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El MBA: 5 razones de por qué debe tomarlo personalmente

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Las escuelas de negocios líderes a nivel internacional encuentran talento ejecutivo mediante reuniones uno a uno en Santiago el 8 de marzo.

En los años anteriores, la Maestría de Administración de Negocios (MBA por sus siglas en inglés) se ha convertido en un grado con alto valor, no solo en los campos relacionados con los negocios, sino en áreas tan diversas como la gestión de deportes y la aviación. Y con razón, ya que puede ser un activo para profesionales que desean dar a su carrera de directores un impulso, así como para aquellos que buscan un cambio hacia un campo distinto.

Incluso con más oportunidades para estudiar en todos los rincones del mundo, no se puede ignorar la competencia. Los programas de MBA líderes buscan candidatos ambiciosos y bien preparados para construir un cuerpo estudiantil diverso y una fuerte red de alumnos. Los aspirantes necesitan estar listos para invertir tiempo y esfuerzo en el proceso de aplicación de principio a fin.

Aquí está el por qué un acercamiento personal puede tomar mucho tiempo.

1. El MBA es un compromiso personal

Decidir hacer un MBA es una cuestión de carrera, estilo de vida y desarrollo futuro. La personalidad y método de una escuela son factores importantes que deben considerar los candidatos a un MBA. La forma en que diferentes programas de MBA cumplen las expectativas de cada quien se discierne con facilidad mediante una charla con sus representantes en persona.

2. Reuniones de negocios con las escuelas de negocios

Los aspirantes a MBA que están determinados toman la oportunidad de hablar de negocios uno a uno con los representantes MBA. Encuentran cuáles escuelas de negocios les permitirán alcanzar sus objetivos personales y profesionales. Las reuniones de MBA también permiten a los aspirantes recibir retroalimentación de cuán competitivos son para ser admitidos en la escuela.

3. 20 minutos constructivos

El acceso a un evento uno a uno de MBA permite a los profesionales reunirse con los representantes de las escuelas que fueron seleccionadas cuidadosamente para corresponder a su trasfondo y expectativas profesionales. Por consiguiente, la escuela y el candidato al MBA ya están familiarizados el uno con el otro y cada reunión de 20 minutos se invierte en discutir sobre los temas que más interesan.

4. Obtener una ventaja en la admisión

Los participantes de eventos uno a uno de MBA obtienen una rápida vista previa de sus oportunidades en la admisión al hacer las preguntas correctas y mostrar sus mejores habilidades de presentación. Entre las mejores, y por lo tanto las más competitivas escuelas de negocios que participan en el evento de acceso a MBA en Santiago el 8 de marzo se encuentran IESE, ESCP Europe, IE Business School, Hult International Business School, Manchester Business School y muchas más.

5. Guía profesional en tiempo real

Obtener un MBA es una experiencia única en la vida, y los aspirantes a un MBA aprecian los consejos de expertos. Antes, después y durante las reuniones con las escuelas de negocios, los visitantes del evento pueden recibir asesorías gratuitas sobre cualquier aspecto de la selección para el MBA, preparación para el GMAT, opciones de financiación, y las estrategias de aplicación al MBA para ayudar a garantizar una inversión de educación en negocios exitosa.

¿Por qué considerar un MBA?

  • Estudiar para un MBA puede ayudarlo no solo a aprender valiosas habilidades de negocios, sino también a establecer redes de contacto con profesionales reconocidos y exitosos en la industria.

 

  • Un mayor porcentaje de compañías en el Pacífico asiático, Europa, Latinoamérica y los Estados Unidos planean contratar graduados de MBA en 2017, comparadas con aquellas que así lo hicieron en 2016. Las compañías basadas en EE.UU. planean ofrecer a los recién graduados de MBA un salario base inicial que en promedio está en USD 110.000 en 2017, en comparación con USD 105.000 en 2016. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
  • 86% de los reclutadores de las corporaciones entrevistadas quienes trabajan directamente con escuelas de negocios participantes planean contratar recién graduados de MBA en 2017. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
  • A pesar de la incertidumbre política sobre el estado de inmigración y los programas de visa de trabajo, las compañías del Pacífico asiático, Europa, Latinoamérica y los Estados Unidos continúan con sus planes de contratar candidatos internacionales con grados en negocios. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)

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Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure

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Essay questions dealing with failure, risk, mistakes, and difficult interactions or conflict often cause applicants to cringe, squirm, and bite their nails. After all, like all of our clients, you want to show yourself succeeding and conquering the world in your essays and personal statements, not falling down. But there’s a reason why these questions are common. Schools want to see how you grow following a setback: Do you show resilience? Do you smile and try again? Do you view the stumble as temporary, move on, applaud your effort, and accept a helping hand when offered? Reading about setbacks is a way for the admissions committee to learn about your character.

Here are three tips to portray your setbacks as growth opportunities and occasions of achievement:

1. Focus on how failures lead to successes.

All humans make mistakes, and mistakes often lead to great things. You may accidentally stumble on a new idea or invention that you otherwise wouldn’t have encountered, or you may grow and learn how to become a greater person from the failure or disappointment. Thomas Edison, the inventor and businessman who invented the light bulb and phonograph, once said about his scientific experiments, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison took his failures in stride and reframed them to pave his way to success. You should do the same!

TIP: Choose an experience for your essay where you experienced feelings of failure, disappointment, frustration, or inadequacy. Define your “blew it” moment, but use your “failure” to demonstrate success, accomplishment, resilience and character.

EXAMPLE: Perhaps you made a mistake in the lab that cost you weeks of work, but you learned something important about lab techniques, and now you’ve become a more fastidious researcher as a result. (Note: this needs to go way beyond the normal trial-and-error nature of research.) Or perhaps your failure was personal: maybe you neglected an important relationship, and as a result of that loss, you’ve made a point of treating people with particular respect.

