Options aren’t always a good thing. When I buy shampoo, I spend agonizing minutes looking among the dozens of bottles for some kind of normal, regular shampoo. But no. Nothing like that is ever there. All I see are endless rows of arcane admixtures infused with vegetables, tropical fruits, aloes, bear spit, and who knows what else. In principle, it’s great that I could wash my hair with coconuts if I wanted to. But the presence of all these options makes it impossible for me to get what I want, which is Boring Shampoo: The Plain Old Kind. How does this relate to your GRE score? Read on and find out.
When you take the GRE, you’ll have the option to cancel your score. This might seem like a great option, but like the GRE calculator, it’s more of a trap than a benefit. The catch is that … Read full post
Earlier this week, we posted a GRE practice problem on Facebook and asked you all to give it a try. Here it is again:
Quantity A The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with the legs of lengths 20 and 15
Quantity B The length of the diagonal of a rectangle with a length of 24 and a width of 7
A – Quantity A is greater.
B – Quantity B is greater.
C – The two quantities are equal.
D – The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
Many of you answered correctly (nice work!), and some of you told us that you used the Pythagorean Theorem to solve. Now, what if I told you that you should be able to answer a question like this on the GRE in 30 seconds or less (and without the Pythagorean Theorem!), allowing you to bank valuable time … Read full post
Do you know about ScoreSelect option that the ETS (the GRE test makers) introduced in 2012? (Many students are unaware of this helpful little gem!) It allows you to decide which GRE scores to send to your schools – so if you’ve taken the test more than once, you can choose to send only your highest and best scores.
On GRE Test Day, you can either:
- Choose not to send your scores right away, or
- Select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports:
- Most Recent option — Send your scores from your current test administration.
- All option — Send your scores from all General Test administrations in the last five years.
After GRE Test Day, you can send additional score reports for a fee ($25 per recipient.) Available options include:
- Most Recent option — Send your scores from your most recent test administration.
Is getting a bigger pizza always a better bargain? One writer at NPR says that it is.
Does this fact “sort of blow your mind,” to borrow a phrase from the author? If you’ve been preparing for the GRE, and GRE math, then it shouldn’t. The areas of circles increase exponentially, so a pizza that is “twice as wide” as another pizza (meaning the diameter is two times larger) will end up containing four times as much pizza as the smaller pizza. And while pizza sizes grow exponentially, pizza prices grow only incrementally. Don’t believe me that a pizza that is twice is wide is really four times as big? Keep reading.
Along with quadrilaterals and triangles, circles are one of the common geometric shapes tested on the quantitative section of the GRE. The testmakers may ask you to determine the radius (the length from the center of the circle … Read full post
Our practice GRE text completion practice problem on Facebook got a few different responses, so let’s discuss it here. First, take a look at the question:
For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
Examining the (i)__________ inscription carved into the basalt monument, Egyptologists concluded that the ritual described was intended to commemorate a common jackal’s (ii)__________ into Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.
The keyword “Egyptologists” suggests that something very old is being examined, and you can predict that a correct answer for the first blank will involve an adjective that fits this meaning. Choice (B) archaic means “very old” is the correct choice. Choice (A) monolithic might refer to a basalt monument as it means “colossal” or “huge,” but the word in … Read full post
A while back, I wrote excitedly about the beginning of filming of Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock. Now here we are, almost a year later, post-Sherlock and again waiting (perhaps for quite a while) to see our favorite hero and villain return to the small screen. It’s painful, isn’t it?
So again, I’ve retreated to the comfort of the canon, those original Sherlock stories from Arthur Conan Doyle, to get me through these dark days without new Sherlock episodes. These stories are delightful and eminently readable – surprising, considering that they were written and published from the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s.
Most recently, I read THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON, specifically to see how closely it resembled the final episode of Sherlock’s Season 3. (Nonspoiler: not very closely, actually!) You can read it for free online, and I recommend that you do – … Read full post
My student “Becky” took the GRE last Thursday and reeled in a 640-740 on the verbal section. Dipping well into the 90th percentile, this performance puts her in good standing for the elite English lit programs she has her eyes on. Needless to say, Becky was very pleased and her email to me overflowed with capital letters and long strings of exclamation marks.
But I’m not writing this to pat myself on the back or share yet another Kaplan success story. The most interesting feature of Becky’s email is that she didn’t even bother to mention her math score.
This isn’t because she did poorly, or because we didn’t work on the math section. As a matter of fact, Becky told me at our first tutoring session that she wanted to spend all 15 of her tutoring hours on math. She was an English major, so her confidence with … Read full post
The Winter Olympics have come to a close, and that means we are entering yet another four year drought where will be deprived the opportunity to watch crazy people risk their lives for a chance to stand on a podium. I say that less with scorn and more with admiration: there is no way I would be able to conjure the courage to shoot down an icy track head-first (skeleton), or twist and contort and flip head over toe like an airborne bag of antlers (slopestyle). I’m going to miss the Winter Olympics, and all of the insanely talented athletes who have performed so admirably.
But for as much as I enjoy the Winter Games, I admit there is one thing that bothers me — the medal count. Every morning, the networks flash a running tally, showing the USA with this many medals, Canada and Norway and Russia with this … Read full post
Grab a piece of paper and try this exercise (I promise that it is relevant to an important lesson on GRE exponents.) Fold it in half, then in half again. And again. And again. You’ll probably only be able to fold it about seven or eight times before it simply becomes impossible to fold anymore. But you will notice that the wad of paper that you’re holding in your hand is significantly thicker than the thickness of the original piece of paper. Now imagine that you had a wider piece of paper that you could fold in half 50 times…how thick do you think this hypothetical wad of paper would be after folding it 50 times? Give it a guess — three inches thick? six inches thick? Even the most ambitious guess is usually still less than ten feet.
What’s the answer? The distance from the Earth to the Sun.… Read full post
In the 1989 movie Say Anything, John Cusack plays an eccentric teenager who is pursuing a brilliant and beautiful classmate named Diane Court. In one scene, Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler, waits for Diane to emerge from her bedroom before heading out on a date. Pacing the hallway, he notices a dictionary resting on a table. Curious, he begins flipping through the book and is surprised to see that nearly every page is full of marks, notations, and tiny scribbles. A look of confusion and then awe falls over his face, and it’s not hard to imagine what he’s thinking – um, did she really go through this entire thing?
Daunting, isn’t it? I mean, that is certainly one way to learn GRE vocabulary: just hop in a time machine, go back to when you were 16, grab the nearest dictionary, and open it up to the first page. … Read full post