# GRE Math Question Types

There are four GRE math question types. (1) Quantitative Comparison Questions: you determine the relationship between the values in two columns. (2) Multiple-choice questions where you select one answer choice: the usual format with five answer choices. (3) Multiple-choice questions where you select one or more answer choices: there can be more than one correct answer! (4) Numeric Entry questions: your basic fill-in-the-blank question. Each question type requires a different strategy, so it's important to study them all!

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Many quantitative questions have variables in both columns. While your first instinct may be to work algebraically, this strategy is not always best. Often the fastest way to a solution is by plugging in different values to see which column is greater. Developing a sense of when to plug in and when to solve algebraically […]

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 Many people dread choosing answer choice (D) on Quantitative Comparison (QC) Some feel it may be conceding defeat. Others think that the GRE is trying to trick them […]

Data interpretation, or data analysis, is one of four main concepts under which GRE math questions can be categorized. Within each Quantitative section, you will have, on average, two sets of Data Interpretation questions. Each set will present data in some form (graph, table, etc.), and you will have two or three consecutive questions on […]

Helpful Tips for the GRE Data Interpretation Section If I had to count the number of questions/concerns regarding combinations or permutations, I’d have to use some pretty mighty factorials to do so. On the other hand, if I had to count the number of times students have expressed the same misgivings regarding Data Interpretation, I’d […]

Many quantitative comparison questions come with parameters. Parameters are basically a few ground rules that are listed above Column A and Column B. x is a positive integer Column A Column B The quantity in Column A is greater The quantity in Column B is greater The two quantities are equal The relationship cannot […]

Here’s the whole series of QC tips: Tip #1: Dealing with Variables Tip #2: Striving for Equality Tip #3: Logic over Algebra Tip #4: Comparing in Parts Tip #5: Estimation with a Twist In my last post, we solved the following question: A. The quantity in Column A is greater B. The quantity […]

To set up today’s Quantitative Comparison (QC) strategy, please solve the following question: 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 There are several different ways to solve this question. […]

In previous posts (Tip #1 – Dealing with Variables, Tip #2: Striving for Equality), I have discussed two approaches when tackling Quantitative Comparison (QC) questions involving variables. Those approaches are: 1) Apply algebraic techniques 2) Plug in numbers In those posts, I noted that the algebraic approach is typically the faster and more reliable approach. […]

In my previous post, we examined the pros and cons of two approaches for tackling Quantitative Comparison (QC) questions involving variables. Those approaches are: Apply algebraic techniques Plug in numbers In today’s post, we’ll examine a useful strategy that can increase the effectiveness of the plug-in-numbers approach. To set up today’s strategy, please consider the […]

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just look at a GRE math problem and say, “Hey, that’s so easy”? Well, the reality is the GRE math is never that easy. If a question looks too obvious, then step back for a moment and really think the problem through. If you don’t, you are likely […]