GRE Math or Quantitative Reasoning is an integral part of your GRE, with two sections of 20 questions each. Depending on the program you choose and colleges you want to apply to, your GRE Math score gains further significance.
For example, candidates admitted to top ten engineering programs in 2015 had an average Quant score of 165. That comes up to about 90% on the revised GRE. But for overall top 10 education programs, the average Quant Score was 156.6 or 64%.
Tips and tricks to beat GRE Math woes
We might have established that if you don’t want to opt for engineering, you can settle for an average GRE Quant score in the range of 156. But that doesn’t let you off the hook, especially since it’s seen that this is the section where a large number of candidates struggle. But the good news is that there are simple tips to get over your Math woes.
- Know the answer choices – They are always the same as far as comparison questions are concerned. Familiarize yourself with these choices, because they will make it easier for you to choose the right answer or at least eliminate the wrong ones.
- Don’t get bogged down by computations – You will only waste time in computations in order to compare two quantities. Convert them into a scale as required to compare them quickly and fairly.
- Geometry figures are not drawn to scale – If you can’t determine aspects of the figure, it’s advisable to redraw it. Then examine the results to find out different variations that are possible.
- Be smart with numbers – In case the quantities are algebraic numbers, then you can simply replace them with variables that are easy to manage. It’s something you can practice during prep and save time during the test.
- You answer is in front of you – If you have arrived at an answer that’s not in the multiple choices then it’s simply not right. You need to take advantage of the fact that the answer is right in front of you, often close to the one you have arrived at.
- Rounding up answers – You might be required to do that for certain questions and it makes sense to round up the answers to the necessary degree of accuracy. But make sure you carry out all computations correctly.
- All questions matter – The thing to note is that all questions carry the same score, including the difficult ones. Don’t waste your time trying to solve the difficult ones when you can get the easy ones out of the way.
These tips will help you get over GRE Math problems, and do well in this crucial section of the test.
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