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Quantitative Comparison Strategies for the GRE

Quantitative Comparison problems are not like standard math problems you’ll find on the SAT or a common standardized test. Your job is not to find the correct answer amongst a group of answers (i.e. multiple choice) or to find the correct answer and write it in. You merely have to find out if one of […]

USMLE Step 1: Clinical Case Question Practice

Clinical case questions are distinguished by a fairly lengthy presentation of a patient’s history, physical exam findings, and maybe even lab results. Your task is to read through this detailed information and arrive at the best answer to the question being asked. The most important part of the clinical case question is the last sentence. […]

What’s Tested on the GRE: Algebra

  The use of variables to represent numbers is what differentiates algebra from arithmetic. Calculations in algebra may involve solving for a value of a variable that makes an equation true, or they may involve substituting different values for a variable in an expression. On the GRE, you will see some questions that are strictly […]

GRE Writing: 3 Tips for a Concise Essay

In academic writing, it’s essential to be concise. For those of you looking for GRE essay tips, the GRE awards your ability to be concise, forceful and grammatical. Let’s look at a common fault in writing: being too wordy. Here’s the trick: don’t use several words when one word will do. Many people make the […]

GRE Issue Essay: Practice Sample Prompts

The GRE Issue Essay will provide a brief quotation on an issue of general interest and instructions on how to respond. You must evaluate the issue and develop an argument with support for your side of the issue. In the GRE Issue Essay, you will be developing your own argument. The essay scoring for the Analytical […]

PSAT Official Practice Test and Explanations

Taking a PSAT practice test is one of the most important parts of your preparation for the PSAT. In the weeks before the test, you should set aside about 3 hours to take a PSAT practice test. In addition, you’ll want 2-3 hours minimum to review your performance, and use answers and explanations to target […]

GRE Argument Essay: Practice Sample Prompts

The GRE Argument Essay will contain a short argument that may or may not be complete, and specific instructions on how to respond. The GRE Argument Essay requires you to analyze and critique an argument. You must evaluate the logical soundness of the argument rather than take a side. In this task you do not […]

MCAT Practice Questions: Physics

A professor once said: Biology is chemistry. Chemistry is physics. Physics is life. Not surprisingly, this was the claim of a physics professor. Walking into MCAT preparation, many students think of physics as the least applicable science to medicine, reflecting on calculus-heavy premedical classes. But even in the medical field, physics is all around us. […]

PSAT Math: Linear Graphs

On the PSAT Math Test, working with equations algebraically is only half the battle. The PSAT Math Test will also expect you to work with graphs of linear equations, which means using lines in slope-intercept form and point-slope form. One of the most common forms of a linear equation is slope-intercept form, which is used […]

How Should You Prep the Night Before the PSAT?

The PSAT is tomorrow … dun dun dun! So what should you study the night before the PSAT? Actually, the PSAT isn’t as scary as you may think. Sure, getting a great score could qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship for college, but at the end of the day, this test is for you not for colleges, who […]