2. Focus on why something went wrong.

Another important theme of your essay should be a deep understanding of your negative experience. By discussing what went wrong and why it went wrong, you’re showing the adcom that you don’t just place blame on circumstances, but that you look for real answers and real solutions.

TIP: In your essay, reflect on the reasons behind your failure and the steps you took to avoid similar mistakes.

EXAMPLE: If you pushed to complete a work project resulting in resentment among colleagues, then you should write about the extra attention you now pay to the suggestions and efforts of your colleagues.

3. Focus on what you’ve learned from the experience on a personal level.

Not only do your failures help you stay away from future failures, they also impact you as a person.

TIP: Write about the importance of owning up to your mistakes. The humility and maturity that accompany owning up to your error are excellent self-improvement qualities to highlight.

EXAMPLE: If you made a programming error, a client caught it, and you accepted responsibility for your actions, you can write about how you’ve since implemented more stringent quality assurance protocols, and how you’ve accepted that you need better QA – that you aren’t infallible.

Of course, don’t just talk about “resilience.” Demonstrate it through anecdotes that show you picking yourself up, improving, acknowledging effort, persisting, and ultimately succeeding in one way or another. By portraying these qualities in your essay, you will convince the adcom that you can indeed conquer the world, or at the very least pick yourself up after you stumble.

Not sure how to move forward with a failure-themed essay? The admissions consultants at Accepted can brainstorm with you on how to present your best self even in tough situations. Be in touch today!

This article was originally posted on Accepted’s Admissions Blog.

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Best GRE Books 2017 – 2018 | GRE Book Reviews

Here at Magoosh, I’ve reviewed all the best GRE prep books over the years. Today, I’m happy to announce that I’ve made some updates to our Best GRE Books List! While not all of these books are from this year (some are far from it), the list offers my honest GRE book reviews and recommendations for the best GRE book options on the market. My goal is to keep you from sorting through the nimiety (that’s excess…a good GRE word) of bad GRE books out there.

Happy Studying!

Best GRE Books 2017 – 2018

It’s 2018 and there have been some changes on the GRE prep front, mainly from ETS (the test-maker). Now, in addition to two free, computer-based GRE practice tests you can take, called PowerPrep, the test-maker offers two additional, brand-new GRE practice tests called PowerPrep PLUS. Realistic test-taking practice is vital, and these can be great new tools to help you prep for a top score—I’ll talk a little more about how in the review below.

In this post, I list the best GRE prep books on the market and explain the positives and negatives of each. If you’re just interested in reading about one or two, use the links in the Table of Contents to jump to that section of the post.

Best GRE Prep Books

Without further ado, I present you with the list of the top 9 best GRE prep books/materials (in order) and three books deserving of an honorable mention (in no particular order).

Now that I’ve revealed my top picks, I’ll give you my honest reviews and tell you why each of these 9 books made the list. I’ll give you the pros and cons of each text, and suggest who might want to consider purchasing each book (and who can skip it).

A couple of notes before we continue:

  1. Under most reviews, clicking on each book cover will take you to Amazon.com, which generally has the lowest prices. Please note that the prices listed are subject to change. The particular prices given here are in US dollars and reflect the price of a new edition (unless otherwise noted) in January 2018. You can almost always buy a used version at a discount.
     
  2. Some of the books listed here are not the newest editions. Most publishers change very little content from one edition to the other. If I can save you money by recommending an old edition of a great book, then I’m going to do that!

Time for the good stuff!

1. Magoosh GRE Book

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It’s everything you love about Magoosh’s GRE product, in paperback form! For the first time ever, you can now order your very own Magoosh GRE prep book on Amazon. Our GRE students and experts have collaborated to produce the most cohesive GRE guide of all time. Between the covers, this 468-page book packs more than a hundred practice questions accompanied by comprehensive explanations—all pulled directly from our renowned online GRE prep product. Not only is the book loaded with tons of useful information, but each question and answer has been triple checked by industry experts to maximize students’ learning. If you’re in the market for a GRE book, we hope you’ll take a look at GRE Prep by Magoosh!

2. Free GRE eBooks

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Okay, they are not really books since unless you print them, you can’t physically hold them and flip through the pages (though an iPad can add a high degree of verisimilitude to the experience). Tangible or not, the eBooks are free and they provide a wealth of helpful strategies. Along with the rest of Magoosh’s free GRE resources, they are a great way to start your GRE journey, before deciding on which book to purchase. Here they are: Magoosh GRE eBooks
 

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3. ETS’s The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, 3rd Edition

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This is the holy grail of prep. If you can only buy one book, this is it. The tone of the voice may not be as friendly as the other books on the market. But if you can bear the dry content, you are getting by far the best practice since ETS writes the questions for the test.

Throw in four GRE practice tests, and the best GRE book on the market gets even better.

Here’s the full Magoosh book review: ETS Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test 3rd Edition Book Review

4. ETS’s Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions & Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

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This one’s a twofer. ETS published these two new books in 2014, and boy are we glad they did (they’ve been updated for 2017). The Verbal book contains tons of new questions, written by the makers of the GRE. The strategies are nothing new (you can learn all of those from this blog), but this book is a must-buy, if only for the quality of its practice questions. The Quantitative Reasoning book, on the other hand, contains both helpful practice problems and useful new strategies. A word of warning: these new math problems are really challenging. They’ll definitely require some extra attention, and will help you up your quant game.

5. PowerPrep and PowerPrep PLUS

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ETS Site:

  • PowerPrep 1: Free
  • PowerPrep 2: Free
  • PowerPrep PLUS 1: $39.99
  • PowerPrep PLUS 2: $39.99

By this point, you’ve probably noticed that ETS has a lot of products to help you prepare for the GRE. And they’re all excellent.

