GRE Progressions

GRE Progressions

Understanding GRE Progressions: An Essential Guide for Test-takers (Part 1 Introduction)

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Welcome to the first part of our eight-part series on the crucial topic of progressions in the GRE. In this series, courtesy of MKSprep, we will delve deep into the world of arithmetic, geometric, and other forms of progressions, which are often heavily tested in the GRE quantitative section. This first article serves as an introduction to the concept of progressions. We will explore progressions, their significance in the GRE, and why mastering them is vital to boosting your GRE score.

The Importance of Progressions in the GRE:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) assesses a variety of mathematical skills. Among these, a clear understanding of progressions is imperative. Whether it’s an arithmetic progression or a geometric one, they often appear in a range of questions. Given their recurrence, a strong grasp of progressions can be the difference between an average and an outstanding score.

What are Progressions?

In its simplest form, a progression is a series of numbers following a particular pattern. For example, in an arithmetic progression, each subsequent term is derived by adding a constant difference to the previous term. Similarly, in a geometric progression, you multiply the preceding term by a constant ratio to obtain the next term.

Why Master Progressions?

Mastering progressions can aid in problem-solving efficiency and accuracy, both of which are essential to excel in the GRE. With a thorough understanding of progressions, you can identify patterns quickly, save time, and reduce the possibility of errors. This foundational topic is also often interconnected with other concepts, making it a vital tool in your GRE prep toolbox.


The study of progressions is much more than just a mathematical concept; it’s a critical tool for cracking the GRE. As we continue in this eight-part series, we will delve deeper into the concept of progressions, their formulas, handy tricks, effective techniques, time management tips, and typical question types to ensure you’re fully equipped for this section of the GRE.

Stay tuned for our next article, where we will begin to unfold the concept of progressions in detail. With MKSprep, let’s conquer the GRE together!

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Unraveling the Concept of Progressions for GRE Success (Part 2 Concept)

In the first part of our comprehensive eight-part series, we introduced the concept of progressions and their importance in the GRE. In this second installment, we will delve deeper into the concept of progressions, exploring the types of progressions commonly seen on the GRE, namely arithmetic and geometric progressions.

What are Progressions?

A progression is a sequence of numbers following a specific pattern. Depending on the pattern, progressions can be classified mainly into two types: arithmetic progressions and geometric progressions.

Understanding Arithmetic Progressions:

An arithmetic progression, often abbreviated as AP, is a sequence of numbers in which the difference between any two successive members is constant. This constant is often referred to as the ‘common difference.’ For example, in the sequences 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, the common difference is 2.

Grasping Geometric Progressions:

A geometric progression, also known as a GP, is a sequence of numbers where each term after the first is found by multiplying the previous term by a fixed, non-zero number called the ‘common ratio.’ Consider the sequence 3, 6, 12, 24, 48. Here, the common ratio is 2.

Why are Progressions Important for the GRE?

Progressions are a cornerstone of the GRE quantitative section. The ability to identify and manipulate progressions is essential for solving a variety of question types. Understanding progressions can help test-takers find shortcuts, make accurate predictions, and solve complex problems more efficiently.


Mastering the concept of progressions can significantly improve your performance on the GRE. This article has explored the basic types of progressions and their key characteristics. In the next parts of this series, we’ll delve deeper into more complex concepts related to progressions, their formulas, and how to solve related GRE questions quickly and accurately.

Stay tuned for the next part of our series, where we will continue to demystify the concept of progressions. With MKSprep, let’s make your GRE preparation journey smooth and successful!

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Deep Dive into GRE Progressions: Beyond Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences (Part 3 More Concepts)

After exploring the fundamental concepts of arithmetic and geometric progressions in the previous article, we now move forward further to understand the intricacies of progressions in the GRE. In this third installment of our eight-part series, we’ll delve into more complex progressions, specifically harmonic and Fibonacci sequences, and their relevance to the GRE.

