When should you take the GRE?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 1:11:03 PM

Are you trying to figure out the best time to take the GRE? We have some advice! 

Try to take the GRE about a year prior to your expected entrance into Graduate School—preferably any time during the summer or early fall. The deadline for taking the GRE will vary dramatically depending on the admission procedures of each school to which you apply, the specific program, and the term in which you are planning to enroll. You need to look at the application guidelines to find out whether you need to take a Subject Test in addition to the General Test. These tests are only offered three times a year, so factor their schedule into your timeline.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions, GRE prep

Part-time graduate programs: Are they for you?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 1:36:49 PM


Part-time graduate programs are popular at law schools and business schools, but are not common in other graduate fields. This is surprising since part-time study offers many benefits, such as:
  • allowing students to further their education while working full-time;
  • reducing the financial burden by distributing costs over a longer period of time;
  • allowing students more flexibility in scheduling, which is helpful if a student has children or health issues; and
  • permitting students to participate in other activities that full-time students would not have time for.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions

GRE Tip: Look for the easy solution first

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 1:26:18 PM

Look for the easy solution first!

In Quantitative questions with multiple equations, if you are asked to solve for an entire expression (like x + y, for instance) look to combine the equations by simple addition or subtraction to produce the expression before attempting to solve for individual variables.

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Topics: GRE prep

Should you take the GRE ‘cold’?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 2:46:00 PM

We get a surprising number of calls from prospective students where, at some point in the conversation, we hear something along the lines of, “I’m really hoping to score much higher on my next GRE attempt—I really struggled the first time, since I didn't study for it at all. I just took it cold."

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Topics: GRE prep

How do grad schools view multiple GRE scores?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

In a perfect world, everyone would take standardized tests only once. This would eliminate the need to worry about having a low score on your score report, and would make the need to guess at how school would interpret multiple scores (Do they average them? Do they take the highest? Do they take the lowest? Do they take the highest or lowest score from each section?) disappear.

We're not in a perfect world, though, and most students take the GRE more than once. Which begs the question: How do grad schools view multiple GRE scores?

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Topics: Grad School Admissions

GRE Tip of the Week

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When should you take the GRE?

Try to take the GRE about a year prior to your expected entrance into Graduate School—preferably any time during the summer or early fall. The deadline for taking the GRE will vary dramatically depending on the admission procedures of each school to which you apply, the specific program, and the term in which you are planning to enroll.

Keep in mind that you can take the GRE up to 5 times, but never more than once per calendar month (including a month in which you cancel your score). You’ll want to schedule enough time in your planning process to register and re-take the test (if needed), and then have the new score submitted to the school before the application deadline.

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Topics: GRE prep

GRE Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Don't let difficult vocabulary get you down!

As you work through Verbal practice problems, write down any word whose definition you do not know, and then make flashcards with the unknown word on one side and the definition on the other. Continue to make more cards as you keep studying, and refer to them often, since words are frequently repeated by the test makers and on test day you are likely to see challenging vocabulary you have encountered previously.

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Topics: GRE Prep: Verbal, GRE prep

The new PowerScore GRE Quantitative Reasoning Bible

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 2:29:00 PM

Are you studying for the GRE?

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Topics: GRE prep

International Grad School Applicants: Vocab To Know

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 2:11:00 PM

Are you an international student seeking admission into a U.S. grad school? The process can be pretty daunting. Just understanding the "application vocabulary" alone can seem like you're wandering through a maze. Here are some of the most common words you'll come across as you apply; leave us a comment if you can think of any others, and we'll add them to the list, and define them!

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Topics: Law School Admissions

LSAT instead of the GRE when applying to grad schools?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 9:03:00 AM

Some students wonder whether they can use an LSAT score instead of a GRE score when applying to graduate school. The answer is: Yes, there are certain grad school degree programs that allow you to skip taking the GRE and to use an LSAT score.

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Topics: GRE prep, Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep