Gary Gruber

Gary R. Gruber (born Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American theoretical physicist, educator,[1] and author who has written many books and software programs for standardized test preparation.[2] His work focuses on test-taking and critical thinking skills [3][4][5][6] and claims sales of more than 7 million books.[7] His writings include the Gruber's Complete Guide series[8] as well as books and columns of brain teaser puzzles[9][10][11] and other articles.[12][13][14][15] He also works with schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational organizations in the development of testing and critical thinking skills and educational motivation programs.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Personal Background

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and obtained a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and a master's degree in physics from Columbia University. He obtained a PhD in physics from Yeshiva University in 1969; his thesis was on The Heating of the Solar Chromosphere.[24]

He lives in Mill Valley, California.[25]


  1. ^ "Gruber, Gary R." High Beam. January 2005. Retrieved 10 Aug 2011.
  2. ^ "Got the S.A.T. Jitters? Software to the Rescue". New York Times. October 11, 1995. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Take the quiz created by a 'super genius' SAT expert to see how you might do on the new version of the test". Business Insider. February 13, 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Which Test is Better to Take-The New SAT or Current One?". The Washington Post. October 15, 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  5. ^ Staats, Jim (October 3, 2009). "Marin snapshot: Gary Gruber is nationally renowned authority on standardized tests". Marin IJ. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Applied Genius". Costco Connection. August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Gary Gruber website". Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2015, 18th edition (Paperback)". Amazon. Retrieved 16 Nov 2014.
  9. ^ Gruber, Gary R. (2010). The World's 200 Hardest Brain Teasers. Google Books. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  10. ^ Gruber, Ph.D., Gary R. (10 April 2014). "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 2". San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  11. ^ Gruber, Ph.D., Gary R. (January 2014). "Who's Game" (PDF). Delta Airlines Sky Magazine. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  12. ^ Gruber, Ph.D., Gary R. (10 April 2014). "The American Curiosity Crisis". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 Apr 2014.
  13. ^ Gruber, Ph.D., Gary R. (5 July 2014). "The Importance of Process in Achieving Results". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  14. ^ Gruber, Gary (19 February 2014). "Dumbing Down in the Nation". Marinscope Papers. Retrieved 19 Feb 2014.
  15. ^ "Dr. Gruber's Brain Teasers and Articles". Dr. Gary Gruber, Ph.D. Website. January 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  16. ^ Lore, Diane (30 October 2013). "A turn for the better in test-taking". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013.
  17. ^ Marin County Board of Education (21 February 2014). "Standardized Testing for Parents, Students, and Educators" (PDF). Marin County Board of Education. Retrieved 21 Feb 2014.
  18. ^ Marin County Board of Education (24 March 2014). "Standardized Testing for Parents, Students, and Educators Video Presentation". Marin County Board of Education. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  19. ^ St. Peter's Boys High School Parents' Club Activity (17 September 2013). "Parents' Club Orientation & Welcome with Guest Speaker Dr. Gary Gruber". St. Peter's Boys High School Website. Retrieved 9 Apr 2014.
  20. ^ College Week Live (September 2014). "Thinking Your Way to Great SAT/ACT Scores Video Presentation". College Week Live. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  21. ^ CBS News (11 May 2015). "Renowned Educator Advises Students To Use All Experiences For Positive Teaching". CBS News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  22. ^ Victorville Daily Press (16 August 2015). "Testing the Test". Victorville Daily Press. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  23. ^ Desert Dispatch (21 August 2015). "Our view: Dumber SAT not cure for what ails us". Desert Dispatch. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  24. ^ Gruber, Gary Richard (1969). "The Heating of the Solar Chromosphere". Bibcode:1969PhDT........22G. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  25. ^ Wait, Wait, Tell Me... - Marin Magazine - August 2008 - Marin County, California Retrieved 2016-12-15.

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Brooklyn Technical High School

Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly referred to as Brooklyn Tech, and administratively designated as High School 430, is an elite New York City public high school that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is one of three original specialized high schools operated by the New York City Department of Education, the other two being Stuyvesant High School and Bronx High School of Science. Brooklyn Tech is considered one of the most prestigious and selective high schools in the United States.Admission to Brooklyn Tech involves passing the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Each November, about 30,000 eighth and ninth graders take the 3-hour test for admittance to eight of the nine specialized high schools. Approximately 1,900 to 1,950 applicants are accepted each year.

