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Simple but Powerful Test Taking Strategies: Part 2

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM


In part one of our “Common Test Taking Strategies” series, we noted that strategy is an intrinsic part of preparing for standardized tests, and that without the proper strategies even the most advanced students find themselves performing below their full potential.  We discussed several proven test taking strategies, including using official test prep materials produced by the same company administering the exam (i.e., the Real ACT Prep Guide if you’re taking the ACT), focusing on what the question is actually asking, scanning all potential answers before choosing one, assuming nothing when deciding which answer is best, and making abstractions concrete.

In part two, we’ll cover five additional test taking strategies:

  • Reading and retention “pauses” for long reading comprehension passages
  • Answering easy questions first
  • Time management
  • Providing overly structured responses
  • Test “mentality”
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GRE Verbal Strategy Review: Text Completion

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:13 AM


Of all the different questions that students work on as they prep for the GRE Verbal, none seem to routinely cause as much trepidation as the Text Completion. If you’ve taught the GRE as much as I have, then you know the particular sigh of fear and pre-emptive defeat that students give when they turn to page to see a sentence riddled with long underscores.

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, GRE study help, gre tutoring, GRE, GRE text completion

The Importance of Vocabulary on the GRE

Posted by Suzanne Pearman on Mon, Mar 02, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Vocabulary is one of the biggest and most important aspects of the GRE. You will need to start studying vocabulary well before you take the test, because it is a slow process. There is a limit to how many words you can effectively study at one time; it is impossible to learn thousands of words by cramming at the last minute.

There are no real shortcuts, either. Some people try to learn root words in an attempt to minimize study time, but this technique does not work very well on the GRE, for various reasons:

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The Making of a Stellar Score on the GRE

Posted by Chris Lele on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

I often hear people wonder whether it is possible to increase one’s GRE score. They believe that a standardized test score is more or less set in stone, one’s score changing plus or minus two points depending on the day. This line of thinking is actually woefully inaccurate; with a combination of diligence, resources, and the proper approach, you can greatly increase your score. Indeed, I’ve seen a couple of Magoosh students increase their scores by 29 points. 

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Tags: GRE study tips, how to increase my GRE score, improving my GRE score, how to improve a GRE score, studying for the GRE, help with the GRE, how to increase GRE score, how to get a good score on the GRE, what makes a good score on the GRE exam, GRE study help

A Review of GRE Test Prep Options

Posted by Dane Dormio on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 01:32 PM

With so many GRE test prep options available, it can be hard to know where to start looking.  Hopefully this outline of the types of options available will help you get an idea of what would work best for you.

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When Should You Do Your GRE Test Prep Online?

Posted by Dane Dormio on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 09:13 AM

There are two different ways to think about the concept of doing your GRE test prep online: 1) working with an online GRE tutor and 2) enrolling in an online GRE prep course. In this article, we’ll focus on the idea of working with an online tutor. 

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Preparation Tips for the GRE Verbal Section

Posted by Mo Murthi on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

The verbal section of the GRE consists of three types of questions: reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence. Since the ability to analyze texts critically is of fundamental importance in research, a good score on the verbal section of the GRE is very reassuring to graduate admission committees. 

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Tips to Improving Your GRE Verbal Score

Posted by Bill Kenworthy on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

Let's look at some tips that can help to improve your GRE Verbal score. The GRE's Verbal section includes three main question types: text completion, sentence equivalence, and reading comprehension. Following is a brief explanation of each of the 3 question formats, along with tips for improving your score on each question type. At the end, you'll find a sample GRE Verbal problem, with explanation.

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GRE Test Prep: 3 Geometry Concepts to Know

Posted by Bill Kenworthy on Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

Let’s look at three math concepts that are very helpful on the GRE’s Quantitative Reasoning sections.  Each concept involves triangles.  The first concept, triangle inequality, can be used with any triangle.  The second concept, Pythagorean Triples, can be used with right triangles.  And the third concept, a shortcut for finding the ratio of triangle perimeters or areas, can be used with similar triangles.  To illustrate the first concept, we’ll start off with a sample GRE problem.

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What To Look For In a GRE Prep Course

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

If you’re planning to take the GRE, chances are that you aren’t treating it as a casual endeavor, but that you are planning to put a lot into it and get a lot out.  After all, a graduate education requires a huge investment and, hopefully, provides a huge return.  So it should be safe to say that you are making a committed effort to prepare.  But with all of the material that is considered essential to an undergraduate education, and the volumes more that is considered specialized, it can be easy to get lost without a roadmap. 

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