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Learn the Secret Formula for Success on the GRE

I get asked all the time, What does it take to get a high score on the GRE?

The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might expect. Yet, there is a “secret sauce,” if you will, for GRE domination. I call it the “Success Triad” and it’s crucial that you understand it if you truly want to beat the GRE and get into the graduate program or business school of your choice.

The GRE “Success Triad” Explained

A lot of students assume that maybe you just have to be really smart if you want to score in the 160’s. Not so. All of the content tested on the GRE can be learned, no matter your academic background or innate intelligence. There are no secrets on the GRE, and that’s a huge advantage for you. If you’re willing to put in the time, you can master all of the GRE’s quantitative and verbal content. Learning that underlying content, then, is the first ingredient in the secret recipe for acing the GRE.

But that’s not enough.

How to ace the GRE

You also have to navigate the test in the most efficient way possible, and that requires strategy. In many ways the GRE is like a game, and you need to learn how to play the game to win. That involves knowing not only how and when to guess or skip questions, for example, but also how to answer certain types of problems in the most strategic way possible. The traditional textbook approach isn’t always best (no matter what your 10th grade algebra teacher might say!), and you need to learn several key strategies for getting right answers more quickly, even on harder problems. Getting right answers at all costs is the name of the game after all, isn’t it?

But even with content mastery and test-taking strategies in your back pocket, that’s still not enough. Think about what it takes to ultimately excel at anything in life. The third missing ingredient? Practice. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. Even after you learn how to solve the different question types tested on the GRE, and even after you learn shortcuts for getting right answers more quickly, ultimately you need to work dozens — hundreds, even — of GRE practice problems to fully master the different variations of the different question types you’ll face on test day and get adept and doing so under timed conditions.

Bringing It All Together

So there you have it, the three ingredients in the recipe for success on the GRE. The video above explains all of this in more detail and, more importantly, illustrates exactly how the interplay between these three components works by walking you through motion problems, one of the most common word problems you’ll encounter on the quantitative section of the GRE. I tackle it from all different angles and show you the traditional approach as well as a couple key strategies for solving them more quickly and easily. It’ll really crystalize for you the game plan you need to employ in preparing for the GRE.

So what do you think? Post your questions and comments below. Specifically, let me know the biggest challenge you’re facing as you prepare for the GRE. I’m looking forward to empowering you to dominate the GRE!