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Grad School Resume Lacking Work Experience? You Can Still Be a Strong Candidate

October 29, 2014 by

Many students contemplating their grad school resume right after undergrad worry about their lack of work experience– especially when competing with applicants with multiple years’ worth of bullets on their resume.

Lack of work experience is a legitimate concern, but it definitely shouldn’t stop you from applying.  In fact, as was recently observed by professors at Harvard Business School, “younger students tend to be more open to learning compared with older students who tend to be more cynical or think that they’re beyond academic environments since they’ve already had substantial real world experience.”

What we’re hearing from admissions departments of graduate programs across the country is that the average age of those applying—and those accepted—is trending younger.  Top programs in business, education, engineering and public policy are seeing younger, less experienced applicant pools.  Reasons include:

  • a soft job market

  • a high unemployment rate (especially for those ages 22-29)

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GRE Premier 2014

June 10, 2013 by

On behalf of our team of content and instructional design experts, psychometricians, teachers and technology developers, I’m pleased to announce that our 2014 edition of Kaplan’s Premier study book for the GRE is now available.

Our bestselling study system for the GRE consists of the following resources:

  • Our study book, consisting of tips and study strategies and hundreds of practice questions
  • 6 full-length practice tests (5 realistic computer-based adaptive tests and 1 in the book)
  • All-new 500 question QuizBank®, for customized quiz creation and review of GRE practice questions
  • All-new study plans – learn how to make the most of your time – no matter how much or little time you have until Test Day
  • 1,800+ practice questions with detailed explanations
  • Access to a web reader copy of this book to read online on your computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Advice on stress management, study planning, and the graduate school application
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Hurricane Sandy: GRE Classes and Communication

October 29, 2012 by

To our GRE students:

As always, we are committed to the success and well-being of our students and our faculty.  As a business, we try our best to remain in operation during periods of inclement weather to provide information about class cancellations in your area and to provide assistance to ensure that you can continue with your studies with minimal disruptions.

We have a team of Kaplan representatives ready to help.  However, due to increased call volumes, students may experience a delay in reaching an Enrollment and Experience representative by telephone or email. We appreciate your patience during this time. Please be assured that we remain absolutely committed to your educational success and want to do our part in easing any concerns you may have.

If you are inquiring about your regularly scheduled classes, we will communicate any changes to your email and phone numbers on file.  If you … Read full post

Your Grad School Application Checklist

June 27, 2012 by

Everyone has a different timeline when it comes to applying to graduate school, but the to-dos are consistent across applicants.

At this point, it’s time for you—and us—to take stock of your progress and determine your next steps. Here’s a quick checklist to assess where you are in the process.

Have you…

If you checked all of them, our congratulations—you’re well on your way to graduate school.

If you’re not done with the GRE, then it’s time to get started. We’ve got free resources to support you … Read full post

Effective GRE® Study Plans and Tips for Fitting in Your GRE Study

June 15, 2012 by

To do your best on the GRE, research shows that you’re likely to need to study about 10 hours per week for up to 3 months. How do you know how to spend that time? Preparing for the GRE will likely be keeping you quite busy for a few months, which is not an easy prospect when you’re likely busy with other schoolwork or a job.

Here are some strategies for making the GRE one of your priorities:

  • Don’t cram your studying into full-day weekend sessions; you’ll burn out if you try. You need to give yourself enough time to learn, practice, assess, and learn again.
  • Set a target score. If you’ve got a target score, you’re more likely to monitor your own progress and stay motivated to follow your plan.
  • Schedule time in your calendar. Don’t wait for free time to appear to start studying; block off time
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Kaplan GRE Premier 2013

June 11, 2012 by

On behalf of our team of content and instructional design experts, psychometricians, teachers and technology developers, I’m pleased to let you know that our 2013 edition of Kaplan’s Premier study book for the GRE is now available.

Our bestselling study system for the GRE consists of the following resources:

  • Our study book, consisting of tips and study strategies and hundreds of practice questions.
  • Online access to 5 full-length realistic practice tests for the GRE® that have been created with extensive content and psychometric  expertise.  Answers, explanations, and score reporting are provided to you for all of these tests as well.
  • A free download of a digital version of this book for iPad, for on-the-go study.
  • A DVD containing study planning and graduate school admissions guidance.
  • Academic support for these resources via our Facebook page, where our expert faculty members will answer your questions.
  • Over 1,300 questions with
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3x3s in GRE Text Completion Questions

May 30, 2012 by

Remember the adage “no partial credit!”?
Well, it’s become more pronounced on the new GRE—especially with the Text Completion questions. Try the one below to see what we mean.

Get the answer and explanation here.

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The GRE® for Acceptance and Scholarships

May 18, 2012 by


Why is the GRE so important?

When asked which graduate school admissions factor is most important to them, more admissions officers selected “the GRE” than any other.

The GRE serves as a common yardstick for admissions officers to compare you to other applicants, regardless of experience, undergraduate major, or undergraduate GPA. Designed to predict success in the first year of graduate school, the GRE serves as a critical piece of evidence to show whether you have what it takes in the classroom and beyond.

Not only a factor in your acceptance, a high GRE can qualify you for merit-based scholarships: More than 2/3 of admissions officers from top graduate school programs report that GRE scores are an important factor in deciding merit-based financial aid.

Your GRE will likely be evaluated as you apply and compete for scholarships. The higher your GRE, the more confident a funder will be in … Read full post

Breakdown of the GRE and Study Resources

May 11, 2012 by

Many Kaplan students start out intimidated by the GRE, and with good reason: the GRE is designed to challenge even the most adept test takers by customizing sets of questions to match a test taker’s level of performance.

The “new” GRE, launched in August 2011, assesses your critical reasoning skills and is used by graduate schools—and many business schools—as a key factor in admissions.

Split into verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections and delivered on the computer, the GRE takes about 4 hours to complete and measures your reasoning, writing, time management, and stress management skills—the same skills that you will need to succeed in graduate school.

Here are some ways for you to start familiarizing yourself with the test:

ETS’s GRE Program Updates for 2012

May 4, 2012 by

It’s not another test change, but ETS has made a few newsworthy announcements about changes to the GRE program that you need to know about.

Our team of GRE experts recently attended a virtual conference held by ETS and we are eager to share the full implications and timeline of these changes and how they will affect the graduate school admissions process.

  1. ScoreSelect.  Starting in July 2012 (exact date to be announced in June at – we’ll report as soon as we hear), ScoreSelect will allow GRE test takers to choose—after viewing their scores—to report to schools their scores from only the most recent test they took, or from all of the GRE tests they have taken in the past 5 years.  Additionally, if a student sends score reports after Test Day, the student can have full freedom over which scores to report: from any testing administration(s), not
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