This is great news if you have a lot of time and money to spend before the test! Of course, if you don’t, it starts to get a little confusing (and to make it more confusing, ETS has repurposed some old tests! For all the info on this, check out Magoosh’s PowerPrep article).

Let’s clarify a couple things. First, there are two PowerPreps: the free version (just “PowerPrep”) and the paid versions (“PowerPrep PLUS,” two tests that cost $39.99 each).

No matter what, it’s a good idea to take at least one, and preferably both, of the free PowerPrep tests before your official exam. You’ll get to work with the computer format, and you’ll see questions straight from the test-makers.

If you have time, the PowerPrep PLUS tests do provide great practice—the explanations are a little brief, though it can be good practice to work out the processes on your own—but at a price. If you buy both of these exams, you’re basically paying half of what it costs to take the official GRE.

At the end of the day, it can be tricky to find great GRE practice tests, so if you’re preparing over a long period of time, buying at least one PowerPrep PLUS test is a good idea. But if you have a month or less before test day? You probably don’t need to make the investment.

6. Barron’s 6 GRE Practice Tests

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This book is not perfect, even in its second edition. But in terms of sheer content, it is better than the Barron’s general GRE guide. Check out our review of the book here. Everything I wrote about the first edition is still true in the second; in short, this book is solid enough if you use it as a question bank, but the pacing of the tests is so off that you shouldn’t use it for its intended purpose (that is, as six practice tests).

7. Practicing to Take the GRE General Test, 10th Edition

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Sure, this is a version of the old GRE, and the old, old GRE at that (the tests were taken from 1991, a year some of you had yet to enter the world). Yes, the math is much easier. Still, these are questions created by the writers of test, so the traps are classic GRE. I wouldn’t use this as a foundation for my GRE test prep, but check out the review to see if it’s a good fit for your studies: Practicing to Take the GRE, 10th Edition Book Review

The Reading Comprehension passages are still tough and make for good practice. And while they’ve cut the Antonym and Analogy sections, the antonym questions still make for good practice (the analogies contain many ridiculous words, such as names of tools and sewing implements).

7. The Manhattan GRE Series (MGRE) – Books One Through Eight

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*Pricing depends on how many of the books you opt to purchase.

This series contains eight (mostly excellent) books written by those with years of tutoring experience. This fact really shines through in the authorial voice this series uses. You feel as though there is a highly intelligent, but fun, laid back tutor walking you through the material.

The six free online tests you get by simply buying any one of the eight books makes MGRE a no-brainer if you want expert guidance and great practice. I’ve got a full review here: Manhattan GRE Series

8. Vibrant’s GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to Real Essay Topics Books

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These books from Vibrant Publishing—GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to Real Essay Topics, Books 1 and 2—are a welcome addition to the GRE literature scene. Not because they’re perfect, but because they contain GRE sample essays…something few books have. They’ll help you craft a decent response to a range of GRE essay topics (that’s if you can ignore the formatting issues that occasionally occur here…again, these books are not perfect).

However, because ETS provides the Issue and Argument topic pools in advance, Vibrant has filled in a market gap by providing a breakdown of each prompt and then a sample essay. Each book has both Issue and Argument essays, so it’s probably not worth buying both. (If you think you’ll be able to memorize the 120 essays in these books, a) think again and b) your time will be far better spent thinking about how to approach the essays more generally.)

Not required reading, but definitely helpful if you want to improve your essay score.
 

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GRE Book Honorable Mentions

The Princeton Review, Cracking the GRE, 2018 Edition

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This book is generally substandard, and if after reading my review (see below), you are surprised I’m pairing it with this top 9 list, then I owe a quick explanation: the inclusion of The Princeton Review book speaks to the generally low quality of GRE prep books out there.

Nonetheless, I still somewhat like this book for its helpful big-picture strategies. These strategies are mostly absent from the Official Guide (though I share similar strategies in the eBook and on the blog).

That said, two major caveats: Do not use this book if you are looking for a high score. The strategies are very generic; they apply to most standardized tests, and they won’t help you understand the nuances or advanced concepts in the GRE. Secondly, do not do the questions, unless you are scoring way below 50% and are just starting off on the GRE. From this book glean some helpful strategies that you can use on actual test questions. Otherwise, this book is not of much use.

Since this book remains almost exactly the same from year to year, here’s the review of an older version: Princeton Review: Cracking the New GRE 2012 Book Review

Kaplan GRE Premier 2017 Book Review

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The 2017 Kaplan book has the same problems the book has had since 2011. Test prep strategies that are unnecessarily complex and not that innovative, followed by subpar questions. That is, these questions aren’t like what you’ll see test day in terms of difficulty or style. Don’t waste your time with this book—it manages to be both too complex and too simple at the same time. That’s no easy feat, but it does mean you should steer clear.

McGraw Hill’s New GRE with 8 Practice Tests

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The GRE Official Guide happens to be published by McGraw Hill. But don’t think this book is in anyway related to the actual GRE. The questions are shoddily constructed.
 

Editor’s Notes:

1) This article belongs to a series of posts designed to help you start your GRE prep. To see the other posts, download the GRE Prep App for iPhone or Android.

2) This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been annually updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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5 Tips for Acceptance to a Physician Assistant Program

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Over the years, I’ve helped many students get accepted into Physician Assistant (PA) Programs across the country. To apply to PA programs, you will use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). To help you send in an application that effectively presents your qualifications, I’m including five tips below to ensure that you, too, will be successful in applying:

1. Review the CASPA Application BEFORE you apply as part of your preparation.
In order to strategize, it’s helpful to review all sections of the application so that you can make careful decisions about how you will approach each one and how you will set yourself apart as an applicant. Create a to-do list with a timeline that is realistic for your schedule.

