The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE® General Test contains four types of questions:
• Quantitative Comparison Questions
• Multiple-choice Questions - Select One Answer Choice
• Multiple-choice Questions - Select One or More Answer Choices
• Numeric Entry Questions
Each question appears either independently as a discrete question or as part of a set of questions called a Data Interpretation set. All of the questions in a Data Interpretation set are based on the same data presented in tables, graphs or other displays of data. Below are descriptions, directions and samples of each type of question.
Quantitative Comparison Questions
Questions of this type ask you to compare two quantities - Quantity A and Quantity B - and then determine which of four statements describes the comparison.
Directions: Compare Quantity A and Quantity B, using additional information centered above the two quantities if such information is given, and select one of the following four answer choices.
A. Quantity A is greater.
B. Quantity B is greater.
C. The two quantities are equal.
D. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
A symbol that appears more than once in a question has the same meaning throughout the question.
Multiple-choice Questions - Select One Answer Choice
These questions are m ult iple-choice questions that ask you to select only one answer choice from a list of five choices.
Directions: Select a single answer choice.
Multiple-choice Questions - Select One or More Answer Choices
These questions are m ult ip le-ch oice questions that ask you to select one or more answer choices from a list of choices. A question may or may not specify the number of choices to select.
Directions: Select one or more answer choices according to the specific question directions.
If the question does not specify how many answer choices to select, select all that apply: The correct answer may be just one of the choices or as many as all of the choices, depending on the question. No credit is given unless you select all of the correct choices and no others. If the question specifies how many answer choices to select, select exactly that number of choices.
Numeric Entry Questions
Questions of this type ask you either to enter the answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or to enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes - one for the numerator and one for the denominator. In the computer-delivered test, the computer mouse and keyboard are used to enter the answer.
Directions: Enter your answer as an integer or a decimal if there is a single answer box OR as a fraction if there are two separate boxes - one for the numerator and one for the denominator.
Equivalent forms of the correct answer, such as 2.5 and 2.50, are all correct. Fractions do not need to be reduced to lowest terms, though you may need to reduce your fraction to fit in the boxes.
Enter the exact answer unless the question asks you to round your answer.
Data Interpretation questions are grouped together and refer to the same table, graph or other data presentation. These questions ask you to interpret or analyze the given data.The types of questions may be Multiple-choice (both types) or Numeric Entry.