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Online Test Prep Pioneer, ExamPAL, Leverages Artificial Intelligence to Develop Ground-breaking GRE Course

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Success Guaranteed; Crowd Wisdom and Machine Learning Personalize Prep Course to Increase Student Scores by 7 Points

BOSTON, MA – May 15, 2018 – Leveraging the power of data and artificial intelligence, online test prep company, examPAL, today announced the launch of its ground-breaking course to prepare students to take the GRE.  Using crowd wisdom and machine learning, examPAL’s algorithm identifies what has been statistically proven to be the best way to solve each question on standardized tests, and develops a personalized prep course for each student. The latest in its pioneering test prep courses, examPAL’s GRE prep platform draws on each student’s unique way of thinking and learning to identify the best way for each student to master the GRE.

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“Through the power of AI, each student prepares for the GRE in an entirely personalized way,” explained CEO and co-founder Oren Jackman.  “examPAL improves a student’s cognitive flexibility, finding the fastest tool to solve each question. examPAL guarantees success.  A student using the GRE prep platform can increase his/her GRE score by at least 7 points.”

Rather than being cemented in traditional and outdated test prep approaches, examPAL provides a new way, harnessing data on both the test and the test-taker.  The result is a personalized test-prep path that identifies the fastest approach to each question.  This personalized and interactive experience is unlike anything available on the market today.

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“examPAL has been recognized for its break-through learning technology,” CEO Jackman continued.  “By studying the way each user thinks, and studying all solution approaches used by dozens of thousands of students from 156 countries, examPAL provides each student with proven, tailor-made prep sessions, based on his or her personal way of thinking.  The result is higher scores, faster.”

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ExamPAL.com is as affordable as it gets – there is no charge for students to start preparing for the GRE.

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About examPAL

examPAL resulted from the combined talents of more than 50 people from multiple industries, including educators, trainers, data scientists, and interactive programmers.  Drawing on over 20 years of experience in the test prep industry, examPAL uses artificial intelligence and crowd wisdom to create a unique learning path for each student, identifying the best way for him/her to solve standardized test problems quickly.  In a very short time, examPAL has received multiple industry awards and recognitions, including being and SXSWEdu and Microsoft Innovate.AI finalist (chosen among 8 other AI companies out of 117) and winning the Google sponsored DLD Innovation bronze award. examPAL offers online test prep courses for both the GMAT and GRE, and has served more than 35,000 students in 156 countries.  examPAL students awarded it 5 stars and 9.5/10 on Trustpilot.

About the GRE

The GRE – Graduate Record Exam – was developed in 1949 and administered by Educational Testing Service to provide graduate and business schools with common measures for comparing applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for graduate-level academic work.  More than 580,000 people take the standardized GRE annually.

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5 Money-Saving Tips For The Upcoming Semester

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Budgeting is incredibly challenging, especially as a college student. From worrying about the ever-increasing cost of housing, to meal plans and tuition – it’s a lot. Not to mention school supplies and books! You are not alone in the pain of preparing for a new semester, so here are five tips on how to save money this fall.

Cut Coffee Consumption

College is rough and it’s hard not to bite, literally, into the temptations of all the convenient campus fast foods and coffee shops. Whether you spend $5 a day on Starbucks, or $2 on a vending machine snack, it can add up. In fact, ABC News discussed a study that found the average American spends about $1,100 a year on coffee alone. By investing in a coffee maker this fall (some pots are as cheap as $25, that’s less than a week’s worth of coffee shop drinks), or packing snacks, you can minimize the amount of money you spend on campus food, and thus maximize savings.

Walk, Bike or take Public Transportation

Uber and Lyft are incredibly convenient options for getting around, especially when you are running late for class across campus. However, the costs can add up if it becomes a habit. Check out the public transportation in your area, where students often receive a discount, or your institution’s bus services, which are often free! Or, even better, consider leaving yourself a few extra minutes to bike or walk across campus. Not only is this cost-effective but it’s a great way to get fresh air and stay in shape.

Shop Around for Course Materials

Books are one of the most expensive parts of college but they don’t have to be! Your university will often carry copies of textbooks at the library for you to check out when you need it. If your friends have previously taken the course, ask to borrow their book if they purchased it.

In addition, check out Cengage Unlimited, a new subscription where students pay a one-time fee of $119.99 per term ($179.99 per year) to get access to all the digital learning platforms, online homework & study tools, as well as ebooks that Cengage offers. For students who need to purchase multiple books, this is a great tool because you can get all your materials in one place, and access all the other study tools Cengage offers for about the cost of just one book! And, if you want print, you can receive a free print rental at no cost – just pay $7.99 for shipping. Figure out how much you can save today by using the Cengage Unlimited Calculator.

Score Student Savings

Don’t overlook college student discounts – they’re an easy way to save money throughout your time as a student. Many stores, like Banana Republic, Topshop and ASOS, all offer discounts if you have a valid student ID. Amazon Prime also offers a 6-month free trial for students and the New York Times offers access to all publications for $1! Apple, Dell, Spotify and Microsoft give significant student discounts, as well. Find out if your university offers Microsoft products for free as many colleges do.

Plan Courses According to Expenses

The classes you take and the professor teaching it can make a huge difference in the course materials you’ll need. Some professors might require a subscription to a news service, while others may require three different textbooks. This could be the difference between spending $20 and $200.

To better prepare, check out websites like Rate My Professors, where students often mention whether the materials are required or just recommended. If, for instance, you know that one professor requires an expensive book or a digital program, plan to take that class when you don’t have many other expenses. Scheduling classes with this in mind can help you plan accordingly and minimize the amount you spend.

-Kat Humphries

 

Kat Humphries is a freshman majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of Akron. She works as a Student Ambassador for Cengage and is a Student Assistant for the Engineering Department at her University. In her free time, she is an assistant debate coach for high school students and a writer for Her Campus Akron.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for Council of Students

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, is currently accepting applications for its 2018-2020 Council of Students. The Council, comprised of student vice presidents from chapters across the nation, serves as the student engagement committee for the Society.

Established in 2007, the Council is tasked with enhancing communication with Phi Kappa Phi’s student vice presidents, planning and hosting a student leadership conference, and interacting with student vice presidents in the Society’s five divisions, among other tasks.

The Council of Students will be comprised of no fewer than five members, representative of the student membership as a whole. These students will gain valuable leadership skills and will communicate regularly with staff at the national office and the two student representatives who serve on the Board of Directors.

“Being part of the Council made me feel an important part of my chapter. I made sure to help others feel important and essential as well,” said Ana Lu Ramirez, a 2016-2018 Council of Students member. “I mobilized my chapter and we accomplished events and chapter growth. We hosted a book drive and a member drive. It was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend it to all the students.”

The Council will meet for the first time at the 2018 Convention in Minneapolis from August 1-4 with all expenses covered by Phi Kappa Phi. The Council will also be expected to attend and take a leadership role in the Student Leadership Summit held in July 2019. The opportunity to serve on the Council requires a commitment to serve through the 2020 biennium, when the Society selects its next Council of Students. The selected Council members must maintain student status at their institution for at least one full year of the two-year term served on the Council.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has given me numerous opportunities to expand my horizons outside the academic setting and get engaged in the community services,” said Amreen Mughal, a 2016-2018 Council of Students member. “Council of Students is a platform for me to connect with hundreds of other chapters to learn and effectively share new ideas to fulfill the motto of the Society, ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’”

Current Phi Kappa Phi student vice presidents interested in applying should visit www.phikappaphi.org/council to download the application and access full eligibility requirements. The deadline to apply is May 25, 2018.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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