## Don’t Pigeonhole GRE Questions

If you’ve spent some time reviewing the various GRE resources out there, you’ll inevitably run into advice espousing the best approach for certain situations. This is particularly true for word problems. You’ll read that, for rates, you should always set up the R*T…

## Mindfulness and the GRE

As an independent GRE tutor, I pride myself on finding unconventional means to boost scores when traditional, “big” test-prep strategies fail. Be it changing how I teach a concept, how I structure a lesson, or how I assign homework to…

## GMAT vs GRE: Which Test Should You Take?

As the GRE has gained more acceptance among business schools, the myth that the GRE is an inferior exam or one that would somehow sabotage an applicant’s business school chances has been pretty much dispelled. The GRE was changed over…

## GRE Quantitative Strategy: Everything Is Easier with Integers!

For many of my GRE students, manipulating and simplifying fractions is the bane of their GRE Quant preparation. Conceptually, fractions aren’t too difficult, but once it’s a matter of multiplying by reciprocals, rationalizing the denominator, taking fractions of fractions, and…

## GRE Quantitative Comparison: Don’t Forget to Look at BOTH Quantities

One of the pitfalls for students studying for the GRE is balancing content learning with the cultivation of appropriate test-taking strategies. If you work under the misconception that the GRE is simply testing your ability to memorize rules and formulas,…

## GRE Word Problems: What’s in An Age?

A common type of word problem that gives many of my GRE students difficulty concerns age. Age questions are a sub-type of word problems and thus require the approach you should take toward all word problems: identify unknowns, assign variables,…

## Are Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence All About Vocabulary?

The majority of the people who contact me for GRE tutoring are vehement in their need for help in the Quantitative section. In many ways, this makes sense. If you haven’t taken a math course since high school or freshmen…

## GRE Preparation: Where Do I Begin?

With the start of summer, I’ve been receiving a lot of panicked calls and e-mails from test-takers in their early stages of preparation. Much of the panic is some variation of the following: “I haven’t done math in years, but…

## The GRE is a Thinking Test

Many students prepare for the GRE with the same mindset that they’ve adopted toward tests throughout their academic lives. In college and high school, much of the preparation for an exam was often focused on memorizing rules and content and…

## GRE Quantitative Comparison: Compare, Don’t Calculate!

Many students studying for the GRE make the critical mistake of viewing Quantitative Comparison questions in the same way they view Discrete Quantitative questions (these are the traditional multiple-choice questions that appear on the SAT and most other standardized tests).…