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Whether you’re a math major or one of those haven’t-studied-math-since-high-school types, the GRE is going to test youon a myriad of math topics, from shapes and symbolsto tables and coordinate systems. And the only way you canattack the Quantitative Reasoning section head-on isby knowing exactly how the GRE plans tochallenge you.In other words, what kind of math is on the GRE? What specific GRE math topics should you study ahead of time? And what do GRE math questions actually look like?

In this comprehensive GRE math review, we’ll explore the ins and outs of the GRE Quantitative Reasoning section, taking a look at the various concepts you’ll be tested onand providing you with our best tips for effective studying.

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Overview

The Quantitative Reasoning measure, also known as “Quant,” is one of three major components of theGRE. (The other two are Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing.)

You’ll always have two Quant and two Verbal sections, but the order in which you’ll complete them is entirely random. (You will also geta fifth experimental section that’ll be an additional Quant or Verbal section. This section is unscored, but there is no way to know which one is experimental, so always try your best on all of them!)

Quant is composed of 40 math questions. Each Quant section contains 20 questions and gives you 35 minutes. Although many, if not most, calculations can be performed mentally or on paper, you will have access toan on-screen calculator withbasic arithmetic functions (including square roots).

If you are taking the paper version of the GRE (offered in countries where the computer version is unavailable), each Quant section contains25 questions instead of 20, raising your grand total to 50 questions. You’ll also getan additional five minutes for each Quant section, and there is no experimental section (so you’ll always have exactly two Quant sections). A calculator will be provided to you upon arrival atthe test center.

You’ll get ample scratch paperbefore thecomputer version of the GRE. This paper may be usedfor Quant, Verbal, AW, or any sections you choose (but is arguablymost useful for writing calculations down during Quant).

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Lastly, there’s the scoring system. Quant, like Verbal, is scored on a scale of 130-170. On this scale, 170 is a perfectscore and 130 is the lowest possible score. At present, the average Quant score is 152.57.

What Kind of Math Is on the GRE?

So far, our GRE math review hascovered the fundamentals of Quant. Now, let’s answer a slightly more challengingquestion: what kind of math is on the GRE?

Like the SAT and ACT, Quant deals with a breadth of mathematical concepts. Luckily, though, allGRE math topics are thoseyou studied in middle school and high school. Even better?Quant doesn’t testany upper-level concepts like calculus and trigonometry. So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief— Quant isn’t ridiculously difficult!

But what math is on the GRE? There are four major areas ofmath tested on Quant: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. Below, I introduce the definitions of these topics and explain the specific concepts most likely to appear on the GRE.

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Arithmetic

Arithmetic is the basis of pretty much all math and is defined asthe manipulation of numbers. On the test, arithmetic mostly deals with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as:

  • Integers, fractions, and decimals
  • PEMDAS (order of operations)
  • Exponents and square roots
  • Absolute values
  • Prime numbers
  • Even and odd numbers
  • Percents and percent changes
  • Sequences
  • Ratios, proportions, and cross multiplication

Algebra

Algebra is basically where numbers and letters (i.e., unknown numbers)come into play. GRE concepts include:

  • Expressions and equations
  • Variables and constants
  • Inequalities
  • Functions
  • Coordinate systems
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Lines and slopes
  • Factorization

Geometry

The bulk of geometry is the study of shapes and angles. More specifically, GRE geometry encompasses:

  • Lines, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines
  • Relationships among angles
  • Types of angles
  • Polygons, including triangles, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, and parallelograms
  • Special right triangles and the Pythagorean theorem
  • Circles
  • Arcs and sectors
  • 3-D objects, including rectangular solids and right circular cylinders
  • Perimeter, area, circumference, volume, and surface area
  • Similar shapes
  • Inscribed shapes

Data Analysis

On the GRE, data analysis primarily focuses on your ability to interpret data by testing you on:

  • Distribution of data and frequency
  • Graphical representations of data, including bar graphs, pie charts, scatterplots, time plots, and histograms
  • Statistics, including mean (average), median, mode, and range
  • Quartiles and percentiles
  • Standard deviation
  • Factorials, permutations, and combinations
  • Probability
  • Bell curve and normal distribution

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What Kinds of Questions Are on the GRE?

Content-wise, most GRE Quant questions are independent questions (also known as “discrete questions”) and are not directly related to any other question on the test. Non-discrete questions are the opposite andrevolve around a single set of data, such as a table or graph.

