### GRE Word Problems: Favorite Tricks and Traps

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**The GRE is a fair test. GRE word problems will ***always* give you enough info to turn the words into the right equations. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll make the translation easy or obvious! To make tough GRE word problems tougher, the test writers use certain words and phrases that they know are frequently misinterpreted. This makes you more likely to write down the incorrect equations and more likely to get the problem wrong. Read more

### What to Bring to the GRE

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**Congratulations—it’s almost test day! Do you know what to bring to the GRE (and what you should leave at home)? Read more**

### GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems

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**The secret to understanding GRE remainder problems is in the word ***remainder *itself. Suppose you bake a dozen brownies, and while you’re at work, your roommate eats ten of them. The two brownies left over are the *remainder* of the batch. The mathematical term *remainder* refers to the same thing: what’s left over after something is taken away. Read more

### How to Read a GRE Explanation

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**If you’re using the 5lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems, you’ve probably noticed that every single problem has a detailed explanation in the back of the book. They were written by our own Manhattan Prep instructors, who worked hard to keep them clear, realistic, and helpful. **

But you know what? I sometimes wish those explanations weren’t in the book at all. Read more

### 6 Simple Tricks to Stay Calm During the GRE

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**Do you get the test-day jitters? Even when you’re taking a practice GRE? ****So do I, even though I’ve been taking the GRE for eight years. **Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about how to stay calm during the GRE and get a great score. Read more

### GRE Vocabulary Words that Change the Whole Sentence

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**Let’s take a look at some of the most useful GRE vocabulary words. These words don’t look that important on their own, but they can reverse the meaning of an entire phrase or sentence! Get started by trying out this GRE Text Completion question: Read more**

### How to Solve Any GRE Word Problem (Really)

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**Word problems get a lot of hate from students. When you read the explanation for a tough GRE word problem, it’s easy to feel like the solution came out of nowhere. Maybe it makes sense ***now*, but how were you supposed to figure it out on your own?

Fortunately, word problems really aren’t so bad—they’re just misunderstood. There’s a strategy for solving GRE word problems, just as there is for any other type of GRE Quant problem. Here’s a way to confidently solve *any* GRE word problem. Read more

### GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Average Speed

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**On the GRE, you will never, ever, ever, ***ever* have to average two speeds together. If a GRE Quant problem gives you two speeds (say, 40 mph and 60 mph), and you average them (ending up with 50 mph), you’ve just gotten that problem wrong. Read more

### GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Ratios

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**I recently had a great conversation about ratios with one of our MPrep GRE classes. It’s a tiny class, and only two students were there that day (hey guys!). When I shared a tricky ratio problem with them, both students had totally different, but equally reasonable, reactions to it. Here’s the problem: Read more**

### Careless Mistakes on the GRE: Go Slow to Go Fast

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**It’s okay to make mistakes on the GRE. You can miss plenty of problems and still get a great score. However, it matters ***why* you make those mistakes. Miss a problem because you don’t know how to solve it? That’s totally okay (as long as you don’t waste too much time). Miss a problem because you added two and three and got six? That’s a problem, and here’s how to fix it: **stop trying to go fast.** Read more