The quantitative part of the GRE consists of two math
sections, each with 20 questions. Of the 40 questions,
there are

15 quantitative comparison questions – 7 or 8 per
section;

19 discrete quantitative questions, consisting of
about 11 multiplechoice questions, 4 multipleanswer
questions, and 4 numeric entry questions, approximately
evenly split between the two sections;
 6 data interpretation questions – 3 per section – all
of which are discrete quantitative questions, mostly
multiplechoice.
In order to answer these questions, you need to know
arithmetic, some very elementary algebra, and a little
geometry. Much of this material you learned in
elementary and middle school; the rest you learned
during the first two years of high school. You do not
need to know any advanced
mathematics. The questions are intended to determine if
you have a basic knowledge of elementary mathematics,
and if you have the ability to reason clearly.
Quantitative Comparison Questions
Of the 40 mathematics questions on the GRE, about 15
are quantitative comparison questions. In these
questions there are two quantities – Quantity A and
Quantity B – and it is your job to compare them. For these
problems there are only
four possible answers:
 Quantity A is greater;
 Quantity B is greater;
 The two quantities are equal;
and
 It is impossible to determine
which quantity is greater.
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quantitative comparison questions and solutions.
Multiple Choice Questions
These are classic multiple choice questions that
typically appear on most standardized tests. These
questions have 5 answer choices out of which only one of
the answer choices is correct.
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multiple choice questions and solutions.
Multiple Answer Questions
The revised GRE has about 4 multipleanswer
questions. These questions may have up to 9 answers
choices. The answer choices are preceded by squares and
you need to select one or more of them as the correct
answer. Please note that you will receive full credit
for the question only if you choose all the correct
answer choices and no wrong answer choices.
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sample multiple answer questions and solutions.
Numeric Entry Questions
This is by no means a groundbreaking new question
format: instead of multiplechoice math questions,
students will now sometimes have to type the actual
numerical answer into a box on the test screen. Some
questions of this type may have a fraction as the answer
and you are expected to enter the numerator and
denominator in two separate boxes.
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sample numeric entry questions and solutions.
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