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# Math Word Problems for CBEST Exam Study Guide (page 3)

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Updated on Mar 29, 2011

1. subtracted from, 19 – N = 7
2. 3 – N = 5
3. less than, N – 3 = 5
4. 9 – N = –8
5. taken from, 6 – N = –10
6. deducted from, N – 30 = 99
7. = 2
8. reciprocal of, = 10
9. divided into, = 3
10. (60 + N)2 = 128 or 2(60 + N) = 128
11. 40 + 2N = 46
12. N – \$9 = \$29
13. = 4
14. (N + 1) – 90 = 10
15. +12 = 36 or + 12 = 36

### Words or Numbers?

Try these two problems and determine which is easier for you.

1. Three more than five times a number equals 23.
2. Jack had three more than five times the number of golf balls that Ralph had. If Jack had 23 golf balls, how many did Ralph have?

1. 23 = 3 + 5N
2. 23 = 3 + 5N

Did you notice that the two problems were the same, but the second one was more wordy? If question 1 was easier, you can work word problems more easily by eliminating nonessential words. If question 2 was easier, you can work out problems more easily by picturing actual situations. If they were both equally easy, then you have mastered this section. Go on to the section on two-variable problems, which is a little more difficult.