Yoga for Your Mind, Blog-Style

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Welcome to Test Prep New York’s Yoga for your Mind blog. We understand that tests not only measure what you know or how well you know it; tests also measure how well you take tests. Our high-octane, fully loaded blog will give students, parents, teachers, and curious souls ingredients to excel in school and on upcoming tests. We will introduce you to powerful and easy techniques to optimize your test-taking potential by aligning yourself intellectually, emotionally and intuitively. We will include best methods for organization, perseverance and balance, plus a plethora of personal growth exercises designed to alleviate stress and enhance efficacy and confidence. Our advice includes suggestions to manifest your intention and spark momentum to accelerate your full learning potential. You’ll benefit from experts at the front line; from admissions consultants, tutors, psychologists, learning specialists, linguists, brainiacs, poets, educators, mystics, and a seer or two, who will provide suggestions for the most effective ways to think and be to help you become the you you’re meant to become. You might feel your boundaries stretched and challenged. Learning sometimes does this. It’s up to you to imagine what’s possible, to think big, and to lay claim to your greatness and…

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3 Tips to Reduce GMAT Test Anxiety (and any other)

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Tests measure not only what you know or how well you know it, tests also measure how well you take tests. For a majority of test takers, the mere thought of an upcoming exam can elicit anything from minor irritation or a feeling of fogginess on details, to a spasmodic explosion of dread and complete immobilization; picture a deer in headlights. If you have experienced any of these reactions, chances are you suffer from test anxiety. Anxiety stems from a variety of causes, but most commonly from a belief that we cannot fulfill our expectations. An estimated 30-35% of college students are handicapped by test anxiety. According to research published in the journals, Review of Educational Research, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Educational Psychology, test anxiety can impede test performance by as much as 12 percentile points. For the GMAT, best results come from a comprehensive and aggressive study program integrated with holistic techniques to prepare you mentally, emotionally, and physically for the test. Performing at your optimum means knowing the material and feeling confident, calm, focused, and alert. Follow the three key tips below to draw on your mental, psychological, and intuitive strengths. By using these techniques, you will develop…

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Keys to Success on MCAT

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Conventional wisdom tells us that all we need to do is work hard, and high test scores will inevitably follow. As anyone who has taken a high-stakes test knows, the real story is not always so simple. If you think about how much time you actually spend physically taking tests, they have a disproportionately large role in your psyche. How you perform during a few hours, while hunched over a computer in some strange building, can have major consequences. Which medical school you attend to has a lot to do with what job you will get as a physician.  Hard Work is Not Enough Hard work alone is not enough for you to score your best: You can spend hours memorizing organic chemistry and physics equations, but if you don’t learn effective test strategies or feel confident when you go into the test, you will not achieve your full potential. It’s therefore no surprise that anxiety sets in when these tests loom large in your mind as a decider of your fate. In fact, if you go into the test feeling anything but calm and focused, you risk a subpar performance. You’ll be glad to know there are techniques out there to…

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GMAT Takers You’re in Luck: Get Ready for the New GRE

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The Educational Testing Service (ETS) re-announced its plan to revamp the GRE by Autumn 2011, with the largest revisions in the test’s history. The changes will be in content and format including adjustment of the scoring scale, changes in the verbal and math content, more flexible navigation abilities while taking the test and addition of the use of tools — specifically, a calculator. While it’s important to be aware of the changes, our take on this is that there’s a lot more hype here than substance. The few changes that do make a difference can be beneficial if you’re aware of them, prepare judiciously and in a focused manner, and learn how to take advantage of them. Below, we’ve explained what you can expect and what this all really means to test takers. The exam will still include verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections, and each is being revised. The new verbal section will eliminate antonyms and analogies questions and add more reading comprehension questions. On the quantitative section, the number of geometry questions will be reduced, and more data analysis added; most notably, there will be the addition of an online calculator. The writing section continues to…

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