Answering GRE Multiple-Choice Questions

Part of the GRE For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The majority of the questions on the GRE are in multiple-choice format. Most require you to select the one best answer choice, but some require you to select two or more answers. The questions that require two or more answers are easy to spot because the answer choices have small check boxes (rather than ovals or words to select) and the directions say, “Pick two answers” or “Pick all applicable answers.”

To help you select the correct answer(s), keep these tips in mind:

  • If you don’t know the answer, rule out as many obviously incorrect choices as possible and guess from the remaining choices.

  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Guess an answer, mark the question for review, and come back to it at the end of the section. As long as you have time left in that section, you can revisit previous questions.

  • Guessing an answer is better than leaving the question unanswered. A wrong answer counts the same as no answer, so there’s no harm in guessing. You may as well take a shot at getting it right. You can always mark the question for review and return to it with your remaining time in the section.

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