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Why Go to Grad School?

June 30, 2014 by

grad schoolU.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

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Should You Take the GRE for MBA Admission?

June 23, 2014 by

GRE for MBAEntry qualifications for business school admission are changing. Are you up to date?

Currently, more than 70% of business schools now accept the GRE as well as the GMAT. Just a few years ago, in our 2009 survey of business school admissions officers, only 24% said they accepted the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT.

Even Chicago Booth, arguably the most tenacious defender of the GMAT, now accepts the GRE.

The main reasons for the shift are threefold, says Brian Carlidge, an executive director here at Kaplan.

  1. Business schools are looking for a more diverse population of students.
  2. The GRE is cheaper ($195 vs. $250 for the GMAT)
  3. The GRE is often deemed to be easier.

“We advise prospective students to do practice tests in both GMAT and GRE and then to take the test in which they are more confident,” he says.

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Graduate School Research: Make Your List

June 16, 2014 by

graduate schoolYou are an aspiring graduate student! You have an academic passion, and you want to explore it, immerse yourself in it, and get to know it on a deeper level. However, you feel overwhelmed and confused because there are so many graduate schools behind so many doors.

Behind door #1 is an open-ended program that you could tailor to suit your particular interests; behind door #26 is a competitive and specialized program that only accepts 5-10 candidates per year. Door #14 reveals a school in a beautiful location with a large graduate population. How do you narrow down your choices? What should you be looking for? What do you really want?  What schools are even likely to accept you?

Plan on an initial list of about 15-20 schools which you will then narrow down to 6-10. Here are some tips for beginning the grad school research process:

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Assess Your Chances of Getting into Grad School

June 9, 2014 by

getting into grad schoolIn order to assess your chances of getting into grad school, and particular graduate programs, you must know where you stand with regard to the various factors that those programs consider when making admissions decisions. A good way to do this is to create a fact sheet with your GRE scores (or projected scores), overall GPA, and GPA in your major (and minor, if applicable). Relevant outside activities, work experience, internships, publications, etc. will also contribute to the overall strength of your application.

Look at Objective Factors

The next step is to find a current source of information about graduate programs. There are several guides and online databases published every year that provide rankings of schools, as well as data about acceptance rates and average GPA and GRE scores. In addition, some rank schools according to their reputations among students, professors, or prominent people in the field.

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Beating the GRE with Practice

January 24, 2014 by

Interested in beating the GRE? Take a break from your whatever you are doing right now, and watch this video:

Baby Polar Bear Cub Takes First Adorable Steps

You’re welcome.

But why is this on a GRE blog? It’s not just because it’s cute, or even because so many places are freezing cold right now, and you might be wrapped up like you’re living in the Arctic.

It’s because, when I saw this, I was reminded that, as they say, “Every expert was once a beginner.

So, incipient GRE preppers, though you may feel small and wobbly now, much like our neophyte friend the baby polar bear cub, you will (with practice) grow to be big and strong like the mighty polar bear:

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Even if some of your study days feel like this:

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Or this:

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Keep at it, and keep a sense of humor about it. And keep … Read full post

Free GRE Vocab Lesson: Panache

January 3, 2014 by

GRE Vocab Lesson

Are you upping your style game for the new year? If so, try on this GRE vocab word:

Free GRE vocabulary panache

For more context, check out these uses of the word PANACHE in current periodicals.

To learn GRE vocab, always make it relevant, create a story, associate it with something meaningful to you. This will make the words easier to learn, and FUN to study!

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to enjoy comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score on GRE Test Day.

Do you have any tricks that you use to remember your GRE vocab? Have … Read full post

Grad School at Bard College: A Liberal, Creative Approach Towards Education

December 2, 2013 by

Bard College grad school informationLocated along the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Bard College fosters a love for learning and liberal arts. The college is a cultural institution, and prides itself on being a “place to think.”

School Stats and Facts

  • Bard College has 320 currently enrolled graduate students.
  • The University costs students an average of $44,798 in tuition and extra fees associated with class schedules.
  • The campus is spread across 500 acres of parks and woodlands and sits between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.
  • The average GPA among students is 3.5.
  • The MBA program will accept either GRE or GMAT scores.
  • The school has a high acceptance rate for students. The average acceptance rate is 80% of students who apply to the graduate school.

Student Culture

Bard College is mainly known as a private liberal arts school, but its recent introduction of an MBA in Sustainability keeps students focused on … Read full post

Free GRE Vocabulary Comic: Imbibe

November 26, 2013 by

GRE vocabulary comic imbibe

How’s this for an easy way to remember this GRE vocab word? When your cousin from out of town is telling you about his exciting stamp collection again, or your aunt is asking why you’re still single, you can just tell them, “You people drive me to IMBIBE!”

For more context, check out these uses of the word imbibe in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score … Read full post

Learn GRE Vocabulary the Easy Way: Comic Style

November 23, 2013 by

GRE vocabulary comic sanguine

Here’s a reminder for how to learn your GRE vocab: use it in your daily conversations. Instead of telling someone that you’re optimistic about your GRE score, tell them, “I am sanguine in my expectations for GRE test day success.”

For more context, check out these uses of the word sanguine in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score on GRE Test Day.

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GRE Three Blank Text Completions Practice

November 21, 2013 by

Good job on our GRE Text Completions practice problem. If you haven’t tried it yet, take a couple of minutes right now to visit the original blog entry and try it on your own before reading the explanation. We’ll wait for you.

Jeopardy music

One of the first strategies to know and use for multi-blank text completions is the one that says that you don’t need to take them in any specific order. In fact, we train students in our Kaplan GRE courses to start with the easiest blank first. Which blank is easiest? The one that has the most context and is easiest for you to predict.

Here, the second blank follows directly from the clue “not only demeaning but…” – the word that goes in the blank must also be negative, and must follow from “demeaning.” Since you’ve read through the entire sentence first (yes, … Read full post

 
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