The GRE Quantitative section has 4 question types — Numeric Entry questions, Multiple choice questions (Select one choice, Select one or more choices), Quantitative comparison questions. These questions aim at testing your problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills. The score range for this section is 130 to 170.
Let us look at what this section tests in more detail below.
Quantitative Section Syllabus
The topics which are tested on the GRE quantitative section are as follows :
- Arithmetic — Property and Types of Integer, Power and Roots, Statistics, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Simple and Compound Interest, Arithmetic Operations, Exponent and Roots, Number Properties, Estimation, etc.
- Geometry — Lines and Angles, Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral, Polygon, 3-D Figures, Angle Measurements, Area, Perimeter, Volume.
- Data Analysis —Venn Diagrams, Set Theory, Probability, Permutation and Combinations, Interpretation of Data based on Graphs, Circle Graphs, Scatter Plots etc., Descriptive Statistics such as Mean, Range, Median, etc.
- Algebra — Exponents, Profit and Loss, Speed Distance and Time, Word Problems, Coordinate Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Linear and Quadratic Inequalities, Algebraic Expressions, etc.
Most of the concepts tested on the GRE Quantitative section are high-school level math topics. You must be well prepared to be able to score well in this section. One important strategy to help you in this regard is to solve sample quantitative problems regularly. There are numerous benefits to solving GRE quant sample problems.
- It familiarizes you with the question pattern of the GRE exam.
- You get to learn what shortcuts to use to arrive at the answer.
- You become aware of the different question types.
- You understand how to solve questions quickly and manage time effectively.
Strategies for Solving GRE Quant Questions
- Use the process of elimination to eliminate answer choices that are incorrect before you proceed to select the correct answer.
- Plug in answer options in the question to help you solve the problem quickly.
- Read word problems in a slow manner and convert them to simple equations with all the given information.
- Don’t spend too much time on one question. Plan to spend only 2 minutes on each question.
- Do not make assumptions about geometric figures which are provided in the question.
Let us now see a few sample questions of the GRE Quantitative section.