There are four types of questions onQuant:

  • Quantitative Comparison
  • Multiple choice (one answer choice)
  • Multiple choice (one or more answer choices)
  • Numeric Entry

I’ll explain each of these question types in detail, showing you how they appear and function on the GRE.

Quantitative Comparison

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Often abbreviated to “Quant Comp,” Quantitative Comparison questions account for a little more thana third of Quant, with seven or eight questions per section. Quant Comp questions ask you to compare two quantities (Quantity A and Quantity B) and choose one of four possible answer choices:

  • Quantity A is greater.
  • Quantity B is greater.
  • The two quantities are equal.
  • The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

These answer choices are always the same regardless of the content of the question.

GRE Quant Comp questions deal with all major math topics, with some focusing onalgebraic expressions and equations, and others onintegers, shapes, or percentages. Most Quant Comp questions supply you with a description, diagram, rule, or table, so you’ll have all of the relevant information you need to solve the problem.

Multiple Choice (Select One Answer Choice)

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First off, thereare two types of multiple-choice questions on GRE Quant: ones with a single correct answer, and ones with one or more correct answers. Here, we’ll discuss those with one correct answer.

Single-answer questions always offer five possible answer choices. Each choice is accompanied by an oval (or circle on the paper test)to show thatyou can only select one answer choice. ETS does not specify how many single-answer multiple-choice questions there are on the GRE, but we estimate they make upa little more than half of Quant. As a result, it’s important you familiarize yourself with how these questions functionand what kinds of math they test.

For many single-answerquestions, it’ll be better for you to solve the problem on your own and then compare the answer you come up withto the five possible answer choices (choosing the one identical to your result). Other times, however, it’ll be more convenient to justplug in the answer choices in order to find thecorrect answer.

Occasionally, amultiple-choice question willask you to select an approximation. In this case, none of the answer choices will be an exact answer to the question. For example, the answer could be something like \$4,329.05, but the closest answer choice is \$4,300. Be sure to choose the answer choice most closely corresponding to thesolution you’ve found.

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Multiple Choice (Select One or More Answer Choices)

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The second type of multiple-choice question allows you to choose one or more answer choices. For these questions, the correct answer could be just a single answer choice, two of them, several of them, or all of them.ETS is unclear about how many of these questions we can expect, but weestimate there areabout two or three multiple-answer questions per Quant section.

Allanswer choices for multiple-answer questions accompanysquare boxes instead of circles or ovals to indicatethat you can select more than one answer. These questions canalsocontain fewer than five answer choicesor more than five answer choices.

Lastly,some of these questionsmay instruct you to choose a certain number of answer choices (e.g., two or three)orall applicable answer choices(like the above example).

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Numeric Entry

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The final Quant question type is Numeric Entry. According to our estimates, there are about two Numeric Entry questions per Quant section.

Unlike the other question types, this is the only one that doesn’t supply you with answer choices. Instead, you must come up with your own answer and write it in theblank. Numeric Entry questions can ask for integers (i.e., whole numbers), decimals, or fractions (denoted by a numerator and denominator blank).

Before filling in an answer, note any special characters by the blank, such as a dollar sign ($), percent sign (%), etc. These symbols are helpful because they alert you to the type of solution you’ll need to find.

Additionally, be sure toround your answer appropriately. For example, if a Numeric Entry question asks for an integer and your answer is 67.89, write 68.

GRE Math: 110 Terms and Symbols You Must Know

The GRE expects all test takers to have a basic understanding of the math topics described above — and this includes both terms and symbols. Here are some of the most commonly encountered terms and symbols onQuant. (If you’d like to learn about GRE mathformulas instead,check out our guide.) All terms are arranged alphabetically.

