### 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

### The Last Week before Your GRE: What to Do

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**It’s the last week before your GRE! What should you do this week to maximize your odds of a great score? Read more**

### Your GRE Problem Log and the Myth of “Practice Makes Perfect”

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**If you’ve ever played a sport, learned a language, or played a musical instrument, you’ve heard the old saying: “practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, that saying is misleading. It’s possible to practice something for years and never get any better. (Just ask my childhood piano teacher!) What actually matters, what actually makes you improve, is one specific thing that happens ***during* practice: how you react to your mistakes. Read more

### Two GRE Math Terms to Banish from Your Lexicon

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**There are a few math terms that are banned from my GRE classroom. “I’m not a math person” is a big one. So is “You either know it, or you don’t.” Both of those sentences are untrue—they don’t describe how the human brain really works—and they’re also dangerous.**

The words that we choose are important. If we want to succeed on the GRE, we should talk about our learning in a way that reflects that. And if we want to do GRE Quant problems clearly and methodically, we should also talk about them clearly and methodically. That’s why, in addition to the “dangerous” math terms up there, there are a couple of other “dirty words” that I’ve banned from my classroom. If you cut these words and phrases out of your GRE Quant vocabulary, I promise that you’ll make fewer careless errors, understand problems more clearly, and feel more confident about your solutions. Read more

### More Fun with GRE Variables

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**In my last blog post, we practiced using variables to solve Quant word problems—and we solved some problems ***without* using variables, too. The big takeaway: you don’t have to start every word problem with a tidy little list of variables and equations! It’s okay to focus on the *numbers* in the problem first. However, variables are sometimes the key ingredient to getting a GRE problem right. In this article, we’ll try using variables to solve some tougher GRE Quant word problems.

Here’s one of my favorite problems from the 5lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems. Give it a try before you keep reading: Read more