After weeks, maybe months of hard work, it’s finally here. Test day. You might be feverishly cramming some last-minute algebra questions, or reviewing sets of reading passages even though we encourage you not to! However, don’t forget that there are many things you can do outside of test prep to increase your chances of doing […]

## 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 […]

## What is the Difference Between an MA, an MS, and a PhD?

Prospective graduate schools students come across a wide array of potential degrees: MA, MS, PhD, MEd, MHA, MFA, MPP… the list goes on and on. What do they all mean? Here are the basic differences between the three most common types of graduate degrees in the United States—the MA, the MS, and the PhD. MA […]

## 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 […]

## …But What Score Do I Need?

Why is it So Hard to Get a Straight Answer? When you begin to prepare for the GRE, you’re probably asking yourself. What score do I need? The answer you are likely to encounter is: “it depends,” “call the school,” “there is not required score”. These do very letter so assuage doubts or help you […]

## 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 […]

## Power Studying with GRE Instructor Katie Aiken

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 […]

## 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 […]