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ETS GRE Practice Test: Powerprep & The Official Guide

You may have heard that there is no better way to practice for the GRE than by taking a mock exam, especially one written by ETS (the maker of the GRE). The extent to which this is true depends on how you use the POWERPREP practice exams. Taking a test once, figuring out your score, […]

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Manhattan GRE 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems, 2nd Edition (Instructional Guide Series) Book Review

When I hear that a test prep company has released a new edition of its book, my usual response is, “So whose face is on the cover this year?” Even after half a decade of several glossy new editions—and a revolving door of glossy smiles—the content in test prep books remains unchanged, and my cynicism […]

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Simplifying Data in the GRE Compendium

Last summer, ETS released a massive file called A Compendium of Studies, a 279-page document of GRE esoterica. There understandably wasn’t much fanfare surrounding this release, as this is some pretty dry, technical stuff (the GRE reading passages are fun, by contrast). Nonetheless, I’m guessing some of you might have stumbled across it and wondered […]

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GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics – Book Review

Review of: GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics – Book 2. Given that so few books exist that actually contain GRE example essays, both guides from Vibrant Publishing are welcome. These guides aren’t perfect, but using them isn’t going to hurt you. The […]

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Book Review: Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

So…this is very interesting. Did the GRE math just get much harder? According to ETS’s Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, that seems to be the case.   Maybe old age? After going through the Quantitative Comparison questions in this guide, the ones that are arranged in the Mixed Practice sets, my brain was pretty […]

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Book Review: Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, 1st Edition

After numerous release date push backs, much to the (i) —- of serious GRE preppers everywhere, the Official GRE Practice Question guides* are now available. For those looking to become (ii) —- the latest questions ETS has been cooking up—assuming that these questions are just that—the hundreds of practice problems should sharpen their skills given […]

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Score Your GRE Essay

How do I score my GRE essay? Plenty of students want to improve their writing, and the only real way to do so is writing, and writing a lot. But there is a catch-22 here: how do you improve your writing if you aren’t a good writer? How can you identify places to improve if […]

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Making the Most of Magoosh GRE Study Schedules

The most challenging aspect of studying for the GRE – and being a graduate student, for that matter – is learning to manage your study time wisely. Staying organized and self-motivated while keeping procrastination at bay is no small feat. (Trust me. Candy Crush and Instagram were invented while I was in grad school. I […]

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GRE Article of the Month – April 2014

How Philosophy Makes Progress By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for The Chronicle of Higher Education This month’s article poses the question as to whether philosophy has become obsolete. After all, what philosophy has only been able to speculate about, science has provided evidence for (e.g. the nature of time and matter, and that grey stuff behind […]

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