Some questions to start: Can a square root be negative? Yes, there is such a thing as a negative square root. How would you deal with negative roots on the GRE? This question is actually fairly complicated, because it depends on how the GRE words the question. Let’s start with some practice problems before I […]

# Archive | Math Basics

## How to Round to the Nearest Integer | GRE Math

What does it mean to round a number? Rounding means to make a number shorter or simpler, but keeping it as close in value as possible to the original number. Let’s take a closer look: Rounding to the nearest integer The most common type of rounding is to round to the nearest integer. The rule […]

## Mean, Median and Mode on the GRE

Over the last six months, I’ve gone through quite a few Revised GRE prep books. One thing I’ve noticed missing is difficult questions relating to mean, median, and mode. Sure, most books describe how to find the average, and what the difference between the mean and the median. Many already know the above, but mean, […]

## Two Definitions of Exterior Angle in GRE Geometry

This may come as a surprise, but there is more than one way to classify an exterior angle. You will want to have both of these definitions in mind when dealing with questions on the test since both instances are possible. Don’t worry! It won’t be too difficult to remember. Type I: At each vertex, […]

## Breakdown of the Most Commonly Tested GRE Quant Concepts

The 2nd edition Official Guide has just been released. At the back of the book is a new test (GRE Practice Test 2). In general, the concept break down is not surprising, if you look at the concepts that pop up in Practice Test 1 (which is the same as the practice test in the […]

## GRE Division, Mixed Numerals, and Negatives

This is a post to clarify a potentially confusing passage in the OG. In the GRE OG 2e, on p. 134, as well as in ETS’s GRE Mathematical Conventions PDF on p. 5, point 9, we find a paragraph discussing quotients and remainders that utilizes the formula n = qd + r. This formula pertains […]

## GRE Quant: The Difference of Squares

If you’ve been studying GRE for some time, you’ve very likely encountered the following: . You may, however, only seen the following equation in the context of algebra. Nevertheless, the formula above applies to number properties. Let’s take a look. While you may be tempted to make a mad dash at it, calculating each of […]

## Proportions on the GRE

Proportions are extremely common on the GRE. If you don’t have a strong grasp of them, and you are busy trying to figure out combinations/permutations or probability, stop. Focus your attention on mastering proportions before moving on to more tertiary concepts. So let’s start basic. Proportions can be broken up into two groups: direct proportions […]

## GRE Math: Ratios

Ratios are one of those concepts that can pop up in just about any GRE problem. You could have the ratio between two angles that form from intersecting lines. You could have the ratio of rates a person drove at. With such a broad application, ratios are one of the concepts it is imperative you […]

## GRE Math: Absolute Values

On average you will see at least one question on the Revised GRE dealing with absolute values. You may even see a few. Yet, absolute value gets lost in the prep fray amongst the more popular concepts. So if you don’t want this relatively innocuous concept to surprise you test day read on. What […]