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How to crack GRE quant? To crack GRE, you to diagnose, focus, analyze and synthesize.
Diagnose 1. First, know your current level by taking a mock GRE test. This test can be taken by downloading,” POWER PREP II SOFTWARE”.
2. Now, you will be aware of your weakness and plan for a stalwart preparation, by spending at least 3-4 hours a day.
3. To crack the GRE quant section, does not require you to be a great mathematician. It requires basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary math concepts and the theoretical reasoning to solve the problems with GRE strategy which has questions based on basic algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.

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The quantitative reasoning section has four types of questions 1. Quantitative reasoning
2. Multiple-choice question (select one answer choice)
3. Multiple-choice question (Choose more than one answer options)
4. Numeric entry question
Quant is about strategies, shortcuts, and techniques. Learn the underlying concepts in each topic. In a computer-based GRE test, there are two sections with 35 questions. There is no split-up of how many questions you can find on each topic but, you can still prioritize them based on how strong you are in each of them. Once you undergo a mock GRE test you get a clear idea of strength and weaknesses concerning GRE quant, and according to that, you can plan your practice sessions.
A strong foundation is needed in the basics of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data interpretation and applied mathematics and their concepts. So, it is necessary to understand the underlying fundamental concepts thoroughly to score a perfect 170. Understanding the concepts include how to derive the basic formulas and derivations. It takes 3 to 4 months of focused practice to score 170 in quant. As, the majority of 170 scorers have prepared for 6 months, but if you’re much focused you can score 170 in a practice of 3 months. When you solve a question, always ensure you look at the solution, even if you get it right. This will help you to understand the concept and develop, this is called,” hacker’s approach” which helps to visualize the mathematical concept behind every question. Practice different levels of questions as the difficulty of questions have different levels ranging from 1 to 5, where the 1st level is least difficult and the 5th level is most difficult. Most of the questions appear from level 3,4 and 5, since it is familiar, and you can score high and do not skip any questions.
Now it is important to analyze yourself with all ranges of questions. It is not needed to solve complex problems; you have to practice the basic problems with the easy and fastest way to solve them. Time management is very important in GRE, you should practice yourself in such a way to solve one min for a question and not more than that, so you must have a methodical practice for quick solving. You must learn and practice the shortcuts and tricks so that you can solve a problem as soon as possible i.e. not more than half a minute. So, make sure with the pattern of questions and have a focused practice on it by taking the GRE test regularly before you appear for exams.
Next comes the usage of online calculator, a lot of student’s lack practice in usage of online calculators instead they use long calculations which takes more time, so have a master of memory functions for calculating square roots and long divisions but it is good and make sure you have the habit of estimating the final answer before using the calculator to avoid entry errors in calculator.
Quantitative questions always have a similar kind of choices which may lead to indecisiveness. Hence, we have to analyze them before answering, do not select a choice if it is obvious that the values of the two quantities can be determined by calculation. If you know that if another quantity is greater make sure that the corresponding choice does not affect the previous choice.
Try to avoid unnecessary calculations. Do not waste time by doing the unnecessary calculation to compare the two quantities given as a choice, make simple calculations to compare and conclude both the quantities.
The questions asked in the geometric part will not be fully determined; the questions will be with missed data, so you have to draw the geometric figure again by finding out the missed data which is not determined in the question, after examining the questions, try to find the missed angles, segments or data.
If questions are asked for based on algebraic expressions, you can find out but substitute own values in those expressions and then you can compare and examine the answers. Consider each and every type of proper numbers before choosing an answer, if you get confused with two choices from the given choices, understand the concept and then do the proper calculation and finally choose the correct answer with a proper examination.
Multiple-choice questions having single correct answer These are several multiple prime questions which have five choices
So, while choosing the answer from the given choice, examine the given choices properly and if you don’t find your answer in the given choices, follow these steps
Read the question carefully again so that you can find out whether you have missed out on any data given to the question.
Check your calculations to ensure you may have made any mistake like entry error, such as entering a wrong number on the calculator.
Evaluate your solution process once again, you might have mistaken in your analysis.
In a few questions clearly you are simply asked, where the choices have a distinct property, so you might have to separately examine each of the choices given so that you might be capable to see the relationship between all the choices and it will assist you to find the solution or answer more easily and correctly. In some other questions, the method of substituting the different choices in the given equation or given inequality can be used to check which one simply works, this may be useful to choose the correct answer i.e. work backward from the choices given. However, be careful while applying this method because it might take some more time instead of using reasoning.
In questions which require an approximation analyzing, it may require proper examining the choices clearly before solving the problem so that you may get a better idea of what is asked in the question. If the questions asked are based on the calculations, the proper and correct calculation has to be done to get an accurate answer. In some questions you may find that simple calculation is sufficient, in such kind of questions, you need not waste time by doing the long calculation and it can be avoided.
Multiple-choice questions having multiple correct answers In this, there are many choice questions that ask you to choose one or more answers from the given choices. Check whether you have to choose one specific choice of answer or all. Then check all the choices, find only the correct choices and choose those correct choices and be careful while choosing because there might be just one right choice.
In few questions you may have asked to find greatest or least value from the given choices, so you have to examine the choices properly before choosing so that once you find out the least or greatest value you can automatically find out the remaining answers and for time management avoid lengthy calculations.
Numeric entry questions This type of question you have to enter your answer like an integer or else a decimal in two separate boxes. In these questions, choices will not be given to make sure you choose the correct answer by reading the question carefully and examining it properly. Sometimes there might be clues given to the question to choose the correct answer. Give importance to all numerical units so that you might find to find the answer or while doing calculations. In some cases, you might get answers in decimals and if you can’t find out that answer in the given choice, you can round off the answer you get, for example, 66.7 can be rounded off as 67.
Data Interpretation In data interpretation question appears to be distinct and independent. Questions asked in data reading sets are simply based on similar data presented in the form of graphs, tables, and some other data given. These question types may be multiple-choice or numeric entry so read the data given data properly and concentrates on those features of the given data which are essential to give an answer to the questions. Read properly the question so that you may find any important hints which help you to find the answer.
You can also utilize the sizes of the bars and sectors to evaluate the quantities or values that they signify, but cautious of broken bars and scales which do not begin at 0.
You have to answer the questions based on the data given in the question using your math knowledge and not based on the unnecessary information you might recall from some other sources related to the specific context.
Methods to solve the problem

