GRE Practice Question 1 – Geometry

Posted by on January 26, 2014 in GRE Math Practice Questions | 105 comments

Try this GRE geometry question [Difficulty level – Hard]

In the figure above, what is the area of triangle BCD given that the area of triangle ADE is 16 & the area of triangle CDE is 12?

A) 12
B) 16
C) 20
D) 28
E) Cannot be determined

Here is the solution:

Correct answer is D.

We know that the area of a triangle is 0.5*b*h where h is the perpendicular height between the base and the vertex opposite to the base. By this logic:

Area of triangle ACD = Area of triangle BCD. This is because the base, CD, for both the triangles is the same. Moreover the perpendicular is also same for both the triangles and it is equal to AD.

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Area of triangle ACD = Area of triangle ADE + Area of triangle CDE = 16 + 12 = 28

Therefore area of BCD = 28.

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  1. Please dear sir i want to appear for fulbright scholarship. when i appeared in GRE and my score was 47…….! please suggest me….

    • 47 on the GRE? GRE is scored on the range of 260-340. Let me know!

      • i guess zulfiqar got 47 on local gre 🙂

    • i want to preparation for GRE plz help me

      • Yes – ask what help you need!

      • dear tell me the books of gre perparation or common wealth scholarship

        • Hello – Manhattan GRE guides are the best resource for preparation.

  2. awesome:)

  3. can you please tell me if there is a one week or two weeks course for the maths potion of gre starting from 1st april

    • Which course are you talking about Salman?

  4. I live in karachi, and i want to join center for GRE, kindly guide me or suggest me any center.

    • Hi Bilal, Unfortunately we are only based in Lahore – moreover we are not aware of any good GRE prep places in Karachi!

  5. Hi, I’m very interested in taking a GMAT course. I am currently living in Lahore, and would like to take the next course available. Where do I register for it and what is the contact number\e-mail? Regards.

    • You just need to come on the first day of the classes and register after that. Contact number is 0331-4513196.

  6. Dear Omar, I am a mid career professional. I qualified the initial round of Full Bright Humphery though I don’t have good grades in my academic life as I was schooled in a ‘tree school’ in a tribal area and in Pashto medium.
    But I couldn’t qualify the interview round. Do you give any preparation for interviews in Rawalpindi/Islamabad?

  7. Hello bro!
    i am also applying for Fb and i am almost done with the application form but i haven’t appeard in GRE test because Islamabad is too far and the other case is the shortage o time… your suggestion plz..

    • Hi Sabina, I replied to you on email 🙂

      • My name is syed ali. I am doing B.E Civil Engineering in China. I just finished my 5th semester. i will be graduate in 31 January 2018. can you please tell me when should i apply for F.B

        • Hello Ali, you can apply in 2018.

  8. sir i have an imp question……… GAT more preferable than GRA for pakistani students as its fee structure more economical…….

    • Hi Ali, GAT is not accepted by many universities in Pakistan and no university abroad accepts GAT. GRE is an international test and is accepted by all.

  9. hi cn u tell me any name of the book which will help me in preparing GRE

  10. kiya aap mujhe bata sakty he 2015 ke new scholarship aaey he

    • It will come next year in Feb now inshAllah

  11. hello sie how are you , I’m very interested in taking a GMAT course. I am currently living in islambad, and would like to take the next course available. Where do I register for it and what is the contact number???

    • Hi Ahsam, The next course starts 24th October. You can register for the course anytime before the session starts – you can even register online if you want. My contact number is 03314513196.

  12. Dear,
    Is it better to take GATE instead of GRE for Engineers?

    • HI, GATE test is not a requirement for graduate programs in USA. 🙂 Only GRE

  13. Assalam o Alaikum!
    Dear can you suggest me Best books for preparation of GRE. Please suggest Best books. I will be thankful to you.

  14. A very basic question. Does CGPA matter at any stage while applying for Fullbright? What are the other requirements beside GRE score?

  15. Dear sir I want to apply Fulbright scholarship guide me about GRE where should I get admission

  16. hi
    sir , I am from engineering back ground but I want to apply for MBA is it possible I am a fresh graduate from NUST am I eligible to apply for FB for MBA
    ang if Yes what

  17. AOA Sir,
    I am a recent graduate with engineering background from NUST I wanted to apply for MBA through FB scholarship program is it possible for students with engineering background to make through for MBA scholarship if YES what are the possible chances.
    secondly I desperately need coaching to get through with GRE but my job is vehari based so is it possible for me to take the mock test at your preparation center.
    and last I have a number of confusions about application procedure is it possible that I you take out some time if I visit your coaching center during office hours on some Saturday .


    • WAS Sara, You cannot unless you have 3 years of full time work experience 🙁 Yes you can take mock tests at my place. You can contact my team at 03314513196 to check the availability for FB application consultancy. Thanks 🙂

      • when will be the moch test? how much is the registration fee of mock and GRE?

        • Which Mock test? GRE registration fee is 200 USD

  18. dear plz tell me the adress of ur teaching centre and fee for GRE Preparation

  19. what is fee for GRE Preparation

    • Ubaid it is 25,000 for 2 months.

  20. HI Talha I want to ask the success rate of your institute preparing GRE. Thanks

    • Hi Omar – what would be your definition of success in GRE?

  21. Dear Sir, Kindly tell me if I can apply for FullBright Scholarship. I have done LLB (Hons) from University of London after doing And my total years of education are 15 not 16 as they are required by the FB. Can I still apply

  22. Please if my CGPA is 2.80 with ielts 6.5 and GRE above 300, can i get schlorship abroad . I am student of Industrial Engineering Final year.