2. After identifying the programs that you want to apply to, check each individual program’s requirements because they vary.
Before you begin taking the prerequisite coursework, double check the websites for the schools where you are interested in applying. If you have already taken your coursework, confirm that you have met these requirements before submitting your application.

3. Make sure your recommenders meet the recommender requirements for the schools you are applying to, and request the letters of recommendation early.
Different schools will require different combinations of letters. For example, if a program requires a letter from a PA on your behalf, do not apply to that school if you can’t find a PA to write a letter for you. It’s worth taking the time to check what the letter requirements are, because they could limit the number of schools you apply to.

4. Order a copy of your transcript, and review it before you order copies to be mailed to each program.
It’s important to review a copy of your transcript for errors. They happen. Give yourself enough time to correct any errors before you need to order copies to submit to CASPA. The transcripts should be mailed four weeks before your deadline. It takes that same length of time for your application to be processed before it can be mailed to each individual program.

5. Begin working on your application essays early.
Since these essays represent you, take the time to make sure they offer a true reflection of your character. Since it can seem overwhelming to decide what details to include or what to highlight about your background, working with an expert admissions consultant like me and my colleagues at Accepted can give you a significant advantage. I want my clients to be excited to submit their applications because they are so proud of the essays that they have written.

Be thoughtful with your essays and words, and carefully explain your background and reasons for applying. For assistance in these areas, contact me or my colleagues at Accepted.

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted admissions consultant specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

This article was originally posted on the Accepted Admissions Blog.

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How To Study for the GRE in One Month

This Magoosh One Month GRE Study Plan is designed for those of you who are wondering how to study for the GRE on your own. How can you effectively prepare for the GRE test at home when you have competing priorities—school, work, family, hobbies—all demanding your time?

The key is to commit yourself to a plan that is both flexible and effective in the short-term. Our 1-Month Study Schedule tells you exactly what you should do every single day to get your best GRE score in the one month you have before your GRE exam date.

We developed this plan to be used by any student prepping for the GRE, but it works best when paired with one of the Magoosh GRE plans—we designed it specifically to help you move through Magoosh’s lessons and practice questions in an efficient and effective manner.

One month is not a lot of time to prepare for the GRE, but we promise that it is doable if you work hard and commit to following this schedule! 🙂

Before you really get started, we’d like to highlight some helpful features of this plan:

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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week One

Welcome to the first week of the study plan! Before you begin, two quick reminders:

  1. This study schedule was created to accompany Magoosh GRE prep. Find a list of all the essential materials here, and make sure to have them organized and ready before you begin.
  2. Never forget an assignment by adding this study schedule with your Google Calendar:

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Week One, Day One

    1) Go to ETS.org, and read about the content of the GRE. Click on and read each sub-heading link.

    2) In the Official Guide,

    Read Chapter 1 “Introducing the GRE revised General Test”

    Read Chapter 2 “GRE Analytic Writing”—skim or skip the example essays and the commentary on them, and read everything else

    Read Chapter 3 “GRE Verbal Reasoning”—just the introductory pages, before the Sample Question Set

    Read Chapter 5 “GRE Quantitative Reasoning”—just the introductory pages, before the Sample Questions

    You could also start with our Complete, Hassle-Free Guide to the GRE to get an overview of the test.

    3) Start reading through the GRE Math Review in the Official Guide, up to the Arithmetic Exercises. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar. Do the Arithmetic Exercises and correct your answers.

    NOTE: Many GRE test takers struggle with remembering math, so for these readers, we suggest working through of the Official Guide’s Math Review section during this first week. If you are someone for whom math comes easily: skim this section, do the exercises, and spend the rest of the time devoted to this building your vocabulary, using our flashcards and possibly more, such as Princeton Review’s book Word Smart.

    4) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Intro to the GRE: watch all 10 videos

    In Math: watch the first 5 videos

    In Verbal: watch the first 3 videos

    If the content in the video is new to you or relatively unclear, take notes on it in your journal. If the content is very familiar, feel free to click ahead to the summary at the end, just to verify that you understand it all.

Week One, Day Two

    1) Continue reading through the GRE Math Review, up to about halfway through the Algebra section. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar.

    2) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    NOTE: If you are close to finishing a module you want to finish, feel free to move a lesson or two up a day or back a day so you can finish the module. As long as you are reading these average numbers, some give-and-take is fine. Also, when you get to end of a module, take the quiz, and keep reviewing until you pass the quiz.

    3) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible.

    4) In Magoosh Practice, in Math, do 10 Multiple Choice (MC) questions, 15 Quantitative Comparison (QC) questions, and 3 Data Interpretation (DI) questions. Filter for “Math” in Section. Uncheck all of the Subjects (Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Data Interpretation, etc.), set the Difficulty to “Adaptive”, Question Pool to “Unanswered”, Time to “No Limit”, and Mode to “Practice Mode”. You are not entering a practice time beforehand, but keep a pace of 90 sec/question, or 15 minutes for 10 questions.

    Notice you are doing ALL topics from the get-go, whether you have already studied these or not. This means that you will make some mistakes at the beginning: see this post on a productive attitude toward making mistakes. If, after a week or so of practice, you find that there is simply too much new material for you, then narrow your studies to those topics you’re more actively studying plus one or two that you’re unfamiliar with. You should be constantly challenged. If you do narrow the topics of study, expand back to as wide a scope as possible as quickly as possible.

    Also, in Verbal, do 10 Text Completion (TC) questions, 10 Sentence Equivalence (SE) questions, and 10 Reading Comprehension (RC) questions. Similar settings as above.

