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Math Section Breakdown

Chris Lele
Lesson by Chris Lele
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In this section we're gonna do just what it says at the very top which is breakdown of math section. This is important to give you an idea of the different types of questions you'll see in about or the quantitative section and the number of those questions. So what we're gonna use we're gonna start with problem solving. Problem solving is your typical math question where you have a question, and you have a series of answer choices.

Traditionally you have five on the GRE A through E, but with the new GRE which is this GRE, problem solving's gonna get a little bit more fancy as we're gonna see in the next slide. For now though know that problem solving's gonna make up the bulk of the math question, of math section, about 60%. So there's a total of 40 questions 20 per section, not including the experimental and out of those 40 questions 25 will be problem solving.

Next, we have the quantitative comparison section. I think this is the one that really needs more. More explication, meaning to explain a little bit more, more explication. If you're totally new to the GRE. What am I drawing over here? Columns A and columns B.

You will have quantity in column A and quantity in column B. This is a very stripped down version of quantitative comparison, but essentially, that's what it will look like. You're going to compare the columns and see which one is bigger. Obviously there's an awful explanation of quantitative comparison. The point of this slide, of course, is for us just to look at the breakdown of the math section not necessarily to understand each specific section.

But if you feel tempted and you really want to know what is Chris talking about? What's this quantitative comparison? Then feel free to navigate to the lessons page where you can check out our many lessons video and learn more about quantitative comparison. For now though, what do we have to know about quantitative comparison. It's the rest of the test, 40% of the math section.

Meaning, out of the 40 questions, 15 of them will be quantitative comparison. There's seven on one section, eight on another section. So what is there left to talk about? Well, thing is the new GRE when it changed a little over a year ago. The problem solving became a lot more complicated. They threw in all these new question types.

And this of course had a lot of people freaking out. And honestly it's not necessarily something to freak out about too much. But it's good to know what you're doing. First off is the numeric entry and I guess that's the one that was the most daunting for people. That's essentially where you have a box and that's all you have below the question and you have to input your number into that box, no multiple choices.

So definitely a little bit stressful but there's also data interpretation. This is where you have the graphs, pie charts. And this is something actually had on the little GRE and even this can be stressful I guess it depends really on what your strengths are. Next, something that they added and I think for many people this one is really the most stressful or the most difficult or the most .

Well, it's the multiple answer question meaning that you will have a question followed by as many as 10 possible answers. So we're talking like a, b, c, d, e, all the way down here to answer choice I and any one of these can be correct. And of course that is very daunting, but just know that these questions make up the problem solving section.

And that you will see them. You won't see too many of them. You'll only see a couple of numeric entry. You'll see probably about six standard interpretation questions and a few multiple answer questions. One great thing Is when you go through our product and you actually do a question, such as the numeric entry question, they'll say you'll see this many numeric entry questions per section.

So it'll give you a better idea of just how many of these problem-solving questions you'll see. But by far the most common problem solving question type is our good old five-answer multiple choice. So you can kinda exhale, breath a little sign of relief there, that what you're used to is actually the most common and that again is a five-answer multiple choice question.

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