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GRE Math Practice

Since readers are always asking for more GRE math practice, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite questions from the Premium side of Magoosh to make them available to you for free. The truth is, when it comes to studying for GRE quant, you can never get your hands on enough practice questions.

I’ve broken down the questions below by difficulty, starting with the easiest. You can check your answer by clicking either the question or the link below that says “See answer”. It will take you to a new tab (and your timer will start!). There you can watch a video explanation or read the text explanation to help you understand the problem better.
 

Easy Level Math Practice Problem

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The question above is a question that you should have absolutely no trouble answering. If you do, then I’ll be honest and say you’ve got a long road ahead of you. That’s okay though. These kinds of questions are really straightforward. They’re just testing to see if you grasp the basic concept. This one’s a multiple answer question, so more than one answer could be right.
 

Medium Level Math Practice Problem

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This problem is a noticeably more difficult question to answer. You’ll see that not only are expected to know the straightforward math principle (as above), but you’ll have to wade through a word problem to even begin setting it up. That’s a common set up for a GRE math problem and you should get used to it.
 

Hard Level Math Practice Problem

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Now you’re staring at a pretty tough problem. Any problem at this level will require multiple levels of work to arrive at the solution. Be careful with these kinds of problems, as often you’ll think you’ve finished and found the answer (which will be listed), but there’s actually another step or two until you’re actually done with it.
 

Very Hard Level Math Practice Problem

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Now the problem above should have you shaking in your boots. And if it doesn’t, then you are either headed for a top score, or you’re delusional. Either way, come test day you’ll be face to face with a few questions of this caliber, or even slightly more difficult. The thing about these kinds of questions is that you’ll think you’ve got the answer right, but you probably don’t. That’s what makes them so hard. It’s best to get used to them now, but remember that on the GRE each question is worth the same to your score, so there’s no sense in dwelling over questions like this and when you could be getting to easier questions down the line. You can always come back if there’s time.
 

More GRE Math Practice

Here’s a link to more blog posts with lots of practice questions for you to sink your teeth into: Magoosh GRE Math Practice Blogs

There you’ll find plenty of questions, explanations and strategies to help you practice your GRE math.

Other GRE Math Resources

If you’re just starting out on your study journey, then I recommend checking out our complete GRE guide so you can get a good handle on what you’ll be expected to know on test day. Also important for more general GRE math practice is our GRE math formulas ebook.

 

About the Author

Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.

22 Responses to GRE Math Practice

  1. Duke March 19, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Hi. I’m on the premium plan and I gotta say I’m having a great time studying :)

    Also, there’s a little concern. I’m not having too much trouble with the Hard and Very Hard practice questions on the Quant section, so at the moment they just keep coming when I set my practice difficulty to Adaptive. I’m afraid, however, that I’m going through them at a rate that there won’t be any Hard/Very Hard questions left for me to do a couple of weeks before my actual exam. Since I want to keep myself sharp and ready comes exam time, I wouldn’t want that to happen! At the same time, I don’t want to cut down the maths on my daily practice for similar reasons.

    So, the question is, if there are only Easy and Medium questions left a couple of weeks before the exam, would they suffice to preserve my acuity, so to speak? I mean, would the lack of challenge in a few weeks negatively affect my score?

    Thanks a bunch! You guys are great.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig March 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Duke!

      I’m glad you’re having fun while studying! :) That’s music to our Magoosh ears!

      I have some suggestions for you. First, make sure you also do all the easy and medium questions, as you will definitely see those topics on test day. You don’t want to rush through them and make careless mistakes, so practicing lower level quant is still really important.

      For more challenging quant questions, you have a couple options:

      1. There are lots of practice questions in our blogs that are not on the site (both on the GRE and GMAT blogs).

      2. Manhattan GRE has a pool of great questions in its practice test. For the $20 purchase of one of their books, you get all six online tests.

      I hope that helps! Good luck studying and I hope you do great on the GRE.

      Best,
      Rita

  2. Naomi November 18, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Hello Chris-

    I have been studying with Magoosh for about 5 weeks and after the first couple of weeks my quant score had substantially declined. On Friday, I took the GRE and did OK on the Verbal, but only 153 on Quant. I’m planning on retaking the test in 3-4 weeks – what is the best way to better prepare for the next round?

    Thank you.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Hey Naomi! At this point, I’d recommend reevaluating your study strategy. If you’re following a tight plan, it might not be giving you enough leeway to focus more on your trouble spots, if you’re not following any real plan at all, then it’s time to make one. A lot of students make the mistake of thinking they can just try a bunch of questions and that’s good enough. You have to really reflect on what your weaknesses are and then attack them as much as possible. Of course since you’re a premium student, you can always reach out to us through the Help tab on the Magoosh Dashboard for study advice. There, we can give you a bit more pointed advice based on your study history. :)

      Good luck!
      Chris S

  3. Grant November 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Hello. Isn’t the very hard question above with the triangles limited by the third side rule? If you have one side that is six and the other eight, doesn’t the other side have to be between two and fourteen? Wouldn’t that limit how the triangle also appears? Just wondering.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 7, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Grant,

      Your reasoning is indeed correct. However, the question is asking for area. Therefore, all three are possibilities.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Akshay October 16, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Chris,

    The universities I plan to apply to require 90+ percentile in Quant and 75 percentile in Verbal section. I took the Barron’s GRE diagnostic test and scored 94 percentile in Quant.
    ( Is Barron’s level the actual GRE difficulty level ?).
    Then I reviewed all the Maths fundamentals from Barrons too. I have 1 and half month left for the test. I solved all the above questions too. Please suggest me some more practice material for maths as well as verbal section. My focus is though more on the Maths section.

