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Can You Ace GRE Quant if You’re Bad at Math? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Can You Ace GRE Quant if You're Bad at Math? (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

First, let’s get on the same page about what being “bad at math” really means. In my experience, GRE students who say that they’re bad at math tend to fall into these categories: Read more

This Simple Visualization Exercise Will Help You Beat the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - This Simple Visualization Exercise Will Help You Beat the GRE by Chelsey Cooley

When I’m not teaching the GRE or writing this blog, I like riding my bicycle absurdly long distances. For the last five months, I’ve been training for one of the hardest bike races of my life: the 206-mile, 14-plus-hour Dirty Kanza. And now I want to share the best piece of advice I was given while training, because it applies to GRE test day just as much as it applies to bike racing. Read more

GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Cracking the GRE Code

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Cracking the GRE Code by Chelsey Cooley

The GRE will never lie to you—but it doesn’t always tell you what you really want to know. The GRE is a little bit like my friend in this exchange: Read more

GRE Sentence Equivalence: Charge Traps

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Sentence Equivalence: Charge Traps by Chelsey Cooley

In this article, GRE instructor Tom Anderson asks a smart question: is it better to sort of know a lot of GRE words, or to really know a few GRE words? It turns out that you’re better off if you learn fewer words, but really learn them well. If you don’t, here’s one way the GRE could trick you. Read more

Why Bother Predicting a GRE Verbal Answer?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Why Bother Predicting a GRE Verbal Answer? by Chelsey Cooley

One habit of Verbal high-scorers is predicting the GRE Verbal answer before checking the answer choices. Here’s why this works, and how you can do it yourself. Read more

GRE Math Misconceptions

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math Misconceptions by Chelsey Cooley

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Math can be counterintuitive. There are a few GRE Math misconceptions that really seem like they should be true—but actually aren’t. Being prepared for them will keep you aware on test day. Read more

Quick GRE Tips: Inference Problems

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Quick GRE Tips: Inference Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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Are you struggling with Reading Comprehension Inference problems? Here are my best quick GRE tips for this tricky problem type. Read more

How I Got a Perfect GRE Score

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How I Got a Perfect GRE Score by Chelsey Cooley

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I’ve actually written about this before! In that article, I focused on how I studied for the GRE in 2015. I decided to put my money where my mouth was and use the same study tactics that I always tell my students to use—and it paid off with a perfect GRE score. Read more

What to Memorize for the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - What to Memorize for the GRE by Chelsey Cooley

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The GRE isn’t really about memorization. In order to keep the GRE fair, the test writers put 99% of the info you need right there in the questions themselves. They’re not interested in what you know—they’re interested in how you think.

That said, there are a few things that you do need to memorize for the GRE. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you memorize everything on this list, you’ll be ready to focus on solving problems. Read more

How to Study: Reviewing a GRE Practice Test

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Study: Reviewing a GRE Practice Test by Chelsey Cooley

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You’ve been studying for the GRE for a while now, and you’ve taken at least two GRE practice tests. (If not, start with this article instead!) Last time, we started discussing how to review a GRE practice test at a high level. This time, we’ll go even further: you can learn something from every single question on your GRE practice test. Here’s how. Read more