GRE Quantitative

06
Jun

Don’t Pigeonhole GRE Questions

If you've spent some time reviewing the various GRE resources out there, you'll inevitably run into advice espousing the best approach for certain situations. This is particularly true for word problems. You'll read that, for rates, you should always set up the R*T = D table. For Average questions, you should always use the A*N = S table. For Quantitative Comparisons questions, you should always plug in numbers, etc.  Generally, the advice takes the form of: set up a table, fill in the table, solve, ...

24
Feb

As the GRE has gained more acceptance among business schools, the myth that the GRE is an inferior exam or one that would somehow sabotage an applicant's business school chances has been pretty much dispelled. The GRE was changed over five years ago, largely with the goal of making the exam more competitive with the GMAT for business school admissions, and, with each passing year, I've seen more and more clients take the GRE and gain admission to top business ...

06
Sep

For many of my GRE students, manipulating and simplifying fractions is the bane of their GRE Quant preparation. Conceptually, fractions aren't too difficult, but once it's a matter of multiplying by reciprocals, rationalizing the denominator, taking fractions of fractions, and so on, many of my students struggling with the math tend to look like a deer-in-the-headlights. Though fractions are often unavoidable, there are strategies that can help simplify the process of dealing with them. One strategy concerns using integers when ...

28
Oct

One of the pitfalls for students studying for the GRE is balancing content learning with the cultivation of appropriate test-taking strategies. If you work under the misconception that the GRE is simply testing your ability to memorize rules and formulas, then you'll inevitably find yourself in situations where you'll waste precious seconds (or even minutes!) solving a question that could have been answered in a much more intuitive way. Nowhere is this issue more apparent than in Quantitative Comparison (QC) ...

15
Aug

A common type of word problem that gives many of my GRE students difficulty concerns age. Age questions are a sub-type of word problems and thus require the approach you should take toward all word problems: identify unknowns, assign variables, create algebraic relationships, and solve. However, you will need to keep a couple key facts in mind. Let’s look at an example: Bob is thirteen years older than Jack. In three years Bob will be twice as old as Jack. How ...

24
Jun

With the start of summer, I've been receiving a lot of panicked calls and e-mails from test-takers in their early stages of preparation. Much of the panic is some variation of the following: "I haven't done math in years, but I need to get a [insert score here] for the schools I'm applying to! What should I do?" If the above is at all representative of your situation, ...

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