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GMAT Test Preparation Guide
The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is a standardized exam required by universities for students who intend to shoot for a degree in Business Management, Finance, Human Resources, and other fields. The program covers a large amount of material, but thankfully, there are many tools you can employ in the preparation for the GMAT test, get the most out of your study time, and ultimately achieve high scores.

The best way to go about your preparation for the GMAT test is to 'ask the experts'—in other words, research the official GMAT site carefully, and get all the details before you begin. Understand that the program was designed to help people reach their goals, and don't allow yourself to be frightened by the quantity of material you'll need to cover.

Preparation for you’re the GMAT test will take some time and investment. The best preparation for the GMATtest are the Official GMAT Review Guides, which cover all of the subjects in depth. There are also several honored study tools available for download, such as the GMAT error log, the GMAT progress tracker, and the GMAT Prep software. There are online communities dedicated to helping applicants in their preparation for the GMAT test, which many have attested to be just what they needed to help them through the pre-exam study period.

There are three main parts to the GMAT test: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative section, and Verbal section. The Analytical Writing Assessment consists of two writing tasks, or essays, and the Quantitative and Verbal sections are series of multiple-choice questions; each subsequent question is based on the accuracy of your previous answer.

To help you in your preparation for the GMAT test, it is recommended to take practice tests before trying for the actual exam. There are numerous practice tests available for each section, with 'retired' questions gleaned from the GMAT pool; these can be found for free download on many sites dedicated to helping people with their preparation for the GMAT test.

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Verizon Regional Toll & Calling Area Map


Over the last five years the Verizon company has changed their regional toll and calling area map several times. These changes are to accommodate new towers, new signal areas, new networks and new calling plans. The most recent changes to the regional toll and calling area map included new rural areas and accommodations for Verizon residential phone services as well as cellular and wireless services. Here are a few of the changes that have taken place.

Verizon Regional Toll & Calling Area Map for Residential Users

Residential phone users may have noticed changes to their regional toll and calling areas on the calling area map. One of these changes deals with what exactly regional toll fees are and how they apply to residential services. According to the Verizon site, a regional toll is a charge for calls made outside of the residential service area but the call is made within the Verizon servicing area. This call fees will vary according to the type of plan and coverage the Verizon user has. Plans can be upgraded to negate any charges or fees for Verizon Regional Toll and Calling Area Map restrictions.

Upgraded plans that would include certain areas and negate extra toll charges are unlimited long distance, unlimited nationwide calling and extended toll area. If the residential customer chooses to extend their call area then certain changes would take effect to the Verizon regional toll and calling area map to extend the service area and calling map zones for that user. Plans can be upgraded, extended or changed at any time. Certain fees may apply and upgrade fees may be charged. Any change to the plans would cause current fees to increase or decrease depending on the plan.

Verizon Regional Toll & Calling Area Map for Wireless Users

The Verizon wireless plans vary greatly depending on the services the user needs. Certain basic services may include local calling only with toll services charged in areas outside of the regional calling area. These areas may also be referred to roaming areas and roaming charges would apply. Verizon plans can be upgraded to over area calling, nationwide calling after 7pm, and unlimited packages that include anytime calling and no fees for Verizon regional toll and calling area map restricted areas. With 3G servicing in over 98% of the Verizon area map, the need for regional toll charges may be limited with upgraded packages.

Verizon continually updates their customers on any changes that may affect the Verizon regional toll and calling area map. If you feel that your area map or regional toll calling has changed, contact a Verizon representative, and check out the map here: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST&coveragetype=datacoverage4g

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Become a Special Education Leader
If you are interested in becoming a special education teacher, you are choosing a very special career. In this line of work you can be sure you are making a difference in people’s lives each and every day. You will either spend your time working one on one with special needs children or learning delayed students. Or you will have a whole class of learning or intellectually delayed students who truly need you as their special education teacher.

Beyond the study and academic training and certification that is necessary to become a special education teacher, you will also see that people who work in this very challenging field also need to have certain characteristics. One of the most important qualities in this profession is a good sense of humor. It can be frustrating and slow work to achieve the progress that is necessary, so being able to laugh and enjoy the daily ride is vital.

A good special education teacher is also very organized. You need to be prepared before your lessons, so that you are able to devote your full attention towards the student. You will also need to be creative in your teaching, just as Annie Sullivan was when she worked with Helen Keller. Finding the key to your students’ learning can be trial and error.

You will also need to have that special love and acceptance for your students. As a special education teacher, you will become very important in the lives of your students, and they highly regard your praise and approval.

More over, you will face the frustrations or outburst of your students, understanding that their maturity level cannot be compared with other children. So you will have to handle them. These are the times where you have to remember you have thick skin and can take it, after all, you are a special education teacher.

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Passing the GRE with a High Score
The GRE test, or Graduate Record Examination, is very simply a test to review the basic knowledge you have acquired during the course of your studies, up through the last four years of college, and to determine your academic strengths and weak areas. The GRE test is divided into four sections, and measures your quantitative and verbal reasoning skills, your aptitude in analytical writing, and your ability to think critically. There is usually an extra section thrown in as well, to test new questions for future updates of the GRE test; you're not going to be told which section is the experimental one, and it will not have any bearing on your test scores.

