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GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Cracking the GRE Code

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Cracking the GRE Code by Chelsey Cooley

The GRE will never lie to you—but it doesn’t always tell you what you really want to know. The GRE is a little bit like my friend in this exchange: Read more

GRE Math Misconceptions

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math Misconceptions by Chelsey Cooley

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Math can be counterintuitive. There are a few GRE Math misconceptions that really seem like they should be true—but actually aren’t. Being prepared for them will keep you aware on test day. Read more

To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question by Tom Anderson

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If you’ve ever taken a GRE, you’ve encountered something like this:

Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - To D or Not to D on the GRE — That is the Question by Tom Anderson

This is a good ole GRE Quantitative Comparison question—a “QC” for short. They’re always the first questions you see on the test. And they always have the same answer choices. Read more

GRE Math Riddle: Doubling the Average Rate

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math Riddle: Doubling the Average Rate by Tom Anderson

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Here’s a GRE math riddle:

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How to Study for the GRE: The First Two Weeks (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - How to Study for the GRE: The First Two Weeks (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

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Last time, we discussed how to learn more about the GRE and how to prepare yourself to study efficiently during your first two weeks. Now, let’s look at a few more sample study sessions. How you study matters—and that can make the difference between an okay GRE score and a great one. Read more

Data Interpretation: Start by Understanding the Graph

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Data Interpretation: Start by Understanding the Graph by Cat Powell

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In each Quant section on the GRE, you’ll see three questions that ask about a graph or pair of graphs; these are the Data Interpretation (DI) questions. All three questions usually refer to the same graph(s) and show up about two-thirds of the way through the section. Read more

Combating Careless GRE Math Mistakes

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Careless GRE Math Mistakes Cost Points

If you scored a 158 on your GRE Quant, you likely missed around 10-15 of the 40 questions you saw. A few of those may have been ones you didn’t know how to do. A few may have been ones you didn’t have enough time to solve. How many do you think were “careless GRE math mistakes”? 1 or 2? 5 or 6? Read more

GRE Word Problems: Favorite Tricks and Traps

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Word Problems: Favorite Tricks and Traps by Chelsey Cooley

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The GRE is a fair test. GRE word problems will always give you enough info to turn the words into the right equations. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll make the translation easy or obvious! To make tough GRE word problems tougher, the test writers use certain words and phrases that they know are frequently misinterpreted. This makes you more likely to write down the incorrect equations and more likely to get the problem wrong. Read more

GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - GRE Math for People Who Hate Math: Remainder Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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The secret to understanding GRE remainder problems is in the word remainder itself. Suppose you bake a dozen brownies, and while you’re at work, your roommate eats ten of them. The two brownies left over are the remainder of the batch. The mathematical term remainder refers to the same thing: what’s left over after something is taken away. Read more

Play to Your Strengths on the GRE

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Play to Your Strengths on the GRE by Cat Powell

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In the first class of our GRE curriculum, we begin by talking about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. If we approach a new task with a fixed mindset—i.e. I am or am not good at this—we’re a lot less likely to improve at it. When we believe instead that we can and will improve if we work hard, we get better faster. The stories we tell ourselves about our abilities shape what we’re actually able to accomplish. Read more