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 […]

## When to Read the Question Stem in GRE Short Passages

When approaching short Reading Comprehension passages on the GRE, you may ask yourself a very common question. “Should I read the question stem before reading the passage itself?” The answer is an emphatic, “no.” Let’s take a moment to explain the reasoning behind this recommendation. Wasting Time on Passages Understanding the passage is the key […]

## 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 […]

## Holiday Vocabulary and the GRE

Happy Holidays! PowerScore will be closed on December 25, but we know that for some of you, GRE prep never stops. Check out twenty commonly-occurring vocabulary words used in sentences about our favorite holiday classics. In Eight Crazy Nights, Davey Stone spends most of the movie obstreperously objecting to the austere judge’s sentencing—he even defies […]

## GRE 101 Webinar Preview

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 […]

## 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 […]