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From acing the GRE to building a stellar application to paying for your graduate studies, the path to an advanced degree can seem a little daunting. We’re here to help. The GRE prep team at Kaplan offers you the best strategies and guidance to help you achieve your goals—all for free. Your path to grad school starts right now.

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GRE Probability Practice: Strategy and Shortcuts

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:46:25 +0000

GRE marble probabilityAlthough probability isn’t tested with high frequency on the GRE, it’s a concept that GRE students ask about (and stress out about) often. You’re best served devoting the majority of your time to topics that show up most commonly on the exam, such as arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. However, if you are hitting the high percentiles in math and aiming for a really strong GRE math score, it’s worth having a good understanding of basic probability concepts that you can use on the exam.

Probability Shortcuts

The practice problem we posted on Facebook  is an example of the type of question you might see on the GRE if you’re hitting around the 80th percentile and above. In a previous series on probability, we discussed how to approach these “at least” problems. In short, solve for the probability of the desired outcome NOT happening, and subtract ... Read full post

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Make GRE Math Calculations Simple

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:19:33 +0000

ETS, the maker of the GRE, posted a guide to the on-screen calculator on their site. The guide itself is very good, but I’d like to give special attention to a few of its points. Correctly using — or, more importantly, not using — the GRE on-screen calculator on Test Day has a big impact on your performance.

My favorite bit from the test maker’s guide was this tantalizing suggestion:

Avoid using [the on-screen calculator] for simple computations that are quicker to do mentally, such as 10 – 490, (4)(70), 4,300/10, sqrt(25), and 30^2.

I call this advice “tantalizing” because it’s absolutely correct — but the author doesn’t specify why the example computations are considered “simple.” Some students may not know why, for example, (4)(70) should be computed mentally. Let me show you why all of the above computations are, indeed, simple.

Make GRE Math Calculations Simple

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Looking for Patterns in GRE Arguments

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:30:13 +0000

While students often find it easy to spot patterns in the Quantitative section of the GRE, doing so in the Verbal section can seem like a more arduous task. This can be especially true in Critical Reasoning questions—those that ask you to evaluate an argument and then point out its flaw or assumption, or strengthen or weaken the author’s conclusion. To many students, each of the arguments they see on the test seems like a unique riddle to solve. But approaching every argument as its own, separate, special argument is a frustrating and inefficient way to move through this section of the test.

As you work through Critical Reasoning questions in your practice and homework, pay attention to the common argument patterns that the GRE tests over and over and over again. There are only a small number of types of arguments you’ll see on the test, and once you ... Read full post

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About the New GRE

About an hour longer than the former GRE, the new GRE includes more complex question types, a new user interface, a different algorithm for adaptivity, and a revised scoring scale. Learn more about the test with these blog posts from our experts.
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Is Graduate School Right for You?

Americans with a graduate degree earn an average of 35-50% more than those with just a bachelor’s degree.* But money is not the only reason to pursue a graduate degree. So, when weighing whether to attend grad school, what factors hold the most weight for you?

Time for a Career Change?

Many people make the decision to return to grad school after working in “the real world.” Some feel that their career options are otherwise limited. Others find that their interests and abilities have developed over the years and no longer have anything to do with their undergraduate education.

Make the Move into Management

After working in the trenches for a while and developing a strong sense of how your organization is run, you may be interested in moving up to the management level of your field. This move often requires some graduate education.

Is Teaching Where Your Heart Lies?
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Build an Effective Grad School Application

When it comes to applying to graduate school, your are “the product.” Your application is your marketing document. Marketing yourself doesn’t mean that you should lie or even embellish the facts. It simply means that you need to make a lucid and convincing presentation. Everything on your application should contribute to an overall picture of you that clearly demonstrates that you belong in the class and will make a solid contribution to the learning of your peers.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

The most common graduate admissions requirements include your undergraduate GPA (especially in your major), your GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. However, expectations and admission requirements vary from program to program. For example, if you are applying to a counseling psychology program, the admissions office will most likely be looking for experience in a “people-helping” profession. On the other hand, if you are pursuing an academic

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The GRE® Psychology Subject Test

The GRE Psychology Subject Test is designed to test advanced knowledge that a student applying to graduate school in psychology is expected to understand. The test requires knowledge of psychological vocabulary, names, and facts across a variety of psychological fields at the equivalent of an upper-level college class.