    NOTE: for each RC, you should do all the questions (usually 3) associated with a passage on one sitting. This may mean you do 9 RC questions some days, and 12 some days. That’s fine, as long as the average pace is around 10 RC questions/day.

    For each Magoosh problem, after you submit your answer, on the next page which tells you whether you were right or wrong, there’s a video solution and below that a text summary. If you got the question right, skim the text summary to verify you got it right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, watch the video, taking notes in your journal about any concept or any aspect of the question type that was unclear to you.

    NOTE: For all math, you will be doing mixed practice. The temptation is to work on what you are studying at the moment, but that fails to simulate real test conditions. You don’t really understand a concept until you can answer a question about it in mixed practice. At the beginning, we know you will make mistakes on topics that you have studied in depth yet, and that’s OK. See this post on having a productive attitude toward mistakes. If you make mistakes and the beginning and study them well, that will prime your mind for deeper understand when you learn more about those concepts in the lessons.

Week One, Day Three

    1) Continue reading the GRE Math Review, up to the Algebra Exercises. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar. Do the Algebra Exercises and correct your answers.

    2) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    3) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    4) In Magoosh Practice, do math problems. Again, check off all of the Subjects (Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Data Interpretation, etc.), set the Difficulty to “Adaptive”, Question Pool to “Unanswered”, Time to “No Limit”, and Mode to “Practice Mode”. Do

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    In verbal, do

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week One, Day Four

    1) Continue reading the GRE Math Review, up to the Geometry Exercises. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar. Do the Geometry Exercises and correct your answers.

    2) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    3) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    4) In Magoosh Practice, do

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

    NOTE: If each day’s work is taking a long time, trim the number of questions in each section, rather than cutting one question type completely. If you must, reduce quantities, but always retain the diversity in your practice.

Week One, Day Five

    1) Continue reading through the GRE Math Review, up to about halfway through the Data Analysis section. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar.

    2) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    3) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    4) In Magoosh Practice, do

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week One, Day Six

    1) Finish reading through the GRE Math Review. Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar. Do the Data Analysis Exercises and correct your answers.

    2) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 5 videos

    In Writing: watch all 10 videos

    3) Download and start reading the Magoosh GRE eBook. Continue reading whenever you have the time over the course of the next two weeks.

    4) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each. You will write one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

    The good news is that any prompt that you could possibly see test day is already on the ETS website: the pool of possible Issue prompts and the pool of the possible Argument prompts.

    For each essay, you can choose the essay prompt at random from the respective pool, or you might want to choose an essay topic that seems challenging to you. Write the essay in a word processing program. If you can turn off the spell check all the better—you won’t have the luxury of spell check test day. For each essay, hold yourself to a strict 30 time limit.

    Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, ask them to read the essays for you and critique them. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the Official Guide, and ask them to follow it. If you can afford it, hire a writing coach or writing tutor: show that tutor the assessment criteria in the OG, and have them give you feedback. If you can’t afford a writing tutor and can’t convince anyone else to read it, you may try posting them on TheGradCafe, and see whether an expert there will critique your essay. Failing any of these options, at least you can set the essays aside, and in a couple days re-read them with the Official Guide’s rubric beside you.

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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Two

Week Two, Day One

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Two, Day Two

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Two, Day Three

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Two, Day Four

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Two, Day Five

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Two, Day Six

    1) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each. You will write one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

    For topics, go back to the topic pools on the ETS website, and pick a topic. Write the essays in Word.

    When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in TheGradCafe, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

    2) In the Official Guide:

    a) do the Verbal Reasoning Practice Sets 1-6

    b) do the Quantitative Reasoning Practice Sets 1-4

    Treat this as a mock GRE. You might even combine it with the two essays, and do consecutive batches 2-3 sets without interruption, to simulate more effectively a real GRE. Set a timer for the time limits. Here are the time limits to observe:

    Verbal Reasoning Set 1 = 9 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 2 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 3 = 9 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 4 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 5 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 6 = 10 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 1 = 22 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 2 = 23 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 3 = 24 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 4 = 11 minutes

    After you are done, check all your answers. For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason. For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out. If you still can’t make sense of the question after reading the explanation, email us at Magoosh.

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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Three

Week Three, Day One

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    10 Multiple Answer math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Three, Day Two

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    10 Multiple Answer math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Three, Day Three

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    10 Numeric Entry math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Three, Day Four

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    10 Numeric Entry math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Three, Day Five

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Three, Day Six

    1) Today, you are going to take one of the hard-copy practice GRE at the back of the Official Guide.

    For the two essay questions, write the essays in a word processing program. These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

    As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

    You can take a short break when you are done, but before too long, grade the entire thing while it is still fresh in your mind. Study the solutions for any problems you got wrong, and right observations in your journal.

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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Four

Week Four, Day One

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Four, Day Two

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos

    In Verbal: watch the next 4 videos

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Four, Day Three

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos, new lessons

    In Verbal: you should be just about done with verbal lessons. Watch the remaining few videos.

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Four, Day Four

    1) In Magoosh Lessons, watch the following videos:

    In Math: watch the next 10 videos, new lessons

    Also, pick any four lessons, math or verbal, that you feel you need to review, and watch those.

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do

    10 Multiple Choice math questions

    15 Quantitative Comparison math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

    Week Four, Day Five

    In Math: you would be about done with the math lessons; watch any remaining lessons.

    In addition, pick any four lessons, math or verbal, that you feel you need to review, and watch those.

    2) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10-30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    3) In Magoosh Practice, do the following questions at minimum:

    20 Multiple Choice math questions

    3 Data Interpretation math questions

    10 Text Completion verbal questions

    10 Reading Comprehension verbal questions.

Week Four, Day Six

    1) Today, you are going to take the PowerPrep test on your computer.

