Powerprep II Verbal Answers and Explanations

Posted by Ryan Born on

Taking practice tests is a must when preparing for the GRE. Conveniently, ETS, maker of the exam, offers three free practice tests with answer keys. Unfortunately, none of them comes with explanations. We’ve stepped in to pick up some of the slack. The new PowerScore GRE Forum has explanations for every Verbal (and every Quantitative) question on every version of the two practice tests in Powerprep II, the official GRE practice software!

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep

GRE Text Completion Challenge: Follow the Clues

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GRE Text Completion gives you a sizable chunk of text to parse when you have multiple blanks to fill. Putting all the context clues together can be tricky, and any hard vocabulary that pops up, whether in the text or the answer choices, won't make your work any easier. Get some practice with this challenging three-blank question.

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, GRE Challenge

Real-World Prep for GRE Reading Comp & The Argument Essay

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A sizable chunk of the GRE requires you to think about arguments. Half of Analytical Writing is the Analyze an Argument task, and about half of Verbal Reasoning is Reading Comprehension, a question type that often uses argument-based passages.

Conveniently, you can prepare for Reading Comp and the Argument Task simultaneously using free (and modestly priced) practice material from ETS, maker of the exam. Other free, high-quality resources can sharpen your critical thinking skills, too. You just need to be open to supplementing your GRE prep materials with some real-world reading.

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, Reading Comprehension, Analytical Writing

GRE Reading Comp Challenge: Weaken the Argument

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GRE Reading Comp questions that make you think critically are rarely easy. In fact, some will be very hard. But others will be medium difficulty, like this week's "weaken the argument" question.

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, Reading Comprehension, GRE Challenge

GRE Geometry: Inscribed Squares Hide Right Triangles

Posted by Vicki Wood on

A square that fits snugly inside a circle is inscribed in the circle. The square's corners will touch, but not intersect, the circle's boundary, and the square's diagonal will equal the circle's diameter. Also, as is true of any square's diagonal, it will equal the hypotenuse of a 45°-45°-90° triangle. GRE questions about squares inscribed in circles are really questions about the hypotenuse of this hidden right triangle.

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Topics: GRE prep, Quantitative

GRE Arithmetic: Breaking Down Complex Fractions

Posted by Vicki Wood on

Complex fractions are made up of one or more other fractions. For instance, a complex fraction could have ½ as its numerator or ¾ as its denominator—or both! You probably haven't thought much about complex fractions since elementary or primary school. After all, the further you get in your education, the more you get to lean on your calculator. But when the GRE hits you with a complex fraction full of variables, your calculator won't help. You'll have to get back to basics and simplify that fraction.

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Topics: GRE prep, Quantitative

Why Breaks from Your GRE Prep Can Increase Your Score

Posted by Dave Killoran on

When you create a study plan for the GRE, make sure to schedule several breaks, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on your overall time frame. At first glance, that advice may seem counterintuitive—to increase your score, you should plan to not study? Yes, and here’s why.

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Topics: GRE prep

What is the difference between an MA, an MS, and a PhD?

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Prospective graduate schools students come across a wide array of potential degrees: MA, MS, PhD, MEd, MHA, MFA, MPP … the list goes on and on. What do they all mean?

Here are the basic differences between the three most common types of graduate degrees in the United States—the MA, the MS, and the PhD.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions

The GRE and the Power of Positive Thinking

Posted by Jon Denning on

One of the most important, and (sadly) most-overlooked, components of test success is a positive mental outlook. In the days leading up to your test, you should feel as though your conceptual preparation is nearly complete, and your focus should begin to shift instead towards preparing yourself mentally for an amazing test day experience. Here are a few tips that will help get you mentally ready for the GRE.

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Topics: GRE prep

Are You Too Old for Graduate School?

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School is for the young. Well, at least it's easy to believe that it is. K through 12 (primary and secondary school) consumed your childhood and teenaged years, and college likely cradled you into your 20s. If you're now in, say, your 30s or beyond, you may feel that the time for school, particularly graduate school, has passed. But it hasn't.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions