FAQ about the GRE® Test

This blog explores a quick review of what to expect for the Quantitative section of the GRE® and how to study for it.


You are so excited to get your application going until you see that dreadful requirement of taking the GRE®.

Let’s talk about the GRE® general test and how to NAIL the math section.

What is the GRE® General Test?

The GRE® is an adaptive test that includes an analytical, verbal, and a quantitative section.

The time to take the test is around 4 hours. You need to go to a designated center to take the test. It costs around $200 dollars each time you take it (OUHH).

1)  What is on the Math Section of the GRE® General Test?

There are 2 math sections

Each section has 20 questions

You have 35 minutes per section

2) Are Calculator allowed? 

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“There is an on-screen calculator for the quantitative section, but most questions are designed for you to use math logic instead of calculations”

There are 4 types of question types:

  1. Multiple choices (select one answer from 5 choices)
  2. Multiple choices (select one or more answers)
  3. Numeric Entry Questions (you enter the answer in a box instead of selecting it)
  4. Quantitative Comparison Questions ( You have to compare two columns and their relationship (if it exists)

3) Do the questions get harder as I go?

No, the next section adapts to your level depending on how your performance in the last section.

For example, if you took the first quantitative section and did very well, the next section is harder.

The same happens if you did not perform as well on the first section, the level of difficulty decreases in the next section.

This is a HUGE advantage over other tests like the GMAT® that adapts the level of difficulty per question not per section.

4) What type of math is on the GRE® General Test?

You need to review your arithmetic, algebra, geometry and basic statistics.

(Check out our website for free math tutorials and quizzes)


5) How can I prepare for the GRE® Quantitative section?

These are the best steps to prepare for the GRE® Quantitative section

  1. The official website from ETS offers the best material to start and understand the test. This is my website where I have put all the resources together from ETS on one page. http://www.gremathtutor.com/free_study_guide.htm
  2. The best material to always use is the official ETS books. Here you can see the books I recommend for Self-study. I highly recommend you to ALWAYS USE  official material from the ETS http://www.gremathtutor.com/faq_gre.html
  3. Once you get the books and have a feeling of the test, then you can decide if you need a tutor to coach you for the test.



Hire a tutor with experience teaching the GRE®.

Many times I have had students spending a fortune with tutors that are excellent with their math skills, but not familiar with the test format.


6)How long should I study for the GRE® General Test?

The answer is very simple, you do not study for this test, you PREP for this test. If you have 2 weeks to take it, then you have two weeks to PREP.

If you have 6 months to take the test, then you have 6 months to PREP.

“Prepping for a test requires a plan , a checklist and a deadline”

Before registering for the test, determine how much time you have to prep for the test. Taking a sample test on the official website will help you determine how long you should prep for this test.


Please visit our website http://www.myemathtutor.com for tutorials and math quizzes.


Have a Math Day !


My eMath Tutor
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