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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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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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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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