The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test of your overall performance in terms of your quantitative aptitude, English language proficiency and analytical writing skills. The quantitative section deals with your high school math fundamentals. Questions from your basic math are asked in a brain teasing way. Tackling this section with ease requires lots of practice. The most important constraint is the time. You will have to solve the paper within the allotted time. The following information provides you with a detailed insight into the quantitative section along with some useful math tips that will help improve your score.
Areas of concern for GRE quant section
The GRE Quant Section concentrates primarily on 4 major areas namely
- Data analysis
One should not anticipate direct and easily solvable questions in the Math section of the GRE paper. You will be asked questions from the above mentioned concepts in a twisted fashion. These questions take much of your time if you are not prepared well. The questions might involve a single concept or else might be based on more than one concept. Usually, the questions asked are the ones involving more than one concept. The crux of the given problem involves simple logic and if you are one among those who strike the right chord, you will surely be successful. For such ability, you will require lot of practice and some tips to improve your aptitude and save time.
- Understanding the number family such as prime, positive, negative, even and odd numbers is the key to scoring in Arithmetic’s.
- Familiarity with elementary mathematics such as ratios, decimals, percentage, probability, etc could be established through preparative materials such as Kaplan’s Maths Guide and workbooks.
- The various rules associated with logical reasoning could be written down and reviewed periodically as logical reasoning always has an upper hand in solving these problems more easily when compared to formulas.
- Practice should be initiated with simple questions followed by challenging problems.
- Basic algebra concentrates on variable manipulations and simplifying equations.
- Scratch paper must be used to solve these problems rather than attempting to solve them in your head. This technique avoids confusion and increases speed.
- Changing signs are the areas of common mistakes to look out for in Algebra. Continuous practice and clear understanding of concepts resolves these problems.
- You could begin by mastering primary planar geometry involving lines, angles and basic shapes. Geometric formulas for basic calculations should be memorized.
- Diagrams must always be constructed for these types of questions. Illustrations are always a shortcut to solving geometry problems efficiently in lesser time than required.
- Data Analysis includes questions from statistics involving mean, median, mode, frequency distributions, charts, tables and graphs.
- Tackling these questions begin with scanning through the presented data to get a fundamental idea and focusing only on the conditions required for answering the questions.
- It is mandatory to keep an eye open to characteristics such as axes of graphs, units of measurements and orders of magnitude to avoid common conversion errors.
More the practice, better are the chances of scoring in these questions.