Tag Archives: GRE

GRE Score Reporting Changes!


Now Report Only the GRE Scores You Choose

Starting in July 2012, ETS will allow you to choose which GRE scores you report to schools rather than just reporting every GRE score for the last five years as they had been doing. ETS, the maker of the GRE, is NOT your friend, so why the sudden burst of magnanimity? I think I’ve figured it out.

Let’s say, you pay your $160 and go take your GRE. At the end of the exam, but BEFORE you actually know how you scored, ETS gives you the option of either reporting all your GRE scores from every GRE you’ve taken for the last five years, OR you can just report the GRE score you got on the test you just completed. That isn’t so helpful, since you really don’t know how you’ve done on today’s GRE yet. (I can’t tell from their online blurb if you have the option of accepting your GRE score–but NOT actually sending it to any of your four colleges included in your $160 test fee.)

On the other hand, if you want to take a look at all your GRE scores and then pick and choose which one(s) to send to different grad schools, you’ll have to wait until you’ve left the testing center. Then they will charge you extra cold-hard cash for the privilege.  Sounds like a money-making deal for ETS!

Regardless, it’s probably going to be worth it to pay for the privilege of only reporting your best GRE scores. Unfortunately, you can’t report just the verbal GRE score from one administration and just the math from another time you took the test. You have to report the complete GRE score for any given date you took the test.

See all the details from ETS here.

© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

The Revised GRE is Live! (Start Banging Your Head on the Wall Now and Beat the Crowd)


rectal-exam-1.jpg Thas’ right, net denizens. The much-touted, new, improved, ultra-spiffy revised GRE has finally gone live. “But why,” you may ask, “would they bother releasing a kinder, friendlier GRE when the old one was oh-sooo splendiferous?” A good question. According to a recent email I received from the friendly folks at ETS–makers of the SAT, the GRE, and the wildly-invasive and test-taker friendly colorectal exam-o-scope*–

The GRE revised General Test:

  • is more aligned with the skills needed to succeed in graduate and business school
  • provides more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences between candidates
  • is more test-taker friendly for an enhanced test experience

Well, garsh! Who wouldn’t want an “enhanced test experience?” These statements are the standardized-test-world equivalent of “nice personality” in a singles ad. I’m betting the real reason behind the makeover is marketing. Since clear research existed showing the old GRE was about as good at picking out potential grad school divas as Lady Gaga is at choosing an elegant yet refined evening ensemble, ETS was seeking to duck the data. This is much akin to my greet Aunt Dawn (and “greet” refers to the misspelled tattoo on the hairy knuckles Continue reading The Revised GRE is Live! (Start Banging Your Head on the Wall Now and Beat the Crowd)

© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

GRE Prep


I teach large GRE Prep classes for Texas A&M and the University of Houston as well as small, private classes in the Bryan/College Station area. I also do one-on-one tutoring online anywhere in the world! Call or text (979) 633-4524.

I can answer any questions you have about the GRE and GRE prep. . . 

  • When to begin studying
  • What grad schools are looking for
  • The best way for you to move forward with your GRE prep

StudyProf GRE Prep Courses Include. . .

  • All three sections of the GRE: Quantitative, Verbal, and Written Analytical. We’ll cover everything you need to get an excellent GRE score and get into the grad school you want.
  • Secrets, powerful techniques, and targeted GRE practice on the different GRE question types you’ll see in each section. Learn the insider tricks and powerful methods master test takers use to max out their GRE scores.

“Cody’s GRE course was excellent. He was a very knowledgeable, relatable, and charismatic teacher. He covered all aspects of the test in great detail. Moreover, he teaches you the skills needed to maximize your learning and studying.” – Zach D.

  • Small GRE Classes: usually, eight students or less! That means you get immediate answers to your questions and personal attention, so you get the help you need!
  • An easy to follow study schedule to help you continue sharpening your new skills after the class. You’ll have a step-by-step plan to power up for the GRE.

WOW. Not what I expected; I actually learned something! Best course I’ve been to. – Anastasia S.

  • An in-depth look at test taking strategies, including how to handle test anxiety. That can be the KEY to a vastly increased GRE score for about 20% of my students, and most other GRE prep courses don’t even talk about it!
  • Time-saving tricks to master the GRE vocabulary necessary to increase your score. Don’t waste your time memorizing vocabulary the wrong way!

“Hudson is an excellent lecturer. I took his GRE course, and I am convinced that his instruction immensely improved my score. His price is an absolute bargain compared to many GRE prep courses out there, and I believe his instruction on the writing portion alone is worth the money. In my first practice test, I scored a 318. On test day, I scored a 329, and I know that I could not have performed that well without his tips.” – Ben F. – Read what other students say

Full, MONEY-BACK Guarantee. Get the GRE score you want or get your money back. Find out more.

Schedule one-on-one GRE tutoring, live or via Skype, by emailing blair@studyprof.com or calling (979) 633-4524, OR Sign up for a LIVE StudyProf GRE Prep class taught in College Station, Texas.  Click Here to Reserve Your Spot!or click here to find out more about one-on-on GRE tutoring.

