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GRE Mathematics Syllabus
The following content descriptions may assist students in preparing for the test. The percents given are estimates; actual percents will vary somewhat from one edition of the test to another.
Calculus - 50%Material learned in the usual sequence of elementary calculus courses - differential and integral calculus of one and of several variables - includes calculus-based applications and connections with coordinate geometry, trigonometry, differential equations, and other branches of mathematics
Algebra - 25%
Elementary algebra:basic algebraic techniques and manipulations acquired in high school and used throughout mathematics
Linear algebra:matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, linear transformations, characteristic polynomials, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Abstract algebra and number theory:elementary topics from group theory; theory of rings and modules, field theory, and number theory
Additional Topics - 25%
Introductory real analysis:sequences and series of numbers and functions, continuity, differentiability and integrability, and elementary topology of R and Rn
Discrete mathematics:logic, set theory, combinatorics, graph theory, and algorithms
Other topics:general topology, geometry, complex variables, probability and statistics, and numerical analysis The above descriptions of topics covered in the test should not be considered exhaustive; it is necessary to understand many other related concepts. Prospective test takers should be aware that questions requiring no more than a good precalculus background may be quite challenging; some of these questions turn out to be among the most difficult questions on the test. In general, the questions are intended not only to test recall of information but also to assess test takers' understanding of fundamental concepts and the ability to apply those concepts in various situations.
Note: The Mathematics Test was rescaled effective October 2001 and renamed "Mathematics Test (Rescaled)." Scores earned on the Mathematics Test (Rescaled) after October 2001 should not be compared with scores earned before that date. Additional information about the rescaled test is available in the GRE Guide to the Use of Scores leaflet that accompanies score reports.
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