Return to our homepage
New GRE Question Types
In November 2007, two new question types were added in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the computer-based GREŽ General Test. Test takers may see ONE new Verbal question or ONE new Quantitative question or no new questions at all. No test taker will receive more than ONE new question. The new question types are part of the first phase of the General Test improvements that will be introduced gradually over time.

The new question types have been through extensive field trials, and the results indicate that they are functioning as intended. The GRE Program will begin counting these question types toward examinee scores as soon as an adequate sample of data from the operational testing environment is available.

Text Completions with Two or Three Blanks
Questions of this type include a short text with two or three numbered blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. You are asked to fill all the blanks in the way that best completes the text.

Question Structure

  • Passage of one to five sentences in length
  • Two to three blanks
  • Three answer choices per blank
  • The answer choices for different blanks function independently; that is, selecting one answer choice for one blank does not affect what answer choices you can select for another blank
  • Single correct answer, consisting of one choice for each blank; no credit for partially correct answers.

  • Do not simply try to consider each possible combination of answers; doing so will take too long and is open to error. Instead, analyze the passage in the following way:
  • Read through the passage to get an overall sense of it.
  • Identify words or phrases that seem particularly significant, either because they emphasize the structure of the passage (words like although or moreover) or because they are central to understanding what the passage is about.
  • Try to fill in the blanks with words or phrases that seem to you to fit and then see if similar words are offered among the answer choices.
  • Do not assume that the first blank should be filled first; perhaps one of the other blanks is easier to fill first. Select your choice for that blank, and then see whether you can complete another blank. If none of the choices for the other blank seem to make sense, go back and reconsider your first selection.
  • When you have made your selection for each blank, check to make sure that the passage is logically, grammatically and stylistically coherent.

Sample Questions
Directions: For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.
1. The narratives that vanquished peoples have created of their defeat have, according to Schivelbusch, fallen into several identifiable types. In one of these, the vanquished manage to (i) the victor's triumph as the result of some spurious advantage, the victors being truly inferior where it counts. Often the winners (ii) this interpretation, worrying about the cultural or moral costs of their triumph and so giving some credence to the losers' story.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
anoint take issue with
construe disregard
acknowledge collude in

2. That the President manages the economy is an assumption (i) the prevailing wisdom that dominates electoral politics in the United States. As a result, presidential elections have become referenda on the business cycle, whose fortuitous turnings are (ii) the President. Presidents are properly accountable for their executive and legislative performance, and certainly their actions may have profound effects on the economy. But these effects are (iii). Unfortunately, modern political campaigns are fought on the untenable premise that Presidents can deliberately produce precise economic results.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
at odds with justifiably personified in usually long-lasting
peripheral to erroneously attributed to regrettably unnoticeable
central to occasionally associated with largely unpredictable

3. Of course anyone who has ever perused an unmodernized text of Captain Clark's journals knows that the Captain was one of the most (i) spellers ever to write in English, but despite this (ii) orthographical rules, Clark is never unclear.

Blank (i) Blank (ii)
fastidious disregard for
indefatigable partiality toward
defiant unpretentiousness about

4. Having displayed his art collection in a vast modernist white space in (i) former warehouse, Mr. Saatchi has chosen for his new site its polar opposite, a riverside monument to civic pomposity that once housed the local government. There is nothing (ii) about the new location: the building's design is bureaucratic baroque, (iii) style that is as declamatory as a task-force report and as self regarding as a campaign speech.

Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
A decadent atavistic An ascetic
A claustrophobic spare A grandiose
An unprepossessing pretentious An understated

Answer Key:
Sample Question Correct Answer
1 Blank (i) construe
Blank (ii) collude in
2 Blank (i) central to
Blank (ii) erroneously attributed to
Blank (iii) largely unpredictable
3 Blank (i) defiant
Blank (ii) disregard for
4 Blank (i) An unprepossessing
Blank (ii) spare
Blank (iii) A grandiose

Numeric Entry – Type a Number
Questions of this type ask you to enter your answer either as a number in a single answer box or as a fraction in two separate boxes – one for the numerator and one for the denominator – using the computer mouse and keyboard.


  • Make sure you answer the question that is asked. Since there are no answer choices to guide you, read the question carefully and make sure to provide the type of answer required. Sometimes there will be labels before or after the answer box to indicate the appropriate type of answer. Pay special attention to units such as feet or miles, to orders of magnitude such as millions or billions, and to percents as compared to decimals.
  • If you are asked to round your answer, make sure to round to the required degree of accuracy. For example, if an answer of 46.7 is to be rounded to the nearest integer, you need to enter the number 47. If no rounding instructions are given, enter the exact answer. If your solution strategy involves intermediate computations, you should carry out all computations exactly and round only your final answer in order to get the required degree of accuracy.
  • Check your answer and make sure it is reasonable with respect to the information given. You may want to use estimation or another solution path to double-check your answer.

Sample Questions
Directions: For a single answer box, type a number in the answer box using the keyboard.
  • First, click on the answer box – a cursor will appear in the box – and then type a number.
  • To erase a number, use the Backspace key.
  • For a negative sign, type a hyphen. For a decimal point, type a period.
  • To remove a negative sign, type the hyphen again and it will disappear; the number will remain.
  • Round your answer if a question so indicates; otherwise, enter the exact answer. For a fraction, type the numerator and the denominator in their respective boxes.
  • For a negative sign, type a hyphen. A decimal point cannot be used in a fraction.
  • Fractions do not need to be reduced to lowest terms.
1. The total amount of Judy's water bill for the last quarter of the year was $40.50. The bill consisted of a fixed charge of $13.50, plus a charge of $0.0075 per gallon for the water used in the quarter. For how many gallons of water was Judy charged for the quarter?
Click on the answer box and type in a number. Backspace to erase.

2. A merchant made a profit of $5 on the sale of a sweater that cost the merchant $18. What is the profit expressed as a percent of the merchant's cost? Give your answer to the nearest tenth of a percent.

Click on the answer box and type in a number. Backspace to erase.

3. Of the 20 light bulbs in a box, 2 are defective. An inspector will select 2 light bulbs simultaneously and at random from the box. What is the probability that neither of the light bulbs selected will be one that is defective? Give your answer as a fraction.

Click on each box and type in a number. Backspace to erase.

4. The functions f and g are defined by f(x) = 2x + 1 and g(x) = 3 for all numbers x. What is the least value of c for which f(c) = g(c)?

c =
Click on the answer box and type in a number. Backspace to erase.

Answer Key:
Sample Question Correct Answer
1 3,600
2 27.8
3 153/190
4 -2

Exam Information
Word of the Day
Question of the Day
Int'l Test Takers
Vocabulary Builder

Log on to an existing account

I forgot my username
and/or password.

New users: create a free account

Xap Counselor Center
Contact us

Privacy Statement   |   © 2000-2019 XAP Corporation
All test names and other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark holders.
None of the trademark holders are affiliated with, or in any way endorse,

Powered by Xap