GRE math questions cover a wide range of topics including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data interpretation. With so many areas to study, practice is the key to mastering the GRE math section.

Don’t worry—Magoosh is here to help! The GRE math practice questions in this post will help you identify which areas you need to work on and how well you’re prepared for the exam. Keep going for an in-depth look at 15 easy, medium, and hard GRE math practice questions with answers and explanations.

## GRE Math Practice Questions: What to Expect

For each of the five question types you’ll see in the GRE Quant section, we’ve included easy, medium, and hard questions for you to try. For every question in our product, Magoosh tracks how students perform on it so we can make sure each question is perfectly calibrated to mirror the real GRE!

Here’s how we categorize them:

- Magoosh students (who are already determined to do well and have usually put in some study time!) answer “easy” questions correctly about 70% of the time.

They answer “medium” questions right about 60% of the time, and “hard” questions right about 50% of the time.

Use the table below to jump to each practice question. If you’re returning to this post, skip to the answers and important takeaways.

To study on the go, download the PDF version of these GRE Math practice questions and explanations!

## GRE Quantitative Comparison Questions

Quantitative Comparison questions (also referred to as Quantitative Reasoning questions) don’t ask you to solve problems. Instead, they ask you to compare two quantities. On the official GRE, these could be equations, variables, angle measurements, or other quantities. Then, you choose the answer that best describes how they are related.

*We’ve provided clickable radio buttons for you to select your answer as you go through these GRE math practice questions. This way, you can keep track of your answers and check your work at the end. However, please note that there’s no option to submit them!*

### Question 1

**Difficulty**: Easy

The revenue generated by Company X is divided between Doug and Moira in a 6 to 5 ratio respectively.

Column A | Column B |
---|---|

Moira’s share when the revenue generated by Company X is $15,700 | $7,900 |

The quantity in Column A is greater

The quantity in Column B is greater

The two quantities are equal

The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

### Question 2

**Difficulty**: Medium

Column A | Column B |
---|---|

Length of arc ABC | 6 |

The quantity in Column A is greater

The quantity in Column B is greater

The two quantities are equal

The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

### Question 3

**Difficulty:** Hard

- The greatest prime factor of 144 is
*x* - The greatest prime factor of 96 is
*y*

Column A | Column B |
---|---|

x | y |

The quantity in Column A is greater

The quantity in Column B is greater

The two quantities are equal

The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

## GRE Multiple-Choice Questions

For GRE multiple-choice questions, solve the problem on-screen and select the answer (one of five) that best answers it.

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### Question 4

**Difficulty**: Easy

The price of a pair of sneakers was $80 for the last six months of last year. On January first, the price increased 20%. After the price increase, an employee bought these sneakers with a 10% employee discount. What price did the employee pay?

$70.40

$82.00

$83.33

$86.40

$88.00

### Question 5

**Difficulty**: Medium

If 6*k*^{2} + *k* = 2 and *k* > 0, then *k* must equal which of the following?

1

2

3

### Question 6

**Difficulty:** Hard

In how many different ways can 3 identical green shirts and 3 identical red shirts be distributed among 6 children such that each child receives a shirt?

20

40

216

720

729

## GRE Numeric Entry Questions

On GRE Numeric Entry questions, you solve a given problem by typing your answer into a box provided on-screen.

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### Question 7

**Difficulty**: Easy

Dharik lives in a house on a straight street. For years, there have been 16 houses on his street to the right of his house and 17 houses on his street to the left of his house. Last year, 5 new houses were built on the same street even further to the left of those houses to the left of Dharik’s house. If these are the only houses on this street, how many houses are on this street?

### Question 8

**Difficulty**: Medium

If what is the value of *n*?

### Question 9

**Difficulty:** Hard

In the diagram, point *D* is the center of the medium-sized circle that passes through *C* and *E*, and it is also the center of the largest circle that passes through *A* and *G*. Each of the diameters of the small circles with centers *B* and F equals the radius of the medium-sized circle with center *D*. The shaded area is what fraction of the largest circle?

## GRE Multiple-Answer Questions

If you encounter a question on GRE quantitative that appears to be multiple choice but does *not* specify that there is only one correct answer, you have found a multiple-answer question! Select **all** correct answer choices for this question type.

