Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Here are a few Zuckerberg-worthy GRE words:

Hubris: Excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance. (Adjective: hubristic)

Overweening: presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud.

Oh snap! See the rest of the words that apply to Mark Zuckerberg on the Manhattan Prep blog.


How well does a college teach, and what do its students learn? Rankings based on the credentials of entering freshmen are not hard to find, but how can students, parents and policy makers assess how well a college builds on that foundation?

via The New York Times Education News

The Texts from Hillary meme began when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was photographed sending a text, wearing sunglasses, while sitting in a G-6.

Find GRE Vocabulary words in the Texts from Hillary meme here!

Virtual is a pretty simple word, but how about nomimal or de facto?

Take a sneak peek into Manhattan Prep’s 500 Essential Words and 500 Advanced Words GRE flashcard sets here!

The new GRE is section adaptive. This fact has a couple of implications I wonder if anyone could shed some light.

1) Firstly, is there a minimum of questions that a test-taker needs to get right to get to the harder section? Is there a difference between having say 17 questions correct instead of 20 on the first section?

2) Another idea floating in my mind is: is it worth it to get to a harder section? For instance, in my case with verbal, I’m guessing that if I get a hard section on the verbal, this new section will have verbose passages and very esoteric words in text completion. This means I’ll probably get very few questions right. If I had received a moderate difficulty section then I would have got a majority of the questions right.


Certainly there are some factors that are unknown about just how the new GRE works, but I think I can answer your questions.

First, yes, your performance on the first section determines which second section you get, which does imply that there must be a cutoff in terms of how many questions you have to get right. I don’t think we have confirmation on how many questions that is, though, nor would you have any idea how many you got right while you were taking the test. (I think 17 or 20 correct, as in your example, would both get you to the hard second section.)

Secondly, you’re right that if you did better on the first section, you’d get a harder second section, but you NEED the hard second section to get a top score. What we know, in part from playing around with the PowerPrep II software, is that a person who gets the medium second section and aces it could actually score the same or a little better than a person who gets the hard second section and bombs it — but only the person who got the hard second section even has the potential to get a top score.

Similarly, a person who gets the easy second section could still score “average” if that person aces the easy section.

So, there is score overlap between the scores of those who get the easy, medium, and hard second sections, but you definitely want the hard one!

Showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; making an excessive display of one’s own learning

Example: “We quickly tired of his pedantic conversation.”

(n: pedant, pedantry).

via GRE Vocabulary

Affect vs. effect is confusing because both words can be used a both nouns and verbs! However, some of those uses are rare.

Most commonly:

Affect is a VERB, as in, “That movie really AFFECTED me.”

Effect is a NOUN, as in, “The treatment has some side EFFECTS.”

Much less commonly…

Affect as a noun is a term in psychology (“the emotion associated with an idea”), but you will probably never hear this.

Effect as a verb is more interesting — it means to bring about, to cause to occur.

Confused by Affect vs. Effect? Teach yourself the difference on the Manhattan Prep blog!

There’s no need to spend lots of money on studying the GRE. Here’s how to to effectively prepare for the test on a budget!

1. If you only buy one book to study for the GRE, it needs to be the Official Guide. The book is written by the same people who write the GRE, so, you know, it’s a must-buy. However, most people find they need a lot more prep to even do the problems in the Official Guide. That leads us to tip number two…

2. Which is the Manhattan GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides! At $100.00 for 8 books, it’s the most comprehensive thing on the market (and significantly cheaper than taking a prep class).

Now that you’ve made your purchases, here are the best FREE options to prepare for the GRE:

1. This Practice Book has several general review problems.

2. Online practice tests are extremely helpful. PowerPrep II is available for download from ETS. Manhattan Prep has their own GRE practice test available here.

Kaplan offers free practice tests on their website. Before taking the test, there’s also an online class with other people who were new to studying GRE. You can see all of them here!

You will also need some kind of vocabulary list and set or book of flashcards. A good option is this Free Vocabulary List.

If you’d like to purchase a set of flashcards, the Manhattan Prep Essential Words and the Manhattan Prep Advanced Words are the best.

For books, Essential Words for the GRE is the best option.

Comprehensive AND affordable GRE studying! What are your favorite cost-efficient tools for the GRE? Leave them in the comments!

What does a nerdy marriage problem have in common with a GRE question?


via GRE Vocabulary