Sample questions for gre

Sample questions on GRE:


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.


Sample questions for gre

Verbal Reasoning


Policymakers must confront the dilemma that fossil fuels continue to be an indispensable source of energy even though burning them produces atmospheric accumulations of carbon dioxide that increase the likelihood of potentially disastrous global climate change. Currently, technology that would capture carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and sequester it harmlessly underground or undersea instead of releasing it into the atmosphere might double the cost of generating electricity. But because sequestration does not affect the cost of electricity transmission and distribution, delivered prices will rise less, by no more than 50 percent. Research into better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide will undoubtedly lead to lowered costs.


1. The passage implies which of the following about the current cost of generating electricity?

  1. It is higher than it would be if better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide were available.
  2. It is somewhat less than the cost of electricity transmission and distribution.
  3. It constitutes at most half of the delivered price of electricity.
  4. It is dwelt on by policymakers to the exclusion of other costs associated with electricity delivery.
  5. It is not fully recovered by the prices charged directly to electricity consumers.

Answer: C


Consider each of the three choices separately and select all that apply.

2.  The passage suggests that extensive use of sequestration would, over time, have which of the following consequences?

  1. The burning of fossil fuels would eventually cease to produce atmospheric accumulations of carbon dioxide.
  2. The proportion of the delivered price of electricity due to generation would rise and then decline.
  3. Power plants would consume progressively lower quantities of fossil fuels.

Answer: B


3. Select the sentence that explains why an outcome of sequestration that might have been expected would not occur.


“But because sequestration does not affect the cost of electricity transmission and distribution, delivered prices will rise less, by no more than 50 percent.”



Quantitative Reasoning:

1. Approximately what fraction of the workforce in the food service area of the service sector consists of males?

  1. 1 fourth
  2. 1 third
  3. 3 sevenths
  4. 4 sevenths
  5. 7 tenths

Answer: C

2.In the workforce, the ratio of the number of males to the number of females is the same for the sales sector as it is for the protective service area of the service sector. Which of the following is closest to the number of females in the sales sector?

  1. 2.9 million
  2. 3.6 million
  3. 10.4 million
  4. 11.1 million
  5. 14.0 million

Answer: A



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.