SAT Skills Insight

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Problem Solving

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Read, extract, and use relevant information from written descriptions and geometric figures to solve a problem

SKILL 2: Solve some multistep routine problems

SKILL 3: Solve problems involving rates and unit conversions

  1. 1

    Read, extract, and use relevant information from written descriptions and geometric figures to solve a problem

    Example

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    In the figure above, the usual route from Town A to Town D is indicated by the solid line. The broken line indicates a detour route from B to C through E. Each line segment is labeled with its length in miles. How many more miles is the trip from Town A to Town D via the detour than via the usual route?

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  2. 2

    Solve some multistep routine problems

    Example

    a + 4 = 10

    b + 10 = 4

    For the equations above, what is the value of a + b?

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  3. 3

    Solve problems involving rates and unit conversions

    Example

    A machine working at a constant rate can fill 240 bottles in 20 minutes. At this rate, how many bottles can the machine fill in 2 hours?

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Skills needed to score in the next band

Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following:
— Drawing auxiliary lines
— Breaking a larger problem down to smaller components

Solve multistep nonroutine problems (e.g., by trial and error)

Solve multistep geometry problems involving the following:
— Angle measures and relationships
— Triangles

 

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