…thank you for the fantastic prep for the GRE. The general insight into the structure of the exam, question writing, trends in grading (the generally scientific and data based approach to the whole course), and general tips for efficient time use were a massive help. I took the exam that September and received 164/167/6.0 scores. So thank you very much for the excellent course.” – GRE Prep Course Student – Read what other students say

Why the StudyProf GRE Prep class is best…

  • It’s only $395 . That’s less than a third of what other GRE Prep courses charge you for the privilege of getting lectured by their part-time, grad-student instructors. In my proven course, you’ll have an…
  • Use your personal coupon code to get discounts on the course for you and your friends and to get cash back for sending others to this course. See details here.
  • Experienced GRE Prep Instructor. The seminar is taught by me, Cody Blair, a Texas-certified teacher and National Merit Scholar with over a decade of experience teaching GRE Prep.

I decided to take the GRE with very little time to prepare. After two meetings with Cody, my score improved 12 points, and I scored above and beyond my goal during my official test. I would highly recommend giving him a call if you are preparing for the GRE. – Maverick N. –  Read what other students say

  • I Fit Your Schedule. Other programs have about the same amount of formal instruction as StudyProf GRE Prep, but they fluff it out to five weeks (and $1,200) or more by adding lots of GRE practice work you could easily do on your own at home for FREE. We get the GRE classroom instruction done in two days! Just come on…
  • Two Consecutive Saturdays, then use my continuing schedule of GRE study to target your problem areas before the test. Best of all, you have the freedom to fit your GRE study to your schedule. If you run into problems I provide…
  • Help When YOU Need It. That means you can call, email, or Skype me for additional assistance. That must be why…
  • My Students Love StudyProf GRE Prep. One student–after a huge score increase–said…

“Thank you for your time and effort to make this easier on us. In retrospect I was very scared of failure on the GRE. But now, I can honestly study and aim for a 320, without feeling foolish. Cody’s offer to help outside of prep class was also impressive … Thank you!” – GRE Prep Course Student. – Read what other students say

Four Different GRE Prep Courses to Suit You…

STANDARD GRE Course – $395 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book (one of the best GRE prep books on the market!) with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies.

SILVER GRE Course – $455 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies. Plus, you may attend the GRE prep class again within the next 6 months for free. You will also get seven, full length GRE practice tests with over 450 verbal and quantitative practice questions.

GOLD GRE Course – $495 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies. PLUS, you may attend the GRE class as many times as you like for free for the next 3 years. You will also get seven, full-length GRE practice tests with over 450 verbal and quantitative practice questions. You can also view all the session videos online so you can review at your convenience.

1-ON-1 GRE TUTORING – Find out more  here: one-on-on GRE tutoring

Sign Up Now for a Live Class!

Upcoming GRE Prep Dates…

See the registration page for upcoming dates. Don’t forget about the one-on-one option if none of those dates suit your schedule!

Choose the GRE classes that are Right for You…

Register for an upcoming GRE prep class, and pay with your credit card or with PayPal to reserve your space. Click Here to Reserve Your Spot!

“I took your GRE prep class last month and just took the GRE test. I just wanted to thank you for helping me study for this test. Again, thank you so much. I never expected to score this well!” – Mallory F. –Read what other students say

I began teaching GRE prep in 2000. My employer at the time decided to offer GRE and SAT prep. Since then, the GRE has undergone some major overhauls, and I’ve been around for all of them. I originally got the course from a guy in Austin who had been teaching GRE prep–with great results–for fifteen years. I used his materials for awhile, but…

A couple of thousand students later, and I saw clear areas for improvement. I saw what really tripped up my GRE students. I found the areas of the GRE most students struggled with. I figured out the best ways to explain certain concepts. I found powerful techniques and tricks that aren’t in any of the GRE prep books. I also figured out exactly what was in the books that wasn’t needed; even the big international GRE test prep companies have whole sections full of information that isn’t on the GRE. So I rewrote the course; quantitative, verbal, and written analytical.

Since then, I’ve steadily modified the StudyProf GRE Prep course to streamline the content, perfect the techniques, and add in powerful methods for tackling the problems that the other GRE prep companies don’t even address. You can register for an upcoming StudyProf GRE Prep class now or find out more about one-on-on GRE tutoring.

GRE: New and Improved?


Do you know what “nemesis” means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an ‘orrible exam … the new GRE. –With apologies to Brick Top

Gahhhh! They’re changing the GRE. It’s newier! It’s spiffier! It’s more gee-whizzier! Or so they claim. Get the straight skinny on just exactly how they’ve monkeyed around with the Test We Love To Hate straight from the equine’s mandibles…

Click to Watch
Click to Watch

A New “New” GRE


Gratuitous "Awwwww" Ammo
Gratuitous "Awwwww" Ammo

Guess what! No … really … just guess.

ETS is planning on releasing a new version of the GRE test in 2011. I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. Weren’t they releasing a new GRE in 2007? And didn’t they axe it a month before liftoff? Yes, and yes.

But this time they’re SERIOUS. Really.

Get the full scoop on the newest new GRE and the anticipated changes here.

What does it mean for those of you getting ready for the GRE? If you are planning on doing some serious prep, do it now, while you still know exactly what you’re prepping for! Learn to lick the CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) NOW, while all the test prep companies still know exactly what the test looks like. Wait until 2011 and it’s anybody’s guess!