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The numbers 101 and 303 are examples of palindrome numbers, which read the same forward and backward. What is the next highest palindrome value after 2442?

The question asks for the next highest value. The number 2552 is the closest to 2442 consecutively.

In a city apartment complex, "B" gallons of water are necessary per apartment per month. If there are "c" apartments in the complex, how long (in months) will "Q" gallons of water last?

Substitute variables for actual values at first. For example, if 100 gallons are required per month, 30 apartments will need 100 x 30 gallons per month. Determine that 1000 gallons, will last 1000/ 100 x 30 months.

McKensie worked 8 hours on Monday and Friday, and she worked 9 hours on Wednesday. On Tuesday she worked 5 hours, then on Thursday she worked 6 hours. She earns $360 each week. How much does McKensie earn in dollars per hour?

Add up McKensie's weekly hours and divide her weekly pay by this number. She earns $360 per week and worked a total of 36 hours: $360 / 36 hours = $10 per hour.

New Muslims who reside in the strict religious state are strongly encouraged to publicly _______ the beliefs they once held dear prior to conversion.

The word "conversion" implies that a profound change has taken place. The serious tone it establishes suggests that a renunciation of prior beliefs is the most suitable option.

A soda factory machine wraps "L" labels on soda bottles in "m" minutes. How many hours will it take to wrap labels on "B" bottles?

Substitute the variables with numbers to work through the problem. A rate of 8 labels on bottles in 4 minutes yields 8 / 4 labels per minute, which is 8 / 4 x 60 labels per hour. Bottles multiplied by minutes divided by labels per 60 minutes yields the hourly rate.

Since the novice reporter's story was ________ with inaccurate details, readers began to question the newspaper's integrity.

A news publication's integrity comes into question when public trust is at stake. The reporter's inexperience implies that the errors were not deliberate.

At his funeral, the veteran commander was lauded by surviving shipmates for his heroism because he fought so hard to steer their ship away from the treacherous _______ .

The surviving shipmates are mentioned to suggest there had been some sort of accident that the commander did not survive. A breeze, billow or aroma would not be the best choices here.

Pamela began reading from the top of page 110 and stopped at the bottom of page 211. How many pages did she read?

Pamela read the range of pages between 110 and 211 in addition to the first and last pages. Subtract 110 from 211 = 101, and add 1 = 102.

The product of 5 integers is negative. At most, how many of the integers can be negative?

Two multiplied negative integers yield a positive integer. A (third) negative integer reverses the charge back to negative. Multiplying any odd multiple yields a negative charge.

Michelle is single and fifty-five years old, so the chances that she will start having children without a surrogate are ________.

The sentence weighs the likelihood that Michelle will have children either through natural birth or otherwise. Such a dilemma is common and plausible considering the circumstances presented, so the word "slim" is the best option.

A civil war demolished the village's cultural centers, destroying hundreds of ________ paintings, many of which cannot be ________.

Human rights group Mwatana issued a report titled "The Degradation of History: Violations Committed by the Warring Parties against Yemen's Cultural Poverty." The scathing 2018 report documents the devastating effects of the on-going Yemeni war, which began in 2015, on Yemen's cultural heritage.

A rectangle has area 40. A: Perimeter of this rectangle. B: {35}

If the shape of the rectangle is slim and long, then the perimeter will be higher than 35. But if the size is more square, then the perimeter will be the smallest value. The value relationship cannot be determined.

The feisty puppy was handsomely rewarded for his ________ verve with a meaty bone it managed to secure from the tall scrap-filled crate in the alley.

Since the puppy exhibited eagerness, it makes sense that its diligent actions resulted in a reward. The sentence does not imply that the puppy was curious, lazy or inquisitive.

"a" and "b" are integers. a + b < 13, and a > 8; what is the smallest possible value of a - b?

Try a = 9 to satisfy the condition a > 8. Plug a = 9 into a + b < 13 to notice that the highest integer possible is b = 3. Then, 9 - 3 yields 6, the smallest possible value based on the fact that the smallest possible "a" value was chosen.

A coffee bean dispenser charges $2 for 4 pounds in weight of beans, and 50 cents per pound or a fraction of a pound up to a maximum weight of 12 pounds per bag. What is the cost in dollars of dispensing six and a half pounds of beans?

If you dispense 6.5 pounds of coffee beans, you will actually need to pay for 7 pounds since a fraction of one pound is rounded to 50 cents. The first 4 pounds cost $2, and the remaining 3 pounds cost $1.50, or 3 pounds x .50 cents. $2 + $1.50 = $3.50.

The ________ ruler denied the dissenters' pleas for mercy in spite of hearing plausible facts which proved their innocence.

The ruler's morality is not the focus of this sentence. The terms "dissenters" and "plausible facts" are best associated with the words "tyranny" and "despot" in this case.