Brooklyn Tech is noted for the large number of its graduates attending prestigious universities, such as the Ivy League universities, MIT, NYU, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Chicago, among others, for undergraduate or graduate studies. Brooklyn Tech counts top scientists, inventors, innovators, CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 companies, high-ranking diplomats, scholars in academia, literary and media figures, professional athletes, National Medal recipients, Nobel laureates, and Olympic medalists among its alumni.


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Paul Gary Gruber was born and lived in Michigan. Once a hard core mountain bike rider and racer, he took second place with Tail Wind Production and the MMBA Points Series. He was instrumental in developing a race venue that included bike races at the Big M and Owasippi trails. Gruber mapped off, designed, developed and built this mountain bike path at Holly Recreation Area in Southeast Michigan. This very technical trail measures 15.6 miles long. It is a tight, twisty, single track.

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Karl Johan Åhr, Professor of History and father of late rapper Lil Peep

Yousef Al-Abed, Professor of Molecular Medicine

Lance Becker, Professor of Emergency Medicine

Peter B. Berger, Professor of Cardiology

Herman A. Berliner, Provost; Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of Faculties; Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor

David Jung-Kuang Chiu, former professor; Dean of University Advisement; Director of Asian Studies

Joel Block, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Barbara A. Cornblatt, Professor of Psychiatry

Stephen Dolgin, Professor of Surgery

Silvia Federici, Autonomist Marxist-feminist

Jay Fiedler (born 1971), NFL football quarterback, as Hofstra receivers coach in 1997

Michael J. Freeman, professor

Monroe Freedman, Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics; former HLS Dean (1973–77); author of Lawyers' Ethics in an Adversarial System (1975), the seminal work on lawyer-client privilege

Robert W. Greene (1929-2008), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor of journalism and mass media studies

Gary Gruber, professor, author, testing expert, physicist, educator

Martha Hollander, professor, art historian, and poet

Barbara Patton, assistant professor of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business at Frank G. Zarb School of Business since 2002

Harvey J. Levin, former University Research Professor, first holder of Augustus B. Weller Chair in Economics, communications economics author and government consultant

Thomas G. McGinn, Professor of Medicine

Leonid Poretsky, Professor of Medicine

Jesse Roth, Clinical Professor of Molecular Medicine

David B. Samadi—Professor of urology

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Josh Akognon, basketball player

Juan Alderete de la Peña, Grammy-winning bassist

Isabel Allende, writer

Sam Andrew, musician

Dave Archer (painter), artist

Eve Arden (Eunice Quedens), Tamalpais High School, Class of 1926, actress (Our Miss Brooks, Grease)

Fairuza Balk, actress, born in Point Reyes Station

Tom Barbash, author

Arj Barker, comedian

John Battelle, CEO of Federated Media, founder of Wired magazine, and author of The Search

Melba Beals, civil rights activist

Michael Bloomfield, blues guitarist

Barbara Boxer, former United States Senator

Terry Bozzio, musician

Richard Brautigan, author

Joe Breeze, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1972, mountain bike pioneer and industry leader

Laurel Burch, artist

Merritt Butrick, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1977, actor (Square Pegs; James T. Kirk's son, David Marcus, in Star Trek)

Yvonne Cagle, Novato High School, Class of 1977, M.D., NASA Astronaut

Gunnar Carlsson, Redwood High School, Class of 1969, Swindells Professor of Mathematics Stanford University

Pete Carroll, Redwood High School, Class of 1969, head football coach of the Seahawks

Edwin Catmull, President of the Disney–Pixar Studios

Bill Champlin, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1965, musician, Sons of Champlin, Chicago

Chris Chaney, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1988, musician, Jane's Addiction, The Panic Channel

Brenda Chapman, animation director

Sam Chapman, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1934, athlete (high school and college all star, California Golden Bears; MLB)

Craig Chaquico, guitarist from Jefferson Starship

Maxine Chernoff, author

Julia Child, Katherine Branson School, Class of 1930; host of The French Chef

John Cipollina, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1964, lead guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service

Signy Coleman, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1978, model, actress

Elmer Collett, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1962, lineman, NFL

Jack Conte, musician, Pomplamoose

Peter Coyote, actor

David Crosby, musician

Martin Cruz Smith, author

Charlie Cunningham, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1967, mountain bike pioneer (Mountain Bike Hall of Fame)

Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

Nataly Dawn, singer, Pomplamoose

Joe DeMaestri, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1946, MLB shortstop

