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GRE Essay Sample Prompts

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GRE Essay Sample Prompts

The best way to get some GRE essay practice is to sit down and actually respond to some GRE essay sample prompts at home. Here are our favorite GRE essay sample prompts to get you started, along with some tips on how to write. For more, check out the Verbal Strategy Guide once you’re done! Read more

How to Get a 330 on the GRE

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How to Get a 330 on the GRE

A score of 330+ puts you solidly in the best GRE score range. Here’s how to get there!

How Good is a 330 on the GRE?

We’ve written about what makes a good GRE score here. The ETS doesn’t publish data on test-takers’ combined scores. However, here are some of the possible ways you could get a combined score of 330. Read more

What’s Tested on GRE Math

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - What's Tested on GRE Math by Chelsey Cooley

GRE Math is a bit like high school math, without some of the hardest parts: for instance, you don’t have to write proofs or show your work! Here’s a quick rundown of the GRE Math skills required to conquer the Quant section, along with some of our best GRE Math tips. Read more

What’s Tested on GRE Verbal

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - What's Tested on GRE Verbal by Chelsey Cooley

The GRE Verbal section is about more than just vocabulary and memorization. GRE Verbal also isn’t a bunch of subjective questions with no real right answer. Instead, it’s a challenging—and interesting—test of your reading, attention, English knowledge, and executive reasoning skills. Read more

When Should I Take the GRE?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - When Should I Take the GRE? by Chelsey Cooley

Before you decide when you should take the GRE, you have some homework to do. Look up the application deadlines for every school you’re applying to. Jot down the earliest deadline: that’s your GRE finish line! Read more

What’s a Good GRE Score?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - What's a Good GRE Score? by Chelsey Cooley

Any answer to the “what’s a good GRE score?” question should come with a disclaimer. Do you want a good GRE score for a PhD program in medieval history, or for an EMBA at your state university? Do you have weak college grades but ten years of work experience, or are you a current student with a 4.0 GPA? The real question to ask is “what’s a good GRE score for me?”—and the simple answer is, a good score is whatever score will impress the programs you’re applying to! Read more

Using Smart Numbers for GRE Quant

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Using Smart Numbers for GRE Quant by Chelsey Cooley

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on how, when, and why to use Smart Numbers to solve GRE Quant problems. Read more

This Simple Visualization Exercise Will Help You Beat the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - This Simple Visualization Exercise Will Help You Beat the GRE by Chelsey Cooley

When I’m not teaching the GRE or writing this blog, I like riding my bicycle absurdly long distances. For the last five months, I’ve been training for one of the hardest bike races of my life: the 206-mile, 14-plus-hour Dirty Kanza. And now I want to share the best piece of advice I was given while training, because it applies to GRE test day just as much as it applies to bike racing. Read more

Interact for GRE, Our New Adaptive & Interactive GRE Prep, is Here!

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Interact for GRE, Our New Adaptive & Interactive GRE Prep, is Here! by Manhattan Prep

We’re extremely excited to announce that Interact for GRE—our on-demand, interactive GRE self-study experience that’s been in the works for years—has officially launched. 🎉 Read more

Why Bother Predicting a GRE Verbal Answer?

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Why Bother Predicting a GRE Verbal Answer? by Chelsey Cooley

One habit of Verbal high-scorers is predicting the GRE Verbal answer before checking the answer choices. Here’s why this works, and how you can do it yourself. Read more