    As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

    At the end, copy the essays you wrote into a Word doc, and as before, these you will share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric. Give yourself a short break when the test is done, and then check all your work, studying carefully the questions you got wrong.

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Extra Study Days: GRE exam study tips for any remaining days

    Keep working on GRE math and verbal every day. Suggestions:

    1) Keep watching 10-12 Magoosh videos a day. Go back and re-watch any videos in which you think you need to learn the topic more thoroughly.

    2) You should have answered most of the Magoosh questions at this point; you can finish any remaining questions. You can try again Magoosh questions that you have already answered, and see if you do better on the question the second time around.

    3) Keep drilling your stack of vocab cards every day
    4) There’s a second PowerPrep test you can take on the computer. There’s also another paper GRE in the back of the OG: even if you don’t take that under “test like” conditions, it still would be good to work through all the problems.

Day Before GRE Exam: Relax!

GRE Test Day

    1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GRE PREPARATION!

    2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein.

    3) Do relaxing, fun activities to pass the time until the test.

What to bring to the GRE test

    1) A liter of water

    2) Healthy, energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)

    3) On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch—moving & stretching the large muscles of the body (legs & torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

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Important Info Before You Begin This Study Plan

If this is your first time visiting this study schedule, then we highly recommend that you start by learning more about how it works. This study schedule requires Magoosh GRE prep, so if you haven’t yet purchased a plan, you can do so here.. Then, review the welcome materials:

Is this the right GRE study schedule for you?

  • If you’d like broader goals for each week (with less focus on math basics), try this 30-day schedule instead.
  • If you have less time or more time, check out our other study schedules, ranging from 1 week to 6 months, including GRE study plans for beginner and advanced students, or math- or verbal-focused study schedules.
  • If you need help with strategizing your study, check out some tips for making the most of your study plan.
  • Finally, if you need to adapt this GRE study plan to meet your needs, check out this blog post for adjustment tips!

Are you convinced that this is the right plan for you? Awesome! Let’s figure out what materials you’re going to need.

How to Study for the GRE in One Month: Your Game Plan

Here’s an outline of what the next month of your life is going to look like:

    Step 1: Daily Quantitative and Verbal concept review, GRE vocabulary study, and lessons on GRE-specific strategy
    Step 2: Daily practice questions on the concepts and strategies you’ve just learned
    Step 3: Weekend essay writing practice and mock GRE practice tests, simulating real test conditions
    Step 4: Sleep, confidence-boosting exercises, and healthy eating the days before the test

It’s a simple formula with proven success!

Let’s keep going!

GRE Study Plan Essential Materials:

These materials make up the daily assignments in this study schedule. They aren’t all free, but they are all incredibly effective!

GRE Preparation Supplemental Materials:

At the beginning of this post, we listed the essential materials that you’ll need for this study schedule. The following materials are not required to complete this study schedule, but may prove valuable if you’re looking for additional resources.

A Few Important Notes Before You Get Started

A note about learning GRE vocabulary

First of all, it’s important not only to learn the literal dictionary definition (the denotation), but also to understand the metaphorical use of the word in context (the connotation). For example, the word “opaque” literally means “not transparent”, but metaphorically it can means “hard to understand” or, describing a person, it can mean “thick-headed, stupid.” Ultimately, you should strive to learn both the denotation and the connotation of each word.

Daily review of vocab is vital. We wrote this schedule recommending the Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, but DO NOT limit yourself to just these words. As you read and find more words you don’t know, look them up, make flashcards (including context), and make your own flashcard decks. You could have one pile for words whose denotation you are trying to master, another containing words for which you know the denotation but not the connotation, and a “done” stack that gets reviewed only rarely.

A note about your prep books

Don’t write in any of the test prep books, because for any of them, after a period of time you may want to go back and do a problem again that you haven’t seen for a while. You can only start it fresh if the page is free of your marks.

This one-month plan is a furiously intense pace, designed to have a person improve as much as possible in a month’s time. We have designed four weeks, assuming 2-4 hours for each of the five weekdays, and one 5-6 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”). If you would prefer to work on both weekend days, and free up some weeknight time, feel free to make those changes. Note: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 2-4 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students. It is possible that a day’s assignments will take significantly longer, and you may have to devote longer weekend sessions to finishing the week’s work.

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this month. REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM. If you are getting 7 hours/night instead of 8 hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering. Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

We realize it will be hard both to follow this plan diligently and get 8+ hr/night of sleep if you are working full-time. If you are working full-time, it will be very hard to improve as much as you could in only one month’s time, and we would recommend pushing the test date a little further back, if possible. If that’s not possible, then just do as much of this plan as you can, as much as time will allow.

A note about additional materials

Magoosh contains all the information you need for wild success on the exam and many students have achieved spectacular results using nothing but Magoosh. Nevertheless, this plan recommends that you buy additional materials and use them, in addition to the Magoosh materials. Here’s why: These plans were structured with far-reaching pedagogical principles in mind, and a deep consideration for how the human brain learns. Most people cannot hear or read something just once and, from that single hearing, remember it completely and understand it fully.

At Magoosh, we are very ambitious for our students; we want them to learn as thoroughly and as masterfully as possible. We recommend using these additional resources to provide additional practice, alternative explanations, and extra review. Not every student will need or want additional materials, but for those who do, the books we recommend are the best for the overall goal of doing very well on the exam.
 
 

If you’re still not sure if this is the right study plan for you, please leave us a comment below. Otherwise, jump back to the top of the post and start studying. Good luck!

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Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, encouraging people with minority backgrounds, unusual educational histories, or unusual family histories to write about their background.

How Are YOU Diverse?

