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Problem Solving
Skills needed to score in this band
SKILL 1: Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following:
— Drawing auxiliary lines
— Breaking a larger problem down to smaller components
SKILL 2: Solve multistep nonroutine problems (e.g., by trial and error)
SKILL 3: Solve multistep geometry problems involving the following:
— Angle measures and relationships
— Triangles

1
Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Drawing auxiliary lines
ExampleWhat is the perimeter of the trapezoid above ?

2
Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Breaking a larger problem down to smaller components
ExampleThe members of the graduating class at Grant High School arranged themselves in rows with the same number of students in each row. When they rearranged themselves into rows, there were fewer members in each row than there were before. How many members are there in the class?

3
Solve multistep nonroutine problems (e.g., by trial and error)
ExampleEach time Shannon pushes the button on a machine, a bell rings times. Each time she turns the switch on the machine, the bell rings times. During one hour, Shannon caused the bell on the machine to ring times. How many times did she push the button?

4
Solve multistep geometry problems involving the following: Angle measures and relationships
ExampleIn the figure above, point lies on side . If , what is one possible value of ?

5
Use multistep strategies to solve a problem, such as the following: Triangles
ExampleThe measures of the angles of a triangle are , , and . What is the degree measure of the largest angle? (Disregard the degree symbol when gridding your answer.)
Skills needed to score in the next band
Solve problems using multiple strategies, including the following:
— Visualization
— Estimation skills
— Recognizing relevant information
— Function notation
Use insight in solving nonroutine geometric problems involving the following:
— Triangles
— Patterns
— Perimeter
— The Pythagorean Theorem
— Properties of circles