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GRE Exam Sample Questions

Are you looking for a few extra GRE exam sample questions? If so, you’ve come to the right place! There are many sample questions scattered across the internet. But compiling questions from multiple different sources isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve created this blog post—to compile a list of GRE exam sample questions all in one place!

Below is a sampling of the types of questions you’ll encounter on the exam, from Magoosh’s GRE blog. (Don’t worry, we’ve provided you with an answer key, too.)


The math section of the GRE includes four different types of questions. These include quantitative comparison, multiple choice, and numeric entry. You can read about these different questions at ETS.

GRE Exam Sample Questions: Math

1. What are all the possible solutions of | |x – 2| – 2| = 5? (Select all that apply.)

A) -5
B) -3
C) -1
D) 7
E) 9

2. math_983_2ff6c561f6a9a9bc5ca1847170906749If s and t are both primes, how many positive divisors of v are greater than 1, if v is an integer?

A) two
B) three
C) five
D) six
E) eight

3. A quadrilateral has a perimeter of 16. Which of the following alone would provide sufficient information to determine the area of the quadrilateral. Choose ALL that apply.

A) The quadrilateral contains equal sides
B) The quadrilateral is formed by combining two isosceles right triangles
C) Two pairs of congruent angles are in a 2:1 ratio
D) The width is 4o% of the length and all angles are of equal measure
E) If the perimeter was decreased by 50%, the area would decrease by 25%

4. Pump A can empty a pool in A minutes, and pump B can empty the same pool in B minutes. Pump A begins emptying the pool for 1 minute before pump B joins. Beginning from the time pump A starts, how many minutes will it take to empty the pool?

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(5/4)-n < 16-1

What is the least integer value of n?

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A) The quantity in Column A is greater
B) The quantity in Column B is greater
C) The two quantities are equal
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

7. A cube of cheese is 3 inches high. The cheese is sliced twice.

Column AColumn B
Resulting surface area of all the slices of cheese90 square inches

A) The quantity in Column A is greater
B) The quantity in Column B is greater
C) The two quantities are equal
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

8. Set A: {x, x, x, y, y, y, 3x+y, x–y }
If the median of set A is 10 and 0 < x < y, what is the range of set A?

9. The points A(0, 0), B(0, 4a – 5) and C(2a + 1, 2a + 6) form a triangle. If <ABC = 90 degrees, what is the area of triangle ABC?

A) 102
B) 120
C) 132
D) 144
E) 256

math_976_3b7e25d769357edd805975612175d398 =

A) 7
B) 25
C) 156
D) 175
E) 216

11. Each side of right triangle DEF is an integer. Which of the following, if known, would yield exactly one area for triangle DEF? (choose all that apply)

A) One of the sides is 3.
B) One of the sides is 5.
C) One of the sides is 10.
D) The hypotenuse is 17.
E) The perimeter of DEF is 60.
F) The square root of the sum of the squares of the two shorter sides is equal to the longest side.

12. How many integers between 1 and 10^21 are such that the sum of their digits is 2?

A) 190
B) 210
C) 211
D) 230
E) 231

Answers: Math

  1. A) and E)
  2. B)
  3. D)
  4. B)
  5. 13
  6. A)
  7. D) (see comments)
  8. 40
  9. A)
  10. D)
  11. A) and D)
  12. E)


The verbal reasoning section of the GRE only includes three question types: reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence.

GRE Exam Sample Questions: Verbal

1. Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

Poetaster, who at the outset believed one only needed time to write a great novel, was constantly assailed by misgivings, and before completing even one chapter, he abandoned what he had come to deem a(n) ________ enterprise.

A) unworthy
B) idealistic
C) illusory
D) notable
E) ill-fated
F) quixotic

2. Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

Tentative, fearful even, his first forays into the theatrical arts were hardly __________.

A) unheralded
B) auspicious
C) commendable
D) unpropitious
E) satisfactory
F) favorable

3. The resurgence of the women’s movement in the late 1960s led to the reevaluation of many authors by feminist literary critics. During the early phase of the resurgence, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works received considerable attention from feminist critics, but that attention had waned by 1976.

Ironically, prefeminist criticism of Hawthorne demonstrated little of what we would now call feminist consciousness, yet prefeminist criticism strove to uncover antifeminist bias in Hawthorne’s works and may have precluded feminist critics from breaking any new ground. Prefeminist criticism argued that Hawthorne’s female characters did not portray the lives of real women of their era but were symbols of Hawthorne’s religious and moral values and projections of his sexual psychology.

Thus, prefeminist criticism foreshadowed the stance of feminist criticism that “women” in literature are usually not reliable descriptions of women in the real world but rather images that reflect the values of their creators.

