Correct number of Questions for min 150 score on GRE Quant

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Hi All,

Im not sure where to post this query but im writing the GRE on 18th December in India and im worried bout my Quant score and how ETS calculates it. The schools im applying to in the US have mentioned a Quant score in the range of 152-160 and im wondering how the rubric works ? Im hoping to get at least a 150 on both the quant sections - how many correct questions does that translate into? So suppose i get 10/20 questions right in a section, does that put me in the 150 score bracket ? Ive seen some books saying 10 questions mean 150 score, 11 questions mean 152 score and so on. The last time i touched maths was in school, 20 years ago so im freaking out. Im not aiming for a top score but i surely need something in the league of 150 - 158 if im to follow the grad school range. Can anyone tell me what this score means in terms of no of questions ?

Does it make sense to not attempt the hardest questions on the first quant section ? If the second section is section adaptive, would skipping or wrong answers on the very Hard questions on the earlier section mean a easier second section ?

I would really appreciate any help or insights soon - im going around in circles and losing sleep ! and this would be only attempt on GRE this year as i wont have time to retake as itll be application deadline time !!! PLEASE HELP ME

Thanks,

Aashumee

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Hello Aash (mind if I call you that?). The answer is easy: every question counts as 1 point. Both in the Verbal and in the Quant sections. The minimum score you can get is 130, the maximum is 170. So there are 40 points. You get 40 questions on the test, so... voilà.

Most of the quant questions are about ratios, geometry, and percentage manipulation. Look into this topics and you'll do just fine.

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What about the difficulty level of each question? Does that affect the scoring procedure?

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The difficulty of the section does make a difference, so UnAltroEgitto's answer is incorrect. Missing 5 questions in the first section is not the same as missing 5 in the second section. The easiest way to see how the raw score is converted into one from 130–170, I'd use the PowerPrep II software. The Official GRE guide also has a conversion chart for the paper practice test, but this one isn't adaptive between sections.

The best way to prepare for the official test is to take practice tests, especially the two from ETS in the PowerPrep II software. These should help give you a better sense of how you'll do on the official one.

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I apologize, then. I thought it was more straightforward.

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