Posted by on 5/25/2016

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

Posted by on 5/18/2016

One of the most important parts of your graduate school application is your GPA. Combined with your GRE score, those two numbers hold the greatest weight when it comes to how likely you are to get into a particular school. Unlike your GRE score, though, your GPA has another facet to it: Your transcript. Whether your transcript has a positive or negative effect on your application, however, depends on what’s on it.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions

Posted by on 5/11/2016

GRE Data Analysis will, true to its name, require you to analyze data. Sometimes the data will be a series of large values in a graph or table, and you may feel tempted to punch lots of numbers into your calculator. Yet the necessary math may be simpler—and less error-prone—than you realize. Try this table-based problem to see what I mean.

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Topics: GRE prep, Quantitative, GRE Challenge

Posted by on 5/4/2016

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

Posted by on 4/27/2016

GRE Sentence Equivalence has a knack for finding the limits of your vocabulary. Fortunately, the GRE isn't a vocabulary test. You don't have to know every word in a question to know the answer. Sometimes filling in the blank is a matter of relying on easier words and eliminating answer choices. To see what I mean, try this tough Sentence Equivalence question. 

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, GRE Challenge

Posted by on 4/20/2016

"Do not study for the GRE the day before the test." For many who've been diligently preparing for the GRE, this advice elicits no argument. Yet acting on it can be surprisingly challenging. Why not try another problem set or two? Maybe attempt a few more timed practice sections—or an entire practice test! Here are a few reasons why these last minute efforts are a bad idea.

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Topics: GRE prep

Posted by on 4/13/2016

The GRE Quantitative section doesn't just test your math knowledge. Above all, it assesses your problem-solving skills. ETS, maker of the exam, suggests some general steps to follow when solving quantitative problems. While a fairly new offering from the test maker, the three-step approach that ETS describes is based on a classic set of problem solving principles.

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Topics: Quantitative

Posted by on 4/6/2016

Educators are communicators, so top Education schools tend to see a lot of strong GRE Verbal scores. What about Quant scores? Take a look at the Math scores for Education programs ranked in the top 25 from the latest U.S. News Best Grad Schools.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions, Quantitative

Posted by on 3/30/2016

Education is a popular field of graduate study in the US. It's the number one discipline for doctoral degrees (MD and JD excluded) and a close second to Business for master's degrees. Hoping to get into a top program? A strong GRE Verbal score may help. Take a look at the Verbal scores for Education programs ranked in the top 25 from the latest U.S. News Best Grad Schools.

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Topics: Verbal, Grad School Admissions

Posted by on 3/23/2016

Engineering is a math-heavy discipline. Unsurprisingly, high GRE Quant scores abound among Engineering grad students. Take a look at the scores for Engineering programs ranked in the top 25 in the latest U.S. News Best Grad Schools.

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Topics: Grad School Admissions, Quantitative