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Key Strategies for GRE – Quantitative Comparison Questions

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Mar 22, 2022 @ 09:45 AM

On the GRE, the Quantitative Comparison questions ask you to compare two numeric quantities—Quantity A and Quantity B.

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Tags: GRE Vocabulary, GRE study tips, how to increase my GRE score, GRE mental math

Is a GRE Tutor Worth It?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Feb 16, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) plays a critical role in the admissions process for many of the world’s top graduate schools. Considering that a difference of 15 points can make or break your chances of being accepted into the programs with the highest-earning job placements and determine whether or not you qualify for scholarships that could save you thousands of dollars in the long run, hiring a good GRE tutor is an investment worth considering. Of course, whether or not a GRE tutor is worth the cost depends on your needs and goals as a student. If your raw score is relatively close to your goal and you consider yourself to be a self-motivated student, a tutor may not be necessary. But if your score needs serious improvement and you thrive with the one-on-one attention that only a tutor can provide, hiring a GRE tutor may be for you. In this article, we’ll investigate a variety of factors and considerations to help you decide if a tutor is right for you.

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How Do the Best GRE Tutors Help You Improve Your GRE Score?

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 @ 03:28 PM

If you want to improve your GRE score, you have many options at your disposal. You can self-study using free or extremely low-cost GRE prep materials from ETS, invest in a slightly more expensive self-paced GRE course, or enroll in a more expensive live in-person or online GRE course. Most people would agree though, that if you have the financial means, the most efficient and effective way to improve your GRE score is to enlist the help of a private GRE coach.

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Tags: how to increase my GRE score, gre tutoring, gre prep course, gre test prep, GRE tutors, online GRE tutoring, gre prep

Essential Formulas to Know for the GRE

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Sat, Jan 16, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

To save your time, we've compiled all the essential formulas to know for the GRE, so you could just jump right at it and start your GRE prep.

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How to Study for the GRE: 15 Tips

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 12:24 PM

If you are thinking about how to study for the GRE, perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that proper planning will lead to a higher GRE score. The GRE is not like an IQ test. The more you study for the GRE, in general, the higher you will score. One basic mental mistake students often make is to keep toxic thoughts in their head about being “bad at math” (or verbal) and thus viewing GRE prep as a process they must endure, but which probably won’t help all that much. That’s wrong. While perhaps not a completely linear relationship, the more you prepare, the better you’ll do. Yes, how you prepare matters a lot too (more on that below). But just showing up and putting in the time is certainly an important part of the battle here.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Specific Content Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 25, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that require specific content knowledge. 

This video covers questions with specific content on the MAT. There are questions which will require additional background or contextual information the MAT. It is unlikely that students will have a grasp on all facts needed to complete these analogies, so it is essential to maintain good test taking skills to approach these questions. See below for our approach to questions with specific content.

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Tags: MAT test, MAT, MAT vs. GRE, MAT Analogies, MAT prep, mat verbal

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Classification Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on classifying words based on groups. 

The MAT tests many types of analogies including classification analogies. These classification analogies are a form of analogy that compares terms based on what group the term belongs to. This video demonstrates a strategy to approach to identify the answer to these sometimes seemingly obscure terms.

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Tags: MAT test, MAT, MAT vs. GRE, MAT Analogies, MAT prep, mat verbal

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Affix Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on affixes. 

The MAT tests on a number of analogies, including affix analogies. Affixes are part of a word that indicate a definition. At the beginning of a word, these are called prefixes. At the end of the word they are referred to as suffixes. As prior videos have described, it is important to have a working knowledge of affixes to succeed on the MAT. Below we provide a systematic strategy on approaching these affix questions. 

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Action Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 04, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that are action oriented. 

In preparing for the MAT, the action analogy requires specificity. While many students will encounter terms that are unfamiliar, there are ways to diligently break down the question and answer in order to increase the likelihood of reaching a correct answer.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Degree Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that are lesser or greater than their counterparts. 

This video provides an approach to degree analogies where terms are compared based on their relationship. These terms typically are related by a lesser or greater degree than the other term. These questions require a systematic approach and can be challenging. We recommend that you watch this video a couple of times in order to hone your approach to these question types.

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