"Additional topics" in Math GRE

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"Additional topics" in Math GRE
I was just wondering... how should I prepare for the types of math problems in the "additional topics" portion of the Math GRE? Sadly, I have not taken any courses in topology, combinatorics, and probability/statistics , but I have taken courses in Set Theory, Real Analysis, and Complex Variables. I feel comfortable with the rest of the material on the exam, but I'm just worried about these additional topics that I have no background in. If I were to just focus on the additional topics that I know (Set Theory, Real Analysis, and Complex Variables) and just... not focus on topology, combinatorics, and probability/statistics, how badly would it effect my score? Would it be worth teaching myself these topics? Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: "Additional topics" in Math GRE
Hi. I had no real background on topology (learned a bit from every single high level class). I came to the GRE subject test with a similar background like yours (with a bit more topology, don't know much combinatorics except basic counting, I know some graph theory and absolutely no probability/statistics). But hey, in my first (and also last) try I got a 770 (77% percentile). 50% of the test will be on calculus so I would invest my time on reviewing calculus and at the same time, read here and there basic stuffs from topology would help a lot.

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Re: "Additional topics" in Math GRE
Awesome, thanks for your reply, mrcrzister! Yeah, it's probably a good idea to just focus on the stuff I know at this point in time, but I will be sure to look a bit more into topology!