  23. Hello Talha, An appreciable step i must say!
    I am an undergrad doing BS in Applied Bio-sciences from NUST, my sophomore year is just about to finish. I am too much concerned about my future studies. Could you guide me (better if in mail) as to what steps should be taken from this stage for getting admission in prestigious institutes in USA?
    I ‘ll be grateful.

    • Hello Taskeen, Thanks 🙂 Have you taken the GRE exam yet? If not then it is the first step to a graduate program in USA 🙂 I would advise you to spend your summers preparing for it and make sure you do really well because it is an important exam!

  24. can i start preparton for gre at home with out joining any acadmy to score good.plz any advice coz i cant afford

    • Hello – Of course you can , just make a proper schedule and follow it for your prep.

  25. Hello Sir, I gave my GRE a few days ago and got 151 in Quant and 152 in Verbal. I was hoping for a figure close to 160 in Quant and about 155 minimum in Verbal. I have a BSc in Chemical Engineering and want MS in Petroleum Engineering. The universities I was to apply have emailed me that they would generally suggest 155 or more in Quant so I’ll be retaking my GRE. How much time would you suggest I take for GRE this time? I prepped for 3 months and used The Manhattan Review, Princeton Review and ETS official guide with all exercises and 3 mock tests (PowerPrep and Manhattan free test). The test day was terrible as anxiety got to mr and I hadn’t slept at all which I feel contributed to my low score as well.

    • Hello Fahad, Just spend another 2 to 3 weeks and focus on full-length practice tests and timed quizzes 🙂 InshAllah you will be all set!

  26. sir,
    Hi plz help
    I am the student of chem and i want to continue my education in Germany for ms and PHD plz help

    • Hello Naveed, Unfortunately we do not deal with Germany!

  27. Hi,
    I want to take classes for GRE. Can you please tell me where to register and when can I start. I am not looking for a crash course.

  28. ASLAM-O-ALAIKUM how are you sir, im doing my beachlor in civil engineering fron muet. And i want to get fullbright scholarship for my master’s programme and im belonging to poor family,so can u suggest me to clear GRE in first attempt.and it is necessary to join any academy for preperation of GRE.

  29. AoA!
    sir! would you please tell difference between GMAT & GRE? and what are the perequisites to get recruited in top universities like harvard, mit for MS. in engineering?

  30. Hi Talha

    I have a background in English and find no problem in the verbal section, but I am poor in maths. I have covered some topics of maths with much difficulty but have come to the conclusion that I can get good score in maths if I practice continuously in that segment of GRE. Nevertheless, I cannot practice maths questions individually as I have to stop wherever I do not understand some point. The solution to this problem lies in combined study and practice. You teach on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which means the remaining 4 days are for practice and assignment. My question is whether you allow students to form groups and come to your place daily for combined study and practice?

    • Hey Ashfaq, Of course I do – in fact I form groups of 4-5 people who can come everyday to practice at our place and we have others to help them over there as well 🙂 so don’t worry about that.

  31. Hi Talha

    One more query. Is GRE subject test is different from GRE general? If so, what you prepare the students for is GRE subject or GRE general test?

    • Hey – Yes they are different. One is subject specific whereas the other focuses on Math and English only. We do not prepare for subject test 🙁

      • Dear Talha, i am planning to apply for Phd Economics in US and for that I need to appear in GRE (general) or GRE (subject)

  32. AoA,
    Want to know about GRE Subject plz.

    • WAS – yes what do you want to know!

  33. Hey,
    I live in Karachi. Do you guys have any branch in Karachi? If not, then will you recommend me how to do prep for GRE?

  34. Dear sir, can you tell me good prep class in multan

    • Hi Asghar – actually no idea about Multan.

  35. what are the charges to appear in gre test and what are the closest dates fro nw???/

  36. How to prepare GRE to get fulbright scholarship??
    How to get best GRE score???
    I have asked earlier but i cant get the reply

  37. Sir, I’ve recently done my Engineering and plan on taking GMAT. Although I eventually want to do MBA but I don’t intend to pursue it at least for the next four years until I have sufficient job experience. I’ve already registered for your July session. Should I take GMAT now or should it be later?

    • Hello – well GMAT is valid for 5 years and it is usually best to do it when you have time – doing it with a job becomes really hard!

  38. hello sir
    what is most effective way to do well on verbal secion of GRE?

  39. sir m from electrical engineering 2nd year
    can u tell me how much on an average score do u need to pusue mtech in a reputed university’?
    and moreover studying in foreign countries is quite expensive
    so how can one get scholarship, i mean wot is the criteria or average score?


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  41. A rea of triangle ADC=ara of triangleCDE as AB is parallel to CD and they are standing on the same base and between the same paralles.CORRECT ANSWER IS C

  42. A.O.A Sir,
    I was completely unaware of GRE, but few days ago I come to know about this GRE and FullBright sort of things,, can you please suggest me where do we take classes for this in Rawalpindi? I’m so excited to know how can I prep. and how can I give its test?

    • WAS – Unfortunately we are not sure about prep places in Pindi/Isbd 🙁

  43. Hi Sir,

    I am facing some difficulties in catching up GRE verbal part. I have weak vocabulary but i am below average. these days i m using a software GREbible and it is helpful however your further expert opinion would definitely help a lot.

  44. Hello Sir, For full bright one need to have good gre score, I need to know if anything else is needed for getting admission in US. Like do we also need to have Ielts or TOEFL.

  45. Hi ,
    I an having difficulties in online registration for GRE. Please led me know if someone has already done. I have been trying many time through ETS official site but after seat selection there is no way to go forward. I can’t come to Islamabad personally .
    your help would be appreciated.

    • You should call ETS asap – there are payment issues these days

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