Terms

absolute value: the actual distance a number is from0 on a number line

acute angle: any angle less than 90 degrees. Example:

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algebraic expression: a mathematical expression with one or more variables, written as either a single term or a sum of terms. Example:

$$4x+8$$

angle: the shape formed by the convergence of two straight lines

arc: all of the points located between two points on the edge of a circle. Inthe following example, AB is the arc:

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area: the amount of space enclosed by a 2-D shape

axis: the horizontal (x-axis) or vertical (y-axis) lines in a coordinate system, or a straight line joining the centers of the bases of a right circular cylinder. Example:

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bar graph: a graph containing either horizontal or vertical bars with various heights corresponding to certain frequencies. Example:

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base: a number being brought to a certain power with an exponent. For example, 4 is the base in $4^2$.

bell curve: a graph displaying a normal distribution (and thus creating a bell shape). Example:

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central angle: a vertex located in the center of a circle and created by the intersection of two radii. See “arc” for diagram.

circle graph: a graph that represents data using the shape of a circle. Example:

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circumference: the length around a circle (i.e., the perimeter of a circle)

coefficient: a number multiplied by a variable or variables. For example, 8 is the coefficient in $8x$.

combination: a way of selecting a certain number of things in which order is irrelevant

common denominator: a common multiple of two separate denominators. In the following example, 24 is acommon denominator:

${2/3}:{5/8}={16/24}:{15/24}$

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congruent: the same in shape or size

constant: a term with no variable. For example, 6 is a constant in $y=13x^2+5x-6$.

cross multiplication: a method for converting two equivalent fractions into products. Performedby multiplying both terms’ numerators by the other term’s denominators. Example:

$x/5=4/20$

$20x=20$

$x=1$

cube: a six-sided rectangular solid with the same length and width for all of its faces. Example:

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denominator: the bottom number of a fraction. For example, 19 is the denominator in $10/19$.

diameter: the length of a line cutting a circle in half and passing through the center point. Example:

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dispersion: how far a set of data is spread out

divisor: the number you divide by in order to get a quotient. For example, 5 is the divisor in $50/5=10$.

equation: a mathematical statement depicting the equivalence of two different expressions. Example:

$y=12x+2$

equilateral triangle: a triangle with three sides of the same length and three 45-degree angles. Example:

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even integer: any whole number divisible by 2

exponent: a superscript number used to denote how many times a base is being multiplied by itself. For example,6 is the exponent in $3^6=729$.

factor: a number multiplied to get a product. For example, 3 and 4 are both factors of 12 because $3*4=12$.

factorial: the product of all integers (until 1) less than and equal to a number. Example:

$3!=3*2*1=6$

fraction: a quantity that is not a whole number (written using a numerator and a denominator). Example:

$3/5$

frequency: the number of times a particular piece of data occurs

function: a mathematical relation between a set of possible inputs to a set of possible outputs

histogram: a type of graph depicting intervals and their frequencies. Example:

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inequality: an expression signifying a relationship wherein two or more expressions are not equal to one another. Equal sign is replacedwith >, <, or ≠. Example:

$x+y<8$

integer: any whole number (negative, positive, or 0)

irrational number: any number that cannot be represented as a ratio between two integers, or any number containing a never-ending, pattern-less decimal. Example:

$√{2}=1.41421356$ …

isosceles triangle: a triangle with two sides of the same length and two equal angles. Example:

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least common multiple: the smallest number that is a multiple for two different values. For example, 6 is the least common multiple of 2 and 6 because $2*3=6$ and $1*6=6$.

linear equation: an equation that creates a straight line in a coordinate system. Example:

$y=5x+2$

mean: the average value of a data set (the sum of n numbers divided by n)

median: the middle value of a data set

mixed number: the combination of an integer and a fraction. Example:

$2{4/5}$

mode: the most common value of a data set

multiple: a possible product of an integer. For example, multiples of 4 include 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, etc.

normal distribution: a type of data distribution with a curved shape. See “bell curve” for diagram.

numerator: the top number of a fraction. For example, 3 is the numerator in $3/8$.

obtuse angle: any angle more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees. Example:

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odd integer: any whole number not divisible by 2

origin: the center point of a coordinate system, or (0, 0). See “axis” for diagram.

outlier: a value in a data set that is distinctly separate (either extremely high or low) from the rest of the data

parabola: a curve in a coordinate system shaped like an arch. Example:

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parallel lines: lines with the same slope and never intersecting. Example:

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percent:parts per 100

perimeter: the length around a polygon (i.e., the sum of all sides)

permutation: a way of arranging a certain number of values in which order matters

perpendicular lines: lines that intersect to create only right angles. Example:

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pi (π): a mathematical constant describing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Can be rounded to 3.14.

pie chart: see “circle graph”

polygon: a 2-D object made using straight lines. Examples:

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prime number: any integer greater than 1 that can only be divided by 1 and itself. Examples include 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, etc. Note that 2 is the only even integer that is also a prime number.

