GRE exams are divided into two types, one is the GRE subject test and the other is GRE general test. The subject test is based on your undergraduate subjects, and the general test is based on three aspects: analytical reasoning, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning.

Let us look at some questions here, and help you solve the sample questions so that you can get a clear look while preparing. Read the full article, and know all about the question system in GRE and also know – does GRE repeat questions?

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Does GRE Questions Repeat?

Well, the answer is diplomatic, it is yes and a no.

Sometimes the questions do repeat, from their huge question bank which they use for the examination. If one of your friends or pal has taken the exam a few days before, then it is likely that the questions might repeat. The ETS or Educational Testing System has a question bank and that’s why the problems repeat. The repetition of the problems might be low, but they do repeat.

Sometimes it is a no, the ETS does not repeat the problems. The problems might be styled in a similar way, but the topics are different. The aspirants must not get the problems hard, because that’s just a waste of time.

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How Many Quant Questions are in GRE?

The list of problems from Quant or Quantitative Reasoning is provided below.

GRE Sections  Paper-based 

No of sections 




No of questions 



Analytical Writing 2 sections- 2 tasks 60 minutes 1 section- two tasks 60 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections- 50 questions 70 minutes 2 section- 40 questions 60 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections- 50 questions 80 minutes 2 section- 40 questions 70 minutes
Unscored Varies Varies Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies Varies Varies

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GRE Question Paper Pattern and Types

Sections  No.of Sections  Number of questions  Sub Areas  Types of Questions 
Quantitative 2 20+20=40 problems Ratio and proportion

Profit and loss

Simple and compound interest

Speed, distance and time

Permutation & combination

Linear equations

Quadratic equations

Sets Theory


Powers and roots


Pipes, cisterns, work, time

Lines and angles





Coordinate geometry

Order of operations

Volume and surface area


Number properties

Quantitative Comparison Questions

Numeric Entry Problems

Verbal 2 20+20=40 problems Reading Comprehension

Text Completion

Sentence Equivalence

Analytical 2 1+1=2 problems Analyzing an Issue

Analyzing an Argument

Task Focus 

Section Name  Task Focus 
Quantitative Point out the important and trivial

Understand the purpose of a particular word and its relation with concepts

Draw conclusion accordingly

Verbal Using mathematical formula

Solve mathematical problems and equations

Analyze data

Solve arithmetic sums and understand geometrical patterns

Analyze quantitative information

Analytical Think analytically

Representing ideas in words

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GRE Subject Test 

These are the subject-wise topics, which are provided below with sub sections to know it well.

Subjects  No. of Questions  Sub-sections 
Biology Cellular and Molecular Biology

Organismal Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Chemistry 130 Analytical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

English 230 Literary Analysis


Cultural and Historical Contexts

History and Theory of Literary Criticism

Mathematics 66 Calculus

Algebra (Linear algebra, abstract algebra, elementary algebra, and number theory)

Discrete Mathematics

Real Analysis

Probability and Statistics

Additional Mathematics

Physics 100 Classical Mechanics


Optics and Wave Phenomena

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics

Atomic Physics

Special Relativity

Laboratory Methods

Specialized Topics like Nuclear and Particle Physics etc.

Psychology 205 Biological






GRE Sample Topics 

Here are some sample problems below, which will provide you with all the types and will make it easy for you to understand.



(A) culinary

(B) odorous

(C) unappetizing

(D) unflavored

(E) bland



(A) invincible : control

(B) independent : conquest

(C) inimitable : modification

(D) immutable : alteration

(E) intractable : destruction

 Sentence Completions

The remarkable fact that many inventions had their birth as toys suggests that people philosophize more freely when they know that there —- leads to no —- results.

(A) cogitation … trivial

(B) persistence … satisfactory

(C) speculation … weighty

(D) creativity … measurable

(E) conjecture … inconsequential

 Math Multiple Choice

Which of the following is a common factor of both x2 – 4x – 5 and x2 – 6x – 7?

(A) x – 5

(B) x – 7

(C) x – 1

(D) x + 5

(E) x + 1

Quantitative Comparisons 

If the quantity in Column A is greater, select choice (A). If the quantity in Column B is greater, select choice (B). If the two columns are the same, select choice (C). If the relationship cannot be determined from the information given, select choice (D).

xy = 21

x < 3

Column A: 7

Column B: y

(A) Quantity in Column A is greater.

(B) Quantity in Column B is greater.

(C) Two columns are equal.

(D) Relationships cannot be determined from the information given


If you are preparing for the GRE, stay focused. Don’t waste time looking for questions, if they are repeated or not, because that’s not something that can be predictable. One should focus on the pattern of the test, the criteria and solve as many problems as they can. Losing concentration and looking for shortcuts will not help. Have a focused mind and look for more problems to solve. This will help in your preparation and maintaining yourself physically and mentally is also important.

Hopefully, this article helped you, if you have any queries regarding the above article or you are stuck somewhere, please feel free to contact us below, through the comments sections.

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