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Take a GRE Break!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Take a GRE Break! by Cat Powell

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Around this time of year, as people recover from the holidays and contemplate winter vacations, I tend to get a lot of questions from students anxious about taking a GRE break. Will a week- or month-long vacation hurt their scores? Will they forget all the new math content they’ve learned? Should they bring their 5lb Book of GRE Problems on the plane with them?

The short answers: no, no, and you don’t need to, it’s available as an e-book. Read more

How to Study for the GRE: The First Two Weeks (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Study for the GRE: The First Two Weeks (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

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Last time, we discussed how to learn more about the GRE and how to prepare yourself to study efficiently during your first two weeks. Now, let’s look at a few more sample study sessions. How you study matters—and that can make the difference between an okay GRE score and a great one. Read more

The Perils of Half-Remembered GRE Vocab Words

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The Perils of Half-Forgotten GRE Vocab Words by Tom Anderson

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I’m going to give you two options. Which do you think would be more beneficial for your GRE Verbal score? Read more

Combating Careless GRE Math Mistakes

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Careless GRE Math Mistakes Cost Points

If you scored a 158 on your GRE Quant, you likely missed around 10-15 of the 40 questions you saw. A few of those may have been ones you didn’t know how to do. A few may have been ones you didn’t have enough time to solve. How many do you think were “careless GRE math mistakes”? 1 or 2? 5 or 6? Read more

GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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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

Play to Your Strengths on the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Play to Your Strengths on the GRE by Cat Powell

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In the first class of our GRE curriculum, we begin by talking about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. If we approach a new task with a fixed mindset—i.e. I am or am not good at this—we’re a lot less likely to improve at it. When we believe instead that we can and will improve if we work hard, we get better faster. The stories we tell ourselves about our abilities shape what we’re actually able to accomplish. Read more

Perfectionism is the Enemy of the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Perfectionism is the Enemy of the GRE by Tom Anderson

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Do you consider yourself a perffectionist?

Maybe you wouldn’t normally use that word to describe yourself, but be honest, didn’t the typo in the sentence above drive you at least a little bit crazy? Read more

How to Read a GRE Explanation

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Read a GRE Explanation by Chelsey Cooley

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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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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 6 Simple Tricks to Stay Calm During the GRE by Chelsey Cooley

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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

Guessing on the GRE and Moving On

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Guessing on the GRE and Moving On by Cat Powell

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Persistence is, in most endeavors, an admirable quality—just not when taking the GRE. For this test, knowing when to give up on a problem, guess, and move on, is a crucial skill. It’s important to remember that this is more than just a test of math knowledge or reading skills; it’s also a test of how one makes decisions under pressure. Read more