Once in a while it is fun to take a concept in an official GRE question and run with it. The question below is inspired by a question from the 2nd edition Official Guide. That is not to say it is that similar; I have only extracted a couple of concepts from that problem. I’ve […]

# Archive | Word Problems

## Breakdown of the Most Commonly Tested GRE Quant Concepts

The 2nd edition Official Guide has just been released. At the back of the book is a new test (GRE Practice Test 2). In general, the concept break down is not surprising, if you look at the concepts that pop up in Practice Test 1 (which is the same as the practice test in the […]

## GRE Word Problem Trap #1: “Cannot be determined…”

“Cannot be determined by the information given” Michael drives x miles due north at arrives at Point A. He then heads due east for y miles. Finally, he drives z miles in a straight line until he reaches his starting point. If x, y, and z are integers, then how many miles did Michael drive […]

## GRE Math Work Rate: Practice Question of the Week #29

Here’s this week’s practice question– we’ll be posting the answer and explanation tomorrow, good luck! Pump A can empty a pool in A minutes, and pump B can empty the same pool in B minutes. Pump A begins emptying the pool for 1 minute before pump B joins. Beginning from the time pump A starts, […]

## Combinations Practice Question of the Week #27

For this week’s practice question, there’s only one correct answer. Good luck, we’ll be posting the answer and explanation tomorrow! In how many ways can Ann, Bob, Chuck, Don and Ed be seated in a row such that Ann and Bob are not seated next to each other? 24 48 56 72 96 Update: Here’s […]

## Don’t Despair – Strategies for Dealing with Convoluted Word Problems

*Note: the scores discussed in this post refer to the old (pre-August 2011) GRE Meet the Word Problem The GRE Math contains a medley of word problems. You can see probability, interest, rates, combinations and even geometry problems. In general, the problems are worded in such a way that they can be vague or even […]