About Arash

Arash has been a professional in the educational field for over 10 years. He started his teaching career as an SAT instructor in 2003, while receiving a graduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He now uses his expertise to manage the day-to-day operations of LA Tutors and also regularly contributes to the LA Tutors blog.

Demystifying the GRE Quantitative Section

Given that you’re reading this blog means that you have probably elected to take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT or the MCAT or NCLEX. It is also likely a safe assumption that you plan to go into some field in the social sciences upon completion of your graduate degree. With few exceptions, this [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00August 28th, 2013|GRE, GRE Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Inference Questions on the GMAT

Inference questions on the GMAT appear in two distinctly different sections of the Verbal Section: Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. Unlike the majority of questions that comprise these sections, inference questions pose a challenge because they must be answered in a fundamentally different way. […]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00August 17th, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Combinations and Permutations: The Basics

The Math section of the SAT contains problems pertaining to topics known as combinations and permutations. You may be asked the number of combinations possible in a given situation. For example, let’s say you walk into a restaurant that serves ice cream. You have a choice of five different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint, and [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00August 8th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Arithmetic and Algebra on the GMAT

It’s often said of the GMAT that creativity is more indispensable to the quantitative section than it is to the verbal section. While this maxim may run counter to expectations, it is indubitably the case that the student able to think about a math problem in a variety of ways will out-perform the student only [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00August 1st, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

SAT Writing: Misplaced Modifiers

Many sentences begin with their subjects. But others start with a descriptive phrase known as a modifier, followed by a comma. Here are a few examples, with each modifier italicized: Jumping up and down incessantly, the little boy annoyed all the passengers on the airplane. […]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00July 26th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

The SAT Essay: Thinking Fast

Many people dread the idea of writing an essay for the SAT. Most students especially fear the essay section’s element of surprise: What’s the essay topic going to be? And how can I come up with ideas when I only have twenty minutes to write? Well, you won’t know the essay topic in advance. But [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00July 19th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|1 Comment

Finding the Clues in Sentence Completions

Every sentence completion question has at least one clue. In fact, the writers of these types of SAT problems must put clues into the sentences; otherwise, there would be no way for you, the test-taker, to know word(s) the writers want. Consider the following sentence: My sister Natalie is very _____________. […]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00July 12th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

Introduced in the summer of 2012, the Integrated Reasoning section (IR) is the newest addition to the GMAT. Unlike the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the test, for which we have years of data pertaining to scoring and methodology, IR is at this juncture a bit of a mystery to teachers, administrators, and students alike. [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00July 11th, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

The SAT: An Overview

In the previous SAT Tips blog, we wrote about fear of the SAT. Fear often comes from what we don’t know. One of the ways to vanquish the fear is to get acquainted with the test. So we’re going to provide an all-encompassing perspective on the test, so that you know what you’re dealing with. [...]

By |2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00July 5th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips|0 Comments