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What Are They Testing?!

The GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests are not designed to be a measure of intelligence. Instead, they are designed to test how you think. Both the SAT and GRE are about stress management, question selection strategy, and managing time. Take a look…

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Twainstein’s 80/50 Method

Our students are busy—either working full-time, in school, or both. So spending nine months re-learning high school math for the SAT/ACT/GRE isn’t their top priority.

Our courses emphasize strategy, not content. Don’t remember how to “solve for x?” Do fractions make you want to whimper in a corner with your knees to your chest? We teach our math ‘fraidy cats how to crush the Quantitative Sections without being a math whiz.

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The Twainstein Edge

Our proprietary 80/50 method of test prep instruction trims the fat so our students focus less on remembering how to do algebra, and more on recognizing correct answers. The results? Higher test scores and higher acceptance rates!

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  • Twainstein Course Book, Official Guides, Supplements
  • Eight weeks of classes (2.5 hours each)
  • Six practice tests, actual test questions, performance review
  • 1-on-1 practice exam performance review with instructor
  • Email Support and after-class office hours


  • Twainstein Course Book, GRE Official Guide
  • Eight weeks of classes (2.5 hours each)
  • Six practice tests, actual test questions, performance review
  • 1-on-1 practice exam performance review with instructor
  • Email Support and after-class office hours

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1-on-1 tutoring is ideal if you need some high-level coaching to get you over the hump. Read more about our pricing here.

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Tutoring sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours long and are billed at $295/hr. All materials and online resources are provided.

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GRE/GMAT Quantitative Example

Sue owns a construction company and it takes 8 of her employees six months to construct three houses. Ellen owns a different construction company and it takes 8 of her employees half the time to construct the same number of houses. If Sue and Ellen combine their companies to form Sue Ellen Construction, then how long would it take a combined work force consisting of 8 of Sue’s employees and 8 of Ellen’s employees to construct three houses?

  1. 2 months
  2. 3 months
  3. 4 ¼ months
  4. 4 ¾ months
  5. 6 months

This is a classic GMAT/GRE word problem. Most test takers are completely lost halfway through. But they read on, hoping the second half of the question will make some sense. It doesn’t; it’s even worse. Finally, figuring they must have missed something the first time, they re-read the question again, hoping it will miraculously make sense this time. Is this you? Meantime, the clock is ticking. Remember, by the time you scratch your head and give it a second read, most of that time has vanished.

It’s no wonder most people struggle on the GMAT/GRE—they think it’s a math test. It’s not!

Business Schools/grad schools couldn’t care less if you can algebraically solve this math problem. They’re more concerned with how efficiently you can solve it. Over half of the entire math section on the GRE can be solved by applying strategy, rather than re-learning four years of high school math. The Twainstein Method emphasizes the strategic approach to the test: recognizing built-in patterns in answer choices and avoiding equations and algebra altogether.

Let’s see this in real time now… back to Sue and Ellen:

Sure, you can set up equations using variables and then translate and solve the equations. But if the thought of that makes you want to cancel your grad school plans altogether, there’s good news: the GMAT/GRE will usually provide a short answer to long, complex questions. Oftentimes, no actual math is required.

So, Sue’s crew can do the job (three houses) in six months. Ellen’s crew can do the same job in half the time (three months). So, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would take them less time if they joined forces than if they worked alone? In other words, since Ellen’s crew takes three months on their own, joining up with Sue’s crew and working together should take LESS than three months, right? A quick survey of the answer choices reveals that only A can be correct. It is the only answer choice under 3 months. We didn’t need to bother with the mechanics involved in setting up the proper equations.

While there is math content involved on the test, which we cover in class, our primary focus is on collapsing the amount of content down to a manageable size and focusing instead on the strategic approach to the exam by teaching our students to recognize built-in patterns and use them to their advantage.

And yes, these answer patterns and strategies can also be found in the verbal portion.