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Grad School: The First Year

September 10, 2014 by

By Megan Weyrauch on October 22, 2013

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grad school first year studentsWhere will you go after you earn your graduation cap?

Many students go to graduate school. What is the first year of grad school like? I spoke with two graduate students to get a picture of year one.

The students

Brooke Felts is a second year graduate student. She was a political science major and history minor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Felts is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She said she has a research interest in reproductive healthcare policy.

Felts described Denison as a small, residential liberal arts college.

“It was common to have classes with ten or less students and get … Read full post

Is a Graduate Degree Right for You?

September 9, 2014 by

Maybe you’re doubting your career path and starting to think that going back to grad school can help you break into a new field. Or maybe you’re still earning your bachelor’s and wondering if a graduate degree is the natural next step. The decision to pursue your master’s or doctorate is a personal one that depends on your personal goals, motivations, financial situation, and timeline.

Why grad school?

There are always compelling reasons—personally and financially—to go to grad school, whether you’re thinking of earning a master’s or a doctorate. Here are some things you can look forward to as the holder of an advanced degree:

  • Increased knowledge: When you are passionate about a particular topic or industry, your work life can be more fulfilling and rewarding. Expertise also leads to engagement.
  • Employment stability: A Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that in 2013 the unemployment rate
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Why You Should Consider Becoming a Physician Assistant

August 21, 2014 by

physician assistantThe demand for physician assistants

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

Your Best GRE Score: Creating A Scale for Success

August 12, 2014 by

GRE ScoreWhat’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.

Before setting your score goals, you need to contact the graduate programs you are planning to apply to and ask what those programs specifically … Read full post

Unlock Your Path To The Good Life

August 11, 2014 by

Good lifeThe 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.

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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:

GRE prep

Even if some of your study days feel like this:

GRE prep

Or this:

GRE prep

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


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