As with any test, the important thing when preparing for the GRE test is to know what to expect, and prepare for it accordingly. It is not known for being particularly difficult or confusing, but nevertheless it can be a challenge to overcome, and your best efforts might only be lacking a bit of extra test prep to help you pass theGRE test with high scores.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS), the creator of the GRE test, provides prep courses and review, but many other websites and companies also offer non-official assistance, coaching, and prep courses for future examinees.

Kaplan is probably the best known source for test preparation help. However, most people don’t realize that you do not have to attend a Kaplan classroom course to reap the benefits of their tips and tricks to pass the GRE with a high score. The Kaplan course is not only expensive ($500 and up), but it also takes a few weeks out of your time. Kaplan actually publishes a great test prep book and CD with sample tests that is just as good, and can be purchased for less than $20. The book teaches you the same tricks that you would have learned from the classroom, but you can read it at your own pace. And definitely take advantage of taking as many sample tests as you can! If you take the sample tests seriously as you would the normal GRE test, they will not only help you familiarize and learn to properly allocate your time during test taking, but going over the problems you missed on the sample tests will help you learn from your mistakes. When you see yourself getting higher and higher scores on the sample tests, this will build your confidence for when you take the actual GRE test.

It cannot be stressed enough that, besides learning what sort of questions to expect, familiarizing yourself with the presentation and style of the test form, and studying accordingly, you must train your mind and body to resist the temptation to worry and fret. Instead, take enough time to relax, do things you enjoy, and occasionally get your mind away from the upcoming test. If you balance your time wisely between smart study and recreation, while living a healthy life, you'll find that your efforts will be rewarded with the joy of passing your GRE test with a high score.

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A Few Easy Steps to Better Grades
Many very intelligent people are not so good when it comes to getting good grades. Instead of assuming you can’t make it in your classes, consider changing the way that you study for them. There are a few simple things you can do to make your grades better.

  1. Homework: Do your homework. Since each homework grade is usually not worth that much of your total grade, it seems tempting to skip these assignments or complete them quickly and without thinking. But these grades add up, little by little, to being a big factor in your final grade. And it’s so easy to get a good grade on your homework if you do it properly. Make getting your homework done each week a priority.


  2. Plan: Get a planner. Write down when each homework assignment is due and when each test is scheduled. But don’t stop there. Write down how many hours you think it will take to complete each assignment and how days you want to spread the work across. Write down when (day and time) you will work on each assignment. Stick to this plan. If you look in your planner and you’ve written down that you should study or write the first part of an essay that isn’t due for days. Remember that when you looked over the assignment the first time, you determined you needed to start working on it today. And then do it.


  3. Study Environment: Don’t study in a place with distractions whether they be friends who aren’t studying, the television, or music you want to sing along to. Different study environments work better for different people, so I can’t tell you exactly where this study environment should be. Some people study best in the library where you are guaranteed to have a quiet environment. Some people prefer to study in comfort, in bed or in a comfortable chair. Some people like to study with classical music playing. Some people like to study in groups. Try out different places to study until you find the one where you are most productive and then study and do your homework there.


  4. Take notes: Some teachers are boring and there are certainly some subjects that you are going to find boring. During these classes, it is easy to zone out, daydream, or sleep, but don’t do that. Taking notes on whatever your teacher is saying is a great way to force yourself to pay attention to what is being said. Even if all the information you need to study is in your text book and you never need to go back and look at your notes, take them anyway. Writing everything down will not only help you pay attention but it will improve your ability to remember the information.


  5. Highlight: There is a lot of information in your text books and not all of it as relevant. For example, introductions to new chapters, examples of the information provided, and random fun facts are important to read but may not be something that you need to remember for your exams. When exams are on multiple chapters of a textbook, it would be very time consuming to reread and study every chapter in full and it would be hard for you to remember all the relevant information. The first time you read through each chapter, highlight, underline, circle, or write down the information that you feel is important. It may take more time to read the chapter the first time and while you might feel like you can finish your reading homework faster without doing any of this, it will make studying for your exams so much easier. You can go back and easily study just the important information, the information that is likely to be on the exam, instead of rereading everything over again. A little extra homework time here can save you a whole lot of study time later.


  6. Study: With that being said, make sure you do study this information before an exam or quiz. You might feel like you have a good handle on the subject, but you never know when there is some important piece of information that you may have forgotten that will be important to remember while taking the exam.


  7. Take a Break: I have saved this one for near the end because it should be used with caution. Continually taking breaks from working on homework or studying will make you lose track of what you were doing and keep you from completing your task. But sometimes taking a break is a good idea. Stuck on a math problem? Not sure what to write next in your essay? Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information you’ve studied? Take a break. Many times when you leave a difficult problem that was frustrating you unsolved and take a break, it will clear your mind, and when you go back to it you will be able to see more possibilities and focus on it with less frustration.


  8. Believe in Yourself: Nothing is more important than believing that you can do it. Take classes that you believe you can do well in and when you’re forced to take classes that you know will be hard for you, remember that you are intelligent and you can do it if you put your mind to it.


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