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### Question 10

**Difficulty**: Easy

In a population of chickens, the average (arithmetic mean) weight is 6.3 pounds, and the standard deviation is 1.2 pounds. Which of the following weights (in pounds) are within 1.5 units of standard deviation of the mean?

Indicate __all__ weights.

4.4

4.6

5.1

5.2

6.9

7.6

7.7

8.2

### Question 11

**Difficulty**: Medium

If *x* > 0 which of the following expressions are equal to 3.6% of ?

Indicate __all__ such expressions.

3 percent of 20*x*

*x* percent of

3x percent of 0.2

0.05 percent of 3*x*

### Question 12

**Difficulty:** Hard

A popular website requires users to create a password consisting of digits only. If no digit may be repeated and each password must be at least 9 digits long, how many passwords are possible?

9! + 10!

2 × 10!

9! × 10!

19!

20!

## GRE Data Interpretation Questions

GRE Data Interpretation questions are similar to multiple choice questions, with a twist: they ask you to look at graphics (primarily charts, graphs, and tables) and solve questions based on those.

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### Question 13

**Difficulty**: Easy

**ANIMAL DISTRIBUTION IN THE ZOO**

Animal | Percent |
---|---|

Lions | 32% |

Leopards | 16% |

Ocelots | 20% |

Tigers | 8% |

Bobcats | 24% |

If there are 44 leopards at the zoo, what is the zoo’s total animal population?

225

275

325

350

375

### Question 14

**Difficulty**: Medium

In the diagram above, each of fifteen private colleges is represented by a dot and an X on a vertical line. The X indicates the college’s annual income from **tuition** in 2008. The dot, above or below on the same dashed vertical line, indicates the college’s annual income in 2008 from **investments** such as endowments. The base of the vertical dashed line indicates the number of students at that college in 2008.

For how many colleges shown is the investment income in 2008 more than double the same college’s tuition income in 2008?

none

one

two

three

four

### Question 15

**Difficulty:** Hard

The following chart shows the population of Jenkinsville and the number of televisions in the town through the middle of part of the 20th century.

The ratio of people to televisions in Jenkinsville decreased by approximately what percent from 1955 to 1960?

Give your answer to the nearest integer percent and do not enter the percent sign.

## GRE Math Practice Questions: Answers

### GRE Quantitative Comparison Explanations

#### Question 1

**Difficulty**: Easy

Answer: The quantity in Column B is greater

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#### Question 2

**Difficulty**: Medium

Answer: The quantity in Column A is greater

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#### Question 3

**Difficulty:** Hard

Answer: The two quantities are equal

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### GRE Multiple-Choice Explanations

#### Question 4

**Difficulty**: Easy

Answer: $86.40

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#### Question 5

**Difficulty**: Medium

Answer: 1/2

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#### Question 6

**Difficulty:** Hard

Answer: 20

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### GRE Numeric Entry Explanations

#### Question 7

**Difficulty**: Easy

Answer: 39

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#### Question 8

**Difficulty**: Medium

Answer: 1

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#### Question 9

**Difficulty:** Hard

Answer: 5/8

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### GRE Multiple-Answer Explanations

#### Question 10

**Difficulty**: Easy

Answers: 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 6.9, 7.6, 7.7

Watch the video explanation here! Or, go back up to Question 10.

#### Question 11

**Difficulty**: Medium

Answers: *x* percent of 3/2; 3*x*/200

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#### Question 12

**Difficulty:** Hard

Answer: 2 × 10!

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### GRE Data Interpretation Explanations

#### Question 13

**Difficulty**: Easy

Answer: 275

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#### Question 14

**Difficulty**: Medium

Answer: one

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#### Question 15

**Difficulty:** Hard

Answer: 33

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## GRE Math Practice Questions: An Important Takeaway

How did your mini-GRE math practice test go? If you missed some (or even all) of the GRE math sample questions, don’t despair! You can still get the GRE score you want—and get into the graduate schools of your choice. With one big caveat…

**When practicing GRE math problems, the key is to figure out why you answered questions incorrectly.** Are you having trouble with Data Interpretation content? Or is Numeric Entry an issue for you? For a lot of students, it’s Quantitative Comparisons that prove tricky.

