GRE & Graduate School Blog

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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Tags: Revised GRE, GRE study plan, studying for the GRE, gre tutoring, GRE

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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Tags: test taking strategies, ACT, SAT, GRE, test taking confidence

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

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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Tags: gre tutoring, gre prep course, GRE

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

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 01:17 PM

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.

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Tags: Revised GRE, graduate school, business school, GRE, GMAT, GMAT Blog

GRE Word of the Day: 2.4.2012

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 03:49 AM

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, Vocab, GRE, gre test prep

GRE Word of the Day: 2.3.2012

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 03:33 AM

Inchoate - {adjective}

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, Vocab, GRE, gre test prep

GRE Word of the Day: 2.2.2012

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 03:23 AM

Homogeneous - {adjective}

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, Vocab, GRE, gre test prep, Uncategorized

GRE Word of the Day: 2.1.2012

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Feb 09, 2012 @ 09:43 AM

Heterogeneous - {adjective}

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, Vocab, GRE, gre test prep

GRE Word of the Day: 1.31.2012

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Feb 09, 2012 @ 09:15 AM

Hackneyed - {adjective}

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE Vocabulary, Vocab, GRE, GMAT prep