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

Two ways to prepare

Beneath most of the video lessons below, you’ll find a Reinforcement Activities box containing practice questions that are specifically related to the concepts covered in that lesson (e.g., the lesson on work questions). With this lesson format, you have two study options:

  • Watch the video lesson first and then reinforce your learning by answering several related questions, or…
  • Tackle the practice questions first and watch the lesson only if you need help with the concepts the practice questions test

For more on this learning strategy, read the “How to Beat the GRE” section of our course overview page.

GRE WORD PROBLEMS VIDEOS

  • 1. Lesson: Introduction to Word Problems (2:55)
  • 2. Lesson: Testing the Answer Choices (5:37)
  • 3. Lesson: Assigning Variables (9:21)
  • 4. Lesson: Writing Equations (8:17)
  • 5. Question: Marge’s Chocolates (2:29)
  • 6. Question: Toasters, Kettles and Blenders (2:04)
  • 7. Question: Nessa and Capri (3:01)
  • 8. Lesson: How Many Variables to Assign (5:34)
  • 9. Question: Hockey versus Football (2:33)
  • 10. Lesson: Solving Age Questions (5:51)
  • 11. Question: Nick, Mack and Chad (2:37)
  • 12. Question: Ages of Ebo and Atu (2:53)
  • 13. Lesson: Introduction to Motion Questions (9:38)
  • 14. Question: Traveling at x Miles Per Hour (2:46)
  • 15. Lesson: Finding the Average Speed (6:15)
  • 16. Question: Nani’s Average Speed (2:49)
  • 17. Lesson: Multiple Trips or Multiple Travelers (9:29)
  • 18. Question: Cole’s Travel Time (2:57)
  • 19. Lesson: Shrinking and Expanding Gaps (3:31)
  • 20. Question: Devi and Mark (4:39)
  • 21. Lesson: Work Questions (8:51)
  • 22. Question: Lawn Mowers (1:55)
  • 23. Lesson: Double Matrix Method (4:33)
  • 24. Question: Gigacorp Managers (2:42)
  • 25. Lesson: 3-Criteria Venn Diagrams (6:15)
  • 26. Question: Car Options (3:14)
  • 27. Lesson: Introduction to Sequences (4:41)
  • 28. Question: Sequence with k (1:31)
  • 29. Lesson: Recursive Definitions of Terms (5:18)
  • 30. Question: Find the Value of Term 4 (1:48)
  • 31. Lesson: Sums of Sequences (4:44)
  • 32. Question: Sum of 40 to 60 (3:17)
  • 33. Lesson: Growth Tables (1:59)
  • 34. Question: Hummingbird Feeder (2:15)
  • 35. Lesson: Mixture Questions (5:39)
  • 36. Question: Combining Solutions W and X (3:16)
  • 37. Lesson: Variables in the Answer Choices (7:19)
  • 38. Lesson: Tips for the Algebraic Approach (4:08)
  • 39. Lesson: Tips for the Input-Output Approach (7:02)
  • 40. Question: Elvira’s Tennis Wins (3:17)
  • 41. Question: Taxi Ride (2:54)
  • 42. Question: Apples and Oranges (1:02)
  • 43. Question: Figs and Prunes (2:18)
  • 44. Question: Dawn Goes Shopping (1:51)
  • 45. Question: Ages of June and Moe (2:28)
  • 46. Question: Curt & Omar Paint a Fence (2:39)
  • 47. Question: Robin's Paycheck (2:16)
  • 48. Question: Multiples of 5 (0:54)
  • 49. Question: Cable TV and Kitchenette (3:13)
  • 50. Question: Rani’s Average Speed (3:30)
  • 51. Question: Machines W, X and Y (3:20)
  • 52. Question: Rugby Players & Chess Players (2:43)
  • 53. Question: Bill and Ted in a Race (3:58)
  • 54. Question: Cashews (2:33)
Total viewing time for the GRE Word Problems module: 215 minutes.

Practice from the Official Guide

Practice the skills and GRE-specific strategies you learned in this module by answering the following questions from the Official Guide to the GRE (3rd edition):

  • 115(2), 124(4), 131(5), 156(5), 160(1), 161(5), 162(9), 168(12), 261(1), 262(9), 262(12), 262(14-16)

 

Here are the related questions in the Official Guide to the GRE (1st or 2nd edition):

  • 110(2), 119(4), 146(5), 150(1), 151(5), 152(8-9), 158(12), 243(1), 244(9-14), 245(15-16) 

 

Note: The above practice questions are listed in the form page#(question#). So, for example, 110(2) represents question #2 on page 110.

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