10 Ways to Effectively Study Vocab Words

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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 most commonly occurring vocabulary words. Once you're organized, you can try these ways out to see which works best for you!

1. Define it. Write out each word and their meanings. The act of transferring a word and its meaning to paper helps commit the information to long-term memory.

2. Draw it. Get creative! Pictures can help create a connection between a word and its definition. This is an excellent method for visual learners. Post your doodle on Instagram using #powerscore and don't forget to tag us, we would love to see what you come up with!

3. Contextualize it. Write the word in a new sentence or two. Using words in context will help visualize and cement its meaning.

4. Type it. Type each word into a document or spreadsheet and try to define each word without looking at definitions.

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

GRE Quantitative: Holiday Dilemmas

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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.
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Topics: GRE Quantitative, GRE prep

Holiday Vocabulary and the GRE

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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.

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Topics: GRE prep, GRE Verbal

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

Power Studying with Vicki Wood, the Author of our GRE Bibles

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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 starting to infiltrate the classroom, but I wanted out of the traditional school setting. I quit my job, packed my bags, and moved South.

A year later I answered a classified ad in a local South Carolina paper (yep, I’ve been with PowerScore so long I learned about them in an actual newspaper). My first position with the company was as a customer service rep, answering phones and responding to emails and enrollments. But as time went on, the itch to teach just wouldn’t go away. Our development team was creating an SAT course and I decided to secretly study for the test, because if I could get a 99th percentile score, I could satisfy that itch while making some extra money as an SAT instructor. I didn’t want anyone at work to know I was doing it, though, because I wasn’t sure I could get that score and I didn’t want the pressure nor the disappointment in myself if I let anyone down.

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

GRE Quantitative Tips: Thanksgiving Day Drills

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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

Coming soon... Power Studying Blog Series

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 Have you ever wonder what habits you could develop to increase your productivity when you study? Ever lose focus and end up procrastinating on Pinterest, pinning study tips and organization DIYs (don’t worry, we do this too) instead of actually studying? Have you ever wondered how top-scoring test takers study? We may not be able to totally curb your social media habits, but we’d like to inspire new study habits with our upcoming Power Studying blog series. 

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

The Importance of Argumentation on the GRE

Posted by Jonathan Evans on

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

Posted by Jonathan Evans on

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