# Understanding the GRE Math Section: What You Need to Know

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an important test for students looking to apply to graduate school. While there are many different types of questions on the GRE, one of the most challenging sections is the math section. This section covers a wide range of topics, from basic arithmetic to more complex algebra and geometry problems. In this post, we’ll compare and contrast the GRE math section to other standardized tests and discuss what test-takers need to know about it in order to be prepared.

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## Comparing GRE Math To Other Tests

The math section on the GRE is similar in some ways to other standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. Like these exams, you will be given multiple-choice questions that cover a variety of topics related to mathematics. However, while those tests may focus more heavily on basic arithmetic, the GRE focuses on more advanced topics such as algebra and geometry. Additionally, while other tests may provide some context with their math questions, such as word problems or graphs, the GRE sticks strictly to numbers with no additional context provided.

## Understanding GRE Math Content

The content found in the math section of the GRE can be broken down into four distinct categories: Arithmetic & Number Properties; Algebra; Geometry & Measurement; Data Analysis & Probability. Each category has its own set of question types that you should familiarize yourself with before taking the exam. For example, under Arithmetic & Number Properties you will find questions related to fractions, decimals, exponents, roots & radicals and more; under Algebra you will find questions related to equations and inequalities; under Geometry & Measurement you will find questions related to angles, lines and shapes; and under Data Analysis & Probability you will find questions related to statistics and probability.

## Tips for Success

The best way to prepare for any standardized test is by studying hard and practicing often. With that said here are a few tips specifically tailored towards success on the GRE math section: brush up on your fundamentals – make sure you have a thorough understanding of basic arithmetic operations like addition/subtraction/multiplication/division and how they work in relation to each other; get acquainted with algebraic equations – become very comfortable with manipulating equations so that they are easier to solve; practice data analysis – understand how statistics are used in real world scenarios so that when presented with data analysis problems on the exam you can approach them confidently; invest time into learning geometry – learn how angles can be used in various shapes so that when presented with geometric problems on the exam you have a good grasp of how they work together. Following these tips should help equip any test-taker with enough knowledge and confidence going into their exam day! To help you prepare, Achievable offers comprehensive GRE test prep so you can pass the test with ease. 