    Does Magoosh have a collection of practice questions for Maths and Verbal based of GRE difficulty level ?

    Also, as far as vocabulary is concerned, I plan to only complete the 1000 words in Magoosh’s flashcards and some other frequently occurring 250 words from your other pdf. Please let me know if that much vocab is enough.

    Thank you,
    Akshay

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Hey Akshay!

      Looks like you’re off to a great start! Magoosh does indeed have a question bank (500+ math questions), along with 150 math lessons to help you really learn the quant content. You can sort your practice by difficulty and challenge yourself just like in the real test. I’d recommend that over any book. But if a book is your thing, then the Manhattan series is quite nice. :)

      As for the vocabulary, when I personally took the GRE I only used Magoosh’s 1000 flashcards and was only stumped by a couple words. But honestly, unless you learn the dictionary or are Chris Lele, there’s no guarantee you’ll know all of the words.

      Good luck!
      Chris S

      • Akshay November 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

        Thanks for the response to my previous comment Chris.

        I just finished the Manhattan series’ all Math problems. I scored almost 90% on the Medium as well as Hard level difficulty problems. Is this enough for scoring more than 90 percentile on GRE math. I am planning to take the Powerprep tests in a couple days. I wanted to know how realistic are the Powerprep tests as compared to the actual GRE test.

        Also please suggest me more GRE material for honing my Maths as well as Verbal skills for the GRE

        Thanks again,
        Akshay

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer November 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

          Hey Akshay! I’d say the Powerprep is fairly accurate, though a bit too easy, depending on what your test day is like. I’d say at around the 90% mark, Magoosh, Manhattan, and the OG should be good companions, but it will be tough to move the needle too much.

          Chris S

  5. Pinky September 27, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I’m going to take gre within two months.For math I have completed nova’s math bible,but i am not so good at hard problems. Should i start another book?i personally think too more books make me confused,and i dont have enough time.As your math related posts are so good,wil it be ok to follow your posts and revise nova?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey Pinky! Great question. A lot of people have different study strategies. Two books isn’t so confusing since it’s covering generally the same material. I’d check out our GRE Study Plans and GRE Book Reviews to help you make a decision. :)

      • Pinky September 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

        Thanks a lot for your quick responce.As two books cover almost same materials,so is it neceaasry to go through multiple books?And yes it will be great if you help me make decision.

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

          Hey Pinky! Check out the book reviews I linked to above to figure out which one fits your weaknesses and goals the most. :)

          Chris S

  6. abhaykadam September 2, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    i have my gre on 22 oct 13,i m targeting a perfect quant score and have completed nova.,i want to practice a lot as i dont want to get even 169,can u suggest me some books to practice.i m targeting around 310-320.
    i have a BS in civil engineering and is applying to masters in architecture ,gre is just a formality and entire decision is based on portfolio .so is 310-320 a decent score?
    thanking you

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      Hey Abhaykadam! If you’re aiming for a perfect score in quant simply out of pride, you’re headed down a dangerous path. Many tutors who live and breathe GRE quant don’t get perfect scores. Missing a couple questions often doesn’t mean you don’t know the material but rather that you made some oversight. It happens to the best and doesn’t doesn’t have any bearing on your own real world intelligence. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  7. Dream Chaser August 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I just retook my GRE with just a couple of days preparation. Unfortunately, my schedule went crazy and I couldn’t afford to do better. Anyway, I did very poorly on the quant, 156. Do you think it is possible to make it 166 if I retake in January, possibly 1st week? I am a graduate student and my course load / research/ presentation at one conference will not give me plenty of time to prepare.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 16, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Hey Dream Chaser! Essentially what you’re asking is if you can increase your score by 10 points without putting much effort into it? Unfortunately that answer has to be “no”. Jumping from 156 to 166 will not be easy. If you’re serious about increasing to that level, you’ll need to make time for it. Since you have a few months, find an extra hour each day to study. Check out these study plans to find one that will fit you best:

      GRE Study Plans

      Best,
      Chris S

  8. Nerwen Aldarion August 8, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I want to know if I should actually retake the GRE, I’m not so good with standardized test and had a panic attack before taking the GRE for the second time.

    I got a 150 Quantitative which is the bare minimum of what I needed to be looked at by the Grad Schools of my choice. Should I considered going through the stress all over again or can I mitigate my average score with my admittedly stellar GPA?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Hey! There’s so much to consider when you’re applying to graduate school and I don’t really know enough about your goal programs to comment specifically. I’d say reach out to someone at the universities and see if they can offer some guidance. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  9. raj June 23, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    in which books can i find such very hard math problems

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Raj,

      Nova’s and the GMAT Official Guide (problem solving section) have some tough problems that should prepare you for the tough questions on the GRE quant.

      Hope that helps!


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