The Basics of the GRE Psychology Subject Test

The GRE Psychology Subject Test is a paper-and-pencil test consisting of 215–220 multiple-choice questions with five answer choices. The test spans 2 hours and 50 minutes and questions fall into one of three content categories:

  • Experimental or Natural Science-Oriented Questions (about 40% of questions), include learning, language, memory, thinking, sensation and perception, physiological psychology, ethology, and comparative psychology. They contribute to the experimental psychology subscore and the total score.
  • Social or Social Science-OrientedQuestions (about 43% of questions). are distributed among the fields of clinical and abnormal, developmental, personality, and social psychology. They contribute
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Practice & Events

You know the old saying “practice makes perfect”? Well, it couldn’t be more true when it comes to a high-stakes, standardized test like the GRE. Kaplan offers many free GRE practice opportunities online and in live events throughout the country. How will you do on the GRE? Let’s find out.

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Kaplan’s Grad Degree Video Series

Kaplan offers in-depth and expert advice on all aspects of the graduate program experience. Get started by watching our recordings with experts from public policy & administration, education, psychology and engineering.

Admissions Advice

How much weight should you give a school’s rank? What program will best suit your needs? Where are you most likely to be accepted? Trust Kaplan to provide the guidance you need to successfully navigate the entire admissions process—or any part of it.
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Use GRE Strategy on Your Grad School Applications

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:42:17 +0000

Studying for the GRE is critical to Test Day success. You must learn the structure of test, familiarize yourself with GRE strategy, master methods and strategies for every question type, and review content such as math concepts and vocabulary. With all the work that you’re going to be putting in to preparing for the GRE, you’ll be pleased to know that this prep work can help you accomplish more than simply doing well on the GRE.

Many of the skills that will help you succeed on Test Day can also help you succeed in your graduate school admission process. I recommend that you get your GRE studying in first, take the test and get the score that you need for the programs you are applying to, and then dedicate the time your graduate school applications.

Apply GRE Prep Tips to Your Grad School Applications

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Grad School: When is the Right Time to Go?

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:28 +0000

When is the right time to go to grad school?

This is an important question that prospective graduate students like yourselves should consider, for many reasons. I suspect that many of you view going to grad school as a given, a step that you will inevitably take, often immediately after completing your undergrad degrees. There is the belief (not entirely unfounded) that to advance in one’s career, one must possess an advanced degree. I found myself being subjected to these pressures as I approached the end of college; family members and friends alike suggested that I go to law school or business school or grad school. When I replied, “Why should I go to law school or business school if I’m not really interested in a law or business career?”, the answer I received was never really convincing enough. Typical responses were, “Well, it’ll come in handy in ... Read full post

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Kaplan's Grad School Admissions Consulting

You're going to pursue an advanced degree. One decision down, countless to go. Whether you're looking at masters or PhD, arts or sciences, professional or research programs, trust Kaplan's expert admissions consultants to help you answer these questions and more. Learn More

Financial Aid

Gaining acceptance to your top-choice grad school program is great, but you still have to pay for it. Kaplan's experts demystify the financial aid process and provide you with helpful tips and advice to unlock opportunities to help pay for graduate school.

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Grad School Debt and Financial Aid Plans

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:00:11 +0000

Here’s a Quantitative Comparison question for you – which Quantity is greater?

Quantity A) Debt for all Post-secondary students


Quantity B) Debt for the entirety of all American consumers


The answer is: Quantity A) Debt for all Post-secondary students.

Astounding though it might seem, according to FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, the latest figures show that student debt weighs in at $850 billion and was expected to surpass $1 trillion by the end of 2011. The Federal Reserve reports that consumers currently owe $828 billion in credit card debt.

How is this possible?  Well, as our President explained in a speech in Denver back in October, “Over the past three decades, the cost  of college has nearly tripled, and that is forcing you, forcing students, to take out more loans and rack up more debt.”  Obama offered up those words as he was introducing his new “Pay as You ... Read full post

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Financing Your Graduate School Education

No matter what you are planning to study in graduate school you need to figure out how you will pay for it. Watch this recording to learn how to navigate the financing process and understand your options for grants, scholarships and student loans.

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