New Quantitative Question Type Being Added to
Computer-Based GRE General Test in November 2007
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.
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.
• 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.