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How to Use Your GRE Practice Test Results

January 20, 2014 by

Congratulations on dedicating yourself to your GRE training!  Since you’re reading this blog entry, you’ve probably completed a really important step — taking your GRE diagnostic practice test and setting your baseline score. This is the most challenging GRE practice test that you will ever take, because it’s the last one that you will take without preparation (or, if you are a student enrolled in a Kaplan course, it’s the last one you will take without the Kaplan methods and strategies.) It will only get better from here, as you learn about and practice new skills and techniques to help you handle the kinds of questions that the GRE asks.

The diagnostic test is just what the name suggests. If you’re a psychology or nursing student, you’re very familiar with what it means to diagnose. This test is a diagnosis that will allow you to figure out the areas … Read full post

Love Your GRE Diagnostic Score

April 11, 2012 by

Back here, I made the general point that expectations have a major impact on your GRE prep process. Now I’d like to talk about a specific expectation that handicaps far too many GRE students:

“My diagnostic score should have been higher.”

I’ve taught over 650 students, and I can count on one hand the number who were happy with their baseline test score. If you’ve just begun the GRE prep process and aren’t happy with your starting score, let me tell you a secret: nobody is. After all, the GRE diagnostic is just that: a diagnostic measure of your strengths and opportunities. What it is NOT is a prognostic, or an indication of your future success.

“Oh, ho!” I can hear you thinking. “You don’t know me, Mr. Kaplan Man! My diagnostic was the 40th/50th/60th percentile, but if it had been the 50th/60th/70th percentile, I’d be totally content.”… Read full post


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