How to Prepare for GRE Quantitative Section?

    Updated on: 12 Sep 2023 7 min read

    Why is the GRE Quantitative Section Important?

    GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination and is conducted by ETS every year. The test scores are useful for you to get into top graduate schools for master degree programs, including MS. 
    Speaking of the importance of GRE sectional scores, the requirement of minimum GRE sectional scores varies as per the program and university you are choosing. A certain program may focus on one section more than the other, and therefore, in such cases, a candidate will have to ensure that he/she performs well in that particular section. All in all, to get a good overall score, one needs to ace all the sections equally well. One has to, therefore, prepare each section thoroughly. While you can swing by the following if you are looking for GRE preparation guides for other sections, this article will specifically focus on how to prepare for GRE Quantitative section.

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    Tips to Boost Your Score in GRE Quantitative Section 

    • Maintain neat rough work, so that you can understand it better if you need to. 
    • Since GRE does not have negative marking, do not skip any questions. Take a guess. 
    • Use approximations and shortcuts to save time. 
    • If you are taking more than 2 minutes on a certain question, keep it for later and move to the next. 
    • Try back calculating from the given options to get the correct answer. 
    • Draw proper diagrams for geometry questions to help you visualize the question better. 
    • Use the on-screen calculator, only if it is necessary.


    Maths gets easier with practice. Try to make your own strategies to lessen lengthy calculations and save time while answering mock tests. Set your target score, and start working accordingly. A little hard work is all that it takes. 

    If GRE prep work still continues to give you a hard time, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have partnered with the best GRE coaching centres who have mastered the mantra to crack the GRE, and we will get you too in touch with one of them in case you need a helping hand with GRE. 

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