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The Formula for a Great GRE Essay

Posted by Steve Markofsky on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

When's the last time you read the editorial section of a newspaper?  In case you haven't picked one up in awhile, that's the section in which the editors, speaking for the newspaper as a whole, express the paper's stance on pertinent issues of the day.  Strong editorials don't have to be particularly long, but they clearly articulate the point of view of the editorial board, offer strong support for why the editors feel the way they do, address and refute counterarguments, and wrap up with a strong reiteration of the main argument, sometimes with a call to action.  The best editorials capture the passion and conviction of the writers—in a manner such that those who already agree will be galvanized, and those who disagree may in some cases be persuaded to rethink their point of view.  These skills, it just so happens, encapsulate the kind of writing that can knock a GRE essay out of the park.

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Of Course It's Flawed: The Argument Essay

Posted by Steve Markofsky on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

One of the key differences between the college entrance exams (SAT, ACT) and the graduate level exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc) is that by the time you’re ready to apply to graduate school, colleges and universities expect you to have developed a deep ability to reason critically and to think logically.  After all, one of the fundamental skills in graduate school is learning how to tear apart not only everyone else’s work, but also—and perhaps especially--your own.  To do well in most master’s or doctoral programs, you’ll need to critically evaluate, identify inconsistencies and flaws, and identify limitations.  And that’s why, even though it may seem like just a simple yet annoying exercise, the GRE Argument Essay is so important. Read More

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Decisions: GRE or MAT?

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 02:24 AM

What if I told you that there was an alternative to the GRE that included no essays, almost no math, was administered in less than one-third of the time and offered for less than half of the cost? If you’re a liberal arts grad like me, you’d probably be rather excited about this incredible entrance requirement alternative! Well, this exam already exists. It’s called the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and it is accepted by hundreds of graduate schools across the country, primarily for acceptance to programs with focuses in the humanities and social sciences.

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GRE Quantitative Section: Geometry

Posted by Banke Abioye on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 08:54 AM

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A New Force in GRE Prep

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Sat, Jul 29, 2017 @ 12:15 PM

At MyGuru, we are generally adamant that the best way to prepare for the GRE is to use official practice materials. But, until recently, the Educational Testing Service made this a bit more difficult than it needed to be.

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Developing A GRE Study Plan: Five Concepts to Consider

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 @ 01:36 PM

Time management is important in all walks of life: at home, at school, and at work.  In this article, we'll talk about time management when you are creating and executing a GRE study plan. Before reading this article, if you’d like to take an interesting, short quiz from Mind Tools on how good your time management skills actually are, click here.

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How to Ace the GRE Writing Section

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

The purpose of the GRE’s Analytical Writing section is to test your critical thinking & analytical writing skills. These skills include your ability to properly articulate and support a complex idea, and build strong arguments while composing a well-structured and coherently written essay. One thing to note is that this does not assess your specific knowledge on a given topic.

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GRE Quantitative Reasoning Strategy: Trigonometry Strategies

Posted by Banke Abioye on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

While you may be taking the GRE to get into graduate school, it may relieve you to know you won’t have to use math that you’ve learned past your sophomore or junior year of high school. Long-winded and drawn out problem solving and arithmetic is not the style of the GRE. So what’s the catch? If the math is so easy, why are you even reading this article on how to tackle the math section? The challenge behind this section draws from the way these limited mathematical concepts are presented to you. In a sense, you need to often systematically deconstruct the problem in the way it’s presented, to determine what is really being asked of you. Once you are able to determine what the question is asking, the actual “number-crunching” or math involved is much less than you might think.

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How to Stay Motivated While Studying for the GRE

Posted by David Recine on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 11:41 AM


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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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