GRE Practice Test  Numeric Entry GRE Practice Test 5
Q. 1
Find (rx), if 2P(5,3) = P(r,4) and P(9,5) + 5P(9,4) = P(10,x)
 Answer: 360

EXPLAINATION: 2P(5,3) = P(r,4) 2*5!/(53)! = r!/(r4)! 2*5!/2! = r(r1)(r2)(r3)(r4)!/(r4)! 5! = r(r1)(r2)(r3) r = 5 P(9,5) + 5P(9,4) = P(10,x) 9!/(95)! + 5*9!/(94)! = 10!/(10x)! 9!/4! + 5*9!/5! = 10!/(10x)! 2*9!/4! = 10*9!/(10x)! 1/4! = 5/(10x)! 5! = (10x)! 5 = 10x x = 5 (rx) = 55 = 0
Q. 2
The average of 6 observations is 12. When the seventh observation is added the average decreases by 1. Find the seventh observation.
 Answer: 5

EXPLAINATION: Let the seventh observation be x. Average = sum of observations/number of observations Sum of observations = 12*6 = 72 The new average is 121 = 11 Sum of observations = 72 + x Number of obervations = 6+1 = 7 11 = (72+x)/7 77 = 72+x x = 77  72 = 5 The seventh observation is 5
Q. 3
How many sides does a polygon with 44 diagonals have?
 Answer: 11

EXPLAINATION: Let the number of sides be x. The number of diagonals is given by x(x3)/2 x(x3)/2 = 44 x^23x88=0 x^2 11x+8x88=0 x(x11)+8(x11)=0 x=8,11 Since x cannot be negative, x = 11 The polygon has 11 sides.
Q. 4
Pam bought some apples for Rs.110. Had the shopkeeper given him one extra apple, each apple would have cost him Re.1 lesser. How many apples did he buy?
 Answer: 10

EXPLAINATION: Let the number of apples bought be x. Price per apple = 110/x Had he bought 1 more, the number of apples would have been x+1 Price per apple would have been 110/(x+1) The apples would have costed Re.1 lesser. Hence, we have 110/(x+1) = 110/x1 110/(x+1) = (110x)/x 110x = (110x)(x+1) 110x = 110x x^2+110x x^2+x110=0 x^2+11x10x110=0 x(x+11)10(x+11)=0 (x10)(x+11)=0 x=10,11 Rejecting negative value, we get x = 10 The number of apples bought was 10.
Q. 5
Find the length of the longest stick that can be filled in a cuboid of length 12 cm, breadth 5 cm and height 84 cm.
 Answer:85

EXPLAINATION:The longest possible stick that can be fitted shall be along the diagonal of the cuboid. Diagonal of a cuboid with length, breadth and height as l, b and h is given by sqrt(l^2+b^2+h^2) = sqrt(12^2+5^2+84^2) = sqrt(144+25+7056) = sqrt(7225) = 85 The length of the stick should be 85 cm. [l^2=l*l]
Q. 6
The length of the square is increased by 30%. The breadth of the square is increased by 20%. By what percent does the area of the rectangle exceed the area of the square?
 Answer: 56%

EXPLAINATION:Let the original side of the square be x units. Area of square = side*side = x^2 sq.units Length of the rectangle formed = x + 30% of x = x + 30x/100 = 130x/100 Breadth of the rectangle formed = y + 20% of y = y + 20y/100 = 120y/100 Area of the rectangle = length*breadth = 130x/100*120x/100 = 156x^2/100 Percentage increasse in area = (area of rectanglearea of square)/ area of square *100 = (156x^2/100  x^2)/x^2*100 = (156100)/100*100 = 56% [x^2=x*x]
Q. 7
The sum of the squares of the numbers is 37/6 times their product. The sum of the numbers is 35. Find the difference of the two numbers.
 Answer: 25

EXPLAINATION: Let the two numbers be x and y such that x>y x^2+y^2 = (37/6)xy...(1) x + y = 35...(2) We know that (x+y)^2 = x^2+y^2+2xy Substituting from (1) and (2), we get 35^2 = (37/6)xy + 2xy 1225 = (37xy+12xy)/6 49xy = 1225*6 xy = 1225*6/49 xy = 150 Putting x = 150/y in (2), we get 150/y + y = 35 150 + y^2 = 35y y^2  35y +150=0 y^2  30y  5y +150=0 y(y30) 5(y30) = 0 (y5)(y30) = 0 y = 30,5 The two numbers are 30 and 5 x  y = 30  5 = 25 [x^2=x*x]
Q. 8
The item was listed at Rs 65 and sold at Rs. 56.16. Two successive discounts were given on the item and the first discount was 10%. Find the second discount percent.
 Answer: 4%

