In the Quantitative Ability section of the GRE, there are 28 questions. You must answer these questions within 45 minutes. These questions can be divided into three basic types: quantitative comparisons, data interpretation questions, and problem-solving questions. Of these three formats, quantitative comparisons are the only ones that may be unfamiliar to you. In a quantitative comparison question, you will have to compare two given values and determine whether one is larger, whether they are equal, or whether their relative value cannot be determined based on the information given.

It is a good idea to practice quantitative comparison questions before sitting for the GRE. Data interpretation questions require you to find an answer based on the information listed in charts, graphs, or tables. Problem-solving questions should be familiar to all students; they simply require you to find a numerical answer to a problem of calculation or mathematical reasoning. The content level of the GRE is approximate to ninth-grade mathematics, so even those students who did not take many math courses during their undergraduate years can succeed in this section. Calculators are not allowed on the GRE. You will be issued scratch paper and a pencil so that you can make calculations during the exam.

Quantitative Ability Section Format

GRE Quantitative Comparisons Strategy

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