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Out-Think the Test Makers for a Higher GRE Score

It’s one thing to know what to do on the GRE. It’s another thing to know how to do it.

The what is the content you need to learn for both the quant and verbal sections of the GRE. The how is the strategy you need to get right answers more accurately¬†and efficiently, and effective strategy is without a doubt one of the biggest differentiators between those who score high on the GRE and those who don’t.

This video breaks down the top four (4) most important GRE math strategies that will help you significantly boost your GRE math score right away:

Why Strategy?

One of the biggest mistakes students make is assuming that just because they’re smart, they’ll automatically do well on the GRE. There are plenty of people who got A’s in undergrad but struggle to score high on the GRE. Being smart helps, but it’s not enough.

It’s also a mistake to think that just studying a bunch of content — rules, formulas, vocabulary, etc. — is enough to do really well on the GRE. Content knowledge is important, to be sure, but it’s only once piece of the puzzle. As we discussed in Part 1 of our GRE Mastery video series, you also need proper strategy. In many ways, in fact, strategy is even more important than the how-to’s — at least in terms of cracking into the 160’s and higher.

Here are three reasons why focusing on strategy as you’re preparing for the GRE is so important.

  1. Remember that ultimately, the GRE is a means to an end. You’re taking the GRE because you want to get into a good graduate school or business program. Nothing more, nothing less. As such, your objective is to get as many right answers as possible on test day, not to learn a bunch of archaic math formulas or stodgy English diction. Proper strategy can help you cut through the noise and get to the heart of the problem so that you can get the right answer and move on.
  2. The non-standard GRE math strategies taught in the video above can help you get right answers more quickly than the traditional approach in most cases. They’re also easier to apply for most students. And perhaps most importantly, they help you avoid wrong answers because there’s build-in answer confirmation. What’s not to love?
  3. Strategy can help you get un-stuck when you’re facing a difficult GRE math question and give you a starting point when you’re not sure how to begin. As your question pattern recognition improves, you can quickly match a problem¬†with the best strategy for answering that type of question, and the rest is just a matter of going through the motions of solving it.

So, what do you think? After watching the video above, leave your comments below. Specifically I would love to know: Which of the four strategies discussed was most interesting to you? Which do you think will be most helpful in boosting your GRE math score? I look forward to reading your comments and answering your questions!