The quantitative part of the GRE consists of two math sections, each with 20 questions. Of the 40 questions, there are
15 quantitative comparison questions 7 and 8 per section:
2. 19 discrete quantitative questions, consisting of about 11 multiple-choice questions, 4 multiple –answer questions, and 4 numeric entry questions, approximately evenly split between the two sections:
3. 6 data interpretation questions-3 per section-all of which are discrete quantitative questions, mostly multiple-choice.
QUANTITATIVE COMPARISON QUESTIONS
In these questions there are two quantities- Quantity A and Quantity B- and it is your job to compare them. For these problems there are only four possible answers:
Quantity A is greater;
Quantity B is greater;
The two quantities are equal; and
It is impossible to determine which quantity is greater.
DISCRETE QUANTITATIVE QUESTIONS
Out of the 40 mathematic questions on the GRE, 19 are what the ETS calls discrete quantitative questions. More than half of those questions are standard multiple-choice questions, ve answer choices of which one is correct. The way to answer such a question is to do the necessary work, get the solution, and then look at the five choices to find your answer.
DATA INTERPRETATION QUESTIONS
In each of the two quantitative sections there are three consecutive questions that are based on the same set of data. Most data interpretation questions are multiple-choice questions, but you may have a multiple-answer and/or a numeric entry question. NO data interpretation questions are quantitative comparisons. As you might guess from their name, all of these questions are based on information provided in graphs, tables, or charts. The questions test your ability to interpret the data that have been provided. You will either have to do a calculation or make an inference from the given data.