Update on Heartbleed for Grockit Users

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Recently, a vulnerability in OpenSSL was discovered. It is now commonly known as “Heartbleed” and was found to affect a lot of websites. (Here’s the gist of how it works.)

Grockit takes security very seriously. We are constantly upgrading our servers to provide the best experience for our users.

If you are a premium member, none of your credit card information was ever at risk. We submit sensitive financial information through a private link and that data is ultimately stored on a separate, secure payments processor.

While we have no reason to believe that our service has been accessed as a result of the bug, we would recommend that our users reset their passwords here (https://grockit.com/password_reset_requests/new)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at support@grockit.com. We are always here to help.

 

Law School Admission Test – India: Syllabus + Preparation

LSAT India LLB LLM Law 2014 syllabus preparation

The LSAT – India covers the same topics as the current LSAT that’s been administered internationally for 20+ years. As a result you can take advantage of Grockit’s LSAT practice materials for the LSAT – India to score higher on your exam. Much like our GMAT and IIM-CAT programs, Grockit’s LSAT product is designed with learning science to make sure you make the most of your study time.

The LSAT – India is a paper-and-pencil test required or recommended by more than 50 institutes of law in India.

LSAT – India Syllabus

Content AreaNumber of SectionsNumber of QuestionsTime Allotted
Logical Reasoning224-2635 minutes (each)
Analytical Reasoning122-2435 minutes
Reading Comprehension126-2835 minutes

* Note: these sections can appear in any order within the test.

Scoring

The questions are all multiple-choice, with five answer choices. There is no penalty for guessing, so you should fill in every bubble on test day. You’ll receive a percentile score (1-99) based on your performance relative to other test-takers who are writing the exam within the same year. This will allow Indian colleges of law to compare you to your competition in five-year integrated, or two-year LL.M/three-year LL.B. programmes.

Eligibility + Registration

Check with individual institutes, programmes, or colleges for their application requirements.

The LSAT-India will take place on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 in 16 cities:

North: Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow

South: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi

West: Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai, Nagpur

East: Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi

For 2014, you can register for the exam no later than April 30th. Admit cards will be released in early May. The cost for the exam is INR 3800.

 

Advanced Placement Test Universe: Everything AP®, Vol. 3

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AP® exams are just one month away!  We are delighted to offer links to helpful AP® resources as well as April 2014 Advanced Placement test headlines:

AP® Resources – Study Guides:

AP® News:

 

 

 

Announcing Grockit AP® World History Prep

AP World History U.S. History Advanced Placement

Grockit’s AP® World History prep is designed as an adaptive, social way to learn the awesome scope of the exam. Understand the world of tomorrow better by having studied its past. And don’t lose sight of what makes people love world history: the fascinating stories of people much like us doing things during extraordinary times. 

With more than 500 expertly crafted practice questions in our ever-growing library, we look forward to helping you achieve a higher score on the AP® World History Exam.

 

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Top 10 Grammar Rules to Beat ACT English

SAT ACT Prep Grammar English Writing

Ready to show the ACT English section what you’ve got? Starting your ACT test off right is important for your ACT English section score as well as your overall performance. The ACT English section contains 75 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes.  The questions are divided among 5 essays that have 15 questions each. It’s important to think about the passages as short essays that a fellow student has written and you’ve been asked to peer-review.  While you read through the essays, you don’t need to remember every grammar rule that’s ever existed. Instead, think about the common grammar rules that are sure to be tested. By focusing on what you know you’ll see, you can increase your score while reducing the amount of time and energy you spend on each question. The 10 most common ACT English grammar rules include:

  1. Run-ons & Fragments - A complete sentence contains a subject, a predicate verb, and a complete thought.  If any of the three is lacking, the sentence is called a fragment.  A run-on contains too much information, usually because two independent clauses (two complete thoughts) are being improperly combined.
  2. Verbs: Subject-Verb Agreement & Verb Tenses – The ACT English section often includes long sentences in which the main subject and the verb are separated by lots of words or clauses. If you identify the subject of each sentence and make sure the verb matches it, you can ace this grammar rule. In addition, the ACT tests your knowledge of past, present, future, past perfect, present perfect, and future perfect tenses.
  3. Punctuation – Commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, dashes, periods, question marks, and exclamation points are all test on the ACT.
  4. Idioms – Idioms are expressions native to the English language. There are two part idioms such as “neither…nor” and ”not only…but also” as well as prepositional idioms like “opposed TO” and “participate IN.”
  5. Wordiness – As long as there are no new grammar errors introduced, the shortest answer choice is often correct. Redundancy is a type of wordiness where the same thing is said twice such as “happy and joyful.” Keep it simple, to the point, and don’t repeat yourself.
  6. Parallel Structure – Parallelism is tested on the ACT English section in a series of phrases or items in a list. In parallel construction, the phrases or items must be in the same form. This can be tested with a number of parts of speech: nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc.
  7. Pronouns – The most common error associated with pronouns is pronoun-antecedent agreement. The antecedent is the word the pronoun is replacing. A pronoun must have a clear antecedent in the sentence; the lack of an antecedent is itself an error.  The antecedent may often be present, but will disagree with the pronoun in number.  A less common error is the ambiguous pronoun in which a pronoun could represent more than one noun.  For example, “The president and his adviser spoke for hours before he reached a decision.”  The pronoun ‘he’ could be referring to the president or the adviser, so it is incorrect.
  8. Modifiers: Adjectives/Adverbs & Modifying Phrases – Modifiers are words and phrases that describe nouns. Adverbs can only modify verbs, while adjectives modify nouns. Be on the lookout for suspicious adverb-noun and adjective-verb pairings. Also be aware that many sentences will begin with a modifying phrase and a comma. The subject after the comma must be the person or thing doing the action of the modifying phrase.
  9. Word Choice: Transitions & Diction – You want to pay attention to transition words and phrases to make sure they reflect the author’s purpose.  Transitions can demonstrate continuation, contrast, or cause-and-effect.  In addition, the ACT may try to fool you by using words that sounds similar to the intended words, but does not make sense in context (for example, replacing “could have” with “could of”). It’s important not to rush on the ACT.
  10. Organization & Strategy – The ACT English section will ask you to determine the order and focus of sentences or paragraphs. You will also be asked about adding, revising, or deleting sentences as well as how a sentence fits with the purpose, audience, and focus of  a paragraph or the essay as a whole.

