Cracking a good GRE score is not difficult. You can achieve it by avoiding silly mistakes especially in the Quantitative Comparison (QC) part as the questions in it are tricky and are likely to trap you.
While attempting the questions, avoid the common errors which will increase your chances of getting a good GRE quant score.
It is okay to make a few mistakes in the hardest of questions but avoid creating a blunder otherwise you will surely lose around 150 marks for sure.
Listed below are the 10 most common traps you should avoid to get a decent GRE quant score.
TRAP 1: THE ODD ONE OUT
This is the most common trap which the students fall for. The exam makers give similar looking choices along with an odd one out. This tricks you into going with that odd choice.
For instance, in a particular question, there may be five answer choices out of which four may be complex equations the last maybe a simple number. You will surely think that this last choice is the correct answer.
Rarely has it happened that the lone wolf answer is the correct choice. So be cautious that you don’t get attracted by the lone wolf.
TRAP 2: AND SOME KINK FOR YOU
The paper setters know that you have a limited amount of time and so they use this as a weapon against you. You have a limited amount of time to give to a particular question and in hurry to mark the answer you forget to read the question properly and miss the twist.
For example, in a particular question, you get some value of x at the end, but the question has asked you the square root of x, or maybe its square or x added to some y.
They will give you the exact values so that you mark them in hurry. This is done to check your attention to detail during the test.
To avoid falling for this trap write down on a rough paper about what you need to find out. Highlight it or encircle it so that you don’t forget it.
TRAP 3: MAKING YOUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS
Some questions are provided with figures and the students are often confused with the thing that these are accurate representation of the facts or information.
They fall for this trap and attempt the question by using the pictorial representation without reading it.
It is not necessary that the picture is drawn to scale in the GRE exam. So never make your own assumptions in the GRE exam otherwise you are surely going to lose your valuable marks.
TRAP 4: THE SILLY MISTAKE
Some of the questions on the GRE are quite simple but students still lose marks due to their silly mistakes. This could be a simple calculation error or judgemental error or maybe the student misread the question.
Forgetting simple parts like the negative sign or the square root will make you mark the wrong answer. The errors could be as stupid as could be a simple calculation error or judgemental error or maybe the student misread the question.
Forgetting simple parts like the negative sign or the square root will make you mark the wrong answer.
Maths is all about precision, you need to be careful enough while attempting the questions.
TRAP 5: PUTTING IN EXTRA EFFORTS
There are times when estimation works completely fine but the students opt for exact calculation instead.
Just go through the choices once before solving the question. Doing so will definitely earn some more time to put in other questions.
But this may be a tricky thing to do. So make sure that you have done enough practice beforehand otherwise it will make you lose marks.
TRAP 6: OPTION C – the trouble
Don’t just mark the option C because A and B look alike. Just pause and see if option D is a possibility. Also check if A or B is the correct choice.
They give you choices that look alike so that you mark the odd one out. Be careful enough while answering them because it is another common trap that students fall for.
TRAP 7: MUST- BE OR COULD- BE
In GRE math, there is a great difference between the ‘must be true’ and the ‘could be true’ condition. Many students ignore this difference thinking that they are quite similar.
The ‘must be true’ condition means that your answer must hold true for all the given conditions in the problem.
And the ‘could be true’ condition means that the answer may not hold true for all values but in certain instances it will be true.
So keeping in mind the question, check whether it is a ‘must be’ or a ‘could be’ true condition and then attempt the answer.
TRAP 8: THE LONG WINDED QUESTION
Some of the questions on the GRE grant are heavily worded than others and most of the question is useless. They are simply a trap to distract you with unnecessary details and to waste your time.
The test makers do so to confuse you with the details. So it is really important to read the question properly and use the required information while cutting out the unnecessary part.
TRAP 9: DON’T STICK TO ONE
This is another major mistake committed by the students. They get stuck to one question in an attempt to solve it and waste their some. Some questions are designed to trap the students that they forget to look at the ticking clock.
They need to understand that not all the questions can be devoted much time. It is better to move on if you don’t understand the question rather than pondering upon it.
TRAP 10: THE 0-1 PROBLEM
Make sure to check the conditions for 0 and 1. You may be doing simple calculations but forget to check for 0 and 1.
Also make sure to plug in 0 and 1 if the constraints allow you to do so. Sometimes doing so will prove the exception and make the option D the correct choice.
By extension, you can also look for the conditions for negative values. Including negative values sometimes reverses the whole equation.
These are the most common traps which the students fall for while take the GRE. If you take care of these common errors you can easily achieve a great GRE score.
You should implement take care of these mistakes while studying for the GRE so that you need not face much trouble during the final test.