Studying Vocab for the GRE

Some students use studying vocabulary for the GRE as procrastination to avoid studying for the more challenging material, but there is value in spending some time studying vocab.

Vince Kotchian does a good job covering studying GRE vocab in his brief ebook, so I recommend checking it out. The gist is that studying for vocab should be focused in chunks of words with spaced repetition and review.

Choosing the list to study from can also be daunting. The best (reasonably) short list comes from Prep Scholar. They have a list of 357 words that I often recommend. There are four good ways to get this list. Prep Scholar’s website has a pdf of the list, printable flashcards, a quizlet deck, and an Anki deck. The Anki deck can be hard to find, but any of these methods will work well.

Self proctor for the SAT and ACT with timer videos

Taking a practice test yourself, at home, can be tough. There are so many distractions. Family, TV, phones, Tik Tok, and everything on the internet. It is easy to take a little break, that turns into a long one. Multiple days, even!

I made some self proctoring SAT and ACT videos to help. Each video will keep track of the timing for each section for you, allowing you to take a complete test, or just skip to take the sections you need. Focus on the test questions, instead of timing yourself.

Taking timed practice tests is always important for making gains on the SAT and ACT, and these videos can make that a lot easier, especially when you are stuck at home.

SAT video is here

ACT video is here

College Board Announces Test Dates

So the College Board has made some big announcements lately. They have announced they will not offer at-home testing in the future. They have also announced test dates for the fall.

August 29th

September 26th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th

Space will likely be limited due to social distancing requirements, so sign up as soon as possible.