5 Reasons the GRE Tests Give Students More Options

Accepted by more institutions than any other graduate admissions test, the GRE  revised General Test now provides more options and opportunities for test takers. Here are five reasons why there’s never been a better time to take the GRE revised General Test.

1.    It is the one test that applicants can take to apply to more than 3,000 graduate and business schools worldwide. GRE scores are used for admission to master’s, MBA, Ph.D. and fellowship programs.

The Great Flavored Milk Debate

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Finding the perfect college is kind of like investigative journalism — you must do loads of research, ask all the right questions and visit the scene to gather first-hand knowledge and experience.
College visits should start percolating in the parental and student lobes toward the end of junior year and the start of senior year. Road trips may be necessary, and several at that. The most comprehensive virtual tours, G-chats and online scouring simply cannot replace the experience of seeing real dorm rooms or eating in actual dining halls.
As any tooth-and-nails journalist will tell you about a hot story, parents should have a strategy for visiting college campuses and getting the most out of each tour. Prepare to be schooled by Dr. Richard Bavaria, senior vice president of education outreach for tutoring authority Sylvan Learning.
* Cast a wide net. If your high-schooler hasn’t done so already, help them compile a list of potential universities. Ask what aspects of college life — sports, extracurriculars, campus/enrollment size, dorm life, religious affiliations, academic strengths and offerings — are important to them and use those criteria.
Mark choices as dream, target and safety schools based on your child’s academic performance and test scores. The initial list can be pared down to a realistic number of colleges to visit.
* Get SAT/ACT prep support. If some of the dream schools seem out of range due to unsatisfactory test scores, get your student SAT help from the local Sylvan Learning (www.sylvanlearning.com) tutoring experts. The level of competition to get into top schools is more intense than ever.
“The number of early admission applications has increased dramatically, with some universities seeing double-digit jumps. To begin the college process, most students applying to competitive colleges now take the SAT/ACT more than once,” says Bavaria.
* Go while college is in session. Weekends and holidays can be dead zones for college life, which won’t give your student a real glimpse of the campus. Call ahead to schedule tours, and make sure college is in session and students are attending classes so potential applicants see the whole experience.
* Ask smart questions. Encourage your kid to question everyone — students, professors, advisors, librarians, coaches and more. Ask the same questions of different students and professors to compare answers. Parents, remember to hit key topics that students might forget, like financial aid and safety. You can usually trust them to inquire about food selection and social activities.

For Healthy Babies, Yum-Factor Matters

(NewsUSA) – Taste matters when it comes to baby food.Erin Jarvis was getting desperate. Her 7-month-old daughter Autumn simply wasn’t eating any store-bought food. Like so many moms and dads, Jarvis was worried her baby wasn’t getting the nutrition needed for proper growth. Then she tried Baby Gourmet, a new arrival to the U.S. market and available at Walmart."As soon as we tried Baby Gourmet, Autumn made a sound like ‘Mmm’ and ate the whole pouch in one sitting," Jarvis says with a smile. "We’ve tried a lot of different brands, but this is the only one she now finishes every time."Baby Gourmet was created by a mom who, like so many others, was worried about her child’s well-being. "When Findlay wouldn’t eat, I was frantic that she wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed to be healthy," says Jennifer Broe.That duel concern over nutrition and taste is why she started making her own baby food and founded Baby Gourmet to help other mothers feed their children healthy, organic food.With flavors like Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and Sweet Potato Pie with organic cinnamon, Baby Gourmet offers taste, variety and nutrition.Each package of Baby Gourmet passes strict nutritional and food safety guidelines and passes all USDA and organic requirements. But Baby Gourmet goes a step further — every recipe starts out in Broe’s own kitchen and ends with a personal taste test at the manufacturer.Now, relieved moms everywhere are starting to express their personal joy. "My daughter is just over 1 year old and has refused absolutely all food for seven months. She tried the sweet potato pie today and ate the entire thing in two sittings. I was so happy," Abby Ferris recently shared on Facebook.Another mother, Kristen Ellison, also posted "I have a 12 1/2-month-old who has refused all solids until we tried the pear and garden greens. It literally brought tears because we have tried everything!"Mothers interested in putting Baby Gourmet to the test can find nine choices at Walmart. Find stores near you, and learn more at www.babygourmet.com.

