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Don’t State the Obvious: How to Keep the Analytical Writing Section Interesting

Recognize this man? He's William Wells Brown, an abolitionist and the first African American published playwright and novelist

Pop quiz:What historical or contemporary examples would you use to support an argument agreeing or disagreeing with the topics below?

“Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever  could.”

“The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority.”

“In any situation, progress requires discussion among people who have contrasting points of view.” Continue reading “Don’t State the Obvious: How to Keep the Analytical Writing Section Interesting” »

The Machine vs. The Pen: The Pros and Cons of a Computer Based GRE

gre testing centerMST vs. CAT

The computerized version of the old GRE was a CAT (Computer-Adaptive Test), which means that the difficulty level of the questions you saw depended on your performance earlier in the test. Thus, the more problems you were solving correctly, the harder the problems you would get (and vice versa). The purpose was to give you a score that most accurately represented your understanding of the concepts and materials covered by the test. In short, a CAT test will adapt after you answer each question (either getting slightly harder if you answer correctly or getting slightly easier if you answer incorrectly). However, there are a few disadvantages to this type of test: Continue reading “The Machine vs. The Pen: The Pros and Cons of a Computer Based GRE” »