GRE Quant Topic Wise Weightage
- Geometry and
- Data Analysis.
Ensure you practice enough so that you don't take more than a minute more than this. Practising in such a way will give you valuable minutes to double check your answers and also ponder on the few tricky ones. Figuring out the sections that need more work is called prioritization and is key to optimizing your performance on the GRE.
So, how exactly can you prioritize? How do you find out the concepts and topics that demand more of your time?
We believe that there are three broad ways in which you can do this prioritization:
- Based on target score: Dreaming of that elusive 170/170? Of course, you are! Now, what better way to do it than from learning the secrets of those who have that coveted score? Take a look at this bar graph that details the average time spent on each module by other 170 scorers in the past :
You will observe that on an average, 170-scorers choose to spend a significant part of their time on three areas: Geometry, Applied Mathematics (which includes topics like Speed, Time, Distance etc), and Data Interpretation. Why is this so? Well, if you were to note the volume of questions from each topic, you will see that in a section of 20 questions, there are 6-8 questions from Arithmetic and Algebra of easy-to-medium difficulty, 6-8 questions from Geometry of medium-to-high difficulty, 3-5 questions on Data Interpretation again of medium-to-high difficulty, and from Data Interpretation and Applied Math, 2-4 questions also of medium-to-high difficulty.
Based on this info, we can see that because of the volume of questions from Geometry, as well as the difficulty level, it is the module that requires the most time, followed by Data Interpretation and Applied Math.
This is precisely the reason why students with a 170 prefer to first master these topics!
- Based on strengths and weaknesses: Ever taken GRE practice tests and found yourself being routinely tripped up by a particular concept or topic? Perhaps you have some difficulty with computing probability, permutations & combinations. Or maybe it's quadratic equations that really test your patience. It is only logical for every student to have their own, unique, set of strengths and weaknesses. It is important to take cognizance of these, and plan your preparation accordingly. If, say, you’re already proficient in geometry but are having a tough time with Applied Math, it is a great idea to turn your attention to that, and do a lot of practice questions to improve your performance there. If need be, ask your friends or seniors from college to help you out. After all, you don’t want your otherwise stellar GRE score to be compromised by a weakness in one area, do you?
- Based on your performance vis-a-vis your competition: A great way to gauge your own performance is to see how you stack up against your competitors. Luckily, at GREedge, we allow you to do just that! Meet our Progress Tracker, a scale that enables you to check how your performance compares to your peers.
This way, you can compare the time you took to complete a test with the average completion time, as well as the time taken by those scoring a 165+, so that you can tweak your time management skills accordingly.
Difficulty level of questions in GRE Quants
- Easy: These are question that don’t require more than 30-40 seconds and one simple step or formula. Usually, a single read is enough to solve these questions. For example, this is what an easy question looks like:
these questions require slightly more work, and require you to apply concepts and combinations of formulae. Ideally, you should not take more than 2 or 3 minutes to solve these. Here’s an example of a medium difficulty question:
A difficult question first requires you to first identify data that is indirectly given, and then apply the requisite concepts and formulae. As such, these questions take anywhere between 5-7 minutes to be solved. For instance, take a look at this question:
Now, we all know that a 170 is possible, but did you know that the secret to that is prioritisation? We hope you found this article helpful, and got some insight into how to prioritise while preparing for your GRE. We wish you all the best on your journey!
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