Harmonic Sequences:

A harmonic sequence, sometimes referred to as a harmonic progression (HP), is a sequence of numbers in which the reciprocals form an arithmetic sequence. If you take the reciprocal of each term and it forms an arithmetic progression, then the sequence is a harmonic sequence. For example, the sequence 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5 is a harmonic sequence because their reciprocals (1/1, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/1) form an arithmetic sequence.

Fibonacci Sequences:

A Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, usually starting with 0 and 1. For instance, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 is a Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci sequences occasionally appear in GRE questions and can often be solved with a good understanding of this unique pattern.

Relevance to the GRE:

While arithmetic and geometric progressions are more commonly seen on the GRE, understanding harmonic and Fibonacci sequences can provide an extra edge. Certain GRE questions may incorporate these progressions subtly, and identifying and solving them can help you tackle a wider variety of questions.


Through this article, we have expanded our understanding of progressions, exploring beyond the basic arithmetic and geometric sequences. In the upcoming installments, we will learn about the formulas associated with these progressions, various tricks to solve related GRE questions, and effective techniques for managing your time.

As always, stay tuned for the next part of our series. With MKSprep, let’s continue to break down the GRE challenges together!

 Mastering Progression Formulas for GRE Triumph (Part 4 Formulas)

In the previous articles of our comprehensive eight-part series, we have established a solid understanding of different types of progressions: arithmetic, geometric, harmonic, and Fibonacci. In this fourth installment, we will delve into the formulas related to these progressions – the tools that will help you solve GRE problems swiftly and accurately.

Arithmetic Progressions (AP) Formulas:

  1. The nth term of an AP: a + (n-1)×d, where a is the first term, d is the common difference, and n is the term number.
  2. The sum of the first n terms (S) of an AP: n/2 × (2a + (n-1)d)

Geometric Progressions (GP) Formulas:

  1. The nth term of a GP: a×r(n-1), where a is the first term, r is the common ratio, and n is the term number.
  2. The sum of the first n terms (S) of a GP: a×(1 – rn) / (1 – r), for |r| < 1

Harmonic Progressions (HP) Formulas:

Since a harmonic progression is the reciprocal of an arithmetic progression, there isn’t a direct formula for the nth term or the sum of the first n terms of a HP. However, you can use AP formulas on the reciprocals of the terms of a HP.

Fibonacci Sequences Formulas:

The Fibonacci sequence doesn’t have a direct formula for the nth term or the sum of the first n terms. However, the nth term of a Fibonacci sequence can be expressed using Binet’s formula: nth term = [(φn) – ((1 – φ)n)] / sqrt(5), where φ is the golden ratio (approximately 1.618).

Applying these formulas effectively in the GRE:

The above formulas can be instrumental in solving progression-related questions in the GRE efficiently. An in-depth understanding of these formulas can help you identify the type of progression and calculate specific terms or sums quickly, allowing you to save valuable time during the exam.


Formulas are the backbone of solving progression problems in the GRE. Understanding and applying these formulas can significantly boost your test performance. In the upcoming parts of our series, we’ll discuss various tricks and techniques to solve GRE questions related to progressions.

Stay tuned for the next part of our series. With MKSprep, let’s make your GRE journey successful and stress-free!

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Supercharge Your GRE Score with Progression Tricks (Part 5 Tricks)

Having explored the types of progressions and their corresponding formulas, we’re now stepping into the exciting realm of tricks and shortcuts. This fifth installment of our eight-part series will equip you with clever strategies to tackle progression problems in the GRE more efficiently, saving you valuable time during the test.

Trick 1: Quick Average for Arithmetic Progression (AP):

An arithmetic progression’s average (or mean) can be quickly calculated by averaging the first and last terms, i.e., Average = (First term + Last term) / 2. This trick can save you time when dealing with large sequences.

Trick 2: Identify Geometric Progression (GP) through Ratio:

If you suspect a sequence is a geometric progression, confirm by checking the ratio of consecutive terms. If it’s constant, you have a GP. This can be a quick way to identify a GP without having to work through more complex calculations.

Trick 3: Dealing with Harmonic Progression (HP):

When faced with a harmonic progression, convert it into an arithmetic progression by taking the reciprocal of each term. Solve the problem as an AP problem, and then convert your answer back at the end if necessary.

