Above, by Jeff Brechlin, is the winning entry from a Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked readers to submit “instructions” for something in the style of a famous person.

The Shakespearean version contains some antiquated words that wouldn’t appear on the GRE (“anon” means soon, quickly), but also some very excellent GRE words, such as:

Lithe – bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.

Wanton – Done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably (a wanton attack; wanton cruelty); without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.; careless; reckless; sexually lawless or unrestrained (wanton lust); extravagantly or excessively luxurious (Kanye West’s Tweets about how fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on might indicate a wanton lifestyle). Basically, wanton can mean lacking restraint in a number of ways.

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When writing the Manhattan Prep’s 500 Essential Words and 500 Advanced Words GRE flashcard sets, we wanted to make sure that everyone could get something out of every card — even if you already know the word on the front. So, you may know paradox, but do you know enigma, conundrum and doctrinaire?

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Back in 2009, Cal Newport posted Some Thoughts on Grad School on his blog Study Hacks.

Now he revisits the theme with Some MORE Thoughts on Grad School. Read all of his thoughts here!

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In these special Live Online sessions, open to the public as well as current students, Jennifer will conduct mini workshops on a few different GRE-related topics.

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On Thursday, June 14th, Jen will focus on:
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Cheerful; confident: “Her sanguine attitude put everyone at ease.”

(Sangfroid (noun) is a related French word meaning unflappibility. Literally, it means cold blood)

I watched as this young man, having regained his sangfroid, scrawled “Ludvig Steinberg” in indelible ink on the woman’s prodigious left biceps.*

“Now everybody out,” I said. It was just another day in the office of Jennifer Dziura, Private Eye.

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Many schools, including Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton, accept either the GMAT or the GRE. Which one should you take, and how can you decide?

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The exhibit is not so much a retrospective as a __________ ; the artist’s weaker early work is glossed over and any evidence of his ultimate dissolution is absent entirely.

Select two correct answers.







(Note: When you see six answer choices and square checkboxes, that’s a clue that this is a GRE Sentence Equivalence problem, to which there will always be two correct answers.)

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This cartoon does make a very convincing point…

via Meme Center