EXPLAINATION: Let the SP be the selling price and CP be the cost price of the item. Let MP be the marked price. For the first discount, the MP was Rs.65 SP = (100discount%)*MP/100 = (10010)*65/100 = 90*65/100 = 58.50 For the second discount, the SP will be Rs. 56.16 and the MP will be Rs.58.50 56.16 = (100discount%)*58.50/100 100Discount%= 96 Discount% = 4%
Q. 9
A man rows 12 km upsteram and 22 km downstream. He takes 5 hours to complete each part of his journey. What is the speed of the water in the stream?
 Answer: 1 km/hr

EXPLAINATION: Let the speed of the water in the stream be x km/hr. Let the speed of the man in still water be y km/hr When he goes upstream, the relative speed is (yx) km/hr When he goes downstream, the relative speed is (y+x) km/hr According to the given conditions, Distance = Speed * Time 12 = (yx)*5...(1) 22 = (y+x)*5...(2) Subtracting (1) from (2), we get 22  12 = 5y + 5x 5y +5x 10 = 10x x = 1km/hr Speed of the water is 1 km/hr
Q. 10
Two numbers are in ratio 6:13. The least common multiple of the two numbers is 312. Find the sum of the two numbers.
 Answer: 76

EXPLAINATION: Let the two numbers be 6x and 13x. LCM of 6x and 13x = 6*13*x = 78x 78x = 312 x = 312/78 = 4 The two numbers are 6*4 and 13*4 i.e. 24 and 52 The sum of the numbers is 24+52 = 76
Q. 11
Find the value of x^3/y^3+y^3/x^3 if x/y+y/x=6 [x^2=x*x]
 Answer: 198

EXPLAINATION: 198 Explanation: (x/y+y/x) = 6 (x/y+y/x)^3 = 6^3 (x/y)^3 + (y/x)^3 +3(x/y*y/x)(x/y+y/x) = 216 (x/y)^3+(y/x)^3 = 216  3*6 = 216  18 = 198
Q. 12
Find a^3/b^3+b^3/a^3 if a^2+b^2=5ab. [x^2=x*x]
 Answer: 110

EXPLAINATION:a^2+b^2=5ab a^2/ab+b^2/ab=5ab/ab a/b+b/a=5 (a/b+b/a)^3=5^3 (a/b)^3+(b/a)^3+3(a/b*b/a)(a/b+b/a) = 125 (a/b)^3+(b/a)^3=1253*5 a^3/b^3+b^3/a^3=12515 =110
Q. 13
ABC is an isosceles triangle with AC=CB. A square whose one side is the altitude of the triangle from the vertex to the nonequal side has perimeter 140 cm. The area of the triangle is equal to 420 sq.cm. Find the length of the equal sides of the triangle.
 Answer: 37cm

EXPLAINATION:Let CD be the altitude of the triangle with D lying on AB, which is the base. Side of square = perimeter/4 The altitude of the triangle will be = 140/4 = 35cm. Area of triangle = 1/2*base*altitude 1/2*base*35 = 420 base = 2*420/35 = 24cm In triangle ADC, AD will be perpendicular to CD AD = 24/2=12 and CD = 35 AC = sqrt(AD^2+DC^2) = sqrt(12^2+35^2) = sqrt(144+1225) = sqrt(1369) = 37 cm Each of the equal sides in 37 cm long. [x^2=x*x]
Q. 14
The lengths of the two diagonals of a rhombus are 72 cm and 30 cm. Find the length of each side.
 Answer: 39cm

EXPLAINATION:The diagonals of a rhombus bisect each other at right angles. Hence, we get four right angled triangles with two sides 72/2 and 30/2 cm long Hypotenuse of the triangle = sqrt(36^2+15^2) = sqrt(1296+225) = sqrt(1521) = 39 cm Each side of the rhombus is 39 cm long. [x^2=x*x]
Q. 15
In a groups of hens and cows, the number of heads is 48 and the number of feet is 140. How many cows are there in the group?
 Answer: 22

EXPLAINATION: Let the number of hens be x and the number of cows be y. Accordng to the conditions x+y=48...(1) 2x+4y=140...(2) Multiply (2) by 2 and subtract from (2) 2x+4y2x2y=14096 2y=44 y = 44/2=22 There are 22 cows in the group.