GMAT Quant Questionbank | Rates

9 GMAT Sample Questions | Speed Time Distance, Work and Time, Pipes Cistern

You may get two to four questions from Rates - speed, distance, time, races Work Time and Pipes Cisterns in the GMAT quant section - in both variants viz., problem solving and data sufficiency. The concepts tested include computing distance, speed, time, relative speed, average speed, speed of boats in streams, speed of aircrafts with tailwind, computing time taken to fill a tank, time taken to complete a task, ratio in which one or more workers share wages given different rates of work.

Curated sample GMAT questions from these topics are presented here below. Attempt these questions and check if you have got the correct answer. One can use the explanatory answer or Video explanation made available (wherever provided) to help crack important GMAT quant questions.

  1. A train traveling at 72 kmph crosses a platform in 30 seconds and a man standing on the platform in 18 seconds. What is the length of the platform in meters?

    1. 240 meters
    2. 360 meters
    3. 420 meters
    4. 600 meters
    5. Cannot be determined
    Choice A
    The length of the train is 240 meters.

  2. A train traveling at 100 kmph overtakes a motorbike traveling at 64 kmph in 40 seconds. What is the length of the train in meters?

    1. 1777 meters
    2. 1822 meters
    3. 400 meters
    4. 1111 meters
    5. None of these
    Choice C
    The length of the train is 400 meters.

  3. Jim travels the first 3 hours of his journey at 60 mph speed and the remaining 5 hours at 24 mph speed. What is the average speed of Jim's travel in mph?

    1. 42 mph
    2. 36 mph
    3. 37.5 mph
    4. 42.5 mph
    5. 48 mph
    Choice C
    Jim's average speed of travel is 37.5 mph.


  4. A runs 25% faster than B and is able to allow B a lead of 7 meters to end a race in dead heat. What is the length of the race?

    1. 10 meters
    2. 25 meters
    3. 45 meters
    4. 15 meters
    5. 35 meters
    Choice E
    The length of the race is 35 meters.

  5. Jane covered a distance of 340 miles between city A and city B taking a total of 5 hours. If part of the distance was covered at 60 miles per hour speed and the balance at 80 miles per hour speed, how many hours did she travel at 60 miles per hour?

    1. 2 hours 30 minutes
    2. 3 hours
    3. 2 hours
    4. 1 hour 45 minutes
    5. None of these
    Choice B
    Jane travelled for 3 hours @ 60 mph

  6. Steve traveled the first 2 hours of his journey at 40 mph and the last 3 hours of his journey at 80 mph. What is his average speed of travel for the entire journey?

    1. 60 mph
    2. 56.67 mph
    3. 53.33 mph
    4. 64 mph
    5. 66.67 mph
    Choice D
    Steve's average speed for the entire journey is 64 mph.

  7. Working together, Jose and Jane can complete an assigned task in 20 days. However, if Jose worked alone and completed half the task and then Jane takes over and completes the second half, the task will be completed in 45 days. How long will Jose take to complete the task if he worked alone? Assume that Jane is more efficient than Jose.

    1. 25 days
    2. 30 days
    3. 60 days
    4. 65 days
    5. 36 days
    Choice C
    Jose alone will take 60 days.

  8. A can complete a project in 20 days and B can complete the same project in 30 days. If A and B start working on the project together and A quits 10 days before the project is completed, in how many days will the project be completed?

    1. 18 days
    2. 27 days
    3. 26.67 days
    4. 16 days
    5. 12 days
    Choice A
    The project will be completed in 18 days.

  9. Ram, who is half as efficient as Krish, will take 24 days to complete a task if he worked alone. If Ram and Krish worked together, how long will they take to complete the task?

    1. 16 days
    2. 12 days
    3. 8 days
    4. 6 days
    5. 18 days
    Choice C
    Working together, Ram and Krish will complete the task in 8 days.

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