GRE Question Types

GRE Question Types

GRE Question Types

There are several GRE question types. In this page, we will discuss each of the GRE question types one by one. Before starting GRE preparation, it is important to know all of these types of questions, so that you will know your strengths and weakness.


GRE Question Types:

Analysis of an Issue:

Firstly, the Issue task will include a dilemma that you need to take a stance and write the response with approximately 450 to 600 words to convince the reader. It is a dilemma, because both the position although counter each other are correct. But score will be given to those who can convince with grammatically correct and structurally organized essay. It’s only acquired if you have good writing skill especially have experience of typing articles or research work. Minor mistakes of spelling can be ignored but not too much. But major focus should be on grammatically correct and structurally organized essay, that give proof of your excellent writing skill. Below is a type of issue task that may come in your exam:


“Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.”

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.


You see that there are two positions that you may take. One you agree with this, and second you disagree with this statement. So you’ll need to take a position and convince how your position is better according to the situations that you might imagine. You must respond to this within 25 minutes, after brain storming for 2 minutes. Finally spend 3 minutes on proof-read to remove grammatical mistakes and make organized sentence structure.

In order to download complete pool of GRE actual issue tasks, click on GRE Issue Task Pool.


Analysis of an Argument:

In this task, you’ll be given an argument of one paragraph in length. That argument will always have a conclusion that the author has drawn from premises on basis of some assumptions. Your task is only to find those assumptions and proof those as false assumptions. And suggest somethings that will help to make the author’s argument strong and valid to be widely acceptable. Below is a type of argument task that may come in your exam:


The following appeared in a memo from the director of student housing at Buckingham College.

“To serve the housing needs of our students, Buckingham College should build a number of new dormitories. Buckingham’s enrollment is growing and, based on current trends, will double over the next 50 years, thus making existing dormitory space inadequate. Moreover, the average rent for an apartment in our town has risen in recent years. Consequently, students will find it increasingly difficult to afford off-campus housing. Finally, attractive new dormitories would make prospective students more likely to enroll at Buckingham.”

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.


You should limit your response to 450 words maximum. The response must be logical and conclusive. Again the essay should be organized and grammatically correct. Finally, you need only three things to remember while writing your response to both Issue task and Argument task. First, the response must be convincing enough that make you deserve for perfect score. Second, the response must be grammatically correct. And third, the response must be well organized and structurally logical and well fit.

In order to see the complete question bank of argument task, click on Analysis of Argument Task Pool.


Quantitative Question types:

Quantitative section includes three types of questions: Problem Solving, Quantitative Comparison, and Data Interpretation/Analysis.


Problem Solving:

In problem solving, you’ll see three further types of questions:

1. Multiple Choice Questions with 5 answer choices and correct answer is only one.

2. Multiple Choice Questions with 7 answer choices and correct answer may be one or more than one.

3. Numeric Entry Questions without any answer choice, but you need to type the only correct answer in the box provided.


Quantitative Comparison:

In this type, you’ll be provided some statement, and two quantity will be given under the headings of: Quantity A and Quantity B. You need to solve which quantity is greater if any, or both quantities are actually equal. Also it may be possible that the information from given to you is not sufficient to answer whether any quantity is greater or both quantities are same. You’ll always have four answer choices in such questions and have to select only one right answer.

A): Quantity A is greater than Quantity B.

B): Quantity B is greater than Quantity A.

C): Both quantities are equal.

D): Information is not sufficient to answer the question.


Data Interpretation/Analysis:

Finally, Data interpretation (also called as Data Analysis) questions includes some graphs, pai-charts, tables and any such information in compact form of data. You need to extract the information accurately and answer the questions that are not as hard as extracting the data. In other words, solving such questions is much easy, if you know the required information to answer the question. This can only be received accurately from the available condensed data in form of graphs, pai-chart or table etc.


Verbal Question types:

Lastly, verbal section includes four types of questions: Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning.


Text Completion:

First, the verbal section starts with text completion type of questions. The text completion further split into three types: Single blank with five answer choices, Double blanks with three answer choices for each blank separately, and Triple blanks with three answer choices for each blank separately. These questions is basically words usage based questions. In exam, you’ll see approximately six to 7 questions from text completion in each verbal section.


Sentence Equivalence:

Sentence Equivalence type of questions are words usage based questions. But these questions have 7 choices and you have to select exactly two choices that best fit in the single blank. These questions are somewhat easier than Text Completion questions. In exam you’ll see approximately four questions in each verbal section.


Reading Comprehension:

Reading comprehension is one of the most famous type of verbal questions that come in almost every test in the world. In GRE (General) Test, Reading Comprehension (R.C) is very difficult as compared to the other exams like GMAT, SAT etc. In GRE, sometimes a it may ask about contextual meaning of specific word used in the given passage. Also some MCQs have three choices and the correct answer may be only one or more than one.


Critical Reasoning:

Lastly, Critical Reasoning (C.R) is same as those come in exams like GMAT, LSAT, SAT and GAT. But, again, here answer choices might be three, where the correct answer may be one or more than one choices. So R.C and C.R are much difficult in GRE as compared to other exams.

All in all, the whole verbal section of GRE is very hard as compared to other exams. This is because you will see complex sentence structure and vocabulary terms in GRE verbal section.


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