The thought of going for a Masters program to a top school brings excitement and a long checklist to clear before you reach there. This also brings a realization that to be able to apply there you will have to start with a gate pass i.e. standardized test scores for Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Read the entire blog to know how you can ace your GRE Quantitative Reasoning.
GRE preparation is a substantial task and should be done with proper planning. For all those who are new to GRE, first let’s go through the structure and format of the exam- GRE consists of two AWA Essay sections (30 min each), 2 Verbal sections (30 min each), 2 Math sections (35 min each), and one experimental section, which can be either Verbal or Math.
GRE Quantitative Reasoning section
counts for 50% of your GRE score.
GRE Quantitative Reasoning
Let us take a course roadmap for same to understand right skills and strategies required to boost your score. Whenever one thinks of QR, terms like Calculus, and Geometry comes to our mind. But what do all of them have in familiar? Well, besides being daunting, the good thing is that they are all completely off from GRE.
Math sections on GRE cover most of the basic concepts of mathematics. Generally, students assume this section to be easier in comparison to verbal section (which is true also for many students). But, at the same time, you need to make sure that you revise all the basic concepts and understand their usage on GRE. GRE Math section is divided into three types of questions:
Problem Solving – These are multiple choice questions that include five options. These are pretty much straightforward questions which test your ability on basic and fundamental concepts of math. They test your understanding of basic Algebra, Geometry, and analysis of data.
Quantitative Comparison– These also include basic concepts of math which we discussed earlier but the challenge here will be to identify the correct answer. The question here will include question stem with basic information and two statements and ask you to conclude a relation between those by correcting one of the following options:
- A) The quantity in Column A is greater.
- B) The quantity in Column B is greater.
- C) The two quantities are equal.
- D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given
Data Interpretation – These questions will include graphs, charts or tables. You need to analyze the data or information given in the question and mark the corresponding multiple choice question. For this question type, a computer screen is split into two parts. Left side includes data and right side asks the corresponding question. At times such questions become trickier as occasionally they take graph or questions to the second page and you may have scroll up and down repeatedly to understand the graphs and question associated with that graph.
Now, when you are familiar with QR section of GRE, let’s discuss the correct approach to get a good score in it. Below are few quick tips and strategies to crack good score on GRE Maths-
- Whenever you see variables with complicated equations in Algebra you may plug-in numbers to make your calculation easier.
- GRE Quantitative Reasoning is not at all about calculations. The best part of the exam is multiple choice options (except numeric entry problems). Answer choices on GRE are not very close, so it becomes easy to eliminate obviously wrong choices.
- For most of us, it’s been a long time that we’ve not touched Maths and all of a sudden GRE and problems related to Maths. But you also know that you were fairly good at Maths in school. Be confident and start by brushing up all the important concepts and fundamentals. You must buy the latest edition of Official Guide & go through the entire content related to Maths. Most tested concept among all the topics is numbers and percentages. Prepare a spreadsheet to make a note of your weak and strong areas.
- Enhance your basic skills related to number system – such as Primes, Composite, Factors, Multiples, Integers, Divisibility rules etc.You must start practicing questions related to elementary Mathematics such as ratios, Percentages, Decimals etc.
- Start your practice with easy and moderate level questions and later you can move to more challenging GRE type questions. You must keep memorizing basic rules and formulas related to Geometry.
- While solving Data Interpretation questions involves scanning through all the data and focusing only on the required information for solving the questions.
Practice and perfection are the two key factors to achieve success on GRE. Keep practicing sample tests to get familiar with question pattern. Create a log of your test scores and your mistakes. Sometimes the concepts are clear and approach to questions is correct, but still test score isn’t satisfactory. If that’s the case, you must then revisit the strategy you have adopted for the test. We advise you to seek help from a trusted resource if you get stuck. You can easily score high on GRE by putting in necessary efforts.