Monthly Archive for May, 2012

Good Scores on the New GRE for Engineering Programs

Interested in going to graduate school in engineering? Wondering what a good score on the new GRE is for graduate programs in engineering? “It’s Not GREek!” breaks down the new GRE score ranges for US News & World Report’s top 150 graduate programs in engineering.

Top 50:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 159 – 166
Verbal Score Range for Admitted students: 154-160

Top 51-100:
Quantitative Score Range for Admitted Students: 156 – 160
Verbal Score Range for Admitted Students: 149 – 152
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Sometimes it is Greek GRE Vocabulary: Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots

This week, “It’s Not GREek!” is taking a break from its regular spotlighting of GRE vocabulary words to talk about some important prefixes.  Knowing these prefixes will help you break down unfamiliar words and make educated guesses about their meaning, leading to even higher scores on test day.

Similar Greek and Latin Prefixes

A nearly complete list of Greek and Latin prefixes and roots in English can be found here. Continue reading “Sometimes it is Greek GRE Vocabulary: Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots” »

Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Up Your Google Search Results

You know that the graduate school of your dreams is looking for candidates with a good score on the new GRE, a killer admissions essay, great research experience, and impressive recommendations, but did you know there’s another factor admissions officers could be considering? More and more graduate school admissions officers are also looking you up online.

Have you ever Googled yourself?  The results may surprise you, so make sure to do this at least once before you click “submit” on your graduate school applications.  Remember your angsty Xanga and Live Journal pages? Worse yet, does your Facebook profile show up under your Google searches? What about compromising tweets and Instagram photos? Continue reading “Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Up Your Google Search Results” »

Sometimes it is Greek GRE Vocabulary: Scintilla

Each week, “It’s not GREek!” will discuss a new word likely to appear on the GRE.  We aim not only to give you a new word to memorize, but also to provide you with some background and etymological history to help you remember it.  At the end of the post, we will also give you a sentence with a few other new words to add to your flash cards.  By following this weekly series, you should be more prepared than ever to tackle the sentence completion, sentence equivalencies, and reading comprehension questions on test day.

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Doctorate vs. Master’s Degrees: Factors to Consider Part II


In our last post, we discussed the financial and temporal considerations that should be at the forefront of your mind when deciding whether to pursue a Ph.D or a master’s degree.  This week, we will continue this discussion with some more factors you want to consider.

Career Goals

Unlike college, graduate school is not the place to go to figure out what you want to do with your life.  Prospective graduate students should have very clear career goals in mind.  Not only will this help you write a more effective personal statement, this will also help you decide whether a doctorate or master’s degree will be more helpful to you in your field.

 

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Sometimes it is Greek: August

Et tu, Brute?

Each week, “It’s not GREek!” will discuss a new word likely to appear on the GRE.  We aim not only to give you a new word to memorize, but also to provide you with some background and etymological history to help you remember it.  At the end of the post, we will also give you a sentence with a few other new words to add to your flash cards.  By following this weekly series, you should be more prepared than ever to tackle the sentence completion, sentence equivalencies, and reading comprehension questions on test day.

This Week’s Word:  August

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Good New GRE Scores for Education Graduate Programs

Wondering what a good score on the new GRE is for graduate programs in education?  US News & World Report recently released their 2013 rankings for several graduate programs.  Below, we discuss the average GRE scores for students accepted to education graduate schools this year, as well as some other important factors to consider.

 

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Sometimes it is Greek GRE Vocabulary: Balderdash

Each week, “It’s not GREek!” will discuss a new word likely to appear on the GRE.  We aim not only to give you a new word to memorize, but also to provide you with some background and etymological history to help you remember it.  At the end of the post, we will also give you a sentence with a few other new words to add to your flash cards.  By following this weekly series, you should be more prepared than ever to tackle the sentence completion, sentence equivalencies, and reading comprehension questions on test day.

This Week’s Word:  Balderdash

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