Complete GRE Math Concept List
How to prepare for GRE math
If you need to take the GRE, but you hate or fear math, this guide is for you. We're going to start at the very beginning and build from there.
Use the ETS Math Review
The GRE has a brief review of all the math concepts it tests in its free 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.
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.
Now, Keep Going
Once you've mastered a concept, check it off on the ETS Math Review and move onto the next one. Your job is to get this whole project done ASAP, so you can start practicing with more realistic GRE math questions.
Important: having a plan and schedule is crucial. Make sure you check out my 1, 2, 3, and 4-month GRE study plans.
A Few More Things...
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.
And keep in mind your GRE calculator can add, subtract, multiply, divide, and square root.
(just like a calculator from the '80s!)
Also, here's a handy math formula reference.
All the GRE math concepts linked to Khan Academy
- 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)
GRE DATA ANALYSIS
- 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; skip calculating standard deviation
- 4.3 Counting Methods
- 4.4 Probability
- 4.5 Distributions of Data, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
- Normal Distribution
- don't need the formula for normal dist; skip the Excel exercise
(be scrupulous in your GRE math prep and you'll do well. Credit: @GRE_vocab_words)