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5 Habits that will Result in Success on the GRE

The current state of our lives are in large part a reflection of our daily habits, whether good or bad. Good habits produce favorable results; bad habits lead to undesirable outcomes. So too with your preparation for the GRE. When it comes to studying for the GRE, how are your habits? Do you even have […]

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Grit: The Underappreciated Key to Success on the GRE

I believe the most important factor in determining your success on the GRE is one very few people think about: the amount of grit you apply to the preparation process. Of course, raw intellectual horse power (perhaps as estimated by IQ score), previous academic coursework, and implementation of a GRE study plan are critical to […]

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Study: Meditate for a Higher GRE Score

I just finished reading a great book called Into the Magic Shop by Dr. James Doty, a neurosurgeon who explores the mysteries of the brain and tells his story of learning at a young age the importance of calming your inner voice and unlocking the desires of the heart. As I was reading about how […]

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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 […]

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Use P+ to Stay on Track for your Target GRE Score

A question I occasionally get from my students goes something like this: How many questions do I need to get right on the quant/verbal section to get a score of __________? If only it were that simple. Remember that the GRE is a computer-adaptive test. More specifically, it’s section-adaptive meaning that it adapts to your […]

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3 Ways to Improve Your Concentration on the GRE

The GRE is a long exam. At a minimum you’ll have to navigate five sections totaling 3 hours and 10 minutes of work time, and you’ll almost certainly get a sixth unscored “experimental” section of 30 or 35 minutes. When you factor in biographical questions at the beginning, breaks throughout, and research questions at the […]

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How Many GRE Practice Tests Should You Take?

Taking full-length GRE practice tests is an indispensable part of preparing for the GRE. How many of them should you take, though? And how often? Let’s use a sports analogy to shed some light on these important questions. What Sports Teams Can Teach Us About GRE Practice Consider an elite soccer team. What if all […]

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Getting Time to Slow Down on the GRE

You have more time per question than you think… They say that time doesn’t always move at the same speed. It doesn’t take a deep understanding of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to get that. Who could argue, for example, that time didn’t move much slower on the last day of school than it did on […]

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How to Develop Mental Endurance for GRE Success

Are You Ready for the Mental Grind of the GRE? The GRE is a marathon, not a sprint. When choosing between the tortoise and the hare in the “GRE race,” be the tortoise. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. There are a thousand possible analogies and clich├ęs you can use when describing […]

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