A bonus holiday present! A special GRE Math post from our senior curriculum developer and VP, Jon Denning. He’ll help you get into the test prep spirit with a little winter break math. We hope you have a wonderful holiday. Gift Wrapping Wringer Your dad loves sushi, so you bought him some 10-inch personalized chopsticks […]

## Quantitative Tips: Thanksgiving Day Drills

Just because the holidays are rolling around does not mean you can skip your GRE prep! Use your time off this week to focus on the test while you’re not worrying about work or school. Here are a few Turkey Day math questions to kick start your day of family, football, and sweet, sweet gluttony. […]

## Everything Counts

Have you ever seen this formula? What about this one?These are combinatorial formulas, used to solve counting problems, and if you’ve been preparing for the GRE, you might be familiar with them as the formulas for permutations and combinations, two of the most misunderstood and most fun concepts tested in the Quantitative Reasoning section.

## Geometry: Inscribed Squares Hide Right Triangles

A square that fits snugly inside a circle is inscribed in the circle. The square’s corners will touch, but not intersect, the circle’s boundary, and the square’s diagonal will equal the circle’s diameter. Also, as is true of any square’s diagonal, it will equal the hypotenuse of a 45°-45°-90° triangle. GRE questions about squares inscribed […]

## Improve on GRE Quantitative: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

The Best Way to Prepare for GRE Quant Ready to start studying for GRE Quant, but don’t know where to begin? As we’ve discussed in our GRE prep classes an in our Webinars, the GRE is not a “Math” test per se. Knowledge of core math principles and how and where to apply them is […]

## Arithmetic: Translating Percentage Problems

Percentage questions on the GRE often use words and phrases in place of mathematical operators and expressions. To find the answers, just translate the relevant English into the required math. Call this solution strategy translation.

## How to Approach the a Quantitative Problem Using Backplugging

Try Out the Answers! Attempt the question; then read the explanation below. Textbook Approach or Solution Strategies? There are at least two possible approaches to every GRE Quant problem: It is always possible to attempt a direct “textbook” solution. This is the more conventional approach, the way you might wish to solve a problem […]

## Quanitative: Sequences and Series

Repeated Question Patterns Whether straightforward or difficult, almost every problem on GRE Quantitative Reasoning follows established templates, variations on time-tested scenarios. In this post, we will define sequences and series, explain how they work, and then attempt an example problem. Key to success on the GRE is the ability to deal with problems in multiple ways, […]

## Quantitative Reasoning: First Steps for Success

Study Smart There’s an aphorism attributed to Laozi, father of Taoism: “A journey of a thousand miles starts under one’s feet.” While it might seem trite, this cliché is applicable to preparation for the GRE. Once you’ve made the commitment to apply to business school, grad school, or law school and are ready to prepare […]

## Complete Answer Explanations for First Quantitative Section of PowerPrep Plus 1

More Material, More Explanations, Just the Beginning As we covered in depth last fall, ETS has unveiled two new official GRE practice tests. Naturally you want to work with the latest and greatest new problems and get answers to your questions. We are pleased to announce complete answer explanations for the first Quant section of […]

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