  • Understand the problem

  • Read the questions given keenly so that you may understand the information given to the question.

  • Read and understand the meaning of the words, sentences, and paragraphs.

  • Understand the complexity of the questions asked.

  • Find the difference between minor and major points and clues in the questions asked.

  • Understand the concept of the question given.

  • Conclude the information from the questions asked and from the choices given.

  • Understand the outline of the missing data and conclude the information.

  • Understand the structure of the question, how each part is related.

  • Examine the question to avoid long calculations so that you may manage time.

  • Do not make an entry mistake which leads to the wrong choice of answer

  • Avoid entry mistakes in calculators so that you may not end in the wrong calculation.
To score well in this quant section understanding of the questions asked is more important than practice and memorizing the formulas, units, measurements, quantities, and data. It requires the ability to how to solve the questions in easy and tricky methods instead of solving it using a long calculation. Math problems can be solved by knowing the different strategies and shortcuts of solving the problems in easy and quickest ways, therefore you should follow some shortcuts to solve the problems and keep practicing them; trying to solve the problems without using these strategies may lead to wastage of time.
Once you have mastered the strategies of solving the problems quickly and easily, you have to check your entry error, if you find the shortcut you have applied is not working you have to find another shortcut to solve the problems but do not waste time in long calculations.
Check your answer
When you conclude with an answer, there is a need to check or determine that it is the calculation and reasonable part correct.
Did you ask the question correctly answered the question?
The answer to the question is reasonable? Just check the answer to a basic mathematical fact and check if your answer matches that fact.
Did you make any mistakes when choosing answers? Typing error using a calculator? You must check for the errors in each step of the solution. Or you can check directly if your whole solution is accurate or correct.

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There are no specific set of rules that apply to the quant problems which might help innovate the appropriate strategy for the exam. Hence, when you practice by solving more and more problems, the ability to determine a suitable strategy will get developed and you’ll be successful for sure.

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