probability: the likelihood of an event occurring

proportion: two equivalent terms displayed as a ratio

quadrilateral: any four-sided polygon, such as a square, rectangle, trapezoid, or parallelogram

quartile: one of four parts of a data set

radius: the length of a line extending from the center point of a circle to any point on the edge. Example:

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range: the difference between the highest and lowest values of a data set

ratio: a relationship between two numbers highlighting their relative values to each other. Example:

$2:7$

rational number: any number that can be represented as a ratio of two integers. Example:

$1/3$

real number: all rational and irrational numbers

reciprocal: any integer or fraction with its numerator and denominator switched (for reciprocals of integers, the numerator is 1). For example, $3/4$ is the reciprocal of $4/3$ and vice versa.

rectangular solid: any six-sided 3-D object. Example:

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remainder: the leftover amount of a value after performing a computation (usually division)

right angle: 90 degrees. Example:

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right circular cylinder: a 3-D object with two identical circular bases and an axis perpendicular to the bases’ center points. Example:

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right triangle: a triangle with one 90-degree angle. The two shorter sides are the “legs” and the longest side (opposite the right angle) is the “hypotenuse.” Example:

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scatterplot: a type of graph depicting the relationship and trends of two separate variables. Example:

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sector: the (shaded) region of a circle enclosed by an arc and two radii. See “arc” for diagram.

similar: the same in shape but not size. Example:

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slope: the steepness of a line (in a coordinate system), represented by min the equation $y=mx+b$. Lines with positive slopes increase from left to right, whereas lines with negative slopes decrease from left to right. Example:

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solution: any value that solves an equation or inequality

square root: the number that produces a specific number when multiplied by itself. For example, 5 is the square root of 25, or $√{25}=5$.

standard deviation: a measure for how spread out a certain data set is

surface area: the total exterior area of a 3-D object

system of equations: a set of two or more equations with the same variables. Example:

$y=x+3$

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$x=5-y$

tangent: intersecting at precisely one point (on a shape). In the following example, curveC is tangent to line L at point P:

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variable: an unknown quantity, usually represented by the letterx. For example, a is the variable in $5a-10=20$

vertex: the intersection of two straight lines, creating an angle

volume: the amount of space occupied by a 3-D object

x-axis: the horizontal reference line in a coordinate system. See “axis” for diagram.

x-coordinate: how far a point is horizontally from the origin of a coordinate system

x-intercept: where a line or shape passes through the x-axis

y-axis: the vertical reference line in a coordinate system. See “axis” for diagram.

y-coordinate: how far a point is vertically from the origin of a coordinate system

y-intercept: where a line or shape passes throughthe y-axis

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Symbols

SymbolMeaningExample
<less than1 < 5
>greater than6 > 4
less than or equal tox ≤ 10
greater than or equal tox ≥ 3
does not equal$1/2$ ≠ 0.75
approximately equal toπ ≈ 3.14
parallel toAB
perpendicular toCD
angleE
°degree (of an angle)73°
|a|absolute value (of a number)$|-4|=4$
$√{a}$square root (of a number)$√{100}=10$
$dollar sign$50.49
%percent26%
πpi; can be rounded to 3.14$C=2πr$
a!factorial; the product of all integers from 1 to a$4!=4*3*2*1=24$

GRE Math: 4 Helpful Tips for Studying

Unfortunately, skimming this GRE math review alone is likely not enough of a refresher for you to score highly on the GRE. Luckily, there are some strategies you can use while studying to ultimately help raise your GRE math score.Hereare our top tips for acing Quant.

#1: Know the Fundamentals

You can’t expect to score highly on Quant if you’re completely unfamiliar with basic math concepts or if you haven’t practiced algebra and geometry in several years. This is why it’s important to know the fundamentals of all topics tested — that is, the basic rules, formulas, and concepts associated with arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.

In the section above, I gave you a lengthy list of terms and symbols you’re bound to come across on the GRE. Memorizing these is key to understanding GRE math questions.

But the terms and symbols above are just a brief overviewof the basics. Try to acquaint yourself even more with GRE math by using additional resources, such asour extensive guide for high-quality math practice.

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#2: Memorize Formulas

In addition to reviewingfundamental math concepts, you should also memorize the most common GRE formulas. Formulas are often the one and only key to solving a particular Quant question. Unlike the SAT, you won’t get a handy list of formulas to start with! Somemorize the formulas most likely to appear, such as the Pythagorean theorem and the circumference formula.