The author’s primary purpose in the passage is:

A) to compare and contrast prefeminist and feminist criticism of Hawthorne
B) to describe the resurgence of interest by feminist critics in Hawthorne
C) to describe prefeminist criticism of Hawthorne
D) to describe feminist criticism of Hawthorne
E) to describe the relationship of prefeminist and feminist criticism of Hawthorne

4. Protective coloration is common among animals. Some animals are countershaded for camouflage. For example, the next time you pass a fish market, look at the specimens laid out for viewing. Fish are nearly always darker on top than on the bottom. The selective theory of camouflage has long been favored by some ichthyologists, who believed that countershading reduces the contrast between the shaded and unshaded areas of the body when the sun is shining on the fish from overhead and lessens its vulnerability to predators. However, the discovery that the Nile catfish is reverse-countershaded—that is, its dorsal (upper) surface is light and its ventral (lower) surface is dark—turned this theory on its head.

However, enterprising ichthyologists saved the selective theory of camouflage by observing that the Nile catfish swims upside down, primarily to feed from the surface of the water. Some ichthyologists speculate that the Nile catfish also swims upside down for protection.

The passage provides information on each of the following EXCEPT:

A) etiology of countershading
B) etiology of reverse-countershading
C) feeding habits of countershaded fish
D) selective theory of camouflage
E) protective coloration of animals

5. An application for (Department of Housing and Urban Development) HUD funding requires review at every stage of the process. Evaluation by a community-based local board whose charge is to rank proposals based on their likelihood of achieving agreed-upon community goals is the first stage of the application process. Since there are rarely adequate federal resources to fund all proposals submitted, it follows that those proposals that do not receive a high ranking from the local board are unlikely to be funded. Applicants who decide to proceed after receiving and assessing their ranking at the community level submit a formal application to the HUD office in Washington, D.C. Because requirements for formal applications are strict, some applications are disqualified for technical reasons by the national HUD office. Those applicants who are successful at the national level must make it over yet another hurdle: they must tender a technical submission to their regional HUD office. The technical submission emphasizes programmatic and fiscal accountability. Clearly, only those who are able to make their way through the application process and to meet programmatic, technical, and fiscal demands at the community, national, and regional level will receive and retain funding.

In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first states the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second provides support for that conclusion.
B) The first serves as an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the argument; the second states the position that the argument as a whole opposes.
C) The first provides support for an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the argument; the second states that intermediate conclusion.
D) The first provides support for the conclusion of the argument as a whole; the second provides evidence that supports an objection to that conclusion.
E) The first is an intermediate conclusion that supports a further conclusion stated in the passage; the second supports the conclusion of the argument.

6. All during the financial advisor’s presentation on investment options, Laura repeatedly tried, to no avail, to (i) _________ Donovan of his positive impression of the speaker’s motives. Donovan, however, was (ii) ______________ in his convictions.

Blank (i)

A) disabuse
B) advise
C) convince

Blank (ii)

D) ambivalent
E) stalwart
F) steadfast

7. Since he lacks the (i) _____________ to take on venerable public figures, the author, no matter how (ii) ____________ his social critiques are, will never be (iii) _____________ as a great satirist.

Blank (i)

A) timorousness
B) contrition
C) temerity

Blank (ii)

D) ignominious
E) harrowing
F) perspicacious

Blank (iii)

G) lionized
H) gainsaid
I) tainted

8. For an obscure poet to have penned such a refined, poignant sonnet is not at all (i) _____________. The sonnet, after all, has been a favored form for hundreds of years amongst the amateur and lionized alike. I would be (ii) _____________, on the other hand, had not one, out of the sheer number produced during this time, surpassed Shakespeare on a bad day.

Blank (i)

A) rare
B) puzzling
C) suspect

Blank (ii)

A) confounded
B) vindicated
C) disappointed

9. Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

Faulkner’s work during his most prolific period, the 1930s, approximates the buoyantly conservative tone of Southern Regionalism in general and also indirectly characterizes its __________ “progress.”

A) affinity for
B) sanguineness regarding
C) skepticism of
D) bitterness about
E) aggression toward
F) repudiation of

10. Select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning.

Exposure to sustained noise almost certainly impairs blood pressure regulation in human beings, but to the frustration of many patients, some researchers have obtained results that __________ the relationships.

A) conflate
B) diminish
C) muddy
D) neutralize
E) obscure
F) buttress

Answers: Verbal

  1. B) and F)
  2. B) and F)
  3. E)
  4. C)
  5. E)
  6. A) and F)
  7. C), F), and G)
  8. B) and A)
  9. C) and F)
  10. C) and E)

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12 Responses to GRE Exam Sample Questions

  1. Laban November 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    I would like to be geting sample tests as I prepare for my test

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

      Hi Laban!

