Power Studying: The Podcast Method with Nevin Varghese

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My name is Nevin Varghese and I have been tutor for about 5 years now. I initially started out as an SAT tutor and then more recently transitioned to teaching the GRE. PowerScore gave me an opportunity to not only teach one-on-one lessons, but to continue to develop my teaching in larger classroom groups. I remember when I was studying for my own GRE—the stress that I was under as I worried about my exam, but also the various school applications I was completing. It was my prior experience as an SAT tutor that helped me study so efficiently. It gave me an arsenal of tricks and strategies which I found to be exceptionally helpful. Since teaching with PowerScore, I have picked up quite a few more.

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Topics: Studying, GRE, GRE prep, Vocab, SAT Prep, ACT Prep, LSAT Prep

GRE Quantitative Tips: Thanksgiving Day Drills

Posted by Vicki Wood on

Just because the holidays are rolling around does not mean you can skip your GRE prep! Use your time off this week to focus on the test while you're not worrying about work or school. Here are a few Turkey Day math questions to kick start your day of family, football, and sweet, sweet gluttony.

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Topics: GRE prep, GRE Quantitative

The Importance of Argumentation on the GRE

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GRE Verbal comprises three distinct question types:

  1. Text Completion
  2. Sentence Equivalence
  3. Reading Comprehension

Preparation for Text Completion and Sentence Correction problems tends to be centered on studying vocabulary and on learning how to extract context clues and predict the meanings of the blanks accurately. 

However, you might wonder how to effectively prepare for Reading Comp. On the GRE, Reading Comp is an umbrella term that covers a range of question types that test different skills. Passages fall into three categories:

  1. Long form reading comprehension: a 300-400 word passage followed by 4 questions
  2. Medium length reading comprehension: a 150-300 word passage followed by 2-3 questions
  3. Short form reading comprehension: a passage of fewer than 150 words followed by 1 question

On the GRE, the short- and medium- length passages frequently test principles of argumentation. Argumentation on the GRE refers to the task of supporting a claim (conclusion) with facts provided to back it up (premises). It is essential that students master the fundamentals of argumentation to succeed on the GRE, both on the Verbal sections and on the Analytical Writing Measure.

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Topics: GRE prep, Verbal, Webinar, GRE, Studying

3 Self Study Options for the GRE

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Let's Knock Out Your GRE

You might be thinking about applying to business school, law school, or graduate school and thinking, "I really need to take care of my GRE." You've got great plans; you've started inquiring at grad programs; but you're wondering, "I hope I get a good score on my GRE!" As you know, hope is not a plan, but a study plan is!

You can get some clarity early in the admissions process by taking care of your GRE first. You don't need to do anything elaborate. You don't need to over commit yourself. You can get started with GRE preparation without disrupting the rest of your life. The key is time and consistency.

Many GRE students come into GRE preparation under a deadline. Their graduate or business school program is requiring they submit a score by a date that is just a few weeks away. They're under the gun and trying to crank out a solid GRE performance under pressure. Needless to say, this high stakes situation makes it even more difficult to prepare and execute effectively. The GRE is already a challenging test. Don't add an extra layer of difficulty.

To help you prepare effectively for the GRE, PowerScore has developed and updated three self-study options for students. In addition, ETS has released two additional practice tests, bringing the total number of official Computer-Based Tests (CBT) up to four. With these additional tests, students now have a greatly improved ability to space out practice and perform crucial self-assessments. 

Depending on your preparation schedule, you may choose from:

Read below for tips on how to self study and highlights from our free plans.

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Topics: GRE prep

GRE 101 Webinar Tonight

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You Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Whether you're thinking about applying to grad school or considering taking the GRE for business or law school admissions, you likely have questions about the GRE.

  • What's on this test?
  • What kind of test is it?
  • How should I prepare for the GRE?
  • Does it make sense to take a class? 
  • How can I prepare on my own for the GRE?
  • Can I actually improve my score?
  • How does the scoring system work?
  • What test preparation resources are available?
  • Should I take the GRE, the GMAT, or the LSAT?

Even if you're already preparing for the GRE or have already taken a GRE, getting answers to questions such as these can resolve doubts and equip you with knowledge to face this test and the admissions process with confidence. 

This evening, we are pleased to continue our free GRE seminar series with the GRE 101 Seminar. Registration is free, and all who attend will receive a recording of the seminar and discount code for our courses. 

Read below for a preview of some of the topics we'll cover.

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Topics: GRE, GRE prep, Grad School Admissions, Law School Admissions, Business School Admissions

Everything Counts

Posted by Jonathan Evans on


Have you ever seen this formula?

What about this one?These are combinatorial formulas, used to solve counting problems, and if you’ve been preparing for the GRE, you might be familiar with them as the formulas for permutations and combinations, two of the most misunderstood and most fun concepts tested in the Quantitative Reasoning section.

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Topics: GMAT, GRE prep, Quantitative, Grad School Admissions

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

Key Steps to Success on GRE Verbal

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The Big Picture

In last week's post, we discussed three key elements of success on GRE Quant. To recap, there are many worthwhile and effective strategies and approaches to Quant problems, but there are principles that underlie a great deal of success on Quant. The principles discussed comprised three different ways to approach Quant problems and the importance of practicing these approaches. You should read that post too! 

This week, we will continue this discussion of core principles of GRE test-taking success with our discussion of an overall framework or approach to GRE Verbal problems. Read below to find out more. 

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep