Tips and Challenges for Reading and Responding to GRE Passages

Posted by Jedd on 11/16/16 5:25 PM

Map to Remember

GRE passages can be dense and academic like the kind of materials you may encounter in graduate school. These passages place you in the middle of a scholarly conversation, and your role is get your bearings quickly, without getting distracted by details you don’t need to fully grasp. In most passages, the beginning typically provides the background for an idea, explanation, or debate, the middle of the passage provides support or development, and the most important idea comes at the end. (A minority of the passages give away the main idea right at the beginning.)

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The Universal Standardized Test Taking Strategy: Know the Policy

Posted by Greg on 10/28/16 5:08 PM

This week, one of our Master level tutors shares the most commonly forgotten test taking strategy: know the testing policy. Greg's anecdote sheds light on the responsibility of the student and the tutor to learn the policies of the test, and understand what motivates test policy changes.

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Tools to Cut Through the Quantitative Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 9/7/16 8:00 PM

The right tools will allow you to cut through just about any problem on the GRE quantitative section.

Many topics but a few key strategies

Probably the biggest challenge that students face when approaching the quantitative section on the GRE is the sheer range of topics, which cover numerous concepts up through early high school math. The upside is that not a single one of these topics is particularly complicated, and the way they are tested has more to do with reading carefully, using clues and cues embedded in the question and answer choices strategically, and pacing yourself according to your target score - slower for medium score and faster for high scores.

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How to Use Logic to Trump the Vocab Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 8/12/16 6:00 PM

When Logic Trumps Vocab

While a college vocabulary is certainly larger than a high school vocabulary, particularly for students of the humanities and social studies, there are still a precious few of us who regularly use or even see words like “tyro” or “contumacious.” The majority of text completion (TC) and sentence equivalence (SE) questions do not require you to know every word in the answer choices.

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GRE Vocabulary: Two Key Strategies to Boost Your Score

Posted by Jedd on 7/13/16 6:00 PM

Cultivating Your Vocabulary

Students often feel like vocabulary is one of the biggest hurdles to preparing for the GRE. While vocabulary on the old GRE, pre-2011 played a very outsized role in comprising the verbal score, it’s still important today, although it’s more tied to context, use, and logical thinking. if you have more than a few weeks to study, you’ll be well served to grow your vocabulary. Augmenting your vocabulary with those occasional words, the ones that you only see often enough to feel annoyed with yourself for forgetting, is a skill that you may need in a range of disciplines and professions.

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Your GRE Argument Analysis Essay Checklist

Posted by Jedd on 6/22/16 9:30 AM

The argument analysis task presents you with a hypothetical situation and draws conclusions based on very weak evidence. Your job is to identify flaws in the argument, in this movement from evidence to conclusion.

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Five Key Strategies: GMAT and GRE

Posted by Ben B. on 5/9/16 9:30 AM

Whether you're deciding to take the GMAT or the GRE, or you're merely weeks away from your test day, it is easy to get caught up in the tedious bits of advice that every blog, manual, and friend has to offer.  These five key strategies will help ground your long-term testing goals:

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Acing the GRE essay Part III: A strategy for practicing

Posted by Jedd on 3/16/16 9:30 AM

Of the two essays on the analytical writing section, most students find the issue essay to be the hardest. It requires creative use of existing knowledge to deliver an original, nuanced, and detailed perspective on a new topic in just half an hour. To prepare, students need a clear order of operations and concrete tools for organizing their own knowledge around many different, unpredictable prompts.

 

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Acing the GRE Part III - A strategy for practicing

Posted by Jedd on 3/16/16 9:30 AM

 Of the two essays on the analytical writing section, most students find the issue essay to be the hardest. It requires creative use of existing knowledge to deliver an original, nuanced, and detailed perspective on a new topic in just half an hour. To prepare, students need a clear order of operations and concrete tools for organizing their own knowledge around many different, unpredictable prompts.

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Acing the GRE essay Part II - How to use the scoring scale wisely

Posted by Jedd on 3/9/16 9:30 AM

Many students don’t know how to use the scoring scale strategically. First, they read the sample essays on the GRE website and find these examples unattainable. Second, they allocate too much time aiming for a top score of 5 or 6. Third, they’re confused if their sample essays don’t match the typical profiles for each scoring category. Here is some advice about meeting each one of these challenges.

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