The Mathematics GRE Subject Test is made up of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions covering typical undergraduate-level mathematics topics. The number of questions you answer correctly is converted to a number on a 200-990 point scale, which is your final score. You will have 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete the Mathematics GRE Subject test.
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Content Tested on the Math GRE Subject Test
The Mathematics GRE Subject Test assesses not only your knowledge of advanced mathematical concepts but also your knowledge of the foundations of math. According to ETS, questions requiring no more than knowledge of precalculus concepts can be among the most difficult on the exam.
Calculus questions make up approximately 50% of the test’s content. You can expect to see questions about differential and integral calculus of one or more variables, and connections between calculus and other branches of mathematics (e.g. coordinate geometry, trigonometry, etc.).
Algebra questions make up an additional ~25% of the Mathematics GRE Subject Test content. Expect to be tested on elementary algebra, linear algebra, and abstract algebra and number theory.
The remaining ~25% of test questions covers various additional topics such as sequences and series, logic, combinatorics, algorithms, and probability and statistics.
|Question Types||Percent of Test||What’s Included|
|Calculus||50%||Differential & integral calculus of one or more variables|
|Algebra||25%||Elementary, linear, and abstract algebra; number theory|
|Other||25%||Introduction to real analysis, discrete math like logic and algorithms, geometry, probability & statistics|
How to Prepare for Questions on the Math GRE Subject Test
The best way to prepare for the Mathematics GRE Subject Test is to review material from your undergraduate math classes. Since this exam is designed to test you on knowledge you acquired over a long period of time, not crammed over the course of a month or two, you should spend your time reviewing concepts you’ve already learned. Assignments, notes, and textbooks from your university math courses will provide you with the best study outline.
Don’t worry if there are several concepts you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with; you’re not expected to answer every question correctly.
Once you’ve reviewed math content, take a practice Mathematics GRE Subject Test, like the one provided by ETS. This will help you familiarize yourself with the structure of the exam and the types of questions you’ll be asked.