      For more information on practice tests, check out our blog post on free GRE Practice Tests. 🙂 You can find it here:

  2. Tahsin November 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm #


    Why in question 1 (MATH), the answer is A and E? Why the answer is not C and E? please explain.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 26, 2018 at 11:26 am #

      I’ll be happy to help clear this up for you, Tashin. 🙂

      The thing that makes this tricky is that we have an absolute value inside another absolute value. We have the absolute value expression |x – 2| contained within the larger absolute value expression | |x – 2| – 2| = 5

      But what if we didn’t have an absolute value inside another absolute value? What if we removed the absolute value signs around that inner |x – 2|, so that we had this:

      | x – 2 – 2| = 5

      In that case, C and E WOULD work. Without that inner absolute value expression, if we plug in C (-1), we get:

      | -1 – 2 – 2|
      |-5| = 5

      And without an inner absolute value, E (9) also works. If we plug in 9 for x, we get:

      | -9 – 2 – 2|
      |-5| = 5

      But we DO have an inner absolute value. How does that effect things, and why does that make it so answe rC no longer works? Let’s plug in -1 from answer C and find out.

      So we start with this:
      | |x – 2| – 2| =

      Then we plug in -1 for x

      | |-1 – 2| – 2| = 5

      Next, we simplify the inner absolute value:

      | |-3| – 2| =

      Now we can get rid of those inner absolute value signs. Remember, you can get rid of an absolute value sign by converting whatever is inside the sign to its absolute value. The inner absolute value sign now contains -3. The absolute value of -3 is 3. So we take this:

      | |-3| – 2| =

      And turn it into this:

      |3 – 2| =

      Then we simplify that to:

      |-1| =

      And the absolute value of -1 is 1. It is NOT 5, so C does not work for the original equation, which has a result of 5.

      Now, let’s see how the original equation works for answer A, which stands alongside E as one of the two correct answers:

      | |x – 2| – 2| = 5

      Plug in -5 for x in the inner absolute value, since answer A is -5:

      | |-5 – 2| – 2| = 5

      Now, solve the inner absolute value first, before you go on to anything else:

      | |-5 – 2| – 2| = 5
      | |-7| – 2| = 5

      ANd then eliminate the inner absolute value by changing what’s inside it to its actual absolute value. With answer A (-5) plugged in, the inner absolute value is -7. And the true absolute value of -7 is 7:

      | 7 – 2| = 5

      Now, solve for the outer absolute value, the absolute value of 7-2:

      |7-2| = 5
      |5| = 5

      That tracks– use -5 for x, and you get the result of 5 that you need.

      I hope this helps, but if anything is still unclear, let me know. 😀

  3. Tela September 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm #


    Thank you for posting. I just wanted to mention one thing to you. In #7, the word “perspicacious” is misspelled

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      Good eyes, Tela! Thanks for letting us know. I fixed the spelling 🙂

  4. Rauf August 6, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi ,
    Please provide the solution for the question 2 and 12 in math section .

    Thanks in advance 😀😀

  5. Syed December 19, 2017 at 1:34 am #

    Hey I am facing problems while attempting questions on computer. Like the problem I am facing may be unique as I believe it is happening to me only. Whenever I take or try to attempt questions on paper format I do it very well but when the same questions (both verbal and Quants) are asked on a computer based quiz pattern I totally ruin it.
    May you please help me with this?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Syed,

      It can definitely be tricky to take tests on a computer when you are used to paper-based tests. It’s possible that you can take the paper-based GRE test–I encourage you to look at the dates and testing centers that offer paper-based tests to see if one is available near you. If you must take the computer-based test, then I recommend that you spend some time trying to determine what the issue is. Do you have trouble reading and understanding the question on the screen? Do you struggle because you can’t take notes on the computer-based test? Try to figure out what is causing the issue–that will help you to deal with it. The good news is that this is something that you can improve with practice. You should try to practice off of the computer as much as possible, and get used to writing on scratch paper and putting answers into the computer. The more you practice, the easier this will become! Try to avoid paper-based practice as much as possible. This is why so many students like Magoosh–our entire study platform is online, so you get plenty of opportunity to practice answering questions on the computer 🙂

  6. mund November 22, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    question number 5 has a typo in the powers, which changes the whole meaning of the question. please double check questions

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Mund,

      I’ve double checked the exponents in #5 and clarified the text so it’s easier to read. Everything should be good now, but let me know if something is unclear!

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