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Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Acknowledgments Register Your Book Online 1 Introduction 2 Strategic Thinking for the GRE 3 Math Fundamentals 4 The Basics of Algebra 5 Turning Algebra into Arithmetic 6 Charts and Graphs 7 Math in the Real World 8 Geometry 9 The Rest of the Story 10 Sample Section 1 11 Sample Section 1 Answers and Explanations 12 Sample Section 2 13 Sample Section 2 Answers and Explanations 14 Glossary of Math Terms Go to PrincetonReview com cracking Register Your Book Online 1 2 3 4 You ll see a welcome page where you can register your book using the following ISBN 9781524710330 After placing this free order you ll either be asked to log in or to answer a few simple questions in order to set up a new Princeton Review account Finally click on the Student Tools tab located at the top of the screen It may take an hour or two for your registration to go through but after that you re good to go If you have noticed potential content errors please e mail EditorialSupport review com with the full title of the book its ISBN number located above and the page number of the error Experiencing technical issues Please e mail TPRStudentTech review com with the following information your full name e mail address used to register the book full book title and ISBN your computer OS Mac or PC and Internet browser Firefox Safari Chrome etc description of technical issue Once you ve registered you can Download printable study plans for the content in this book as well as a handy glossary of math terms Read important advice about the GRE and graduate school Access crucial information about the graduate school application process including a timeline and checklist Check to see if there have been any corrections or updates to this edition Look For These Icons Throughout The Book Online Articles Proven Techniques Applied Strategies More Great Books Chapter 1 Introduction ADVICE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART Welcome to The Princeton Review s Math Workout for the GRE the one stop shop for all of the mathematical knowledge and practice you ll need to effectively tackle the Math section of the GRE You ve bought this book which means you may be one of many grad school candidates who are approaching the math or quantitative portion of the GRE with a little bit of trepidation This might be for any of several reasons including the following You come in contact with the word variable only when it s used to describe the weather Your first thought about Pythagoras is that he might have been a character in The Lord of the Rings You regard standard deviation as more of a psychological problem than a mathematical one If any of the above pertain to you you re definitely not alone But don t worry that s what this book is all about Its two main objectives are 1 to give you an overview of all of the math concepts you could see on the GRE and 2 to give you simple strategies for handling even the most complex math you could encounter on test day WHAT KIND OF MATH DOES THE GRE ROUTINELY TEST The good news is that the GRE s Math sections don t test anything that you learned after your sophomore year of high school so the concepts aren t extremely advanced The bad news is that the GRE s Math sections don t test anything that you learned after your sophomore year of high school so it may have been a long time since you studied them That s largely why this book was written to help you build up an impressive canon of math knowledge that will help you score your best on the quantitative portion The GRE supposedly was written so that graduate schools might get a better sense of an applicant s ability to work in a postgraduate setting a goal that is lofty and unrealistic at best The test doesn t even measure how intelligent you are if you take a test prep course and your score improves does that mean you re any smarter Nope Yet you can improve your score just by learning about what to expect on the GRE All the GRE really tests is how well you take the GRE Succeeding on the quantitative portion of the GRE or any standardized math test for that matter is as much about relearning math concepts as it is about modifying the way you think There are several very important skills to cultivate when you re preparing to take the GRE and each of them is attainable with the right guidance a strong work ethic and a healthy dose of optimism We ll discuss the math basics you ll need for the GRE but if you need a quick reference consult the glossary at the back of the book The Layout of the Test Let s talk about the different sections of the GRE The GRE contains five scored sections one 60 minute Analytical Writing section which contains two essay questions two 30 minute Verbal sections which contain approximately 20 questions each two 30 minute Math sections which contain approximately 20 questions each The first section will always be the Analytical Writing section followed by the Math and Verbal sections which can appear in any order You will get a 1 minute break enough time to close your eyes and catch a breath between each section You will also get a full 10 minute break after the first multiple choice section Be sure to use it to visit the bathroom take a drink of water refresh your mind and get ready for the rest of the exam Your Scores You will be able to see your Verbal and Math scores immediately upon completion of the test but you will have to wait about two weeks before your Analytical Writing section is scored Scores are given on a scale from 130 to 170 in 1 point increments The questions within each section are always worth the same amount of points So the easy questions in a section are just as important to get right as the hard questions in a section Once you ve completed one scored Math or Verbal Section the GRE will use your score on that section to determine the difficulty of the questions to give you in the next scored Math or Verbal section This does not really affect how you will approach the test so don t worry about it too much Experimental Section In addition to the five scored sections listed above one Analytical Writing two Math two Verbal you may also have an unscored experimental section This section is almost always a Math or Verbal section It will look exactly like the other Math or Verbal sections but it won t count at all toward your score ETS administers the experimental section to gather data on questions before they appear on real GREs Thus after your Analytical Writing section you will probably


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