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Positive and Negative Square Roots on the GRE

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 […]

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GRE Math Questions & Practice

According to ETS (the makers of the GRE), the GRE Quantitative Reasoning measure is a test that assesses your basic math skills, understanding of simple math concepts, ability to reason quantitatively, and aptitude for solving problems using quantitative methods. This is really just a fancy way of saying that you better know your math concepts […]

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Magoosh Brain Twister: Get Your Factorials Straight!

For this week’s challenge, to keep the fun with factorials theme alive, I’ve come up with this little diabolical question. To add a little variety, I’ve made it a quantitative comparison question, which many forget can also make for a challenging question. Good luck! Column A 16!^100 – 9!^100 Column B (4!^100 – 3!^100)(4!^100 + […]

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Does Order Matter? Combinations vs. the Fundamental Counting Principle on the GRE

When trying to decide whether to use the combination formula, many students have trouble applying the “does order matter” test–deciding if outcomes differ. It’s easy to say order doesn’t matter when it in fact does, and vice versa. Once you get it, it’s really useful, but it can take a bit of thinking and re-thinking. […]

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