Complete GRE Math Concept List
Need to learn GRE math?
The GRE has a brief review of all the math concepts it tests in its Math Review. Stop reading and click on it. It tells us what's on the test - mark which concepts you know and which ones you might not or don't know. Use the Math Review to try to learn ones you don't know. (BTW, the Math Review is also in both the ETS Official Guide book and the ETS Quantitative practice book).
However, you may very well need more practice than the ETS Math Review can give you. That's where Khan Academy comes in.
(Note: if you'd prefer a book with everything in one place, I like CliffsNotes Math Review.)
Here's a pic from the Khan Academy website to show you where the video lesson, written lesson, and practice questions are for each concept - and where you can take a quiz or test to gauge your skills.
FYI, understanding the video does NOT mean you can do the problem from scratch. So, make sure you take advantage of the practice exercises as well.
Pro tip: If you're not sure whether you are good with a particular concept, try the quizzes or even the unit test.
Once you're stronger with math concepts, check out my Choose Your Own GRE Adventure! tool to learn math strategies.
Below, each GRE concept is linked to the appropriate Khan Academy section.
Important note: If you see a concept in the ETS Math Review that you don't know but can't find it on the Khan page I've linked to, type it into the Khan Academy search bar. BUT if you find a concept in Khan that is not in the ETS Math Review, don't worry about it. I'll list anything you DON'T need in Khan next to each Khan link.
Concepts you DON'T need to know that are in the ETS Math Review: calculate standard deviation, quadratic formula, polynomial division, interquartile range, and parabolas.
And keep in mind your GRE calculator can add, subtract, multiply, divide, and square root.
(just like a calculator from the '80s!)
Important: having a plan and schedule is important. Make sure you check out our 1, 2, 3, and 4-month GRE study plans.
Also, if you need help with the verbal section, check out my complete online GRE verbal course which includes funny GRE vocabulary cartoons like the one at the very bottom of this article.
All the GRE math concepts linked to Khan Academy lessons
- 2.1 Operations with Algebraic Expressions (skip independent / dependent variables)
- 2.3 Solving Linear Equations
- 2.4 Solving Quadratic Equations
- 2.5 Solving Linear Inequalities
- 2.6 Functions (skip recognizing fxns, max and min points, and intervals)
- 2.8 Coordinate Geometry
- Sequences (skip everything below quiz 1)
- (skip any proofs)
- 3.1 Lines and Angles
- 3.2 Polygons
- Area and Perimeter of Shapes (skip anything about nets)
- 3.3 Triangles
- 3.4 Quadrilaterals
- 3.5 Circles (skip radians)
- 3.6 Three-Dimensional Figures (skip cones, pyramids, and spheres)
- 4.1 Graphical Methods for Describing Data
- 4.2 Numerical Methods for Describing Data
- Central Tendency (mean, median, mode)
- Measures of Dispersion (range, standard deviation) skip variance
- 4.3 Counting Methods
- 4.4 Probability (skip everything between quiz 1 and quiz 2)
- 4.5 Distributions of Data, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
(be scrupulous in your GRE math prep and you'll do well. Credit: @GRE_vocab_words)