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The Princeton Review To Offer Free GRE and GMAT Math Bootcamps

Posted in General College Stuff on April 1, 2010 by bccstall
For graduate school hopefuls who want to sharpen their math skills prior to taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), The Princeton Review today announced that it is offering free workshops designed to help test takers get quickly reacquainted with the core math fundamentals that are part of these crucial graduate school entrance exams.
Taking place from April 17-23, 2010 at various locations throughout the country, the free 1.5-3 hour workshops will help students who suffer from math anxiety review all of the basic math skills and concepts tested on the GRE and GMAT.  The workshops are designed for students who have not been in a math classroom for a while or who are not yet ready to tackle the higher math concepts that show up on the exams.
“According to the Educational Testing Service, total registrations for the GRE saw a record breaking increase of nine percent in 2009,” said Neill Seltzer, National GRE Content Director for The Princeton Review. “Additionally, more people registered for the GMAT in 2009 than in any other year since the exam’s creation in 1954. The bottom line is that this dramatic increase in applications means tougher competition for graduate school seats, and closer scrutiny of GRE and GMAT scores to determine who gets in and who doesn’t.”
Seltzer noted that while the math portion of the GRE and GMAT can be challenging, all students, with the right prep, can do well on these sections. “The math portion of the GRE and GMAT accounts for 50 percent of each exam, so not doing well on it can have a significant impact on one’s overall score.”
As more MBA programs begin to accept GRE scores for admission, Seltzer believes it’s important for students to understand the changes that will be taking place with the GRE. “The profile of a typical business school applicant is evolving,” Seltzer said. “And therefore, it is in a student’s best interest to be well informed about all aspects of admissions, including the changing nature of the tests themselves.”
Seltzer’s final words of advice to potential graduate students are to remember that GRE and GMAT scores are one of the few variables they can change in their applications for admission. “Your GPA is already set in stone, your resume will not change much before you attach it to your application, and you should already have a relationship with your recommenders,” he said. “Your GRE or GMAT score is the one piece you can still impact dramatically in the next 12-18 months, but you won’t do it without polishing up your math skills.”
For a complete list of where and when The Princeton Review’s free Math Bootcamps will take place go to http://www.PrincetonReview.com/Bootcamps or call 1-800-2REVIEW (800-273-8439). Advance registration is required.
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