# Math StudyTips: Answering the Constructed Response Math Question

By virtualibrarian

Have some trouble deciphering word problems? These types of constructed response questions almost always find their way onto standardized testing. Get tips and techniques for answering these tough math problems here!

## Read the Question Thoroughly

A constructed response math question will be a word problem in some form or other, and word problems can be trickier to understand than straightforward numerical equations. You will need to look at all of the data presented to you in the problem, and then determine which information is relevenat to you in solving the question posed.

## Write Out the Mathematical Equation

Reduce the word problem to a mathmatical equation. For example, if you are being asked a simple question such as "Jan has six cats. Two cats run away, but one cat then has three kittens. How many cats does Jan have now?", you would write out the equation as "(6-2) + 3 = X".

## Solve the Mathematical Equation

Do the math, being sure to show your work. In the above example, you would do so by first subtracting 2 from 6, showing a value of 4, then adding 3 to the 4 to reach your final answer of 7.

## Restate the Solution as a Word Problem

Restate the question and your answer using words as well as mathematical symbols. The way you would restate the above problem could be something like this: "Jan had six cats, but when two ran away that left four cats. Then one of those cats had three kittens, so this made seven cats in all."