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PSAT Math: Functions

Functions act as rules that transform inputs into outputs, and they differ from equations in that each input must have only one corresponding output. For example, imagine a robot: Every time you give it an apple, it promptly cuts that apple into three slices. The following table summarizes the first few inputs and their corresponding […]

What’s a good GMAT score?

What’s a good GMAT score? When considering your GMAT score goal, it’s always wise to look at the averages for the schools to which you’re applying, especially in 2019’s competitive admissions cycle. There are great resources like U.S. News and World Report where you can search for averages at a wide variety of schools. For starters, […]

Top 10 Ways to Score Better on GRE Reading Passages

Better scores on the Reading Comprehension questions on the GRE can sometimes feel elusive. There are no “formulas” for GRE Reading Comprehension, but luckily there are some quick tips to better GRE scores on Reading Comprehension. These ten tips will help you turn a bad GRE score into a good GRE score. [ RELATED: Top 8 […]

How to Study for the GRE in 3 Months

By allowing yourself 3 months to study for the GRE, you have an excellent opportunity to put in the time necessary to get your best possible score. Your biggest challenge may be maintaining your motivation and momentum over this period. Think now about possible disruptions to your study schedule, such as busy periods at work or […]

PSAT Writing and Language: Verbs and Pronouns

On the PSAT Writing & Language Test, you will be asked to identify and replace unnecessary shifts in verb tense, mood, and voice. Because these shifts may occur within a single sentence or among different sentences, you will need to read around the underlined portion to identify the error.   In questions about shifts in […]

PSAT Writing and Language: Sentence Structure

On the PSAT, you will be need to be able to recognize and correct grammatically incomplete or substandard sentences. Additionally, you’ll have to recognize and correct inappropriate grammatical shifts in the construction of verb and pronoun phrases.   Run-ons and fragments create grammatically incorrect sentences. The PSAT requires that you know the specific rules governing […]

PSAT Math: Rational Expressions and Equations

A rational expression is simply a ratio (or fraction) of polynomials. In other words, it is a fraction with a polynomial as the numerator and another polynomial as the denominator. The rules that govern fractions and polynomials also govern rational expressions, so if you know these well, you’ll be in good shape when you encounter […]

PSAT Math: Polynomials

By now you’re used to seeing equations, exponents, and variables; another important topic you are sure to see on the PSAT is polynomials. A polynomial is an expression comprised of variables, exponents, and coefficients, and the only operations involved are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division (by constants only), and non-negative integer exponents. A polynomial can have one or multiple terms. The […]

PSAT Math: Exponents and Radicals

We often turn to our calculators to solve difficult radical and exponent problems, especially in math-intensive classes. However, being too calculator dependent can cost you time and points on the PSAT. Further, on the PSAT, many radical and exponent problems are structured in such a way that your calculator can’t help you, even if it […]

PSAT Math: Function Behavior and Transformations

When describing the graph of a function or an interval (a specific segment) of a function, the trend of the relationship between the x- and y- values while reading the graph from left to right is often important. Three terms you are sure to see in more difficult function questions are increasing, decreasing, and constant. Let’s […]