It was obvious that Michelle's woeful stories about her dire poverty were a ______ after we saw her high bank account balance.

The sentence establishes contrasting conditions. The word "ruse" most aptly implies deceitful intent.

3/4 > t > 1/2; A: {t} B: {2/3}

Quickly convert the fractions to decimals to see that a relationship cannot be established. Although 2/3 (or 0.667) falls between the given range (between 0.75 and 0.50), "t" could be bigger or smaller than that value and could still lie within the range.

A: {64 x 3} B: {9 x 31}

This is a simple quantitative comparison problem. The value of "A," 192, is less than the value for "B," which is 279.

What is the largest odd number that is a factor of 750?

The number 750 is divisible by which odd numbers? Factorize 750: 750 = 2 x 375. Stop here because 375 is an odd number.

Mario's ________ plans to pirate his former company's online music catalog were thwarted once the investigator unscrambled encrypted passwords he used to access the spyware.

The word "thwarting" suggests that a secret has been revealed, or a plot exposed. "Clandestine" is a word that suitably describes such circumstances.

The young prince's ________ temperament became apparent to the governing council after news of his tantrum spread throughout the kingdom.

"Brattish" is a term that better suits someone exhibiting childish behavior. Although the prince's behavior is unrefined, the best answer connotes immaturity.

Mary, who is an art _______, started to demonstrate her amazing ________ at a young age.

Mary's "amazing talent" at a young age is the most compelling option. A collection or grades are not as noteworthy.

Jamila testified that she ________ invested in a Ponzi scheme and lost all of her savings as a result.

Former hedge-fund investment manager Bernard Madoff ran the most notorious and largest Ponzi scheme in American history. In Ponzi schemes, early investors are paid monies from later investors instead of from actual investment earnings.

Michael's chronic ________ is a ________ for his fellow debate team members who are forced to increase their own workloads to pick up his slack.

The debate team members suffer an increased workload as a result of Michael's actions. Such an occurrence is more than a bother.

"n" is an odd integer; A: The remainder when "n" is divided by 4, B: The remainder when "n" is divided 7

Trying different values for "n" determines that a relationship cannot be established. Using the number 13 yields remainders of 1 and 6 for "A" and "B," respectively. However, using the number 21 for "n" yields 1 and 0 for these values.

Yolanda's final grades are: Political Science 77, World History 75, Algebra 95, Literature 82 and Physics 81. The arithmetic mean grade is "k," and the median grade is "p." What is the value of k - p?

The arithmetic mean grade equals the total grade values divided by the number of grades: 75 + 77 + 81 + 82 + 95 = 410; 410 / 5 = 82 = k. Next, determine the median grade which is the middle grade value when ranking the grade values from low to high: p = 81. k - p = 82 - 81 = 1.

cd = 0; A: {c} B: {0}

Either "c" or "d" must equal 0, but the other variable could be negative or positive. Therefore, a value relationship cannot be determined.

The diameter of circle C is one quarter the diameter of circle D. The area of circle D is how many times greater than the area of circle C?

Since all circles are measured the same way, establish relationships with an area equation multiplier. Square the diameter relationship (ratio) for circle A to circle B, 1:4, to get 1:16.

The congressman's chances of re-election seem ________ since his district has been plagued by ________ in recent months.

The sentence highlights a circumstance that is unfavorable to the congressman, specifically. Personal and political scandals often influence elections, and "scandal" seems like the best answer.

That Jared is a _______ litigator is an understatement, considering his insatiable need to object just about every point the claimants make in court.

Jared's aggressiveness is implied in this example. Nosey or delightful qualities are not compatible with Jared's tendency to object so often in court.

Although a sparse population of piping plover birds ________ throughout the region, the species is considered critically endangered.

The word "although" introduces the first clause which indicates that a contrast is being established. Choose the best answer that's contrary to an endangered status.

Jessica is a southern California native and was _______ with the below zero temperatures she ________ when she first arrived at her North Dakota college campus.

It is not likely that Jessica would be happy or upset by the temperature change. At best, she would be unfamiliar with her new environment.

The price of a video game is "p" dollars; A: {0.75 x p} B: The price of the video game after a 25 percent discount.

A twenty-five percent discount is the same as buying the item at 75 percent of its original price. Therefore, seventy-five percent of "p" is equal to 0.75 x p.

To better assess his team's strengths, the basketball coach ________ the players to grueling and ________ physical endurance tests.

In 1997, then Indiana Hoosiers college coach Bob Knight allegedly choked a player during a team practice. Knight is an acclaimed retired NCAA basketball coach with a record 902 victories.

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This quiz is great prep for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test. Here you will find an array of GRE questions, types like text completion, sentence equivalence, quantitative comparison, numeric entry and problem solving. This test is a smart way to brush up on your graduate vocabulary and logic skills.

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