GRE Arithmetic: Breaking Down Complex Fractions

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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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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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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

What Does Your College Transcript Say About You?

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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

GRE Data Analysis Challenge: Avoid Silly Mistakes, Do Simple Math

Posted by Ryan Born on

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

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

GRE Sentence Equivalence Challenge: Work Around Unknown Words

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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

3 Reasons to Relax the Day Before the GRE

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"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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