GRE Quantitative Reasoning

The GRE Quantitative Reasoning tests the student’s knowledge in basic Mathematical concepts taught in high school. Questions will be asked from four concept areas of math. These include:
i) Algebra
ii) Arithmetic
iii) Geometry and
iv) Data Analysis

GRE Quantitative questions are usually set in the real world, but some questions will be from a purely mathematical context. Word problems have a significant role in math sections as they will take a while to comprehend and solve.

All the mathematical conventions used in the GRE quantitative section are from the high-school level. If there is a deviation from the regular notations/conventions, it will be mentioned in the question.

Concepts like Trigonometry or Calculus are never tested on the GRE quantitative reasoning. Also, the ability to construct proofs of certain geometrical theorems won’t be tested.

The purpose of the quant section is to check the test-taker’s ability to reason, model, and solve problems using different mathematical methods.

Different Sections on the Quantitative Reasoning

On the GRE, there will be two quantitative sections, having 12 and 15 questions to be answered in 47 minutes.

Question types

The GRE quantitative reasoning section will have four different types of questions.

1) Quantitative Comparison Questions

The first 7-8 questions on each math section will be of quantitative comparison type. These questions ask you to compare two quantities and find out which of the following statements fits the best.
i) Quantity A is greater
ii) Quantity B is greater
iii) Both the quantities are equal
iv) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
These answer choices are fixed for any quantitative comparison question. It’s important to study the choices well, especially the last one, “The relationship cannot be determined from the information given”. When the two answer choices are providing numerical responses, remember to eliminate the last choice.
Also, geometrical figures provided in quantitative comparison questions are not drawn to scale.
If there are algebraic expressions present in one or both the quantities, you can plug in numbers for easier calculations.

2) Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice

Multiple choice questions are commonly present on the GRE. Some questions will ask you to select exactly one answer choice.

3) Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices

In a few other multiple choice questions, you will have to mark at least one correct answer choice that fits the given context.

In this type of question, note whether the question asks you to indicate a specific number of choices or select all choices that apply. In the latter case, take a look at all the choices and determine which ones are correct.

4) Numeric Entry Questions

Numerical Entry questions ask you to either enter the answers as a decimal or an integer in one box or enter it like a fraction in two separate boxes. As there are no answer choices to take help from, you will have to read the question carefully and enter the required type of answer.

GRE Quant Scoring Pattern

Both the quantitative and verbal scores reported on the GRE are based on the difficulty level of the sections and the number of correct answers to all four operational sections.

GRE is a section-adaptive test. It means that depending on the performance in the first math or verbal section, the difficulty level for the corresponding math or verbal section will be determined.

Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the reported final score. For both math and verbal, the raw score is calculated first. The raw score is the number of questions answered correctly.

The raw score is then converted to a scaled score, ranging from 130-170 with 1-point increments. The minimum scaled score is 130 whereas 170 is the maximum. So, even if all the questions go wrong, the score on the math section will be 130.

The final score depends on the difficulty level of the second section and the number of questions answered correctly.
On the GRE official score report, the test-takers will be awarded a percentile that will help us evaluate their performance in comparison to their peers.

To get a high score on the GRE Quantitative reasoning section, you must get roughly at least 15 questions right in the first section of quant.

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About the GRE Exam


What is the format of the GRE?

The GRE test consists of three sections:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning and
  • Verbal Reasoning

The Analytical Writing section will always come first. It consists of two tasks and will take an hour to complete.

After the writing section, test-takers will face two verbal and two quant sections. Along with these four, there will be an experimental section(unscored) that is either a quant or a verbal section.

On the whole, these five sections will appear in a random order on the GRE test. To get a better hold of the format, test-takers are encouraged to take a GRE practice test.

What does the GRE Quantitative Test include?

GRE Quantitative test includes topics from high school mathematics. There are two math sections present on the GRE test. Each section consists of 20 questions to be solved in 35 minutes. If the experimental section turns out to be quant, test-takers will have to face a total of three math sections(only two sections will be scored). Topics in the quant section include problems from Algebra, Geometry, Rates, Word Problems, Ratios, and Data Analysis(Chart problems).

What is the syllabus for the GRE Quantitative section?

The quant section of the GRE test will have questions from four main topics:
i) Algebra
ii) Arithmetic
iii) Geometry and
iv) Data Analysis

From each one of the four topics mentioned above, different types of questions will be given from sub-topics like Rates, Percentages, Triangles and Circles, Number properties, Averages, and Ratios.

Most of the test-takers would be familiar with these topics and a proper brushup would be sufficient to recollect them.

How hard is it to get a 160 on the Quantitative section?

To start with, the topics of GRE Math are familiar to most of the test-takers as they would have studied them in their high school education. Once this is established, students can hone their quantitative skills through rigorous practice by doing mock drills and practice tests.

The only difficult part for test-takers would be to comprehend lengthy word problems on the math section. Through structured practice and proper implementation of techniques, the trouble caused by word problems can be eliminated and scoring 160 will thus become easier.

Why is Manya the best in preparing students for the GRE test?

To aid the students in their pursuit of success in the test, Manya offers time-tested techniques to be implemented in the math section. These techniques related to Algebra will help students solve problems quickly without complicating the calculations.

Also, the materials provided for GRE course guide the students by enabling them solve problems on varying difficulty levels.

Students also get the opportunity to practice eight online full length tests that simulate the original GRE test experience. They will also be given the opportunity to review their tests through the computer-generated interactive score report.

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