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 = D table. For Average questions, you should always use the A*N = S table. For Quantitative Comparisons questions, you should always plug in numbers, etc.  Generally, the advice takes the form of: set up a table, fill in the table, solve, ...


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 my students, the goal is to do what's necessary to help you maximize your score, even if we end up deviating test preparation orthodoxy. One area in which I've placed particular emphasis over the past several years is the psychological ...


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 five years ago, largely with the goal of making the exam more competitive with the GMAT for business school admissions, and, with each passing year, I've seen more and more clients take the GRE and gain admission to top business ...


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 so on, many of my students struggling with the math tend to look like a deer-in-the-headlights. Though fractions are often unavoidable, there are strategies that can help simplify the process of dealing with them. One strategy concerns using integers when ...


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, then you'll inevitably find yourself in situations where you'll waste precious seconds (or even minutes!) solving a question that could have been answered in a much more intuitive way. Nowhere is this issue more apparent than in Quantitative Comparison (QC) ...


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, create algebraic relationships, and solve. However, you will need to keep a couple key facts in mind. Let’s look at an example: Bob is thirteen years older than Jack. In three years Bob will be twice as old as Jack. How ...


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 year of college, your math skills will undoubtedly be rusty, and you'll need to spend at least a good month brushing up on your skills before you're ready to dive into test-like questions. But another reason people tend to focus ...


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 I need to get a [insert score here] for the schools I'm applying to! What should I do?" If the above is at all representative of your situation, the following advice is ...


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 answering questions directly relevant to this content. Many test-takers assume that this same approach will apply to the GRE: do questions from certain topics, memorize the approach, and keep applying it ...


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). Both question-types obviously address your Quantitative Reasoning skills, but they do so in vastly different ways. Whereas the traditional Discrete Quantitative questions are concerned with your ability to set up what ...

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