Trick 4: Fibonacci Sequence Property:

Remember that every third number in a Fibonacci sequence is even. This can be useful for solving problems that involve identifying or counting even terms in a Fibonacci sequence.

How to Apply These Tricks in the GRE:

Employing these tricks while solving progression-related questions can significantly speed up your problem-solving process. They allow you to identify progression types quickly, make rapid calculations, and decode complex patterns in sequences, thus saving time for other challenging questions.


Learning to use these tricks effectively is a game-changer for tackling GRE progressions-related questions. Along with a solid understanding of the concepts and formulas, these tricks will arm you with all you need to excel in this aspect of the GRE. Stay tuned for our next article, where we’ll share effective techniques to enhance your progression problem-solving skills further.

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Elevate Your GRE Score with Effective Progression Techniques (Part 6 Techniques)

After familiarizing ourselves with the core concepts, formulas, and tricks of progressions, it’s time further to hone our problem-solving skills with some effective techniques. In this sixth part of our eight-part series, we’ll discuss strategic approaches to handling progression-related questions in the GRE, improving accuracy and boosting confidence.

Technique 1: Drawing Out Sequences:

When dealing with progression problems, writing out the first few terms of the sequence can be beneficial. This can help you visualize the pattern, identify the type of progression, and better apply the appropriate formulas or tricks.

Technique 2: Substitute Small Numbers:

Consider substituting small numbers for variables to make calculations easier when GRE questions involve variables in progressions. This can simplify the problem, making it more manageable and less time-consuming.

Technique 3: Look for Shortcuts:

Always be on the lookout for shortcuts in progression problems. For instance, in an AP, if you’re asked to find the sum of terms, and you know the first and last term, you can quickly find the sum using the formula S = n/2 × (a + l) without having to calculate each term.

Technique 4: Use Graphs for Visual Representation:

For some progression problems, particularly those involving trends or relationships between terms, drawing a simple graph can provide a clearer visual representation of the sequence. This can make patterns easier to identify and understand.

Applying these Techniques in the GRE:

Implementing these techniques can significantly improve your efficiency and accuracy when solving progression-related questions on the GRE. By combining these approaches with the tricks and formulas discussed earlier, you can tackle any progression problem with ease and speed.


When used correctly, these strategic techniques can make a big difference in your GRE performance. Stay tuned for our next article, where we will discuss general tips and time management strategies for GRE progression problems.

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Boost Your GRE Performance: General and Time Management Tips (Part 7 General Tips and Time Management Tips)

As we near the end of our comprehensive eight-part series on progressions for GRE success, it’s time to equip you with some general and time management tips. In this seventh installment, we will provide advice that will enhance your overall performance and help you manage your time more effectively when tackling GRE progression problems.

General Tips:

  1. Practice Regularly: Progression problems require a good understanding of concepts, formulas, tricks, and techniques. Regular practice will help reinforce these and make problem-solving more intuitive.
  2. Review Mistakes: When practicing, make sure to review any mistakes thoroughly. Understanding where and why you went wrong will prevent similar errors in the future.
  3. Stay Updated: The GRE often introduces subtle variations in question types. Regularly practicing from reliable sources will help you stay updated on any new trends.

Time Management Tips:

  1. Prioritize Questions: Not all GRE questions are created equal. If you come across a complex progression problem that could consume a lot of time, skip it initially and return to it later if time allows.
  2. Use Shortcuts: Utilize the tricks and techniques we’ve discussed to solve questions more efficiently. This can save valuable time and be used to solve more questions.
  3. Timed Practice: Practice progression problems under timed conditions. This will help you gauge your speed and adjust your pace accordingly.

Applying these Tips in the GRE:

These general and time management tips can significantly improve your GRE performance when applied correctly. Remember, the goal is to answer correctly and do so in the most efficient manner possible.


Through this article, we’ve equipped you with general and time management strategies that will enhance your efficiency and accuracy when tackling progression problems on the GRE. Stay tuned for the final part of our series, where we’ll explore various types of questions with examples.

With MKSprep, let’s take the final steps toward your GRE success!