It’s also important you know in what situations you’re most likely to apply certain formulas. For example, if you’re dealing with a circle, you’ll probably need to use an area or circumference formula, not the Pythagorean theorem.

#3: Make Flashcards

Want a go-to study method? Look no further. Flashcards are an excellent way to drill specific concepts, especially GRE math topics.

For Quant, you can use flashcards to study math terms and symbols (such as those listed above), formulas, laws, shapes, and so on. I recommend you make your own set of flashcards, either with papernote cards or digital cards, so you can customize your study sessions by prioritizing concepts you’re less familiar with.

For tips on how to usethe waterfall method with your flashcards,check out our article on GRE vocab. This guidespecifically focuses on drilling vocab for GRE Verbal, but you can apply itsoverarching strategies to Quant prep, too.

#4: Drill Realistic Practice Questions

Memorizing concepts and formulas isn’t enough if you’re not actively testing what you know, so be sure to spend ample timedrilling GRE-style questions. You’ll grow more accustomed to the types of questions you’ll face on Quant and can anticipate how certain concepts might be worded or presented to you.

Ideally, you’ll useofficial practice questions, as these are the ones most similar to what you’ll see on test day.High-quality GRE prep books, such as those created by Manhattan Prep or Princeton Review,also offer many realistic practice questions.

Be sure you’re testingyourself on a variety of math topics in the beginning so you can gauge what kinds of questions andconcepts are most difficult for you. Then, shift yourfocus to drillingmore challenging questions. Once you’re done drilling, test out what you’ve learned using full-length practice tests. As with practice questions, alwaysprioritizeofficial GRE practice testsover unofficial ones.

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GRE Math Review: Takeaways

As you can see, there’s a lot you should know about GRE mathbeforesitting for the exam.

To review, the Quantitative Reasoning section consists of two 35-minute, 20-question sections, which cover an array of math topics, namely algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and data analysis. Quant also uses a scoring scale of 130-170, on which 170 is a perfect scoreand 130 is the lowest possible score.

GREmath questions are presented in one of four ways:

  • Quantitative Comparison: compare Quantity A and Quantity B and choose one of four answer choices
  • Multiple choice (select one answer choice): choose one of five answer choices
  • Multiple choice (select one or more answer choices): choose one, two, several, or all answer choices
  • Numeric Entry: write your answer in the blank(s) provided

And finally, here are our top four tips for studying Quant:

  • Know the fundamental rules and laws of algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and data analysis
  • Memorize common GRE formulas
  • Study with flashcards
  • Practice withGRE-style questions, prep books, and official practice tests

Quant is just a single part of your GRE score. But as this GRE math review emphasizes, it is nevertheless an important part that shouldn’t be approached haphazardly. In the end, you should know exactlywhat kind of math is on the GRE, be able to recall all of themajor concepts and strategies, and have the confidence that you, too, can get a great score on Quant!

What’s Next?

Do you dreamofacing Quant?Then take a look at our guides on how to maximize your GRE score and how to get a perfect Quant score. In addition,learn how to set aQuant goal scoreusing my step-by-step guide.

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FAQs

What kind of math is on the GRE test? ›

The skills, concepts and abilities are assessed in the four content areas below. Arithmetic topics, including: properties and types of integers, such as divisibility, factorization, prime numbers, remainders and odd and even integers. arithmetic operations, exponents and roots.

Is the GRE math section hard? ›

Compared to the ACT and the SAT, the GRE is typically considered more difficult because, even though the math tested on the GRE is a lower level than the math tested on the SAT and ACT, the GRE has more challenging vocabulary and reading passages, and the math problems have trickier wording or require higher-level ...

Is 162 a good quantitative GRE score? ›

The GRE is scored on a 130-170 scale in the verbal and quantitative sections. The writing section is scored on a scale of 0–6 in half-point increments.
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GRE Verbal + Quantitative Scaled Scores and Percentiles.
Scaled ScoreVerbal PercentileQuantitative Percentile
16393%82%
16290%79%
16188%76%
16086%73%
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Is it better to guess or not answer on the GRE? ›

Answer every question

Nothing is subtracted from your score for incorrect answers. To maximize your scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures, it's best to answer every question.

