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How to Leverage Psychology and the Science of Skill Acquisition to Improve Your GRE Score

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

There is certainly a lot of content you must master to earn a high score on the GRE. Your mathematics, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing skills will be tested and obviously are key to earning a 90thpercentile GRE score (or better).

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GRE Strategy: A Guide to Quantitative Comparison Questions

Posted by Mike S. on Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

The GRE’s Quantitative section doesn’t test particularly advanced math, but it does demand that you apply a variety of fundamental concepts in many novel ways.

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Use a Standard Approach to Conquer GRE Quantitative Comparisons

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

One of the first thoughts that befuddles many potential GRE students is – How exactly do these Quantitative Comparisons work? This is the subject of today’s video tutorial with our Director of Online Tutoring – Stefan Maisnier.

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How to Win Time by Losing the Calculator on the GRE

Posted by Mike S. on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

The GRE may not be a fun test, but it’s also not a cruel test. Unlike other standardized exams you need to take to get into grad school, the GRE lets you use a calculator on the Quantitative section. In fact, the GRE actually provides you with a calculator.

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Five Common GRE Practice Problems & Explanations

Posted by Dhara Shah on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

The GRE includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing question types. Today, we will be going over 5 practice problems that fall under these three categories.

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How Much Vocab Do you Really Need to Know for the GRE?

Posted by Mike S. on Sat, Mar 10, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Do you remember studying a ton of vocabulary for your SAT back in high school? Well, you probably took SAT right before the ETS reconfigured the whole thing and removed the vocabulary section.

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Perfecting the GRE Quantitative: Become an Exponents Expert

Posted by Michael Sugarman on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 09:16 AM

exponents.jpgLike the thousands of other humanities people getting ready to take the GRE, you may not have thought about exponents since high school. You probably spent your undergraduate years thinking a lot more about existentialism than exponents, and now need to feel confident enough about that tiny superscript number to work with it over and over again on the GRE.

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GRE Guide: Single Question Passages

Posted by Ben Creech on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the GRE is the test itself, as a whole. This article from HappySchools outlines the content and general format of the exam. The terrain covered by even the most conservative subsections can feel constantly in flux – and when most questions are asked only a single time on the test, prepping on a smaller scale often feels futile. But further compartmentalization actually breaks the test into fully digestible pieces, and when we look at the species of questions that exist in a micro-sense, we can see better when certain skills are being evaluated more than others. Noticing these differences is key to succeeding on the test, as going without often leads us to throw all of our skills at each question, a process that is draining and overwhelming. By noting the differences and curating our approach in a more fine-tuned way, we can save energy for later in the test, and have a better sense of question-consciousness, where we as test takers are responding to the questions as they are being asked, and not as we fear them to be.

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GRE: Practice (Tests) Make Perfect

Posted by Steve Markofsky on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 09:18 AM

As you're planning to take the GRE, you'll want to set up a structured study plan for yourself.  There's no single, correct way to do this, and each student approaches this test slightly differently.  Some students may opt for a rigorous prep course, while others might work with a tutor.  Still other students strike off on their own, get a few books, sign up for a few online resources and study the material themselves.  No matter which approach you decide to take, though, you'll want to find a way to structure your studying and measure your progress—and one of simplest and most effective ways of doing that is to simply take tests as you go along.

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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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