GMAT Tip: Wait, Do I Need the GRE, Too? – Part 2
In our last post, we talked about the unique situation some of our test takers find themselves in—needing both a GMAT and GRE score for dual Master’s and MBA programs. Many of these test takers stress out a great deal, imagining that they need to go through the same lengthy-process of studying for a brand new exam … when, in fact, there is a fair amount of overlap between both exams.
We addressed the similarities and differences in the Verbal section in our last post. In this post, we will address the Quantitative section. The best of all news for many GRE/GMAT test takers—the GRE Quantitative section deviates A LOT less than the Verbal section does!
The breakdown of the GRE Quantitative section looks like this:
- Quantitative Comparison (usually the first 6-7 questions, arranged from easy to hard)
- Problem Solving (questions 13-20)
- Numerical Entry
- Data Interpretation
- Multiple Answers
- Plain Jane Multiple Choice Problem Solving Questions
The nifty part of the GRE Quantitative section is that the topics covered—Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Word Problems, Statistics, and Probability—remain largely the same. The GRE Quantitative section is a bit more variable how it sets up question types, so understanding directions and possibilities is crucial to performing well in this section.
For Quantitative Comparison, you can apply your hard work from Data Sufficiency, with the slight difference of being asked to select bigger quantities, equal quantities, or the inability figure out the answer. Many test takers will feel this question type is a bit easier to manage and less mind-twisting than data sufficiency.
For Numerical Entry and Data Interpretation—believe it or not—your skills in Integrated Reasoning will come into play. Throughout the entire GRE Quantitative section, you will have access to a basic calculator. Like in the Integrated Reasoning section, you will need to be strategic and selective when you use this calculator, not relying on it as a crutch … which could be detrimental for both timing and accuracy. Understanding “impossible by hand” calculations like decimals and smaller exponential calculation that call for the calculator is essential to being a high-scoring GRE test taker.
The reality is, if you’ve become nimble and skilled at the GMAT Quantitative section, you should find yourself performing very well in the similar GRE section. However, understanding the differences in the GRE questions and following directions in answering them is still a big part of doing well. Familiarize yourself with the GRE Quantitative by doing at least some practice and targeted review.
Keep in mind—the GRE is not computer-adaptive by question as the GMAT is, but rather, is adaptive by section. It is imperative that you perform well in the first section to get the harder, higher-scoring second section. Make sure that you are always pausing, quickly checking your work, making sure you’ve addressed was the question is looking for, and avoided as many careless mistakes as you can.
There is just one last section—the Issue and Argument Essays—that remains in the GRE test that we have yet to address. We’ll tackle this, plus tips on the GMAT AWA (and, generally, dominating all things essay) in our final GRE vs. GMAT post.