It’s a crucial difference that you will most likely have to demonstrate your understanding of in the analogy portion of the GRE.
Yeah right. If only life were so simple.
Let me tell you guys the story of Bryoneyh and Grad School.
Once upon a time, circa March 2010, Bryoneyh was trying to wrap up all of her undergrad loose ends. Bryoneyh was an English major at that time, and so she knew she would at some point have to go to grad school.
But Bryoneyh figured she would take her undergraduate debt and travel across the world, blogging and climbing mountains and milking cows and flirting in foreign languages for a while first.
Over the summer, however, when Bryoneyh couldn’t work full time because she was finishing up her last undergraduate class, and wasn’t eligible for any more financial aid, Bryoneyh learned a very valuable lesson called “Having Money is Vital to Everything from Eating to Doing Laundry and You Ain’t Gettin Nowhere Cross the World Without It.”
So Bryoneyh had to reevaluate her plans–i.e. start applying for jobs. After a couple months of gut-wrenching uncertainty and hawk-eyed scrutiny of her spending habits, Bryoneyh was blessed enough to land a job at her undergraduate university, a glorious place that, as part of the benefits package of being a full-time employee, will pay your tuition after a year of working full time.
In doing the math, Bryoneyh realized two things: 1) As she was planning to take Master’s classes only part time, it would actually take her between 3 and 4 years to finish her degree and 2) she would actually be making enough money to pay for one or two classes a semester before her benefits kicked in.
Bryoneyh therefore decided that she wanted to start grad school immediately, and went about it in the same manner she goes about executing all of her major life decisions from getting her glorious Samsung Epic phone to finding a new apartment: she got online.
And realized that she needed to have all of her application materials, including GRE scores, in to her school by November 1.
This was oh, about September 20, and Bryoneyh hadn’t given a second thought to the GREs since mid summer, when she and a friend briefly met for “GRE Study Sessions,” AKA Lets Eat Taco Bell and Gossip For an Hour.
Bryoneyh wasn’t worried at all, however, because if there’s one thing Bryoneyh was secure in the knowledge of, it’s that Bryoneyh knows everything, especially everything English-related.
When Bryoneyh got a GRE-prep email from Kaplan that looked like this:
“…we thought you might like a little sample of what you’ll see at the event. Here’s an actual Analogies question from the Verbal section of the GRE Practice Test you’ll be taking:
LAVISH : SPARTAN
(A) perforated : punctured
(B) perfidious : artless
(C) decorous : tinted
(D) unadorned : bare
(E) extravagant : lively”
At which point Bryoneyh’s heart started pounding because she had blithely signed up for the October 23 GRE and hadn’t opened not-a one GRE preparation material, confident in her knowledge that she knows everything, knowledge that was now been shaken.
But what the crap is that, seriously. I don’t see in what way any of those words are analogous to the initial pairing. Do y’all? Because what I got was luxurious is to brave as a) ripped is to ripped b) deceitful is to tacky c) proper is to darker d) bare is to bare or e) extravagant is to lively.
OK. Well, I guess I would go with e based on the breakdown above, but seriously I had to dictionary.com “perfidious” and I read the root of “decorous” as “decorated” not “decorum” so now I’m freaking out and I kinda think the GRE might actually be difficult and I’m kinda open to the thought that maybe, maybe I don’t know everything and probably should be studying over the next two weeks.
So, I-I-I-I-I-I’ll be–on it all night man I’ll be on it all day, straight up, pimp if you want me you can find me holdin A–study guide. Study guide.
- Taking the GRE: Tips for Success (distance-education.org)
- Gre Preparation – Tips and Ideas (socyberty.com)
- The GRE looms… from Creatively Anomalous (creativeanomalies.com)