Before and During the GRE Test
Review Math Before Taking the Test:
If you are reading this, then you are on the right track. In my vast
experiences of helping students get ready for various math tests, I have
found that just plain old fashion practice practice practice has the
highest success rate. You want to make sure you stretch those brain
muscles before you take your test.
I know it is not glamorous, exciting or quick, but I found that most of
the students that I have worked with who have gone on to pass math tests
worked through math problems, asking questions about them as they arose.
The more different types of questions you look at the more comfortable
and familiar you will get with working with the various types of
questions. So when it gets to the real deal you will be ready to go full
If you haven't done so already, check out our Math Help page. This page
will link you to math tutorials that will cover concepts you need to
know for the test.
The GRE test DOES NOT provide you with formulas.
Some of the more common formulas are slope and geometry formulas.
Practice Your Basic Math Skills Daily:
Remember when you questioned why you need to know how to add, subtract,
multiply and divide when you have a calculator? Well, here is the answer
to that question. You CANNOT use a calculator on the general GRE math
If you practice adding, multiplying, subtracting and dividing BEFORE the
test, you will be more comfortable without a calculator when you go in
and take the test. Also this might help you work the problems on the
As you practice, make sure that you check yourself with the calculator,
just in case.
Take Practice Tests:
Once you have reviewed your math and have polished up those basic math
skills, then you should look at some practice tests.
This will help you become familiar with the different types of questions
that will come your way on the test.
It will also help you get used to the directions that you will see on
the test, which can help you save time when you take it.
There are two practice tests at this website: Test I, the Warm-up Test
and Test II, the Adaptive Test.
DO NOT Cram the Night Before the Test:
Yes, do go over math problems, but do not try to do it all the night
before and don't over do it the night before. If you try to overload
your brain in a short time it might explode during the test (or at least
feel like it) :-)
DO NOT Stay Up All Night:
Yes, I do know that it might be hard to get to sleep early on the eve of
the big test, however try not to stay up all night. I have had students
say they were up all night before a test and literally fell asleep
during the test. Even if you don't go to sleep, your brain will be tired
and consequently you will not be able to perform to your full potential.