Tag: GRE

Don't feel like studying vocab? Do a crossword puzzle!


I love crossword puzzles even though I'm terrible at them. Except for the ones in People Magazine - I kick butt at those! But when it comes to The New York Times Sunday Crossword - I call it a success if I can complete half!

Doing high-quality crossword puzzles is a fun way to learn SAT, ACT, or GRE vocabulary words.

The people who design crossword puzzles - also known as cruciverbalists - are the ultimate logophiles. They love sticking in fun and often obscure words (also known as SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words!) whenever and wherever they can.

More importantly, cruciverbalists also love to include lesser-known secondary definitions of commonly-used words - e.g., canvas, bear, abandon - which incidentally, is what test makers love to test on the SAT/ACT/GRE too!

Reward yourself for studying

Let's face it. Studying for the SAT or the ACT is not always fun.

Sometimes, you just need some extra motivation to get yourself to hit the books. And there's absolutely NOTHING wrong with that.

In fact, rewarding yourself for studying or in fact, rewarding yourself for tackling any challenging task, has been proven to help you make progress. The hard part is doing it effectively.

Here are two things to keep in mind:

The Key to SAT, ACT, or GRE Essay Writing Success: Practice, practice, practice!

I fully admit that this blog is based on my own experience.

SAT, ACT, or GRE Essay Writing

I took the GRE a few years ago and I had a plan for how I would prep for both the Verbal and the Quantitative sections. But I figured that I didn't need to practice for the Analytical Writing section because I wrote all the time - at my job and as a hobby - so why would I need to practice writing? It was in the bag!

BIG mistake. I did well on the Verbal and Quant sections, but I bombed the Writing section.

Well, I didn't totally bomb it, but I certainly didn't get the score that I needed. The essay writing sections on the SAT, ACT, and GRE test your ability to think quickly and to produce clear and concise commentary in a very compressed amount of time. And these skills only come with practice!

Here are some things to keep in mind: