Decoding Word Problems

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A common complaint among GED students is that they just don't understand word problems. What are they asking for? What should I do? How do you know what to do?

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In order to master the art of interpreting word problems, it is essential that you know two things. Where you are going, ie what you have been asked to "find", and where you are starting, the "givens".

Watch the Virtual GED Class video below for a complete explanation and tons of worked example problems. Refer to your GED Formula sheet and print out the example problems to follow along with the video lesson.


Decoding Word Problems Beginner


Decoding one to two step word problems. See my solutions here.

Decoding Word Problems Experienced


Decoding multi-step word problems.


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