Philip K. Dick, science fiction author, lived in Point Reyes Station 1958–1963 and in San Rafael and Santa Venetia through 1972

Mike Dirnt, bass player, Green Day

Allen Drury, novelist, 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Advise and Consent

George Duke, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1963, jazz pianist

David Dukes, actor, Redwood High School

Louis Durra, jazz pianist

Dave Eggers, author

Daniel Ellsberg, whistle blower, writer and anti-war activist

Mike "SuperJew" Epstein, Major League Baseball player

Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter

Cerridwen Fallingstar, historical novelist and Wiccan priestess

Mimi Farina, musician, singer, non-profit director and sister of Joan Baez and widow of Richard Farina

David Fincher, film director

Jack Finney, author, The Body Snatchers, Time and Again

Gary Fisher, mountain biking pioneer

Jon Fisher, entrepreneur

Ken Flax, Olympic athlete, hammer throw

Tyler Florence, celebrity chef

Phil Frank, cartoonist

David Freiberg, musician

Jerry Garcia, musician, of The Grateful Dead

Leonard Gardner, novelist, author of Fat City

Jared Goff, Marin Catholic High School, Class of 2013, quarterback, NFL

Bill Graham, promoter and founder of the Fillmore West in San Francisco

David Grisman, mandolinist and composer

Pete Gross, broadcaster for Seattle Seahawks

Gary Gruber, physicist, educator, and author, Gruber's Complete Guide series for standardized test preparation

Sammy Hagar, singer

Anna Halprin, choreographer

Oren Harari, business professor at University of San Francisco, author, speaker

David Haskell, Terra Linda High School, Class of 1966, actor

Annette Haven, ex-porn star

S. I. Hayakawa, semanticist, president of San Francisco State University, US Senator (1977–1983)

Sterling Hayden, actor

Matt Hazeltine, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1951, linebacker, NFL

Mariel Hemingway, actress, born in Mill Valley

Jon Hendricks, jazz lyricist, singer

George Herms, Beat Artist, museum director

James Hetfield, Metallica lead singer, rhythm guitar

J. R. Hildebrand, auto racing driver

George Hill, four-time national pairs figure skating champion

Lester Holt, NBC News anchor

Tess Uriza Holthe, author

Tony Hsieh, CEO of

Zakir Hussain, musician, San Anselmo

Sam Vogel Jauz, American DJ/Music Producer

Maz Jobrani, comedian and actor

Booker T. Jones, musician

Janis Joplin, singer; her last known residence was in Larkspur, California

Charlie Kelly, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1963, roadie (Sons of Champlin); Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Ali Akbar Khan, musician, Ali Akbar Khan College of Music

Lisa Kindred, blues and folk singer and guitarist

Klaus Kinski, actor (died in the Marin County town of Lagunitas)

Walter Egel Kuhlman, abstract expressionist artist

Jef Labes, keyboardist

Travis LaBoy, Marin Catholic High School, Class of 1999, linebacker, NFL

Anne Lamott, writer

Jim Lange, TV game show host (The Dating Game)

John Lasseter, film director and Disney executive

Anton Szandor LaVey (Howard Stanton Levey), Tamalpais High School, Class of ~1947, founder of Church of Satan

Bill Lee, Terra Linda High School, Class of 1964, MLB pitcher

John Leslie Nuzzo, pornographic actor and director

Barry Levinson, film director

Jane Levy, actress (Suburgatory)

Huey Lewis, singer

Kevin Lima, film director

Tim Lincecum, baseball player

John Walker Lindh, American who fought for the Taliban

Mary Tuthill Lindheim, sculptor, studio potter, and a planner of the Sausalito Art Fair

Ki Longfellow (born Pamela Longfellow), Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA; author of The Secret Magdalene, Flow Down Like Silver, Hypatia of Alexandria

George Lucas, film director, founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. Creator of Star Wars and "Indiana Jones" franchises. Owner of "Skywalker Ranch"

Andy Luckey, Redwood High School, Class of 1983, television producer, author, illustrator

Ray Lynch, composer and mathematician

Seán Mac Falls, poet

Peter Magadini, drummer, composer

Duster Mails, MLB pitcher; appeared in 1920 World Series

Zekial Marko, pulp fiction writer, film & television series writer

Brian Maxwell, marathon runner and, with his wife to be, Jennifer Biddulph, developer and founder of Powerbar

