Preparing for Critical Reasoning on the GMAT

Preparing for Critical Reasoning on the GMAT

Critical Reasoning questions appear on the GMAT in the Verbal section — one of many GMAT question types. They are similar to Reading Comprehension questions, but Critical Reasoning questions have one main difference: they’re based on shorter passages. A Critical Reasoning passage usually contains one paragraph and only involves one question, typically asking about argument construction, argument evaluation, or formulating and evaluating a plan of action. Let’s look at how you should approach a Critical Reasoning question and prepare for this area of the Verbal section on the GMAT… 1. Review the passage Get all the i ... Read More About Preparing for Critical Reasoning on the GMAT

Breathing Exercises to Ease Your Mind on Test Day

Breathing Exercises to Ease Your Mind on Test Day

College life can be filled with stress, from tight assignment deadlines to a busy extracurricular schedule — but one of the most stressful parts of college life can be taking tests. Some students experience a lot of test-taking stress, while others experience much less of it, but almost all students experience at least a little anxiety before sitting down to take an exam. Adequate studying, getting enough sleep, and eating a good breakfast can go a long way in helping reduce your stress on test day. However, doing all these things is not always enough to put your mind at ease before an exam; that’s where something as simple as bre ... Read More About Breathing Exercises to Ease Your Mind on Test Day

University of California, Irvine: A Student Interview

University of California, Irvine: A Student Interview

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Khristine earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from University of California, Irvine in 2016. Subjects she specializes in include biology tutoring, ACT science tutoring, and others. Check out what she had to say about her time at University of California, Irvine: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Khristine: I lived in the dorms during my first year at UC Irvine, and then commuted for the remaining years. While living at UCI, there are shuttles that most students take if they liv ... Read More About University of California, Irvine: A Student Interview

How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

As you’re beginning to think about the ACT, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. There’s certainly a lot to think about — when to take the test, what areas need the most work, and how exactly you’re going to get to where you need to be. The good news is, by thinking about your ACT prep plan now, you’re already setting yourself up for success! As you begin, you’ll need to take an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses, your schedule, and the score you wish to receive. Be truthful as you complete this self-reflection to create an ACT prep plan that will work for you. Set your schedule As you begin establis ... Read More About How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

The following is a guest post written by Anna Carapellotti of Admissionado, a premier college admissions consulting company focused on helping students get into their dream schools.   You’ve nailed down your school list, have a solid draft of your Common App essay, and feel like you’re well on your way to being college bound. Now, it’s time to ask for letters of recommendation. A recommendation letter should be written by someone who knows of your strengths, personality, and accomplishments. These letters are taken seriously by admissions committees, as they are seen as candid descriptions of you and your character. Si ... Read More About 5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation