GRE Math Scores for Top Engineering Programs

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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

Making Sense of Symbolic Functions in GRE Algebra

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GRE algebra can get weird sometimes. Strange markings like    or    will appear in equations that otherwise use ordinary operators like  +  and  . Unusual symbols in GRE Quant are the hallmark of symbolic functions—pairings of inputs and outputs that, as it turns out, are connected by some pretty standard math.

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Topics: GRE prep, Quantitative

Hardest & Most Tested GRE Math Topics

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The GRE Quantitative section tests four areas of pre-college math: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis. Not all four are tested equally. Some of these concepts come up more often, and some tend to be more difficult.

The frequency and difficulty of the "Big Four" on the GRE is probably similar to what's seen in practice tests and exercises from ETS, maker of the GRE. After all, ETS has a reputation to maintain as a test prep provider, not just as a test developer. So an analysis of official practice materials should give you a good idea of what to expect on the exam.

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Topics: GRE prep, Quantitative

3 Reasons Not to Take the GRE 'Cold'

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If you're reading this, then you're thinking about taking the GRE without studying. In fact, you're thinking twice about it—as you should be. Going in 'cold' could make you less likely to earn your best score and, thus, more likely to limit the schools that will accept you—or else more likely to study (finally), retake the exam, and raise your score before applying (deadlines permitting). Still tempted to skip the prep and just take the test? Keep reading.

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Topics: GRE prep

Recommended Practice Topics for the GRE Issue Task

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When you take the GRE, you'll have to write two essays for the Analytical Writing section. All the topics are online right now at the Official GRE website. You should pick out a few and practice .

Let's say you're going to practice for the Issue Task essay. Which topics should you pick? Is it best to just select some at random? No, not when there are common themes and setups you can target.

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Topics: GRE prep, Analytical Writing

Using GRE Argument Topics to Prepare for Reading Comprehension

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GRE Reading Comprehension passages often present arguments. By argument, I don’t mean a messy quarrel. I mean an attempt to give reasons called premises in support of a (usually) novel or debatable claim called a conclusion. Analyzing arguments is a crucial skill for Reading Comp, and ETS, maker of the GRE, offers tons of free practice passages in the official pool of Argument topics for the Analytical Writing section.

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

Free Official GRE Practice Besides Powerprep?

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You probably know about Powerprep, the two free computer-based practice tests from ETS, maker of the GRE. You may not know about the Practice Book, the free paper-based practice test from ETS that comes in two editions. The two Practice Books have mostly the same questions as Powerprep, so they're not really distinct practice tests. But you can still use many of the Practice Book questions as practice exercises.

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, Quantitative

Official GRE Essay Practice: Score 6 vs. Score 5 on the Argument Task

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ScoreItNow! is an online writing practice service from ETS, maker of the GRE. For US$20, you can write two responses to real Analytical Writing prompts and have them scored by e-rater, the automated essay scoring software used to check GRE essay scores assigned by human raters.

I signed up and wrote an Argument essay. The score e-rater returned fell within the range I expected—5 to 6—and the feedback I got covered grammar, mechanics, usage, and style, as well as development and organization. My essay's content wasn't evaluated, but sample essays were presented that gave me an idea of what constitutes a top-scoring analysis.

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Topics: GRE prep, Analytical Writing

Speed Reading for GRE Reading Comprehension?

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The GRE is timed. So when it comes to Reading Comprehension, you might worry that reading speed is being tested, too. Speed does matter. But you don't need to be a speed reader to excel at GRE Reading Comp.

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Topics: GRE prep, Reading Comprehension

Powerprep II Verbal Answers and Explanations

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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