PSAT Test-Day Tips

Posted 2016-11-01

Test-Day Tips for the New PSAT (beginning October 2015) Keep Reading

GRE Test-Day Tips

Posted 2017-05-07

Brian McElroy offers his last-minute GRE tips for students about to take the test. Keep Reading

How to Navigate the Free GRE PowerPrep software

Posted 2016-07-28

A definitive guide to the sometimes frustrating, but well worth it, Free GRE PowerPrep software from ETS, containing two official CATs (Computer Adaptive Tests). Keep Reading

GRE Vocabulary: Opaque

Posted 2016-07-24

opaque (adjective) : something that is cloudy, blurry, or difficult to understand. "oh PAKE" Think : an opaque lake. If you don't want to get sick this summer, then I don't recommend swimming in an opaque lake. Keep Reading

How to Identify the Assumptions in an Argument / The Elements of an Argument

Posted 2016-07-13

How to Identify the Assumptions in an Argument / The Elements of an Argument Keep Reading

"Whether" vs. "Whether or Not": Can I always remove the "or not"?

Posted 2016-07-13

"Whether" vs. 'Whether or Not' : Can I always remove the "or not"? Keep Reading

"If" vs. "Whether": Do you know (if/whether) you understand the difference?

Posted 2016-07-12

These days, the word "if" is often incorrectly substituted for of the word "whether". Here's the rule : The word "if" should be used in preparation for 1 scenario only. For example : Keep Reading

GRE Vocabulary: Inveigle

Posted 2016-07-06

inveigle (verb) "in-VAY-gull" : to entice, lure (a person), aquire or win (a thing) through deception or flattery. Think : inveigle a bagel. I was able to inveigle a bagel by impressing the bagel store owner with my fluent Polish. Keep Reading

GRE Vocabulary: Calumnious

Posted 2016-07-06

Calumnious (adjective) : "kuh-LUM-nee-us" slanderous, defamatory, an untrue statement intended to injure one's reputation. Think : gossip column. The author of the famous gossip column was less concerned with provoking lawsuits through his calumnious statements than he was with attracting hordes of readers through salacious headlines. Keep Reading

Private Consultants Replacing High School Counselors

Posted 2016-07-04

There have been several articles in the news recently, examining the rise to prominence of private college consultants such as myself, who work outside of the system and bring a fresh perspective to college admissions.
These days, more and more families are turning to private consultants after realizing that their high school's guidance counselors are often too overworked or unprepared to adequately prepare their students for the college application process.
I'm not saying there ar... Keep Reading

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