iPhone App Helps Parents Stay One Step Ahead of Lice

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Taste matters when it comes to baby food.
Erin Jarvis was getting desperate. Her 7-month-old daughter Autumn simply wasn’t eating any store-bought food. Like so many moms and dads, Jarvis was worried her baby wasn’t getting the nutrition needed for proper growth. Then she tried Baby Gourmet, a new arrival to the U.S. market and available at Walmart.
“As soon as we tried Baby Gourmet, Autumn made a sound like ‘Mmm’ and ate the whole pouch in one sitting,” Jarvis says with a smile. “We’ve tried a lot of different brands, but this is the only one she now finishes every time.”
Baby Gourmet was created by a mom who, like so many others, was worried about her child’s well-being. “When Findlay wouldn’t eat, I was frantic that she wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed to be healthy,” says Jennifer Broe.
That duel concern over nutrition and taste is why she started making her own baby food and founded Baby Gourmet to help other mothers feed their children healthy, organic food.
With flavors like Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and Sweet Potato Pie with organic cinnamon, Baby Gourmet offers taste, variety and nutrition.
Each package of Baby Gourmet passes strict nutritional and food safety guidelines and passes all USDA and organic requirements. But Baby Gourmet goes a step further — every recipe starts out in Broe’s own kitchen and ends with a personal taste test at the manufacturer.
Now, relieved moms everywhere are starting to express their personal joy. “My daughter is just over 1 year old and has refused absolutely all food for seven months. She tried the sweet potato pie today and ate the entire thing in two sittings. I was so happy,” Abby Ferris recently shared on Facebook.
Another mother, Kristen Ellison, also posted “I have a 12 1/2-month-old who has refused all solids until we tried the pear and garden greens. It literally brought tears because we have tried everything!”
Mothers interested in putting Baby Gourmet to the test can find nine choices at Walmart. Find stores near you, and learn more at www.babygourmet.com.

The GRE Revised General Test Debuts In August

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Accepted by thousands of graduate schoolds and now more than 500 business schools worldwide, the GRE General Test can open up a world of opportunity for students looking to earn MBAs and other graduate degrees.
Prospective test takers have even more reason to take the test starting this August 2011, when the GRE revised General Test makes its debut. The revised test will include new types of questions and design features that contribute to a friendlier test-taking experience, as well as a new score scale that makes it easier for schools to compare test-taker performance. Here’s what you should know:
1. The GRE revised General Test will be more test taker-friendly. Featuring advanced technology that lets test takers edit or change answers, and skip and return to questions, all within a section, candidates will now have the freedom to use more of their own test-taking strategies. Candidates will also have access to an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
2. Test-takers can save 50
percent on the GRE revised General Test if they take it in August or September, 2011. Educational Testing Service (ETS), creators of the test, is offering a limited-time 50 percent discount to all who take the GRE revised General Test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. Scores will be sent by mid-November.
3. Students can use Facebook or TaketheGRE.com to learn more about the GRE revised General Test. The GRE page on Facebook gives those considering graduate or business school an even greater opportunity to share advice and get clear information about the GRE revised General Test. The GRE program also introduced TaketheGRE.com, a website that provides pertinent information, plus access to free, official GRE test preparation software. Prospective test takers can sign up for free, customizable alerts and reminders about registration, test preparation and more.
4. The GRE revised General
Test will feature new question types. Questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections now more closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Changes include more emphasis on real-life scenarios and data interpretation and elimination of antonyms and analogies.
5. Registration is now open. Students are encouraged to select their test date as soon as possible. Candidates who need score reports before November should take the current test before August.
For more information, plus test preparation material from ETS, visit www.takethegre.com.

10 Things Students Should Know About the GRE Revised General Test

Accepted by thousands of graduate schools and now more than 500 business schools worldwide, the GRE General Test can open up a world of opportunity for students looking to earn an MBA or other graduate degree. Prospective test takers have even more reason to take the test this coming August, when the GRE revised General Test makes its debut. Here are 10 things you should know about the GRE revised General Test:

1.    Knowing when you need your test scores will help you decide whether to take the current GRE General Test or the GRE revised General Test. ETS reminds candidates to pay close attention to application deadlines. Candidates who need score reports before November should take the current test before August.

Tips for Toilet Shopping

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans will spend, on average, seven years of their lives in the bathroom. That’s way too much time to be dealing with a plunger.

“Today’s toilets virtually eliminate clogging,” says James Walsh, chinaware director for American Standard. “There are toilets that have been independently rated to flush 1,000 grams of solids with a single flush. That’s almost two and half pounds!”

Here’s how to find the finest in flushers:

1. Check the test scores. The Maximum Performance (MaP) Test is an independent report that tests how many grams of solids can be cleanly eliminated on a single flush. Developed by John Koehler and Veritec Consulting, the latest report is available for free at www.veritec.ca. Other independent flush test results are available from consumer ratings magazines.

2. Look for the widest trapway. Most toilets have a two-inch wide waterway snaking out the back of the bowl. The narrow trapway enhances the strength of the siphon, which is the pull-action that draws waste and water out of the bowl. While the difference between a two-inch and a two-and-three-eighths-inch trapway doesn’t sound like much, the additional width can handle 70 percent more mass.

3. Seek out power from above. Today’s top flushers harness bowl-cleaning energy when the water enters the bowl, not as it exits through the trapway. The top-rated Champion 4 toilet from American Standard has the widest opening between the tank and bowl at four inches. A patented, funnel-shaped flush valve accelerates the water as it leaves the tank.

4. Give peace and quiet a chance. Pressure-assisted toilets prevent clogging, but flush loudly. Gravity-fed toilets have a quieter flush, and the top performers are actually the quietest. The re-engineered waterways reduce water turbulence.

5. Look for fully-glazed waterways, because the porcelain glaze impedes sticking. Double-glazing that incorporates anti-microbial elements provides nano-level smoothness, and the added benefit of inhibiting stains and odors.

High-performance toilets are available from lower price points on up to high fashion styles, so there’s no reason not to toss your plunger. After all, it’s seven years.