Perfect Practice Makes Perfect I don’t remember the first time I heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” However, I do remember my fourth-grade choir teacher. She had a habit of abruptly stopping us young songsters mid-verse and saying, “practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” Halted mid-Michigan while singing the names of the fifty […]

## The Hardest and Most Tested Math Topics on the GRE

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 […]

## When Should I Skip a Question on the GRE?

Taking the GRE is no small feat and it’s easy to get caught up in a difficult question when you’re taking the GRE. ETS, maker of the GRE, knows this! They don’t present questions in order of difficulty, but rather intersperse them throughout the test. Even if test makers did want to put questions in […]

## What do I Need for My Grad School Application?

Almost all grad school applications will ask for the same things, year after year. But what are they? We’ve made a one-stop reference guide for you to use while putting your applications together. Here’s a breakdown of what your application might need. The Application Form (mostly biographical information) An Application Essay (aka the “Statement of […]

## When Should I Take the GRE?

Trying to figure out the best way to time and tackle the GRE? We’ve got some advice for you from our Grad School Admissions team. Before we get started, this post makes the assumption you are taking the computer-delivered test because it is the most frequently administered version. The paper test is only available up […]

## Quantitative: Holiday Dilemmas

A bonus holiday present! A special GRE Math post from our senior curriculum developer and VP, Jon Denning. He’ll help you get into the test prep spirit with a little winter break math. We hope you have a wonderful holiday. Gift Wrapping Wringer Your dad loves sushi, so you bought him some 10-inch personalized chopsticks […]

## Power Studying: The Podcast Method with Nevin Varghese

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 […]

## EdTech and the GRE

What is EdTech? While you may have never heard the term, you have almost certainly used “EdTech.” Short for Educational Technology, according to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, EdTech is “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.” Everything from trendy quiz apps to educational […]

## If You School Accepts GRE Score Select, Should You Use It?

With the appearance of the new GRE Score Select option (which you can read about on the GRE website, here), a whole new world of opportunities has opened up for students:

## Algebra Challenge: Quadratics and Negative Exponents

GRE algebra questions will occasionally hit you with a quadratic equation. To solve it, you won’t need the quadratic formula. You probably won’t even need the FOIL method. GRE Quant permits—and often rewards—problem solving methods that buck the conventions taught in high school math classes. To see what I mean, try these two algebra problems […]