COMMON CHALLENGES IN GRE QUANTITATIVE SECTION & HOW TO ACE THEM

GRE is all about being composed through the test, as GRE is a test of the nerve as well. A score of 165 plus in Quantitative section is always attainable if challenges are overcome. Let us look at some obstacles GRE test takers face in the Quantitative Section:

Ability to Focus: GRE is also a test of being able to focus and solve questions through long hours in front of a computer. Hence, apart from preparing for subjects, test takers will have to lay emphasis on being efficient in computer-based tests, which can be mentally and physically strenuous and this definitely affects the score any test taker may get.

Being Consistent: Many candidates start their test preparations very well. However, the learning curve of preparation starts to dip after a month’s preparation. Hence, it is very important for students to start slow and keep improving on the pace, as well as not lose motivation as the test day is nearing.

Time Management: Many test takers focus on getting the right answer during their practice sessions. Nevertheless, they ignore their time to optimize time while answering the questions. Time optimization is one of the biggest challenges faced in GRE. Many times candidates miss answering last few questions in a section due to lack of time and this cost them a lot. Never leave questions unanswered and practice time management.

Too much time On Verbal section: Most candidates are confident on either the verbal or the quantitative section. Due to this, test takers tend to rigorously prepare for the weaker section. However, both sections have to be given balanced amount of practice. Hence, test taker may give attention on the weaker sections as needed but never neglect the topics you think you are good at.

Word Problems: Make sure you understand the concepts underlying the question where even one or two words can change the meaning. You need to write the right algebraic expression based on the problem statement given to you.

Two or More Concepts: GRE math problems may combine two or more concepts in a question. Hence, when you read the questions carefully, never rush but try to identify the main concepts involved. If the question is still difficult after reading it a couple of times, then logically guess and move on.

Quantitative Comparisons: Here, you don’t just read the question and start solving – QC questions are slightly different from Problem Solving questions, and may often don’t require any math at all to solve. Always approach it strategically, such that you do not waste your time on solving it.

Assumptions: Avoid assumptions for Geometry figures drawn to scale or for data interpretation questions. For example, a triangle that looks like an equilateral triangle can also be an isosceles triangle when you redraw the figure and solve the sum. For Data Interpretation analyze the tables and graphs thoroughly.

Step Mistakes: Read the full question and do not skip steps for answering what the question is asking for. Also, avoid step mistakes while solving the question given.

Use of Scratch Paper: Use your scratch paper effectively for every question, such that you can come back to steps you had solved before you have marked and moved to the next questions.

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