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Instructor: Dan Alexander

​​EDUCATION Master of Science (M.Sc.), Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, expected May 2018 Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ethan Brown
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, expected May 2018 Major and Research Advisor: Dr. Ethan Brown
EXPERIENCE


Undergraduate Research Assistant November 2014 - Present. Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY • Collaboration Member, XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment • Led development of lab infrastructure, including the complete design and construction of a Xe gas distribution system, as well as the characterization and implementation of variou sensors and instruments to interact with this system. • Researched decay of the metastable isomer 83mKr, and its use in the calibration of liquid noble detectors; applied this research to data analysis for XENON1T.
Nulcear Physics/Engineering Intern May 2015 - August 2015 Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, Narragansett, RI • Obtained radiation safety certification, and applied skills to various operations around the nuclear reactor facility, including health physics, reactor operation, and instrument repair • Revitalized a nuetron time-of-flight experiment for use with the University of Rhode Island Physics Department, which used the reactor as a neutron source, and allowed the flight time and energy distribution of incident neutrons to be investigated.
Teaching Assistant, Physics I January 2015 - May 2015 Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY • Graded student homework and exams • Facilitated lab activities with relevant physics demonstrations and assisted students with exam reviews.

The Verbal Reasoning Questions measure your ability to:
Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent. 
Abelson's world class reading and analytical skills will teach you what the verbal reasoning questions are asking using our proven formulaic strategies.

The Quantitative Reasoning Questions measure your ability to:
Abelson's math specialists will teach you how to:

Interpret and Analyze quantitative information.

Solve problems using mathematical models.

Apply mathematical and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.
The Analytical Writing Questions measure your ability to:

Abelson Writing Specialists, will teach you how to:

Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples

Examine claims and accompanying evidence

Sustain a well focused, coherent discussion

According to ETS.org, the analytical writing section "requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task."


Research / Unscored Section:

ETS has an unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score.  It may or may not be included on your test, and will appear in any order after the analytical writing section.

Secondly, you may have a research section that does not count toward your score, and may be included in place of the unscored section.  The research section, if included, will appear at the end of the test.

GRE Format

The GRE is administered by ETS (Educational Testing Service), the same company that administers the SAT's.  It  is a 3 hour and 45 minute computer based exam which tests your knowledge of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.  It is a multiple choice, multi-stage test.  According to ETS.org, the GRE is the only admissions test for Graduate or Business school that let's you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control over which questions, within a section, you want to answer first.

Abelson GRE Prep will teach you how to understand what each question type is asking, and how to think like the test maker.


The GRE Content and Structure:

MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time

Analytical Writing

One section with 2 separately timed tasks

One "Analyze an Issue" task 

& One "Analyze an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(Two Sections)

20 questions per section30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

(Two Sections)

20 questions per section35 minutes per section
Research / Unscored SectionVariesVaries


GRE Program Tuition

Abelson's GRE Instructor Credentials

Instructor: Steve Abelson

​Steve Abelson teaches the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing Sections.
Curriculum Vitae:
Owner / Director: Abelson Test Prep


Director of Professional Development, Questar III BOCES
Lead trainer NYSED.  
Statewide training in aligning standards to curriculum. 
Coordinated the curricula used in the commissioner's monthly broadcast:​ "Tools for Schools."
Administrator for Special Education

Professor of Special Education, Graduate Division, The College of Saint Rose.    
Director of Education, Vanderheyden Hall
Public School Teacher, History, Secondary Education, Greenville, NY     
Credentials:
• SAS / SDA Education Admimistration, State University of New York at Albany.
• MS Public Administration, Sage College in Albany, NY.
• BS Education, State University of New York at Albany.        
Certifications:
• School District Administrator : Permanent
• School Administrator Supervisor: Permanent
​• Social Studies/English 7-12: Permanent
• Impartial Hearing Officer: New York State
• Certified Strategic Planner - Cambridge Associates

18 Lesson Package

  • 18 Individual Lessons.
  • Lessons are one hour each.
  • Books and materials are included.
  • Cost: $1995


11 Lesson Package

  • 11  Private Individualized Lessons.
  • Lessons are one hour each.
  • Books and materials are included.
  • ​Cost: $1395

The GRE  (Graduate Record Examination)