Do I need to memorize formulas for GRE? ›

It is vital to memorize Math formulas if you want to get a good score in your GRE Quant section. Understanding the formulas and knowing when to apply them will help you answer questions quickly and accurately, leading to a high score.

What is the average GRE score? ›

Remember that the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE are scored between 130–170, and the average score falls somewhere around 150-152.

How hard is it to get 300 on GRE? ›

It's very easy to achieve 300 on the GRE.

The average score falls somewhere between 150-152 per section (and 3,5 for writing). So yes, 300 is a perfectly average score and you can do much better than that. Includes 8 practice tests, 60+ online drills, 2500+ practice questions, and interactive and video-based lessons.

Is 310 a good GRE score? ›

A 310 is a good GRE score—but maybe you want to aim even higher for your programs.

Is a 297 on the GRE good? ›

A GRE score average of 290 to 300 can take you to a quality university in the USA, which would surely help you take off your career ladder. Not just that, there are a variety of courses and MS programs that you can choose from.

Is it hard to get 330 on GRE? ›

However, it is also important to remember that a 330+ score is in the 98th percentile of all GRE scores. This means that only 2% of the test takers can achieve this score and over 98% of people are below this score. It can be as difficult to increase your score from 320 to 330 as it is to score 320 in the first place.

What is a good GRE score 2022? ›

So when you ask what is a good GRE score, a score between 152 - 158 in the Verbal Section, a score between 153 - 158 in Quantitative Section and a score above 4.0 in the Analytical Section is considered a good GRE score out of 340.

Is 292 a good GRE score? ›

Generally, a 75th percentile is a pretty good GRE score, and a 90th percentile is an excellent one. Thus, we can say that a score of 318 and above is good, whereas a score of 329 is an excellent one. A score of 300+ is considered average, and a 292 score is considered below average.

How many questions can you miss GRE? ›

For your first pass, you target the easiest 12 questions. For your second pass, you work through the “skipped” questions from easiest to hardest and pick up another 3-4 questions with the time you've saved.

Do GRE questions get harder? ›

When we say that the GRE is an adaptive test, we mean that the questions you are given on it vary depending on your performance. If you answer more questions correctly early on, you'll subsequently see harder questions. If you answer fewer correctly, you'll see easier questions.

Are GRE questions repeated? ›

Yes! They do repeat questions from their massive question bank. What this means is that if some of your friends took their GRE a few days before you did, then it is likely that you may see a few of their questions repeat on your exam. This is because ETS uses the same question bank to generate test-day questions.

Is GRE math easy? ›

How difficult is GRE Quant? GRE math is very similar to GMAT or SAT math, but on the easier side. The mathematical skills tested are very basic: meaning, anybody who went to high school, will not find the GRE tedious.

What formulas should I memorize for the GRE? ›

Important GRE Math Formulas to Know
  • Squares. Perimeter=4×s, where s = side. Area=s2.
  • Rectangles. Area=lw, where l = length and w = width. Perimeter=2l+2w.
  • Polygons. Total degrees=180(n−2), where n = # of sides. ...
  • Circles. Area=πr2. ...
  • Average=sum of n numbersn. Average speed=total distancetotal time.
  • D=rt, Distance=Rate∗Time.
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Is 288 a good GRE score? ›

Since the GRE is not typically scored on a total scale of 260-340, you won't find percentiles for the test as a whole but rather for each section. In general, anything above the 50th percentile (median) can be considered a good GRE score, as this means you scored higher than most test takers.

What GRE score do I need for Harvard? ›

GRE Score Requirements

A score of 159+ in both verbal and quant sections should keep you covered in most Harvard programs.

Is 287 a good GRE score? ›

Any score above 300 + will get you admission from a Decent university. Any score below 280 is not Good. It is better to retake GRE or you will end with admissions from low ranked universities.

Can I improve my GRE score in 3 weeks? ›

Here's the bottom line: the only way to really improve your GRE score is to spend time studying for the test. Unfortunately, there's no magic secret trick to GRE score improvement other than studying efficiently. And the more you want to improve, the more you're going to need to study.

Is 20 days enough for GRE? ›

It is a computer-based test and you can take it any time, any number of times. It is important as many United States-based universities ask for your GRE scores before admitting you to a graduate program and it acts as a screening score. 20 days are enough for GRE .

Can I prepare for GRE in 10 days? ›

' So, practice is the key to a 155+ GRE verbal score; however, you can make it with the GRE verbal 10 days study plan. Actually, the number of days in practice does not matter because more days of practice will always be better. You can alternative;y focus on the quality of practice and ace GRE verbal in just 10 days.