At first, this process can be frustrating. But remember, by forcing yourself to figure out the answer instead of immediately turning to an explanation during your GRE math practice, you will understand the problem at a deeper level and be less likely to miss a similar problem in the future. GRE math practice questions can help you get there. This is the best (and really the only) way to improve your score on the GRE. With enough GRE quantitative practice, you’ll get the score you want!

Special thank you to our contributor, Rachel Kapelke-Dale, for helping with this post!

I think you’ve made a mistake in the wording of the final problem “If the path and the garden both have an area of x” indicates the combined area is x (area of path + area of inner garden). But based on the solution I think you meant “If the path and the garden each have an area of x”.

You’re right, Calla. 🙂 “Each” really is better wording than “both.” Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve corrected the wording so that the problem is worded more clearly.

Why we are dividing with 2,I didn’t understand that part.

Hi Imram,

Thanks for writing in! I think something is ‘off’ in our system and I didn’t really see which question you are referring to–can you let me know what question you are asking about?

Its for question #5, square garden question, why are we dividing by 2 in the final step?

We divide by 2 because the path runs on both sides of the small square. So the remaining width of the entire small square/surrounding path structure consists of the small square, the part of the path that runs along the left side of the square, and the part of the path that runs along the right side of the square. Since the path is split on both sides of the width of the small square, only half of the remaining length other than the small square represents actual path width.

Does that make sense? If you still have some doubts, let me know, and I can do a follow-up comment with a visual diagram. 🙂

can you do that, please? a visual diagram.

Hi Malls,

I can’t attach a picture in the comments, but I uploaded a diagram that you can find here. It’s hard to explain this question with only one image, but I tried to capture it here. The line on the left is the length of the garden plus the path (√2x) and the line immediately to the right of it represents the length of the garden (√x). When we subtract the √x from √2x, we are left with w1 and w2, the length of the path on either side of the garden (represented by lines to the right of √x). In order to get the width of the garden, we must divide (√2x – √x) by 2. Does that help?

I have been out of school for a few years and am finally getting ready for the GRE. Is it just me, or are all but 1 of these problems very advanced?

Hi Boris,

Individual experiences of the question difficulty varies. The GRE does not just ask for math knowledge, but for you to navigate through a very specific type of quantitative reasoning. It is this second part that often makes problems trickier. Don’t worry! You can learn both the math concepts and the quantitative reasoning to be able to conquer the GRE.

Hi,

In the solution to the 1st Problem,

it says |x – 2| = -2 in the last but second step, which in actuality should have been

|x – 2| = -7. Kindly, make this change so that it doesn’t confuse ppl like me 😛

Thanks!

Hi Ash 🙂

As we mentioned in another comment, at this point, we only want to consider the positive value for u, u = 7. So, when we solve for the value of x, we get

|x-2| = u

u = 7

|x – 2| = 7

x – 2 = 7 or x – 2 = -7

And we find that x = 9 or x = -5.

I hope this clears things up!

Why ‘u’ is considered only to be positive ? It can be negative also right?

Since the question was what all possible solutions for | |x-2|-2|=5.

Hence x can be -5,9 also -1.

Hi Adi, ‘u’ must be positive because it is within an absolute value. The absolute value of x-2 must be a positive number, so u must also be a positive number.

Hi Chris,

Tks for great practice question. As for #2, why did you choose ‘root’ mostly as picking number when you examine each choices. The condition in this question is ‘integer’ so I used fraction (eg.1/2). Actually I got wrong on ‘ab’ because I thought ab must be integer always. How I can improve math sense for picking up number?

If you’re dealing with a squared variable, it’s a good idea to immediately think about that variable in terms of square root, if you’re trying to figure out whether or not the variable is an integer. A square root of an integer, once squared, simply becomes the integer itself. But a square root of an integer that is not squared will very often NOT be an integer. That’s why the root is one of the first things you should look at when considering integers in an equation such as (a^2)(b).

Fractions are a bad first place to go for a very simple reason— operations with fractions are very difficult to do in your head. On the GRE, attempting to use fractions when you have other options will always slow you down and put you at risk of making mistakes.”

