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There’s no doubt that GRE quantitative comparison questions present a unique way of thinking about math. For most students, they’ve never had to answer questions like this before. As such, QC’s can take some getting used to — and indeed, it’s easy to make careless errors or overlook common traps the test makers like to throw at you.

Fortunately, there are just a handful of core GRE quantitative comparison strategies that, once you learn them, will enable you to quickly and easily answer each of the major QC question categories that you’ll encounter on test day.

One of those strategies I call “Mirroring and Manipulating.” It’s an incredibly useful way to put the quantities into an easier format to more readily “see” how they compare without actually having to calculate anything. The following video explains the strategy in more detail and illustrates it with an example. Take a look:

As with all of the GRE math strategies I teach, some question types are a better fit for certain strategies than others. Here, there’s a subset of quantitative comparison questions that lend themselves perfectly to the “mirror and manipulate” strategy. You’ll learn to recognize them with practice and repetition.

However, there are other types of quantitative comparison questions for which different strategies are more appropriate. I go through each of those, with lots of examples, in my comprehensive GRE Quantitative Comparisons Course.

And of course if you’re serious about boosting your GRE quant score and want detailed instruction, strategy, and practice in all areas of GRE math, I encourage you to check out my Full GRE Quantitative Course.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with you!