GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section

Preparing for the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section

The mathematical skills tested in the Quantitative Reasoning section include high school level arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. ETS lists all the math concepts covered in these areas and anyone who does not work with math regularly should review the concepts covered and practice applying them. However, what might be more important for many GRE test takers is understanding the types of questions presented in this section.

There are four types of questions, and it is important to avoid being tricked by misunderstanding the phrasing of the question of what type of answer is expected. In some cases there might be one set of data followed by a group of questions. The questions that follow the data might each be a different question type, so reading questions carefully is essential.

Online calculators are available for use in this section. For those taking paper-based versions of the test, handheld calculators will be distributed by the test center. The Quantitative Reasoning section is divided into two 35-minute subsections of approximately 20 questions each. This part of the test is section adaptive, meaning that those who score well on the first part of the Quantitative Reasoning section will get harder questions for the second part.