Joyce Maynard, author

Montgomery McFate, anthropologist, chief social scientist for Human Terrain System

Terry McGovern, actor, voice, radio, Director of Marin Actors' Workshop

Bridgit Mendler, actress

Tom Merritt, technology journalist and broadcaster

Artie Mitchell, pornographic film producer

Van Morrison, singer and songwriter

Jonny Moseley, gold medal-winning Olympic skier

Maria Muldaur, singer-songwriter, "Midnight at the Oasis"

Walter Murch, film editor

Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco, current Lieutenant Governor of California

Connie Nielsen, actress

Eric Norstad, ceramicist and architect

Don Novello, actor and writer

Phil Ochs, singer, songwriter

Arthur Okamura, screen print artist illustrator

Karl Olson, Tamalpais High School, MLB outfielder

George Demont Otis, artist

William L. Patterson, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1911, attorney; civil rights pioneer

Pat Paulsen, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1945, statesman; comic, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Robin Wright Penn, actress

Sean Penn, actor, activist

Jacquie Phelan, mountain biking pioneer and racing champion; now freelance cycle skills trainer and writer

Kathleen Quinlan, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1972, actress (American Graffiti, Apollo 13, Oliver Stone's The Doors)

Bill Rafferty, former game show host, comedian

Bonnie Raitt, singer

Reminisce, street artist, sculptor

Marc Reisner, environmentalist, author

Howard Rheingold, author

Meghan Rienks, actress

Hal Riney, advertising executive

Jason Roberts, author

Pernell Roberts, actor, civil rights activist

Brande Roderick, model and actress

Prince Andrew Romanov, Russian royal and artist

Dennis B. Ross, U.S. diplomat and author

George H. Ruge, San Francisco radio pioneer

Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate

Dana Sabraw, U.S. District Judge

Carlos Santana, musician

Aram Saroyan, poet

Strawberry Saroyan, novelist

Michael Savage, conservative radio host

Eric P. Schmitt, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner

Charles R. Schwab, investor

Vic Seixas (born 1923), Hall of Fame top-10 tennis player

Tupac Shakur, Tamalpais High School, rapper, poet, and actor

Peter Shor, Tamalpais High School, mathematician, MIT; MacArthur Fellow

Grace Slick, musician, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship

Gary Snyder, poet

Tom Snyder, television talk host

Myron Spaulding, boat designer and builder, sailboat racer and concert violinist

John Stewart, musician, songwriter, Kingston Trio

David Strathairn, Redwood High School, actor

Nicholas Suntzeff, Redwood High School, cosmologist, Texas A&M, Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Lisa Swerling, artist

Amy Tan, author

Gage Taylor, visionary artist

Dina Temple-Raston, journalist for National Public Radio, author

Twinka Thiebaud, writer and model

Bill Thompson, Manager of Jefferson Airplane

Courtney Thorne-Smith, Tamalpais High School, Class of 1985, actress (Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, According to Jim)

Scott Thunes, musician

Peter Tork, musician, member of The Monkees

Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer

Lee Unkrich, employee at Pixar and director of Toy Story 3

Jean Varda, artist

Max Venable, baseball player for the San Francisco Giants

Will Venable, baseball player for the San Diego Padres

Winston Venable, football player for the Chicago Bears

Vendela Vida, author

John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle entertainment critic

Alan Watts, writer

Cassandra Webb (Cassandra Politzer), Tamalpais High School, Class of 1976, actress (Starship, Sons and Daughters)

Lou Welch, poet

Brett Wickens, designer

Archie Williams, 1936 Summer Olympics 400m winner

Robin Williams, actor, Flubber, Mrs. Doubtfire, Larkspur High School graduate

Tony Williams, drummer

Cintra Wilson, Tamalpais High School, writer

Jesse Colin Young, singer-songwriter of 1970s and 80s, "Song for Julia"

Saul Zaentz, film producer

Barry Zito, baseball player

Elmo Kennedy O'Connor, rapper

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Test preparation

Test preparation (abbreviated test prep) or exam preparation is an educational course, tutoring service, educational material, or a learning tool designed to increase students' performance on standardized tests. Examples of these tests include entrance examinations used for admissions to institutions of higher education, such as college (e.g. the SAT and ACT), business school (the GMAT), law school (the LSAT or LNAT), medical school (the MCAT), BMAT, UKCAT and GAMSAT and graduate school (the GRE) and qualifying examinations for admission to gifted education programs.

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