Is 300 a good GRE score for PhD? ›

However, if you aim to take admission to the topmost colleges, you need to aim for at least 166. Again, this depends on a lot of factors. But, a score of around 310 should be good enough for taking admission into a PhD course.

Is a 4 on GRE writing good? ›

If your GRE Writing score is a 4.5 or above, you're in good shape for most graduate programs, compared to all other GRE takers.

Is GRE waived for 2023? ›

Yes, the GRE exam is waived by a few universities for spring 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023.

Can you get into PA school with a 298 GRE? ›

Is 298 a good GRE score for PA school? No, 298 is not considered a good GRE score for PA school. A GRE score above 300 (verbal reasoning scores of 155 - 170, quantitative reasoning scores of 153 - 170, and analytical writing scores of 3.5) is considered good for Physician Assistant schools.

Is it easy to get 290 in GRE? ›

Currently, the mean score on the GRE is around 150 for verbal and 153 for quant, so a total of 303. So, 290 is 13 points below the current mean score. Thus, one would say that 290 is conceivably a pretty achievable score.

Does low GRE score affect visa interview? ›

Low GRE,TOEFL,IELTS,GMAT Scores are never a problem for F1 visa Interview.

Is 2 weeks enough to study for GRE? ›

In any case, you should not spend less than 2 weeks studying for the GRE and will likely reach diminishing returns by 6 months of studying. Ideally, you should spend somewhere from 1 month to 5 months studying.) Finally, after you decide on a test date, try to budget a few hours every day until then.

Is 30 days enough for GRE? ›

But, it is strongly recommended that you spend at least 30 days studying for the GRE. Any less than that will only mean you will have to sacrifice a few topics, which is not ideal for someone looking to score a 320+ on the GRE.

Is 159 a good GRE score? ›

A competitive score—top 20%—would be in the 155-159 range, so we'll make 159 our competitive score benchmark. An average score—top 40%—would be in the 150-154 range (so we'll make 154 our average benchmark). Scores below 151, the average Verbal score, would be less selective.

What is the lowest passing GRE score? ›

Score Range

To know the maximum GRE score, you have to know the composite scores. The maximum composite GRE score is 340, whereas the minimum GRE score is 260.

What is a poor GRE score? ›

A low GRE score is considered to fall around the 25th percentile or lower. In terms of GRE verbal percentiles, this would equate to a GRE scaled score of 145; and, for the quantitative percentiles, this would equal a 147 scaled score.

Should I put GRE score on resume? ›

Should you include them on a resume? GRE scores are typically only included by university students, or those entering into graduate programs or business schools. Scores should only be included if they are impressive! It is not good practice for a working professional to include a test score over real skills.

Can I get into PT school with 291 GRE? ›

No, 291 is not considered a good GRE score for PT School. A GRE score above 310 (verbal reasoning scores of 155 - 170, quantitative reasoning scores of 155 - 170, and analytical writing scores of 4.0) is considered good for Physical Therapy School.

Is 315 a good GRE score? ›

For most top-50 schools, a good GRE score is in the mid-to-high 150s on both sections. Based on this data, an overall GRE score of 310 to 315 is a good GRE score for MBA applicants, while a score of 325 is excellent.

How many hours a day should you study for the GRE? ›

However, most people spend about one to three months studying a few hours a week for the GRE. This means the amount of studying for the GRE could range roughly from eight hours (studying two hours a week for four weeks) to 120 hours (studying ten hours a week for 12 weeks).

How do I clear my GRE in first attempt? ›

1Start your preparation at least six months before the exam

To ace GRE, the candidate must understand where s/he begins and where his or her pitfalls are. Hence, it is advisable to take a mock test before starting preparation and on a regular basis, as and when s/he completes the given topics.

Can I bring water to the GRE? ›

Items You Should Bring

Water: You can't bring food or beverages into the testing room, but you will be able to access your water during the break. Dehydration can be distracting and even impair your focus. So be sure to drink up during the break!

How do you nail the GRE? ›

The following GRE preparation tips will optimize your performance:
  1. Read a lot of analytical non-fiction. ...
  2. Adhere to a regular GRE study plan. ...
  3. Take practice tests. ...
  4. Know your weaknesses. ...
  5. Chart your progress. ...
  6. Trust your gut instinct.

