Category: GMAT Word Problems

GMAT Work Rate Problems
Want to know how to solve GMAT work rate problems accurately and quickly? We’ll show you how, then let you practice with GMAT rate problems!

Variables in GMAT Answer Choices: Algebraic Approach vs. Numerical Approach
Fact: On GMAT Problem Solving, some of the prompts will state quantities in terms of variables, and then expect you to answer in terms of those variables. Such questions are known as “variable in the answer choice” questions (or VICs in some circles). Fact: There are two basic strategies you can use to solve these:…

GMAT Word Problems: Introduction and Strategies.
Wondering how to solve GMAT word problems? Here’s everything you need to ace this question type, including expert strategies, practice problems, and answer explanations.

GMAT Sets: Venn Diagrams
Learn this technique to master set questions of GMAT Math word problems. Practice questions First, try these challenging practice questions. 1) Of the 80 houses in a development, 50 have a twocar garage, 40 have an intheground swimming pool, and 35 have both a twocar garage and an intheground swimming pool. How many houses…

GMAT Math: Weighted Averages
Problems range from easy to hard. 1) On a ferry, there are 50 cars and 10 trucks. The cars have an average mass of 1200 kg and the trucks have an average mass of 3000 kg. What is the average mass of all 60 vehicles on the ferry? (A) 1200 kg (B) 1500 kg (C)…

Counting Practice Problems for the GMAT
1) A librarian has 4 identical copies of Hamlet, 3 identical copies of Macbeth, 2 identical copies of Romeo and Juliet, and one copy of Midsummer’s Night Dream. In how many distinct arrangements can these ten books be put in order on a shelf? (A) 720 (B) 1,512 (C) 2,520 (D) 6,400 (E) 12,600 …

One More RTD Table Problem: Average Rates Part 2
If you haven’t been following our series on RTD tables, take a few minutes to catch up: Using Diagrams to Solve Rate Problems: Part 1 Using Diagrams to Solve Rate Problems: Part 2 A Different Use of the RTD Table: Part 1 A Different Use of the RTD Table: Part 2 Using the RTD Table…

One More RTD Table Problem: Average Rates Part 1
My last several posts have been devoted to the use of a table to answer rate problems. Today’s post will assume familiarity with that table, so please take a look back at these posts is you’re not already familiar with the RTD table: Using Diagrams to Solve Rate Problems: Part 1 Using Diagrams to Solve…

Using the RTD Table for a Complicated Problem
My last few blog posts have involved rate problems about simultaneous movement. In each of these problems we discovered exactly two travelers who either (1) moved at their own constant rates for the entire time period covered by the story, or (2) moved at their own constant rates and started and stopped simultaneously. If you’d…

A Different Use of the RTD Table: Part 2
Let’s recap where we left off yesterday. We were working with this diagram: We wanted to solve for Mary’s time, t. In every row the relationship among rate, time, and distance is the same: RT=D. In this diagram the bottom row looks the most promising, since it alone contains only the variable for which we’re…