Strong vocabulary skills are necessary to earn a high score on the GRE, so we often hear the question, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?” The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your vocab in a few different ways. To master Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, you should start building your vocabulary now.
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By Elena Novak on October 7, 2013
One year ago, Sarah Allen heard the inevitable words that strike a mixture of fear and excitement in the heart of an overworked undergrad: “Three classes and you’re graduated.”
An Editing, Writing, and Media major at Florida State University, Sarah had little idea what to do next. She sat across from her adviser and panicked for a few seconds, then regained her composure and asked the question of a go-getter: “What do I need to do to get into graduate school?”
In case you’re wondering, there’s a lot – the GRE, applications, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, maybe a resume. With impressive ambition Sarah went home that September day and registered for the GRE, scheduled to take … Read full post
By Elena Novak on September 27, 2013
With the cost to attend graduate school being more than any 20-something can realistically afford, students, educators, and employers are beginning to debate the necessity of a Master’s degree. At a Council for Graduate Schools’ conference held late last year, “attendees…said it is unethical to keep admitting students to programs and training them for jobs that don’t exist while they are racking up piles of debt,” and upon graduation their fate may lead to becoming an adjunct at a university, a low-wage job that doesn’t require a graduate degree, or ending up on food stamps. Nonetheless, here is a list of lucrative master’s degrees that will almost certainly guarantee success in the fields to which they lead.
1. MBA (Master’s … Read full post
With the baby boomers approaching their golden years and the Affordable Care Act now in full effect, the need for health professionals has never been greater. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physician assistant (PA) positions are expected to grow by 38% between 2012 and 2022, greatly outpacing the projected average growth of other health careers. This is great news for patients, who will have expanded access to primary care, but also for students seeking to enter a rewarding health profession without committing to the time and cost of medical school.
A physician assistant by any other name…
Don’t let the “assistant” in physician assistant fool you. PAs are not fetching coffee while doctors do the heavy lifting. These days, physician assistants can take a patient’s medical history, formulate a treatment plan, and even assist in surgery. Working under the supervision of doctors, … Read full post
I discovered the benefits of graduate school when I found a master’s degree program that helped me transform my interests and strengths into a fulfilling career. It was a circuitous path with plenty of twists and turns, but one that ultimately got me to the place I wanted to be in life.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in global economics and political science and found myself envying those working in finance, enticed by the prospect of a salary with six figures. So I “went big” and landed a job with one of the largest broker dealers in the world. A year later, I was feeling unfulfilled and jaded at too young an age.
I woke up one morning and had an epiphany: I hated my job and needed a change immediately! I called my manager, resigned, and never looked … Read full post
Graduate school programs can vary widely in how much time they take to complete, what kind of workload is required to finish, and the utility of the degree conferred when you actually complete your program. What doesn’t differ from program to program are two key things:
1. They cost money.
2. You will benefit from a year’s worth of financial planning.
U.S. News and World Report just released a great article that outlines three basic stages of financial planning for your graduate degree.
A Year Ahead: Examine Your Degree’s Complete Return on Investment
Deciding to go back to school is a huge decision if you are already established in a job or career, and if you are still attending an undergraduate institution, it’s worthwhile to weigh the pros and cons of continuing up the academic ladder before you finish your bachelor’s.
Find out what kind of degrees confer … Read full post
Non-profit careers are the focus for many prospective graduate students, and there are many different types of masters degrees that can help you meet your career goals in the non-profit sector. Among the many specialized degrees many non-profit folks hold (read: everything from a J.D. to a masters in finance, social work, education, or public health), there are specific programs designed to build different non-profit sector professional skills. If your good life job description involves giving back and focusing on others, you may well be looking to balance future financial considerations and your social conscience through non-profit work So before we get to specifics, let’s address the most important question:
What can an advanced degree specific to a non-profit career do for you?
Springboard you past entry level positions
Make you stand out in a rapidly growing and highly competitive field
Indicate not just your passion, but your ability
What’s a good GRE score? What’s the average GRE score? What’s a great GRE score?
These are all important questions– and they are ones that we hear from students contemplating the GRE exam all the time. The crazy thing about the GRE, however, is that people considering all different kinds of advanced degrees have to take this test, so a simple chart with a dot on it for the average score isn’t enough information for you to figure out your GRE prep study plan: the definition of a “good score” can vary drastically from program to program. Long before you eyeball a test date and plan your application strategy around your official score release date, you need to dig into some GRE score research.
The Good Life. What does it mean to you? For some, it’s earning enough money to lead the life they want to live: a nice home, a big family, or the ability to travel the world. For others, it means creative freedom, supporting a cause, or dedicating life to helping others.
Every path is different. Whether you want to enrich the world, nourish your soul or passionately work to serve others, a Masters degree will help you master your craft.
At Kaplan Test Prep, we strive to help students achieve their educational and career goals. We want to reach beyond test preparation to give our students the tools and confidence to become their very best.
See how others unlocked their good lives. Student and teachers, professionals and notables: maybe their dreams, vision and success will inspire you to accomplish yours.
“The best part about my type of work is … Read full post
U.S. workers with a graduate degree earn, on average, 35-50% more than those with a bachelor’s degree. Money is not the only reason to pursue a graduate degree, though. When weighing whether to attend grad school, what factors hold the most weight for you? Here are some factors to consider.
Time for a Career Change?
Many people make the decision to return to grad school after working in “the real world.” Some feel that their career options are limited. Others find that their interests and abilities have developed over the years and no longer have anything to do with their undergraduate education. A graduate degree can be the key to making a career change or advancing your career.
Make the Move into Management
After working in the trenches for a while and developing a strong sense of how your organization is run, you may be interested in moving up to