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Free GRE Vocab Comic: Melee

December 3, 2013 by

GRE vocabulary comic melee

Here’s a reminder for how to learn your GRE vocab: use it in your daily conversations. Instead of telling someone that you saw a fight at the mall, tell them, “The melee over the last toy on the shelf got serious last week during the Black Friday sales. I think someone lost a tooth!”

For more context, check out these uses of the word melee 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 … 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

GRE: You Asked, We Answered

November 24, 2013 by

GRE students often have questions about the logistics of when and how often to take the GRE. Today, we’ve compiled your most common questions and enlisted the animals of the Internet to help answer them.

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Common question #1: What’s a good GRE score?

GRE scores vary widely by program and field, so there is actually no standard GRE score that is considered “good” – it will be specific to you. To set your target score, research your goal programs’ average scores, and aim to be in the 75th percentile. Remember: The higher your GRE scores, the more likely you are to get merit aid in addition to acceptances.

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Common question #2: How long are my scores good for?

While no one knows exactly how long Longcat is, we do know how long your GRE scores are good for: 5 years. So even if you’re not planning to apply to … Read full post

ReKap: What is a Good GRE Score?

November 21, 2013 by

Good GRE Score TriumphWe’ve discussed this hot topic before, but it bears revisiting: You’re prepping for the GRE, so one of your first questions is bound to be, “What is a good GRE score?” One of your next questions is sure to be, “How do I get a good GRE score?” (For tips on how to raise your score, check out our free GRE class online.)

Quite simply, a good GRE score is one that gets you into the graduate program of your choice.

I’m going to give you more detail, of course, but that’s the simplest, most straightforward answer to your burning question.

For starters, here is what you need to know:

The GRE is scored on a 130-170 scale in each section. This relatively small range of scores means that small improvements in performance can increase your score quite a bit. It also means that small improvements in your score … Read full post

GRE Reading Comprehension Practice…With Spelt?

November 19, 2013 by

 

GRE Reading Comprehension PracticeLet’s practice GRE Reading Comprehension. First, read the passage. When you’re done, jot down a brief paraphrase of the main idea of the passage before going on to the practice questions. Share your answers in the comments, and we’ll post a blog entry with the full explanations in two days. Take your time here, and be sure to use the information in the passage and your passage notes to choose your answers carefully. Good luck!

Spelt is a type of wheat that served as a staple in European diets from the Bronze Age until well into the Middle Ages. Although considered the food of peasants for centuries, spelt has recently received attention as a healthier alternative to other grains, including common wheat. More easily digestible than ordinary wheat or other grains, spelt is also thought to be less likely to cause allergic reactions in individuals who cannot digest Read full post

Grad School Profile: Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island

November 18, 2013 by

Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University was founded on religious principles, but it was the first university to accept students regardless of religious affiliation. Today, the school puts an emphasis on life sciences and the practical areas of business, and education.

Quick Facts and Figures

  • The Brown graduate school and colleges have 1,700 full-time students enrolled.
  • Tuition to attend one year in graduate school is $43,758 for in-state students.
  • The gender ratio is almost split in half with 52% female population and 48% male.
  • The average GPA for students in graduate school is between 3.6, and the average GRE score is 1300 reported on the old scale (Check the ETS concordance table to convert to the new scale.)
  • Job acceptance and placement after graduation from Brown is a reported 65%.
  • The university has several prominent alumni including John D. Rockefeller and Charles Hughes.

Student Culture

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The Procrastinator: Giddyup

November 15, 2013 by

Do you find yourself getting distracted? Do random thoughts…hey, I need to go pick up my dry cleaning!

Ahem.

Do random thoughts set you off on a path of YouTube searches and Facebook creeping, and suddenly it’s five hours later and you haven’t done your scheduled GRE studying for the day? It happens to the best of us. Here are a couple of suggestions to avoid distraction. Please help us out by adding your best practices to the list:

  1. Go to the library to study. They don’t have a TV to watch or a bed to nap in.
  2. Partner up with a study buddy. Even if you’re not feeling motivated or focused, your study buddy can help get you back on track.
  3. Make your study plans realistic. You’ll be more likely to sit down and focus if you have planned a 30 minute study session than if
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What Would They Score on the GRE?: “Homeland” Edition

November 14, 2013 by

Like many, I watch Showtime’s Homeland religiously. My degree is in Middle Eastern Studies and I spent many years harboring secret dreams of working for the CIA, so Claire Danes’ character is my idol. What would each of the cunning main characters on Homeland have scored on the GRE? Here is my official analysis:

 Carrie Mathison: 151 quant, 149 verbal

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Like I said, Carrie is my idol. But odds are that this top-notch CIA case officer was way too mentally occupied by working out the details of a suspected terrorist plot to really focus on the day she took the GRE, and thus didn’t reach her full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul Berenson: 170 quant, 170 verbal

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Saul is incredibly intelligent, compassionate, and focused. I’d believe that the acting head of the CIA not only got perfect scores on the GRE, but also tutored his … Read full post

The University of Virginia School of Education – Shaping the Way You Shape the World

November 11, 2013 by

Rotunda UVa from the south east

Conceived in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia School of Education has been constantly making an impact on the face of the United States education system. Located in historic Charlottesville in the northern region of Virginia, the University of Virginia School of Education was founded in 1905. Its mission is to prepare the next generation of educators to respond to important dilemmas facing the current educational system. Are you up to the task?

Looking to Teach? Know the Facts

  • There are currently 542 full-time students enrolled in graduate programs at Curry School of Education.
  • Tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state full-time students. In-state applicants can expect to pay around $13,278 per year and out-of-state $22,602 per year.
  • The acceptance rate into Master’s Programs at Curry is 54.8%.
  • Average salaries upon graduation from Master’s Programs range due to the wide variety of options available to graduates but can go
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Join our 2nd Annual Graduate School Admissions Officer Survey Debrief

November 7, 2013 by

Do you wonder what grad school admissions officers really care about when they consider your grad school applications? What is it that they’re looking for as they review your transcripts and GRE scores, pore over your essays, and read the letters of recommendation? Which factor do admissions committees really think is the most important part of your application?

We surveyed top graduate schools, and you can join our panel of graduate school admissions officers and experts as they discuss—and debate—our findings.

Get the answers to these questions:

  • What’s the most important admissions factor?
  • What’s the biggest application killer?
  • How big of a problem is plagiarism, and what do schools do to manage it?

The 2nd Annual Graduate School Admissions Officer Survey Debrief will be held via our free, live online event on Tuesday, November 12, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET. Register now to reserve your seat and … Read full post

 
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