 Quantitative Comparisons on the GRE — Word Problems - dummies

# Quantitative Comparisons on the GRE — Word Problems

On the GRE Math test, Quantitative Comparison problems cover a wide range of subjects. For example, a word problem might require you to work with mixtures, Venn diagrams, counting methods, and work problems.

In a Quantitative Comparison question, the problem lists Quantity A and Quantity B, which can be numbers, variables, equations, words, figures, and so on. Your job is to compare these two quantities and determine whether one is greater, they’re equal, or the relationship can’t be determined.

The following practice questions ask you to compare wood lengths and distances traveled.

## Practice questions

1. A 10-foot plank of wood is cut into four pieces, with three having equal lengths and one having a shorter length. Which quantity is greater?

A: The length of one of the equal pieces

B: 3 feet

A. Quantity A is greater.

B. Quantity B is greater.

C. The quantities are equal.

D. It cannot be determined from the information given.

2. A beach resort is 2 kilometers from the city, and a sports complex is 10 kilometers from the city. The city, resort, and sports complex all lie at sea level. Which quantity is greater?

A: The distance from the beach resort to the sports complex

B: 7 kilometers

A. Quantity A is greater.

B. Quantity B is greater.

C. The quantities are equal.

D. It cannot be determined from the information given.