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Here are the free GRE events we’re holding this week.

9/4/12 – New York City – Free Trial Class – 6:30-9:30 PM

9/5/12 – Berkeley, CA – Free Trial Class – 6:30-9:30 PM

9/5/12 – Washington, D.C. – Free Trial Class – 6:30-9:30 PM

9/9/12 – Boston – Free Trial Class – 5:30-8:30 PM

Looking for more free events? Check out our Free Events Listings Page.

Math BeastEach week, we post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for two free Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides.

At Medville Hospital, Drug X is prescribed only for Condition A and Condition B, which may occur simultaneously in the same patient. Last year, the department recorded the following statistics for prescriptions of Drug X.

Condition Number of Cases
(i.e. Number of patients with the condition)
% of cases in which Drug X was prescribed
A 4,000 25
B 2,000 80

Which of the following could be the number of Medville Hospital patients for whom Drug X was prescribed last year?

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manhattan gre reading comp

Did you know that you can find everything you ever wanted to know about Reading Comprehension here on our blog? Well, okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating just a little but not that much! Follow the links!

How to Read

Yes, I really did just title this section How to Read. What do you mean, you already know how to read? You do? Yes, of course you do but the way we read on a standardized test such as the GRE is not quite the way we read in the real world. Your boss is never going to come to you and say, Here, I need you to read this and write up a summary “ oh, and you have 3 minutes to do so.

Start with this general discussion of how to read a GRE RC passage. That first article covers all of the highlights, but it’s abstract; when you’re done with it, you can move on to this example of how to read a specific RC passage.

Want a bit more? Here’s a great article regarding tactics you can take to learn to read and comprehend more quickly.

Language: Idioms and Vocabulary

We already need to study vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for the vocab question types “ but did you realize that this study will help you on the reading portions as well?

Check out this post on idiomatic language; it explains what idiomatic expressions are (along with examples) and talks about how to study such language. There are also a million vocabulary posts on our blog; I won’t link to them all, but you can search them out as inspiration while you drill that vocab.

Do you have a lot of time before you plan to take the test? If so, you can work in some longer-term study that will actually be more enjoyable than the norm: reading books “ actual novels! In June, we published a Summer Reading List, and we followed that post up with a second one in August. We suggested a fairly wide variety of books, so pick out one or two that look interesting to you and start reading!
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Math BeastEach week, we post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for two free Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides.

The volume of a chemical solution in a tank is described by the formula , where k is a constant, T is the temperature, c is the concentration of the chemical solution, and p is the atmospheric pressure.  The solution in the tank can be either hot or cold.  When hot, c is half of what it is when cold, p is double what it is when cold, and T is triple what it is when cold.

If the tank can be no more than  full when hot for safety reasons, what is the maximum fraction of capacity to which the tank can be filled when the solution is cold?

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How much did you study for the GRE this past week-end? For how many hours? Over how many sittings? What did you study and how did you study it?

Most importantly: how many breaks did you take and how long were they?

Time Magazine just published a fascinating little article: To Boost Memory, Shut Your Eyes and Relax. Go take a look at it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. : )

gre memoryHas this happened to you? You have ambitious plans to study a ton of things this week-end. You get tired, but you’re determined to push through, so you keep studying. You begin to get a bit anxious because you feel you aren’t learning well (and you’re not!), so you study even more. You get even more tired, and that makes it even harder to learn. By the end of the week-end, you’re exhausted, frustrated, and demoralized.

You may have already heard me say this (many times on various forums or in blog posts!), but I’m saying it again because it’s so important: your brain makes better memories when it’s not tired.

The Time article quotes Michaela Dewar, the lead author of a new research study on this topic. She notes that we are at a very early stage of memory formation when we first start to study new information, and further neural processes have to occur after this stage for us to be able to remember this information at a later point in time.

The italics are mine. Note what Ms. Dewar has said: more stuff has to happen in our brains after we have studied this info in order for us to be able to recall that information later on.

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