Sample gre questions

GRE sample questions

 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States.

The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam..

There are 3 sections of the GRE:

Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

and Analytical Writing.

 

GRE sample questions and answers:

 

Verbal Reasoning:

 

Example:

This question has two blanks.

Complete the following sentence.

BLANK is the capital of BLANK.

Now listen to the text with the three options inserted in place of each blank.

(A. Paris, B. Rome, C. Cairo) is the capital of (D. Canada, E. France, F. China).

Indicate your two answer choices and skip hearing the answer choices in context or go on to hear them in context before indicating your answer choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.

Answer Choices in Context:

A, D. Paris, Canada. Paris is the capital of Canada.

A, E. Paris, France. Paris is the capital of France.

A, F. Paris, China. Paris is the capital of China.

B, D. Rome, Canada. Rome is the capital of Canada.

B, E. Rome, France. Rome is the capital of France.

B, F. Rome, China. Rome is the capital of China.

C, D. Cairo, Canada. Cairo is the capital of Canada.

C, E. Cairo, France. Cairo is the capital of France.

C, F. Cairo, China. Cairo is the capital of China.

Sample gre questions

Quantitative reasoning:

1. The average (arithmetic mean) of four numbers is 36

The sum of the same four numbers 140

A. The quantity on the left is greater

B. The quantity on the right is greater

C. Both are equal
D. The relationship cannot be determined without further information

 

2. n is an integer >0

1/n + n 2

A. The quantity on the left is greater

B. The quantity on the right is greater

C. Both are equal

D. The relationship cannot be determined without further information

 

Answers:

Answer 1:: A

Answer 2:: D 

 





 

Analytical writing:

 

The Analytical Writing measure tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It assesses your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion. It does not assess specific content knowledge.

The Analytical Writing measure consists of two separately timed analytical writing tasks:

  • a 30-minute “Analyze an Issue” task
  • a 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task
Analyze an issue

The first task on the GRE is the discussion of an issue. The topic is intentionally open to interpretation, so that you can marshal your arguments in support of a position. It is rather like a debate. A good essay of this type will give highly specific reasons for a point of view, and back up its thesis with suitable examples. Minor errors in spelling punctuation or grammar will not prevent your getting a good mark – poor logical flow and vagueness will.

 

Analyze an argument

The second task on the GRE is the analysis of an argument, which tests your ability to find flaws in apparently logical arguments. It does help if you have a basic familiarity with the terms of logic, so that you can successfully identify the premises and assumptions on which a conclusion rests. Here the mark you obtain is directly linked to your ability to evaluate the logic of the given argument and address the specific instructions you are given. With a little training and practice, this task is actually easier than the issue.