Habits of Highly-Effective Students

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 7 GRE Study Habits of Highly-Effective Students by Tom Anderson

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30 minutes of highly-focused study beats 2 hours of “half-studying.”

I’d like to share with you a little study mantra. This is something I firmly and absolutely believe to be true: “30 minutes of highly-focused study is far better than 2 hours of half-studying.” As much as one might try to make up for poor GRE study habits by slogging through a multi-hour weekend marathon session, it just doesn’t work. There are so many reasons to avoid such lengthy study sessions—increasing fatigue, impaired retention, general painfulness of sitting there for so long… Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Recommender’s Grammar Will Ruin My Chances

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Recommender's Grammar Will Ruin My Chances 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 GRE 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.


At mbaMission, we emphasize the need for effective written communication. Indeed, gaining admission to your target business school involves no real “trick”—earning that coveted letter of acceptance depends on your ability to tell your story in a compelling way and in your own words. But is good grammar vital to good communication? And if so, will your recommender’s bad grammar be detrimental to your chances? Read more

How to Study: Reviewing a GRE Practice Test

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Study: Reviewing a GRE Practice Test by Chelsey Cooley

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You’ve been studying for the GRE for a while now, and you’ve taken at least two GRE practice tests. (If not, start with this article instead!) Last time, we started discussing how to review a GRE practice test at a high level. This time, we’ll go even further: you can learn something from every single question on your GRE practice test. Here’s how. Read more

Will I Get Into Grad School? And If I Do, Will I Want to Attend?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Will I Get into Grad School? And If I Do, Will I Want to Attend? by mbaMission

Taking the GRE for your grad school application? You’re in luck. Each month, we’re featuring a series of admission tips from our admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions we receive from candidates is “Will I get into grad school?” Of course, this is an important question to consider before applying, and we suggest that you honestly assess and understand your candidacy and risk profile within the context of your target school’s typical student body before completing or submitting an application to that school. However, once you have determined that you will in fact apply to a particular grad school, you should not let this question haunt you or halt your progress. Many applicants spend too much time worrying and not enough time working. Your admissions decision is ultimately out of your control, so just focus on submitting the best application you possibly can. Read more

How to Study: Your Second Practice GRE Test (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Study: Your Second GRE Practice Test (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

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Once you’ve studied for the GRE for a few weeks, it’s time to take your second GRE practice test. Here’s how to ace that test, and what to do once you finish it. Read more

Take a GRE Break!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Take a GRE Break! by Cat Powell

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Around this time of year, as people recover from the holidays and contemplate winter vacations, I tend to get a lot of questions from students anxious about taking a GRE break. Will a week- or month-long vacation hurt their scores? Will they forget all the new math content they’ve learned? Should they bring their 5lb Book of GRE Problems on the plane with them?

The short answers: no, no, and you don’t need to, it’s available as an e-book. Read more

GRE Math Riddle: Doubling the Average Rate

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math Riddle: Doubling the Average Rate by Tom Anderson

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Here’s a GRE math riddle:

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mbaMission and Manhattan Prep’s GMAT vs. GRE Infographic

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - mbaMission and Manhattan Prep's GMAT vs. GRE Infographic by mbaMission

Taking the GRE for your business school application? You’re in luck. Each month, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


Applying to business school is a process rife with decisions—which schools to target, which recommenders to choose, which essays to write—and a common one giving candidates some serious pause these days is which exam to take, the GMAT or the GRE? As the number of programs accepting the GRE continues to grow, aspiring MBAs are becoming more and more confused about this element of the application process. Read more

When to Mark Questions on the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - When to Mark Questions on the GRE by Chelsey Cooley

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The GRE allows you to mark questions as you go through each section of the test. When you get to the end of a section, you’ll be able to see which questions you marked: Read more

MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have No International Experience

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have No International Experience 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 GRE 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.


In the past, we have addressed the prevailing MBA admissions myth that a “right” professional path exists for applicants to follow. Just as there is no ideal position to have pre-MBA, there is no ideal life experience either. International experience, for example, is not a prerequisite for admission to top programs, so a lack of international experience does not suddenly disqualify you. Read more