GMAT Word Problems

In this module, you'll learn all of the concepts, techniques and strategies needed to answer word problems on the GMAT. In particular, this module covers:

  • Assigning variables
  • Writing equations
  • Testing the answer choices
  • Age questions
  • Motion questions (distance-rate-time)
  • Work questions
  • Double-matrix & Venn diagrams
  • General sequences
  • Recursive sequences
  • Sums of sequences
  • Growth tables
  • Mixture/solution questions
  • Variables in the answer choices

 

GMAT WORD PROBLEMS VIDEOS

  • 1. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Word Problems (2:55)
  • 2. Lesson: Testing the Answer Choices (5:32)
  • 3. Lesson: Assigning Variables (9:21)
  • 4. Lesson: Writing Equations (8:16)
  • 5. Question: Marge’s Chocolates (2:29)
  • 6. Question: Nessa and Capri (3:01)
  • 7. Lesson: How Many Variables to Assign (5:46)
  • 8. Question: Hockey versus Football (2:33)
  • 9. Lesson: Solving GMAT Age Questions (5:51)
  • 10. Question: Ages of Ebo and Atu (2:53)
  • 11. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Motion Questions (9:38)
  • 12. Lesson: Finding the Average Speed (6:15)
  • 13. Question: Nani’s Average Speed (2:49)
  • 14. Lesson: Multiple Trips or Multiple Travelers (9:29)
  • 15. Question: Cole’s Travel Time (2:57)
  • 16. Lesson: Shrinking and Expanding Gaps (3:31)
  • 17. Question: Devi and Mark (4:39)
  • 18. Lesson: Work Questions (8:51)
  • 19. Question: Lawn Mowers (1:55)
  • 20. Lesson: Double Matrix Method (4:33)
  • 21. Question: Gigacorp Managers (2:42)
  • 22. Lesson: 3-Criteria Venn Diagrams (6:15)
  • 23. Question: Car Options (3:14)
  • 24. Lesson: Introduction to Sequences (4:41)
  • 25. Question: Sequence with k (1:31)
  • 26. Lesson: Recursive Definitions of Terms (5:18)
  • 27. Question: Find the Value of Term 4 (1:48)
  • 28. Lesson: Sums of Sequences (4:47)
  • 29. Question: Sum of 40 to 60 (3:17)
  • 30. Lesson: Growth Tables (1:59)
  • 31. Question: Hummingbird Feeder (2:15)
  • 32. Lesson: Mixture Questions (5:39)
  • 33. Question: Combining Solutions W and X (3:16)
  • 34. Lesson: Variables in the Answer Choices (7:19)
  • 35. Lesson: Tips for the Algebraic Approach (4:08)
  • 36. Lesson: Tips for the Input-Output Approach (7:02)
  • 37. Question: Elvira’s Tennis Wins (3:17)
  • 38. Question: Taxi Ride (2:54)
  • 39. Question: Figs and Prunes (2:18)
  • 40. Question: Plates and Bowls (3:03)
  • 41. Question: Find the Value of Term 10 (1:52)
  • 42. Question: Curt & Omar Paint a Fence (2:39)
  • 43. Question: Multiples of 5 (0:54)
  • 44. Question: Hotel Air Conditioning & Cable (3:16)
  • 45. Question: Rani’s Average Speed (3:30)
  • 46. Question: Nut Mix (3:01)
  • 47. Question: Rugby Players & Chess Players (2:43)
  • 48. Question: Bill and Ted in a Race (3:58)
Total viewing time for the GMAT Word Problems module: 202 minutes.

Additional Practice

Each of the above video lessons features a Reinforcement Activities box containing practice questions that are specifically related to the particular concepts covered in that lesson (e.g., the lesson on the Double Matrix Method). On the other hand, the links below will take you to practice questions that test a wide variety of questions under the general topic of Word Problems. Given this, you may find it beneficial to work on the questions below AFTER you’ve mastered the content in the Word Problems module above.

