## Sequence Basics (and a hard GRE OG question explained)

I assign most of the problems in The Official Guide to the GRE, 3rd ed. as homework for my comprehensive online GRE prep courses. While the book does provide answer explanations for many of them, they aren’t always clear and often take a more traditional mathematical approach than what is necessary (they don’t employ the […]

## How to Solve GRE Venn Diagram Questions – Max/Min Variation

A student of mine recently asked me for help with the following GRE quantitative question from one of the practice tests in The Official Guide to the GRE, 3rd Ed: In a graduating class of 236 students, 142 took algebra and 121 took chemistry. What is the greatest possible number of students that could have […]

## The Role of Common Sense on the GRE

Here’s How to Use Logic to Improve Your GRE Score I remember a friend of mine from high school who was off the charts in terms of his book smarts, but he had the common sense of a door knob. Conversely, I’m sure we all know someone who has great street smarts, but who may […]

## GRE Geometry: What Does “Inscribed” Mean?

Interpreting “Inscribed” on GRE Quant Questions GRE geometry questions can be hard for a number of reasons. Obviously the math itself can be difficult, depending on the question. But sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing what a particular word means and/or what a question is even asking. We talk a lot about beefing up your vocabulary for […]

## Decimal Places as Tested on the GRE

GRE Arithmetic: Decimals We broadly talk about “arithmetic” as being one of the major mathematical concepts tested on the GRE, and within the world of arithmetic, decimals are a major player. Decimals can drive students crazy, but the reality is that decimals are just a way of quantifying and expressing numbers, often non-integers. Thought of […]

## GRE Time Management Strategies and Other Golden Nuggets

You Asked, We Answered: 5 Score-Boosting GRE Tips In this third and final installment of our free “GRE Mastery” video series, I’m giving you exactly what you asked for. Literally. In Part 1 of the series, we looked at the GRE Success Triad and got very detailed in dissecting GRE motion problems, giving you methodologies and […]

## GRE Mastery: Top 4 GRE Math Strategies

Out-Think the Test Makers for a Higher GRE Score It’s one thing to know what to do on the GRE. It’s another thing to know how to do it. The what is the content you need to learn for both the quant and verbal sections of the GRE. The how is the strategy you need […]

## The GRE “Success Triad”: Your Game Plan for Dominating the GRE

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 […]

## Comparing Fractions on GRE Quantitative Comparisons

So Easy, Even a Monkey Could Do It? Do you struggle with comparing fractions? Perhaps you need to tap in to your most basic animal instincts! According to a new study published in Animal Cognition, it appears as though rhesus monkeys have the ability to compare ratios. Of course, a monkey’s ability to do it […]

## GRE Geometry – Area of Shaded Regions

Finding the Area of a Shaded Region on the GRE A common GRE problem solving question asks the test-taker to find the area of a shaded region. For example, in the figure to the right, how would you find the area of the shaded region? Unlike finding the area of a traditional geometric shape (e.g. […]