The first thing that we have to realize when interpreting word problems is what the problem is truly asking. Is it asking for a percentage, an amount, two answers, one answer, an estimate, exact answer or what? Once that is known, you then should assign variables to the unknown of what you need to find so the problem can be solved. Once the unknown variables are mapped to words and numbers, a solution can be set up using an equation, and the unknowns can then turn into “known” answers. At this point, you test and check the answers to make sure they fit the equation that represents the words.