New Manhattan Prep GMAT Guides Are Here!
I’m super excited to announce that our new Manhattan Prep GMAT guides are ready for you to study! We’ve been working hard for more than a year now to bring you new and improved content, strategies, drills, practice problems, and more.
Soooo many things are new that I have to think about where to start. Let’s focus on math first.
All the Quant Strategy Guide
As we were racking our brains trying to come up with a title for the new GMAT guide—which includes all the Quant content from our original five (separate) Quant strategy guides—it finally hit us. This includes all the Quant you need to get a great GMAT score, so let’s call it All the Quant!
By putting all the Quant content into this one guide, we’re giving you a huge leap forward in your studies. We wove all the strategies—smart numbers, testing cases, working backwards, estimating, and so on—throughout the underlying content. This provides two great benefits:
1. You’re learning content and strategies together. As a result, it’s easier for you to internalize how and when to use different strategies.
2. As you progress, we build on your earlier skills to discuss more complex scenarios for advanced content and harder problems.
The guide still covers all Quant content areas from our original five strategy guides:
- Fractions, Decimals, Percents, and Ratios
- Word Problems
- Number Properties
We moved the hardest material (formerly found in the Extra chapters) online into our Atlas study platform, in the form of an exclusive eBook that you can access only with the purchase of All the Quant. When you’re ready for this material, you’ll be doing your practice problems onscreen, just as you’ll do on the test.
You’ll also find a whole host of other study resources available to you in Atlas, including additional Quant problem banks, new resources to help you analyze your GMAT practice tests, and more. Just create a (free) account on our website to access Atlas.
We do still have two other GMAT Quant guides. There’s Foundations of Math, which is especially good for those who haven’t done any textbook math in many years and a great starting point if you’re finding All the Quant to be a little too challenging. There’s also Advanced Quant, designed for those already in the 45-47 score range who are pushing for 50 or 51.
All the Verbal Strategy Guide
Similar to Quant, our All the Verbal GMAT guide includes all the content from our original three Verbal guides covering Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning.
In the Sentence Correction unit, I’m most excited about the additional GMAT-like problems throughout all the problem sets. These require you to compare complex answer choices just as you’ll have to do on the real test. We’ve also revamped the content around certain topics that are increasingly tested on the exam, including meaning, the core sentence vs. modifiers, parallelism, and comparisons.
Critical Reasoning has been updated to address the different kinds of common argument types presented on the GMAT—how they’re constructed and how you can deconstruct them to uncover the key assumptions, avoid the traps, and find the correct answer as efficiently as possible.
You can find additional problem banks for all question types online in Atlas, our study platform. Your Atlas account will also contain all the Extra (harder) material from our former strategy guides, compiled into an exclusive eBook available only to All the Verbal owners. As with Quant, you’ll also find a host of other study resources in your Atlas account.
Integrated Reasoning & Essay Strategy Guide
The Integrated Reasoning portion of our Integrated Reasoning & Essay GMAT guide has been significantly revamped to provide broader coverage of this section for both the GMAT and the Executive Assessment (EA) exams. Our guide is actually the first book in print that covers the EA. There’s not even an official guide available yet from the makers of the exam.
Have you heard of the Executive Assessment before? This is a new exam, launched by GMAC (makers of the GMAT) a few years ago. It’s used by many executive MBA programs—and, increasingly, part-time MBA and other graduate management programs. The EA contains the same question types and content areas (for the most part) as the GMAT, but it’s only 1.5 hours long and structured & scored differently. If you’re thinking about getting an EMBA, a part-time MBA, or another graduate management degree such as a Master of Finance, you may want to check whether your target programs accept the EA.
On the GMAT, the IR section is important too; schools and companies are paying more attention to your IR score. If you’re aiming for a top-20 school, you’ll want to score at least a 5 and ideally a 6+ (out of 8). This new guide will help you get the Integrated Reasoning score you need.
All the GMAT Strategy Guide Set
You can also buy all three of the new Manhattan Prep GMAT guides in a set that includes some incredibly valuable online resources. First, you’ll get access to all 6 of our computer-adaptive GMAT practice tests. They’re guaranteed to have no repeated questions, plus you can retake as many times as you want. If you’re spreading your tests out, it’s common to take 9 or 10 tests before you start seeing repeated questions.
You’ll also get something I think is even more valuable: a complete study syllabus in Atlas, our online study platform. The syllabus gives you homework assignments for every last resource that comes with your purchase—we tell you when to read each chapter, what practice problems to do, when to take your practice tests, how to analyze them, and so on. The syllabus assumes a study period of about 3 months, but you can always speed up or slow down according to your preferred schedule.
We’ll even give you problem set assignments from the latest GMAT Official Guide! We’ve devised problem sets that match your progression through your study assignments in all our guides. And we’ll toss in access to our GMAT Navigator tool, which contains our own explanations for all those OG problems—explanations that are a lot more accessible than the ones provided in the OG. (Note: You’ll have to buy the OG yourself—we can’t give you the problems, since we don’t own them.)
In Atlas, you’ll be able to check off your assignments and see your progress as you go. You can also star specific lessons or practice problems to review again later. (Note: Do this. Reviewing material a second time is a really great way to solidify your learning.) We also provide you with core assignments, as well as easier and harder ones where appropriate, so that you can choose according to your level on different topics.
Anything Else about the New Manhattan Prep GMAT Guides?
I think I hit all the major highlights—but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Oh, wait, one more thing! You can create a free account in Atlas right now, without buying anything at all. It won’t have all the awesome resources I listed above, but it’ll have one free practice test as well as other free study materials to get you started. If you’re thinking about b-school, check it out.
Stacey Koprince is a Manhattan Prep instructor based in Montreal, Canada and Los Angeles, California. She’s been teaching the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT for over 15 years and is one of the most well-known instructors in the industry. Stacey loves to teach and is absolutely fascinated by standardized tests. Check out Stacey’s upcoming GMAT courses here.