by Guest Author
Unlike the GRE General Test, the GRE Math Subject Test focuses solely on mathematics at the college level. In so, the math subject test is quite intense. Approximately 50% is calculus, so make sure you brush up on that. Another 25% is algebra and the other 25% is a combination of any and all other possible college level math courses you may have encountered; including real analysis, number theory, probability/statistics, geometry, topology, numerical analysis, etc.
What to study for Math GRE Subject Test?
I would suggest focusing on the stuff you know already, or at least have seen. Don’t try to rush and teach yourself everything you haven’t seen yet, as you may just be stressing yourself more. If you have plenty of time, go for it, if not, just get really good at the stuff you know. The GRE website has a ” GRE Math Subject practice booklet available for download“, which is a sample exam. There are also several study aide books you can use. I also utilized my college calculus book – just go through miscellaneous problems from each section. The test itself was very long. The three hours you have go by very quickly, so the more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be.
Time line and Plan to prepare for GRE Math Subject test?
If I was able to take the test again, I would definitely start studying sooner…the sooner the better…I would suggest at least 3 months prior to the test day (but more if you can). Start by taking a practice test, see what areas you know/don’t know. Then start reviewing. I believe that the best way to learn math is through practice, so work problems, lots of problems. However, don’t just memorize the process; you have to understand the implications of the operation (what it means and why you’re doing it). The questions on the GRE are not just computational; they test for a thorough understanding of the material. Make yourself a schedule, week by week what you want to accomplish, and then stick to it ! I would suggest devoting several hours a day to studying. It may seem like a lot, but this is your future we’re talking about, so it will be worth it when you get an assistantship.
Good luck !
About Author : Kristal recently graduated from a State University in US with B.A and B.S in Economics, Mathematics, and Spanish Majors. She is going to attend a reputed University for PhD in Economics in fall 2010 with full funding. She will share her undergraduate experiences and PhD admission tips with our readers.
Image Credit : http://www.wm.edu/blogs/studentblogs/adreanne/images/mathlogo.gif