ACT English: Prepositions Usage

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The ACT English will sometimes test your knowledge of preposition usage; knowledge is the keyword here, since you really cannot reason your way through the intricacies of preposition usage. For this reason, we often refer to preposition questions as “idiom” questions; simply put, an idiom is a recognized grammatical construction that is a rule simply because of tradition. The idiom constitutes the ultimate tautology: we say something a certain way because, well, that’s how we say it.

Preposition usage is notoriously arbitrary, or, as the test-writers might say, preposition usage is idiomatic. Why do I listen “to” the radio instead of listen “at” the radio? We say “listen to” because that is how English speakers have said it for hundreds of years. We like it that way, and we are not willing to change.

For some students, idiom errors can be the easiest to spot on the exam. To these students, an idiom error sticks out like a sore thumb. When they read something like “listen at the radio,” they hear dissonance. The only way to restore grammatical harmony is to replace the grating “at” with the soothing “to.” Balance is restored.

Not everybody thinks this way. For many who learned English as a second language, and even for those who have a purely logical–as opposed to intuitive–understanding of language, idiom errors are extremely difficult to detect. After all, there is no logical explanation for why we say “listen to” instead of “listen at.”

Try this ACT preposition practice question!

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Advanced Placement Test Universe: Everything AP®, Vol. 2

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May, the month of AP®, is fast approaching.  We have links to popular AP® resources as well as some of the latest and greatest Advanced Placement test headlines.

AP® Resources:

  • Share AP®: Resources for Advanced Placement test coordinators, teachers, school counselors and administrators.
  • Free Kaplan Flashcards: SAT®, ACT®, AP® US History, AP® World History, and AP® Human Geography score-boosting flashcard practice.
  • AP® Bulletin: College Board bulletin for Advanced Placement test students and parents, which includes exam basics, getting ready tips, exam day specifics, getting and sending your exam scores, student checklist, exam schedule, and important contact information.

AP® News:

  1. Understand the structure of the test and plan strategically
  2. Know events and details
  3. Practice the essays

 

Advanced Placement Test Universe: Everything AP®, Vol. 1

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We should nominate May as National Advanced Placement Test Month considering all of the AP® exams that are offered during that time.  Speaking of which, make sure you know the exact date and time of your exam(s) so you arrive prepared.

In addition to knowing the AP® test schedule, you want to know the exam format.

For AP® Exam overviews, as well as sample multiple-choice questions, free-response questions, and portfolio samples for AP® Studio Art, the College Board website is your one-stop resource.

Did you know?

Over 3.9 million exams were taken by more than 2.2 million students at over 18,000 high schools in 2013

There are 34 AP® courses that span a variety of subject areas.

More than 50% of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP® Program.

AP® Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section, except for the three Studio Art exams, which are portfolio assessments.

Students do not have to take an AP® course before taking an AP® Exam.

More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP® Exam scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.

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GMAT Tips and Strategies: The ‘General Rule’ of Algebra

GMAT Algebra Data Sufficiency Tips Strategies

The General Rule of Algebra

To solve for all of the variables in a system of equations, we must have at least as many distinct linear equations as we have distinct variables.

Let’s explore the “General Rule” of Algebra, one of the most important tricks and strategies to help you score higher on the GMAT. To paraphrase: In GENERAL, whenever you have the same number of equations as you do variables, there is a way to combine those equations to solve for EACH of those variables.

This is a highly valuable rule when you’re taking the GMAT — especially when doing Data Sufficiency. In Data Sufficiency questions, the rule allows for a very efficient analysis of the statements.

Note!

An equation (x = 3) is different from an expression (x – y = ). Equations have mathematical information on both sides of the equal sign.

The Test


Hallie has only nickels, dimes, and quarters in her pocket. If she has at least 1 of each kind of coin, and has a total of $2.75 in change, how many nickels does she have?

(1) She has a total of 21 coins, with twice as many dimes as nickels.

(2) She has $1.50 in quarters.

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The Graduate School Application Process: Part 1

GRE Graduate School Application Admissions

Okay, so you’ve decided you want to go to grad school. Now what? This blog entry and the following seven will build and flesh out a “To Do” list for you, helping you find answers to questions from “What should I study?” to “How can I get financial aid?” Each entry will focus on one step of the process, so that you know where to start and what to do next.

I strongly recommend starting this list 18 months to a year before you plan to start grad school, but everything can definitely be done in six months or less; you’ll just need to be more resourceful in some steps. Here’s a good ordered list of things to do to get yourself started (we’ll fill in notes on each step in this and subsequent entries):

1. Research
2. Manage the application process
3. Prepare for and take the appropriate test(s)
4. Get your transcripts sent.
5. Solicit and obtain letters of recommendation.
6. Write your application essays.
7. Complete and submit your application(s).
8. Apply for financial aid and scholarships.

“But how do I dive into this list?” you ask. Well, let’s start at the beginning: Read more