There’s no one trick to developing good number sense. But there are a few different kinds of things you can do to build up this skill over time while you prep for the GRE. The trick is to learn how to experiment with numbers and even play games with them on a regular basis. If you’re not a math person, this may sound strange. To wrap your mind around the idea of number sense and how to build it, I recommend checking out Magoosh’s GRE video lesson on developing number sense. This is a very important key concept to mastering GRE quants, so we offer this lesson as a free sample, even to non-subscribers.

Tks a lot!! It was very helpful.

if you took a as half take b as 4 and you will see that the answer isn’t the integer anymore

Hello Chris,

Being extra picky, the path is not of uniform width. Being w the “general” width, at the corners the width is w√2. For the path to be of uniform width, the corners would need to be rounded. This way the answer would involve \pi somewhere.

But I believe this consideration would make the question harder than the usual GRE General question.

Thank you for the questions!

In the first question,I think you meant |x-2|=-3 instead of |x-2|=-2. If so,then x will be 5,right?

Hi Maahi,

This part of the explanation is a bit confusing. We have solved for u = 7, -3. And at this point, we discount u = -3, because an absolute value cannot equal a negative number. So, if we only consider u = 7, we get

|x – 2| = 7

x – 2 = 7 or x – 2 = -7

Solving for x, we see that

x – 2 = 7 –> x = 9

x – 2 = -7 –> x = -5

Our solutions are therefore x = 9 or x = -5.

We can also see that the solutions are x = -5 or x = 9 and not x = 5 by plugging these values in for x:

||x – 2| – 2| = 5

x = -5||-5 – 2| – 2| = 5

||-7| – 2| = 5

7 – 2 = 5 (YES!)

x = 9||9 – 2| – 2| = 5

||7| – 2| = 5

7 – 2 = 5 (YES!)

x = 5||5 – 2| – 2| = 5

||3| – 2| = 5

3 – 2 = 1 not 5 (NO!)

I hope this clears up your doubts! 🙂

Hello Chris,

Do you have any tip on how to avoid careless mistakes? What I am noticing during my practice is that I don’t really have much problem in answering questions. However, I do end up making caress less mistakes that cost me points. For example, if a question asks what is the probability a certain event will not happen, I end up answering the probability that certain event will happen. I have repeatedly told myself to read the questions carefully and still end up making mistakes. I noticed that on average, I make one silly mistake every six problem. Sometimes, I don’t read questions carefully and other times I make silly calculation mistakes. I really don’t know how to deal with this. Any tip will be appreciated.

Hi Peter 🙂

Happy to help! First, it’s great that you’ve already thought about some of the circumstances under which you make these types of mistakes. With that in mind, overall, I’d recommend that you take your time with each question. Reading each question carefully is key to answering what’s actually being asked. If not, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get the right answer.

After that, keep in mind that we often make mistakes towards the end of a question. This happens to the best of us in different situations: we drop our guard when we see the finish line. We relax. We lose focus. We rush. All of that doesn’t help us to do well. So, when you see the finish line, when you are nearing the end of the problem, focus even more.

Don’t rush.Also, you should ask yourself if you make these types of mistakes more often when you’re tired. If so, taking a short break to stretch, move around, and drink water might be all that you need to refocus. Obviously you won’t be able to take a stretch break in the middle of the test, but you should absolutely do so during your study periods. For every hour of study, let your mind drift off to somewhere else for 5 minutes. Then return to answering problems.

As for test day, closing your eyes momentarily can offer a nice break. Keep them closed and count to 10 or 20. Try to push all thoughts out of your mind and just focus on taking long, purposeful breaths. This will help to fight off any exhaustion.

I would also recommend reading the following blog post about how to stay focused during the test. Some of these tips can be applied to your study time as well 🙂

How to Stay Focused on the GRE

I hope this helps! Happy studying 🙂

Chris, thank you very much for your help for us as gre student, but because maybe we have no time to see the explanation we got confused about the answer. Please make sure that you mention the right one. have a great day

Whats the answer for the last (Geometry) question? (the path around the square garden)

Hi Ahmed,

The answer is (E). Let me know if you need an explanation :).

I’d like an explanation please 🙂

Sure,

If the area of the small square is x, then each side is √x. The area of the large square is 2x (you want to add the area of the small square to that of the path), leaving us with sides of √2x. If we subtract the length of a side of the small square from a side of the large square, that leaves us with √2x – √x. Remember that there are two parts of the path, so we have to divide by 2: √2x/2 – √x/2, which is (E).

