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Entering fractions on numeric entry questions

Numeric entry questions can be kind of tricky. Some questions we might ask ourselves are:

  • How do we know whether to enter 3/4 or 0.75 for an answer? 
  • 1/2 and 0.5 are equivalent, why is my answer incorrect?

And unfortunately, the uncertainty of how to type in the answer for these questions can lead to frustration and confusion. Thankfully, there are specific answers for the questions above. :D

If you are given one answer box, you should enter a decimal or an integer. With that said, you should only ever enter numbers, decimal points, and negative signs into an answer box. You should never put symbols like %, $, or / into the boxes for any type of GRE numeric entry questions.

If you are given two answer boxes, you should enter a fraction.

Here's what ETS has to say about numeric entry questions: "Questions of this type ask you either to enter your answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or to enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes — one for the numerator and one for the denominator. In the computer-based test, use the computer mouse and keyboard to enter your answer." You can read more about this here. :)

For even more information about numeric entry conventions on the GRE, check out this webpage that ETS has. :D

 

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