Tips for a higher score in the quant section of GRE
Posted on August 5, 2020
While it is the general perception that the verbal section of the GRE is more difficult than the quant section, but with a little bit of strategy and some extra efforts, it will be easy to 160 or more in the quant section and improve your overall GRE score.
- Use visualization technique
If you experience challenging questions on the GRE, it helps if you can imagine the problem and address it with your approach. Visualization is a hands-on learning tool that can help you better answer that interprets questions. This approach works very well for simpler and more complex definitions, such as geometry, geometry coordinates, etc.
This visualization exercise will help the brain link information better so that you do not miss out on the details. And thus, there is no risk that you will make silly errors on the exam.
- Avoid wasting time on questions you do not know
Note that each question within the same section has the same weightage. Most students don’t know this basic reality, and as a result, waste precious time on the test answering difficult questions while leaving out the easier ones. You need to answer all the questions equally, and you don’t have to particularly prefer any questions to the others. Knowing this simple fact modifies the entire test-taking strategy.
All questions in a section bear the same weight, so it makes sense to spend time on those issues that you can answer before the timer runs out, because you have a chance to maximize your score within the specified time frame.
- Use the process of elimination
Whenever you’re faced with a problem you think usually can’t answer, you can use the elimination process as a contingency plan. Whenever you encounter a question that you don’t know how to tackle, this method will come in very handy. The elimination process can be used as a contingency technique on It is a simple process where you remove options based on how irrelevant or incorrect they sound in the sense of the given question, and then end up with the one choice the sounds to you the least wrong. Then, you choose and proceed with that choice.
- Be careful when selecting answer choices
Be careful when you’re selecting the picking answer because the answer choices always look very similar and you can get lost in the heat of the moment. So, always double-check when choosing the answer.
Many questions could also have multiple response options, so choosing only one correct answer will be incorrect, even though it is one of the answers. There’s no partial credit on the GRE, so you’ll have to make sure you pick all the right answers.
At times for multiple-choice questions, only one of the answer options will be correct and you may get confused and waste valuable time. Therefore, pay attention to the issue, consider what you need to solve, and then align your responses with the choices given for the answer.
Questions involving a few concepts such as permutations and combinations can often be answered by simply listing all the possible answers, particularly when the number of possible answers is much smaller – usually less than 10.
- Understand the exam pattern
There many different types of questions in GRE math – numerical entry, multiple answer choice questions, quantitative comparison, etc. Understanding the entire quantitative syllabus will help you familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the GRE math section, thereby allowing you to prepare ahead, find out what your strengths and weaknesses are, and build a working strategy for your GRE preparation as well.
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