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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

Read an Article a Day to Boost Your GRE Verbal Score

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Read an Article a Day to Boost Your GRE Verbal Score by Cat Powell

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I have a very vivid memory of taking the GRE and realizing that, in the middle of “reading” a Reading Comp passage, I was actually staring at the wall. I often share this anecdote in my first GRE class and ask how many students have had a similar experience; most hands go up. Read more

Study Like an Athlete: What Rock Climbing Taught Me about the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Study Like an Athlete: What Rock Climbing Taught Me about the GRE by Tom Anderson

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I’ve written before about how it’s healthy to think of GRE study more like an athletic event you’re preparing for and less like run-of-the-mill studying. If you study for the GRE by memorizing formulas and glancing at written explanations, you’ll likely get very little out of your study. 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

Fun with Etymologies on the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Fun with Etymologies on the GRE by Cat Powell

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Learning new words can be one of the most daunting parts of the GRE, particularly because the English language has such a large and varied vocabulary. This linguistic richness is the result, in part, of the language’s early history, which was shaped by German, Norman, and Scandinavian invasions, with each wave of arrivals bringing new contributions to the language. Read more

To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question by Tom Anderson

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If you’ve ever taken a GRE, you’ve encountered something like this:

Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question by Tom Anderson

This is a good ole GRE Quantitative Comparison question—a “QC” for short. They’re always the first questions you see on the test. And they always have the same answer choices. 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

5 Things the Winter Olympics Can Teach You about Prepping for the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 5 Things the Winter Olympics Can Teach You about Prepping for the GRE by Cat Powell

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Awkward confession: I cry when I watch the Olympics. A lot. I cry when people win, and I cry when people lose. Either way, watching someone focus a lifetime’s worth of hard work and dedication into a few minutes’ worth of performance is emotionally overwhelming, nerve-wracking, tragic, joyful, and, most of all, inspirational. And so, in honor of 2018’s Winter Olympics, here are five lessons from this year’s Olympians that you can apply to prepping for the GRE. Read more

7 GRE Study Habits of Highly-Effective Students

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 7 GRE Study Habits of Highly-Effective Students by Tom Anderson

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30 minutes of highly-focused study beats 2 hours of “half-studying.”

I’d like to share with you a little study mantra. This is something I firmly and absolutely believe to be true: “30 minutes of highly-focused study is far better than 2 hours of half-studying.” As much as one might try to make up for poor GRE study habits by slogging through a multi-hour weekend marathon session, it just doesn’t work. There are so many reasons to avoid such lengthy study sessions—increasing fatigue, impaired retention, general painfulness of sitting there for so long… Read more