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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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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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