Repeat after me. There’s no quick and easy shortcut. As you begin each Verbal section, you will see approximately ten Reading Comprehension passages. One or two of which will be longer than a single paragraph. These long passages can be both overwhelming and time-consuming. So, let’s take a moment to consider the proper approach for […]

## 3 Reasons Not to Take the GRE Cold

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. Thus, limiting the schools that will accept you meaning you’re more likely to actually study, retake the exam, […]

## How to Prep for the GRE on a Tight Schedule

GRE students are a diverse group. “Non-traditional” students are the tradition in GRE preparation. Whether you’re a working parent, a recent college graduate, a professional seeking an advanced degree, someone seeking a career change, an academic, or any combination of the above, you will fit right in with other GRE students. One of the greatest […]

## Everything Counts on the GRE: Permutation and Combination Formulas

Have you ever seen this formula? What about this one? These are combinatorial formulas, used to solve counting problems. 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 fun concepts tested in the Quantitative Reasoning section. Is There […]

## The Essential Steps of Standardized Test Preparation

In the Beginning Was Stanford-Binet Why do some people seem to excel at all manners of standardized tests while others don’t? Is success on standardized tests the result of innate ability? Or it it achieved through practice and preparation? Are there common skills or strategies that can prepare you for different standardized tests? These questions […]

## 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 […]

## The Foundations for Success on the GRE

When a builder wishes to construct a skyscraper, would they “wing it”? Not a chance! Likewise, when you’re preparing for the GRE, you should take a well-rounded, balanced approach. So, what are the foundations for success? We’ve put together 7 core components for mastering the GRE: Practice Tests Vocabulary Memorization and Use Math Fundamentals Test-Taking […]

## 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 […]

## Power Studying with Vicki Wood, Author of Our GRE Bibles

I found PowerScore in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. After working in public schools in Michigan, I suffered the dreaded 5-year teacher burnout and decided to change careers. To what career, however, I had no idea. I enjoyed teaching and designing lessons, and I even liked learning about the standardized tests that were just […]

## 10 Ways to Effectively Study Vocab Words

Before we get started on our list of 10 effective ways of studying vocab words, you’ll need to get your words together! If you don’t already have a list prepared or given to you, you can hop over to our GRE Free Help Area and grab our Repeat Offenders List! This contains the GRE’s top 700 […]