Hope that helps!

I get the √2x – √x part, but I’m still a little confused about why you divide by 2…what do you mean there are two parts of the path?

i was wondering when the question said that the square and path both have an area of x i understood it that “area square”+”area path”=x

Hi Rihan,

Happy to clarify 🙂 That part of the prompt reads: “If the path and the garden both have an area of x”. This means that the path has an area of x and the garden has an area of x, not that the sum of the two areas is equal to x. It expresses the idea that both spaces have areas equal to x, not that together the spaces have an area of x. Some examples of wording that would indicate that [area square] + [area path] = x are:

* “Together, the area of the path and of the garden is equal to x”

* “The sum of the area of the path and the garden is equal to x”

Do you see how these wordings indicate that the sum of the two areas is x, while the original prompt is saying that each space (the square and the path) have an individual area of x?

I hope this helps!

The outer figure is a square, so u have path in both side. You need to divide with 2 to get one side width.

i didnt get square problem..please give me the process by giving diagrams..thank you

Hi Radhe 🙂

Here’s a link to a figure to help explain this practice problem: .

As you can see in the figure, since the area of the green square is x, the side length of that square is sqrt(x). Similarly, the area of the larger square is 2x, so the side length of that square is sqrt(2x). We can also see that the side length of the larger square is equal to one side length of the green square plus two times the width of the path. Using the values we currently know, that is:

sqrt(2x) = sqrt(x) + 2?

where ? is the width of the path. When we solve for ? following the steps to the right of the figure, we find that ? = sqrt(2x)/2 – sqrt(x)/2

I hope this explanation helps!

On this question (see below), “C” is bolded as if it’s the answer, but it’s actually D (which is listed as the right answer but not highlighted). Just a friendly heads up 😉

____________

Question Type: Quantitative Comparison

Concept: Exponents and Fractions

Level: 155 – 160

-1<x<100

Column A

Column B

x^3 x^6

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

Answer: D.

If x is less than 0 the answer is B. If x is 0 <x<1, the answer is A. Therefore, the answer is D.

_____________

Thanks Nicole for pointing that out :). We’ll fix it right away.

in the prime number question, the answer is written as 6 but the explanation shows the answer as 5, so which may be the correct answer?

Sorry for the confusion, Kishor. That was a typo :). The answer should be ‘5.’

(2w+vX) is the side of the big square and vX is the side of the small square then subtracting the area of big and small square we get the area of the path which is also X

can we write it as

(2W+vX)^2 – X = X

then take x on the other side making it 2X

then squaring it on both sides

we get

(2W+vX) =v2X

then W=vX/2

Hi Suratha,

I kind of lost you there :). At the very end you’ve solved interms of W, but I am not sure how that helps you get the answer. Also by adding extra variables–even if doing so is logically valid–I think it complicates things a little.

So what was your final answer?

Precisely my point Chris , the answer choice E is not simplified and if it is’nt then its kinda hard to understand or choose ! my final answer was “vX/2” which also the answer E being not simplified , w is width , and x is the area , cheers !!! good selection of problems looking forward to a lot of problems

I see – got it!

We definitely have more such problems on the way :).

Hi Suratha,

A small correction…

Option E is correct & cant be simplified.

In your answer,,,

u have considered (squareroot(2x) – squareroot(x)) = squareroot(x)

which is wrong.

Hey Chris..!!! i just have 23 days for my GRe…give me some tips go score..help me out in quants specially..

Hi Dhawal,

Doing many practice questions and understanding why you made mistakes is a great place to start.

Also, our math formulas ebook should be very helpful:

https://magoosh.com/gre/2012/gre-math-formula-ebook/

Good luck!

Hello I believe there was a mistake with one of the problems about the prime numbers, there is a sixth one which is 2*3*13= 78, which is less than 100.

Hmmm, it seems as if 2 x 3 x 13 is written as part of the explanation but is inserted in the wrong place. I’ve put it in the right spot. Thanks for pointing this out :).

Thank you so much for the explanation!

Great! I’m happy it helped. Stay tuned for more math questions!