# GRE & Graduate School Blog

### The Making of a Stellar Score on the GRE

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.

### A Review of GRE Test Prep Options

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.

### When Should You Do Your GRE Test Prep Online?

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.

### Preparation Tips for the GRE Verbal Section

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.

### Tips to Improving Your GRE Verbal Score

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.

### GRE Test Prep: 3 Geometry Concepts to Know

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.

### What To Look For In a GRE Prep Course

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.

### Simple Steps to a Higher GRE Score

There are many different ways to study for the GRE.  But most GRE prep classes, GRE prep courses, and GRE tutors have the following 5 step process in common:

### Applying to Business School? Revised GRE vs. GMAT: MyGuru's Perspective

Many MBA programs are now accepting the Revised GRE test for admissions.  We recently wrote a post on our blog which covers most of what you’d need to know about the specifics of the revised GRE, in case you’re unfamiliar with it.  In any case, the GMAT has dominated this market for a long time, but this new version of the GRE is making serious inroads.  Fourteen of the top 20 MBA programs accept the GRE for admissions and 3 of the six holdouts in the top 20 accept the GRE for their evening and weekend MBA programs.

### GMAT Challenge Problem 1: Probability

Suppose we roll three fair dice - a red die, a yellow die, and a blue die. What is the probability the the sum of the upturned faces on the red and yellow die is smaller than the upturned face on the blue die?

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