iliavko wrote:

Hi everyone.

I posted about this many times. I cant solve word problems. I read it and have no clue of where to start. I am bad at math numbers aren't my talent at all math is very tough for me.

Please I beg you not to tell me that all problems are similar i have to understand the underlying concept etc. I ve tried it all it still makes no sense.

I dont understand what is meant by "underlying concept" Every problem for me is a different case, so the way I see it there are millions of concepts and no universal solution. You just get or you don't, no way around it.

I also have to add that this whole thing has become extremely frustrating and demotivating for me. I have a conditional offer from a good Bschool hanging o my CFA result, but I think I wont pass the CFA so I want to take GMAT one last time to have a b-plan to show the Bschool in case I fail CFA.

Try telling me an alternative way. Reading some book for ex. Or a post I dunno. Be creative please lol

Thanks

Dear

iliavko,

I'm happy to help.

First of all, here are two blogs that address some aspects of the issue:

Intro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 1: Translating from Word to MathIntro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 2: Assigning VariablesThose have a few general rules.

Part of the problem is that the category we call "

Word Problems" is a grab-bag of many different problems of many different types. The only thing they really have in common is that the prompt is a paragraph. Set problems, solution/mixture problems, work problems, and distance/speed problems are four big categories that each have their own rules & patterns. Aside from a few general rules discussed in those above blogs, there's very little that's true of all word problems. Here's some more info on individual problems categories.

[urlhttps://

magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-solution-and-mixing-problems/]GMAT Solution and Mixing Problems[/url]

GMAT Distance and Work: Rate FormulaGMAT Math: Motion Questionsfor Set problems:

GMAT Sets: Venn DiagramsGMAT Sets: Double Matrix MethodFinally, as I am sure you can appreciate, the more you develop you own

number sense, the more it will help you across the board in GMAT quant.

Does all this make sense?

Mike

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