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Sometimes it is Greek: Bugaboo

Soaring oil prices are a real bugaboo for the average consumer.

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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Sometimes it is Greek: Cavalcade

The annual Art Car Parade in Houston, Texas is a fantastic cavalcade of fabulously decorated cars.

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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Sometimes it is Greek: Concatenation

A Concatenation of Unfortunate Events = Lemony Snicket for vocabulary gurus

Each week, “It’s not GREek!” will discuss and define 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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Should I cancel my GRE scores?

Taking the GRE is a scary enough experience, but even after you have finished the exam, you will be left with one major decision: do you want to see your scores or cancel them?

No matter how badly you thought you did on the test, you never want to cancel your score. Continue reading “Should I cancel my GRE scores?” »

Sometimes it is Greek: Bilk

Johan Tetzel, a bilker from the Middle Ages, claimed he was selling indulgences to help build a new church but instead pocketed the money for himself.

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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Sample Critical Reading Problem!

Below is sample critical reading problem that has appeared on the verbal reasoning section of a past GRE, along with a solution.

PROBLEM:

Question type! Inference

Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage?
(A) James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction.
(B) James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction.
(C) James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Bronte.
(D) James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels.
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Sometimes it is Greek: Polyglot

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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GRE Subject Tests Part 2

In addition to the GRE, ETS also offers eight GRE subject tests covering the following topics: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.  In our last post, we provided an overview of four GRE subject tests.  Below are the remaining four subject tests, along with the material covered and some basic information on the structure of the tests.  Happy studying! Continue reading “GRE Subject Tests Part 2” »