Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Mock Test

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What is GRE?
GRE scores are required for admission to a number of master’s degree programs (business and other streams) in the United States and other English speaking countries. The exam has three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Cost: US$185
Frequency: The exam is conducted throughout the year at various test centres across the country

FORMAT
Experimental section:
Quantitative or verbal (does not contribute to your score)
Analytical writing: 2 essays (45 minutes, 30 minutes)
Math:  28 questions (45 minutes)
Quantitative: 37 questions (75 minutes)

Mock GRE Test

Section 1: Verbal ability
READING COMPREHENSION

One of the unfortunate things that have come out of the apparent success achieved by Satyamev Jayate is that people have further lost their faith in a government whose national policy making capabilities were always doubted in the first place. Aamir’s tears and the theoretically simple solutions, despite being of a benevolent nature, have inspired multiple rounds of government bashing banter over tea breaks. To be completely fair, it is almost foolish of us to expect the government to function like Aamir does on SMJ. The government of India cannot simply take up an issue one fine Sunday and forget about it before the weekend. National policies are delicately crafted guidelines that are perfected over years, and sometimes decades, to ensure that the egos of billions of Indians hailing from multiple backgrounds are soothed. It was gallant and extremely caring of Aamir to plead for the sale of generic drugs or for the usage of organic vegetables. These pleas were hailed by the populace but such simple and flawed statements cannot be a government’s official stance. Even if eventually becomes a government policy, it cannot take place overnight, as expected by a vast majority, due to the simple reason that the government has to debate, discuss and deliberate upon sub-issues, which are never considered by us. For example, “If generic drugs are sold, is there any way to ensure top notch quality and non-adulteration of these drugs?”  The issue is not with Mr Khan’s ideas but the way society has perceived them. Aamir’s suggestions are basically suggestions. But the moment we start demanding them as a national policy, we border on the lines of absurdity, exposing how people with democratic powers are nothing but glorified fools.

Q1. What is the main idea expressed in the passage?
(Select all answers that apply)
A. Aamir Khan’s solutions offers impractical solutions for national issues on Satyamev Jayate
B. The writer disapproves of the audience reaction to Satyamev Jayate as it oversimplifies complicated social issues
C. The issues addressed on Satyamev Jayate are trivial and not worthy of national importance
D. The writer questions Aamir Khan’s motives behind creating the show Satyamev Jayate
E. To discourage viewers from watching Satyamev Jayate

TEXT COMPLETION
Q2. Vain and prone to violence, Miley could not handle
success: the more her (1)__________ as an artist
increased, the more (2)__________ her life became.

Answer choices
Blank (1)                           Blank (2)
temperance                    tumultuous
notoriety                         providential
eminence                        dispassionate

SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE

Q3. Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.
Susan believed that the country’s problems had been _______ by foreign technocrats, so that to ask for such assistance again would be counterproductive.

A. ameliorated
B. ascertained
C. diagnosed
D. exacerbated
E. overlooked
F. worsened

Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning

 

 

Q4. R is the midpoint of segment PT and PQ < ST Then, QR and RS
A. The quantity on the left is greater
B. The quantity on the right is greater
C. Both are equal
D. Cannot be determined without further information

PROBLEM SOLVING
Q5. In a sports club with 30 members, 17 play baseball and 19 play basketball and 2 do not play either.
How many members play both baseball and basketball?

A. 7
B. 8
C. 9
D. 10
E. 11

NUMERIC ENTRY
Q6. A palindrome is a number which reads the same backwards as forwards (for example 101).
What is the next greatest palindrome after 6776 ?

Section 3: Analytical writing
ANALYSE AN ISSUE

Q7. Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. (from the official GRE bank)

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.

ANALYSE AN ARGUMENT
Q8. In a study of the reading habits of Waymarsh citizens conducted by the University of Waymarsh, most respondents said that they preferred literary classics as reading material. However, a second study conducted by the same researchers found that the type of book most frequently checked out of each of the public libraries in Waymarsh was the mystery novel. Therefore, it can be  concluded that the respondents in the first study had misrepresented their reading habits.

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

ANSWERS:
Q 1. A and B
Q2. (1) temperance (2) tumultuous
Q3. D and F
Q4. A
Q 5. B
Q 6. 6886

 

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