First the easy answer: If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants, or someone whose ethnicity is considered a minority in the US, you might find this question an interesting one to show how your background will add to the mix of perspectives at the program you are applying to.

Of course if you’re not a minority and don’t fall into one of those categories – and those are elements that you have no control over, so you can’t just jump into one of those categories – that doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to write about. If you are applying to school after having an unusual experience for applicants, like serving in the military, becoming part of a dance troupe, or caring for disabled relative, you can use your experience to evoke the way in which you will bring diversity to campus.

Why Does Diversity Matter?

The more diverse perspectives found in the classroom, throughout the dorms, in the dining halls, and mixed into study groups, the richer the discussions will be and the more creative the teams will become. Plus, learning and growing in this multicultural environment will prepare students for working in our increasingly multicultural and global world.

Different Ways to Show Your Diversity

When guiding our clients in highlighting their diversity, we discuss their family’s culture, traditions, and perhaps challenges they faced as a result of their country’s or ethnicity’s geo-political and economic situation. We then advise them to highlight how these distinctive aspects of their background and experience have influenced their development and character. Our clients learn to focus their applications on the unusual and distinctive experiences that have shaped them.

Here are a few examples that can help you do the same:

  1. You grew up with a strong insistence on respecting elders, attending family events, or learning your parents’ native language and culture.
     
  2. You are close to grandparents and extended family who have taught you how teamwork can help everyone survive.
     
  3. You have had to face and deal with difficulties that stem from your parents’ values being in conflict with those of your peers.
     
  4. Teachers have not always understood the elements of your culture or outside-of-school situation, and how they pertain to your school performance.
     
  5. You suffered from discrimination, and formed your values and personality traits around your success in spite of the discrimination.
     
  6. You learned skills from a lifestyle that is outside the norm – living in foreign countries as the child of diplomats or contractors, performing professionally in theater, dance, music, or sports, or communicating with a deaf sibling.

It’s not just about who your parents are. It’s about who you are – to the core. Your background, your influences, your religious observances, your language, your ideas, your work environment, your community experiences – all of these factors come together to create a unique individual, an individual who can contribute to a diverse class and a diverse world.

Writing about Diversity

At Accepted, we advise our clients that their diversity essay should focus on how their experiences have built their empathy for others, their resilience, their character, and their ideas. Ask yourself: WHO are you? WHAT have you done? HOW do you think? These elements will serve as the framework for your essay.

Remember: You don’t need to be a tightrope walker living in the Andes to pass the diversity test. You need to have invested yourself in the world of diversity – to have lived and breathed uniqueness – in order to write successfully about how you will contribute to your school’s diverse population.

Click here to get your Diversity Checklist, a tool we’ve created to help you understand how you fit into the diversity mosaic and what you can do to best express your unique qualities to the adcom.

This article was originally posted on the Accepted Admissions Blog.

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Linda Abraham is the founder and CEO of Accepted, the top-tier admissions consultancy that helps you unlock your competitive advantage. For the last 20 years Linda and her highly credentialed, experienced team have helped thousands of applicants get accepted to top colleges and graduate schools worldwide. The Wall Street Journal, US News, and Poets & Quants, are among the publications who seek out her expertise.

Taking the GRE in Nigeria

With nearly 4,000 tests administered in 2016, Nigeria ranks 10th amongst countries with the most GRE-takers. Below we’ll be discussing everything you need to know to take the GRE in Nigeria, including information on testing centers, registration, and fees.

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Taking the Computer-Based GRE in Nigeria

The computer-based GRE is offered by five testing centers spread across three cities within Nigeria:

Abuja

Jos

Lagos

Testing is offered year-round at these locations. However, each center typically only offers one to two test dates per month, so it’s important to find a date and location that meets your requirements. You can use ETS’s Find Test Centers and Dates tool to see the exact availability. Once you’ve found a place and time that works, visit ETS’s website to view instructions for online or phone registration.

Taking the Paper-Based GRE in Nigeria

The paper-based exam is also administered at two locations in Nigeria for those with limited computer access:

Aba

  • Dority International Secondary School
    Test Center Code: 10068

Benin City

  • Edo House/Debyl Ltd
    Test Center Code: 10058

The paper-based exam is offered far less frequently than the computer GRE—there are only three potential dates to take the paper test each year. Exact dates vary, but they typically occur in early February, early October, and early November. To sign up for the paper-based exam, you can create an online account and follow these directions from ETS. Alternatively, you can print and mail ETS’s Registration Form for the Paper-delivered GRE.

Cost and Fees for Taking the GRE in Nigeria

ETS lists all fees for the GRE on their website. At a minimum, test-takers will need to pay a registration fee of 205 USD (around 74,000 NGN at the time of this writing). Please select your test date carefully, as rescheduling will incur a 50 USD fee.

Once you have your scores, the first four score reports you send are free. To send any score reports beyond these, you’ll need to pay 27 USD to the ETS for each additional score report. If you believe there was an error in the judgment of your writing (AWA) section, you may request a re-grading for 60 USD.

Please note, as ETS mentions here, only Visa, PayPal and voucher numbers are accepted as payment for those looking to take the GRE in Nigeria.

Taking the GRE in Nigeria: Conclusion

Taking the GRE in Nigeria is really no different than taking it in any other part of the world. And like anywhere else, you’ll want to be properly prepared for the exam before you walk through the test center’s doors! Consider signing up with Magoosh as you embark upon your test prep journey, and good luck!

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GRE FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the GRE

The GRE is a long, complex exam that requires many hours of preparation. Students are bound to have various questions as they progress through their studies. Thankfully, our test experts have thoroughly analyzed the most prevalent questions in our GRE FAQ blog post series.

