All About GRE Quantitative Reasoning

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative section tests the candidate’s competency in Maths. The questions involved are taken from topics like – Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Data Analysis. The candidates needn’t worry about tougher Maths topics like Calculus, Trigonometry, etc. The GRE Quant segment has two sections each having 20 questions each and the candidate has 35 minutes per section.

Quantitative Reasoning Question Types

There are four types of questions in GRE Quantitative Reasoning. They are:

  • Quantitative Comparison
  • Multiple choice- Select one answer
  • Multiple choice- Select one or more answers
  • Numeric Entry

All four types of questions can be bundled together for a single question. A Data Interpretation question gives data and then a set of questions are asked based on it. This set can consist of all the above types of questions.

  • Quantitative Comparison

Question of this type asks the candidate to compare the given two mathematical statements, A & B, and choose one of the four options.

  • Quantity A is greater
  • Quantity B is greater
  • The two quantities are equal
  • The relationals cannot be determined
  • Multiple Choice- Select one

This is a regular multiple choice question, with just one correct answer. The test taker is asked to choose only one answer

  • Multiple Choice- Select one or more

This question is a slight variation of the traditional multiple choice question. There will be more than one correct answer, and the test taker is expected to select all the correct answers. Choosing partial answers doesn’t give the candidate any marks, instead marks are awarded only if all correct answers are selected.

  • Numeric Entry

Questions of this type asks the candidate to type in the correct answer using the keyboard. If the answer contains a numerator and a denominator, then there are two separate boxes for them. Both can be filled using the keyboard.

GRE Quant Marking Scheme

There are four categories from which questions are asked according to the Quantitative Reasoning syllabus. The four categories never have questions in equal proportion to one another. Let’s check- out which holds the highest and lowest question ratio in GRE.

  • Arithmetic: Arithmetic bags 29% of the Quantitative Reasoning questions. Percentage and number properties are the most liked topics of the exam and have the highest question ratio. It lies in the midsection of the spectrum, means neither too tough nor too easy questions are given in the exam.
  • Algebra: Almost 29% questions in the GRE Quant syllabus are from this part of math. On the spectrum of easy and tough, algebra lies more on the easier side, but remember 1 or 2 questions in algebra always turn out to be the toughest questions which majority of GRE aspirants answer incorrectly.
  • Geometry: Geometry composes just 14% questions in GRE, but they are considered to be the toughest questions of all. The most difficult question in Geometry comes from the topics such as triangle and quadrilateral.
  • Data Analysis: Data analysis questions have the reputation of challenging the examinees at each step. It comprises 28% questions of GRE quantitative section.

Important Assumptions

  • All numbers are real numbers
  • All Geometric figures like triangle, circle, quadrilaterals are not necessarily drawn to scale. The candidate should not assume quantities like length of line or angle measures unless specified.
  • Coordinate systems like diagrams drawn on a xy-plane are drawn to scale.
  • Graphical representations like bar, pie graphs, etc are drawn to scale. Candidates can use these diagrams to read, estimate values.

ETS GRE provides calculator for both online and offline examinations. Students taking the online examinations will have the calculator on the test screen.

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