If you've been paying attention, you've heard that the GRE General Exam underwent some major changes as of August 2011, and the Quantitative section is one of those places that got a much-needed face-lift. The Revised GRE Quantitative section has a few new types of questions that will require some practice before you forge ahead with the test. Read ahead for the new format provided by ETS.
Revised GRE Quantitative Basics
- 2 sections
- 20 questions per section
- 35 minutes per section
- An on-screen calculator during the computer-based revised test
- Calculators provided for the paper-based revised test
- Types of questions: multiple-choice questions 1 answer, multiple-choice questions 1 or more answers, quantitative comparison, and numeric entry.
- Luckily, the GRE Quantitative content is still the same – arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
Multiple-Choice Questions with One Answer
These types of questions are your typical multiple choice questions, where you get one problem, and five answer choices to select from to get the one correct answer.
Multiple-Choice Questions with One or More Answers
Here’s where the Revised GRE Quantitative section starts getting tricky. In these types of questions, you’ll need to choose every answer that’s correct, whether that’s just one or all of the choices. A question may or may not specify the number of choices to select, so you’ll have to be careful to read the question thoroughly. No partial credit will be given, so you must choose every correct answer!
Numeric Entry Questions
This is a new type of question for the Revised GRE Quantitative, where you’ll need to physically enter an answer in a box provided with no answers to choose from. You’ll enter either an integer or decimal in one box or a fraction in two boxes – one for the numerator and one for the denominator.
Keep in mind that you won’t need to reduce fractions and you must enter your answer exactly as it is, unless it asks you to round up or down.
Quantitative Comparison Questions
In these types of questions, you’ll be given two quantities – Quantity A and Quantity B – and four statements about the quantities to choose from, which will always be the same:
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.