- Official GMAT questions about Distance/Rate/Time - Problem Solving

- Official GMAT questions about Distance/Rate/Time - Data Sufficiency

- Official GMAT questions about Mixures - Problem Solving

- Official GMAT questions about Mixtures - Data Sufficiency

- Official GMAT questions about Overlapping Sets - Problem Solving

- Official GMAT questions about Overlapping Sets - Data Sufficiency

- Official GMAT questions about Sequences - Problem Solving

- Official GMAT questions about Sequences - Data Sufficiency

- Official GMAT questions about Work - Problem Solving

- Official GMAT questions about Work - Data Sufficiency

 

Practice from the Official Guides

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2019 edition)

Problem Solving: 10, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 30, 34, 38, 40, 41, 48, 50, 51, 60, 64, 65, 69, 70, 74, 78, 79, 82, 83, 84, 88, 92, 97, 105, 110, 112, 118, 121, 123, 124, 128, 130, 131, 133, 135, 143, 149, 150, 152, 157, 160, 163, 167, 179, 186, 188, 190, 192, 197, 198, 199, 204, 206, 207, 208, 212, 216, 219, 220, 225, 229

Data Sufficiency: 232, 233, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 249, 250, 251, 254, 258, 263, 264, 267, 274, 275, 276, 279, 280, 283, 287, 288, 296, 300, 304, 306, 312, 315, 316, 321, 325, 328, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 345, 349, 351, 352, 360, 362, 374, 380, 388, 389, 393, 402

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2018 edition)

Problem Solving: 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 20, 23, 24, 28, 30, 42, 47, 48, 53, 57, 61, 64, 69, 70, 71, 76, 79, 80, 85, 89, 94, 97, 100, 102, 103, 113, 118, 120, 129, 130, 132, 134, 143, 149, 150, 152, 157, 160, 163, 167, 179, 186, 188, 190, 191, 192, 197, 198, 199, 204, 206, 207, 208, 212, 215, 219, 220, 225, 227, 229

Data Sufficiency: 232, 234, 238, 241, 242, 245, 248, 251, 253, 254, 257, 259, 266, 267, 268, 272, 273, 276, 280, 283, 284, 290, 294, 296, 299, 305, 309, 310, 312, 316, 322, 323, 325, 327, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 345, 349, 351, 360, 362, 373, 374, 380, 388, 389, 393, 402

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2017 edition)

Problem Solving: 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 18, 19, 43, 44, 50, 53, 56, 61, 65, 68, 75, 79, 81, 83, 85, 86, 96, 100, 101, 102, 103, 109, 111, 112, 114, 124, 130, 131, 132, 139, 140, 144, 147, 151, 153, 162, 165, 173, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 192, 193, 195, 199, 201, 202, 203, 207, 210, 213, 215, 218, 220, 226, 228

Data Sufficiency: 232, 233, 238, 241, 242, 248, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 267, 274, 280, 282, 285, 291, 294, 295, 297, 299, 302, 303, 306, 309, 310, 312, 313, 318, 321, 324, 326, 328, 332, 333, 339, 340, 341, 350, 351, 353, 364, 366, 372, 377, 382, 388, 391, 395, 402

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2016 edition)

Problem Solving: 3, 4, 37, 39, 40, 50, 55, 56, 58, 59, 65, 69, 71, 74, 76, 77, 89, 90, 91, 98, 99, 101, 103, 109, 110, 114, 115, 127, 130, 134, 135, 144, 147, 150, 156, 162, 164, 165, 169, 180, 181, 182, 186, 189, 191, 192, 194, 197, 198, 200, 201, 205, 208, 211, 216, 218, 226, 224

Data Sufficiency:  2, 4, 8, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 28, 30, 32, 33, 43, 46, 48, 52, 55, 57, 59, 62, 63, 67, 68, 71, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 85, 89, 93, 95, 96, 97, 105, 106, 108, 120, 122, 128, 134, 147, 148, 150, 151, 153, 154, 160, 165

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2015/13th edition)

Problem Solving: 4, 25, 29, 34, 38, 49, 56, 60, 64, 71, 79, 81, 83, 86, 88, 89, 90, 93, 96, 103, 105, 108, 113, 114, 119, 126, 131, 136, 137, 139, 140, 144, 153, 158, 160, 162, 167, 168, 171, 172, 177, 178, 181, 184, 185, 186, 189, 190, 198, 201, 203, 205, 207, 212, 214, 222, 224

Data Sufficiency: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 44, 45, 49, 51, 54, 57, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68, 71, 76, 78, 88, 90, 91, 93, 94, 105, 106, 107, 108, 115, 116, 127, 132, 134, 137, 138, 141, 142, 151, 153, 158, 161, 163, 174

 

While answering practice questions from the Official Guide for GMAT Review (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 or 2015), you can enter your responses directly into our downloadable Improvement Chart. This will help track your progress and identify areas of weakness. 

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