Is GRE getting tougher in 2022? ›

But exactly how hard is the GRE test in 2022? Based on feedback received from thousands of students who appeared for the exam after having used various famous resources recommended by top test scorers, we have found that the test is becoming increasingly difficult.

How many questions do you have to get right on the GRE to get a 160? ›

To get such a score on the verbal section you can get 13-15 questions wrong in total but no more than 7-8 wrong in the first section. So if you get 13/20 on the first section and 12/20 on the second section you will get a 160 on the verbal section.

How can I get 165 Quant in GRE? ›

Here is approximately what I did.
  1. Schedule 4–5 months to focus on GRE prep, including verbal and AWA.
  2. Go through Manhattan GRE book series (untimed)
  3. Schedule a timed practice test every other week (from Manhattan book series and Official ETS practice tests). ...
  4. Attend actual exam and score 170 in quantitative.

Can we write GRE in 3rd year? ›

Answer. Yes you can apply for GRE in 3rd year btech and you can give attempt to the GRE exam. GRE is valid for 5 years, so you can attempt the exam anytime before 5 years from which you send your application packet(apply for the universities).

Does the GRE recycle questions? ›

GRE Practice Exams

In other words, these practice exams are generated by recycling questions from the question bank.

When should I write my GRE for fall 2023? ›

Generally, aspirants who plan to start studying abroad in Fall, take the GRE in March-October of the previous year.

Does the GRE have calculus? ›

The test consists of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions, drawn from courses commonly offered at the undergraduate level. Approximately 50 percent of the questions involve calculus and its applications—subject matter that can be assumed to be common to the backgrounds of almost all mathematics majors.

Is the GRE test hard? ›

The GRE test is often viewed as the most difficult graduate college entrance exam when compared with the SAT and ACT tests. The GRE's challenging essays, reading, and vocabulary sections make it a tough exam, but it doesn't have to be that hard.

Is linear algebra on the GRE? ›

The Subject Math GRE is, roughly, partitioned as follows: (a) Calculus and its applications (∼ 50%) (b) Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Number Theory.

How long should you study for GRE? ›

"Typically, we advise students to study between two and four months for the regular GRE," she says. "If you need to take a subject test, give yourself some breathing room and then prepare for the subject test. Also keep application deadlines in mind when deciding when to take each exam."

Is the GRE harder than the MCAT? ›

Between the GRE and the MCAT, the MCAT is widely regarded as the more difficult of the two exams. It's much longer and more focused on content knowledge than the GRE, which is more focused on general aptitude in certain areas. Many pre-med students say they take 300-350 hours to prepare for the MCAT.

Is GRE harder than GMAT? ›

Experts say that although the quantitative section is harder on the GMAT than on the GRE for most test-takers, the GMAT may be easier for those who prefer logic problems over geometry questions because there are more geometry questions on the GRE.

What is the weightage of each question in GRE? ›

To sum up, you receive one point for each question you answer correctly in Verbal or Quant. These points will be added up to get your raw score (0-40) for each section. Your raw scores will then be converted to scaled scores (130-170) which take into account both adaptive testing and equating.

Do you need to know trigonometry for GRE? ›

GRE does not test you on your calculus or trigonometry knowledge. The quantitative section of the GRE includes questions from 4 major content areas, which can be found here.

What is a good GRE score? ›

Generally, a 75th percentile is a pretty good GRE score, and a 90th percentile is an excellent one. Thus, we can say that a score of 318 and above is good, whereas a score of 329 is an excellent one. A score of 300+ is considered average, and a 292 score is considered below average.

Is GRE getting tougher in 2022? ›

But exactly how hard is the GRE test in 2022? Based on feedback received from thousands of students who appeared for the exam after having used various famous resources recommended by top test scorers, we have found that the test is becoming increasingly difficult.

How hard is it to get 300 on GRE? ›

It's very easy to achieve 300 on the GRE.

The average score falls somewhere between 150-152 per section (and 3,5 for writing). So yes, 300 is a perfectly average score and you can do much better than that. Includes 8 practice tests, 60+ online drills, 2500+ practice questions, and interactive and video-based lessons.

Is a 297 on the GRE good? ›

A GRE score average of 290 to 300 can take you to a quality university in the USA, which would surely help you take off your career ladder. Not just that, there are a variety of courses and MS programs that you can choose from.

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