Here are 4 great tips to maximize your use of the GRE calculator:

1. Solve Problems Without the Calculator When You CanDon’t use the GRE calculator for simple math that would be quicker to solve without a calculator. Not only is it simpler to solve things like (4*8) or (2400/3) without going through the calculator, but it also cuts down on entry errors (i.e. accidentally typing in 2400/4) that could affect your answer.

2. Use the Computer Keyboard When PossibleUse the keyboard of the computer, rather than clicking each number/function, to save time. You should be able to

use numbers on the keyboard to enter in numbers to the calculator (although you may not be able to use the num pad).

Similarly, you may be able to use other common shortcuts like *, -, /, +, =, and the return/enter key instead of having to click the functions on the calculator individually (and go back and forth between keyboard and mouse). The one limitation is that you can’t use the backspace, delete, or C on the keyboard to clear the calculator display.

3. Be Careful of Order of OperationsKeep order of operations straight by using

parentheses and the equal sign. If all else fails, you can solve for one part of an equation at a time, write what that answer is on scratch paper, solve for the next part, write that down, and so on. But using parentheses and the “equals” function speeds up the process tremendously.

4. Pay Attention to Error Messages

If you find you’re reaching the limits of the calculator’s capabilities (for example, too many digits for the screen), you’re probably making an error in your approach to the question.

No question will ask you to go beyond the limits of the calculator’s abilities. For example, if a question has exponents in it, you’ll be expected to use your knowledge of the rules of dividing, adding, multiplying, raising to a power, and factoring exponents, rather than brute force approaches of multiplying everything out.

So be sure to keep these tips in mind. Please check out this FREE blog post going into more details about the GRE calculator.

https://www.prepscholar.com/gre/blog/gre-calculator/
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