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

Is your GRE score good enough?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 9:00:00 AM

It's probably the question I get from students the most: Is my GRE score good enough for the schools to which I'm applying? 

This is something that preys on the minds of all students seeking admission to graduate programs. Thankfully, it is a question that is easily answered--and you don't even need an expert to do it for you (although we'll gladly oblige if asked).

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Topics: Grad School Admissions, Law School Admissions

A graduate school application timeline

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 9:00:00 AM


Applying to grad school can sometimes feel a little complicated, particularly since there are so many moving parts. It helps to have a schedule you can follow, so that you can keep track of everything you need to be doing. 

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Topics: Grad School Admissions, Law School Admissions

Why breaks from the GRE can increase your score

Posted by on May 28, 2013 9:00:00 AM


When you create a study plan for the GRE, make sure to include liberal breaks in your schedule, 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, plan to not study? But yes, it will help, and here’s why:

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Topics: GRE prep