Below, you’ll find a sampling of the five most common questions we see. For the full list of our GRE FAQ blog posts, see the bottom of this post.

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1. How long is the GRE?

Excluding breaks, the test length is three hours and forty-five minutes. This includes:

  • The writing sections (60 minutes total)
  • Two verbal sections (30 minutes each, 60 minutes total)
  • Two quantitative sections (35 minutes each, 70 minutes total)
  • One ungraded experimental section (30-35 minutes)

For an in-depth breakdown, see our post How Long is the GRE?

2. How much does the GRE cost?

At a minimum, everyone who takes the GRE must pay a mandatory $205 registration fee. However, there may be late fees, rescheduling fees, and other costs depending upon your situation. See our How Much Does the GRE Cost post for more details.

3. What are the best GRE books?

The offerings from ETS—including the Official Guide, the Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, and the Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions—are the best GRE books you can find. ETS is the same company that produces the GRE itself, so the material in these books is written to the same specifications as content you’d find on a real GRE.

Aside from these, we recently published our own physical book: GRE Prep by Magoosh. The book is carefully curated by our experts, and we believe it is one of the strongest third-party GRE books available.

We also have a series of free eBooks and resources that may be found below:

For an in-depth look at physical GRE materials, head over to our Best GRE Books post, or our consult our full list of GRE Book Reviews.

4. Can I use a calculator?

GRE test-takers will have access to a simple calculator capable of performing addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and square root operations.

That being said, we are strong advocates of avoiding the calculator whenever possible. The GRE is not testing your ability to punch numbers into a machine. Instead, the GRE is analyzing your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Most problems will not require a calculator at all, and it is typically quicker to perform simple operations mentally. Granted, there will be a few problems—like those involving multiple decimals, or multiplication/division of complex numbers—where calculator use is warranted. But for the most part, relying on mental math is the best strategy.

For further discussion, check out our post Can you Use a Calculator on the GRE?

5. What is adaptive testing?

Adaptive tests use computer algorithms to “adapt” to the user’s skill level. The GRE is adaptive between sections. This means questions within a given math or verbal section will not change depending upon your performance. However, after completing a section, the next section you see will be adjusted to your abilities, based on the results of the previous section. In other words, performing better on your initial section will lead to a more difficult second section. But this is a good thing—those who advance to more difficult sections will typically receive higher scores than those who are relegated to easier sections.

For additional information concerning this process, see: Is the GRE Adaptive?

Now it’s your turn: Are there any other questions you’d like to see added to our GRE FAQ series?

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Opinion: Universities must continue to change if they want to be safe places for everyone

In the past few days, I have lost count of the times I’ve heard politicians and others say that sexual comments, coercion or even acts of force were acceptable 15, 20 or 25 years ago, but the “goalposts have moved” and that times have changed

Sexual abuse has never been acceptable. But with many victims silenced, it has certainly been kept a private shame rather than the public concern it should always have been.

It has infected the entertainment industry and even parliament. The stories emerging now have rightly shocked Britain – and led women and male victims to call out harassment and inappropriate behaviour under the #metoo banner.

This is an issue facing all of society, not just the people who have been in the headlines. Cambridge University recently launched a campaign calling for an end to this silence. Why now?

Some years ago I was asked to meet some students for an urgent meeting. Two of them told me that they had been sexually assaulted by fellow students at a university event. They said that they did not want to go to the police, but wanted the university to do something about it. But what could the university do? I told them that we could do nothing.

All universities in the UK at the time subscribed to guidance derived from the Zellick report, published in October 1994, which said that allegations of rape and sexual assault were matters for the police and not for universities – even if the student victim wanted the university to do something.

As Zellick said: “If the victim will not report the matter to the police … the university should not use its internal procedures.” The guidance told us universities were not equipped to deal with such cases. But this left victims with only two choices – go to the police or keep quiet.

Without a mandate to investigate or respond, many universities did not develop proper case handling. It was many years until it became a sector standard to have disciplinary code of conduct for harassment or sexual assault.

But that was then. Things are, thankfully, different now.

Ringing the changes

A year ago, on November 8 2016, Universities UK published Changing the Culture. This report considered violence against women, harassment and hate crime against university students. It also reconsidered the Zellick report and concluded that it was outdated and its guidance inappropriate. I was part of the particular task force that reconsidered the report and then rejected it. This was a vital step in universities accepting responsibility for their students who have been the victims of sexual misconduct.

One year on, at Cambridge we have made significant strides in responding to sexual misconduct. In October we launched Breaking the Silence, a campaign banner under which there are various initiatives to respond to sexual misconduct and abuse including a complaints procedure, anonymous reporting, consent workshops and sports codes of conduct.

Culture of respect

Like many universities, we are told we should both do more and that we are are doing too much, with the risk of undermining criminal processes. Universities are therefore walking a tightrope, where we have to ensure that all students who study (and staff who teach and do research) feel safe and confident that any abuse will be taken seriously. At the same time we need to ensure that our processes are fair. We will take all allegations seriously, but we must ensure that they are investigated carefully and objectively and that our responses are appropriate to all.

Over the past three years the university sector has done a lot, but there is more to be done. We need to work ever harder to ensure that there is a change in culture and that we are a beacon for the rest of society as to what is acceptable conduct, based on respect.

Three years ago I told those two students that there was nothing the university could do. Today I can tell them that if they come forward with complaints of sexual misconduct they will be guided and supported to determine what is right for them. For some that will be to go to the police, for others it will be to rely on the university to identify an appropriate response. But whatever route they wish to adopt, all students, no matter where they are studying, need to be empowered and to have confidence and trust so that they can break their silence.

The headlines we’ve read are shocking, but if we can turn righteous indignation into change, we will have gained something from these appalling stories – a society where no one has to say #metoo again.

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