The Mathematics Achievement section is the longest part of the ISEE. You will have 40 minutes to answer 47 word problems, and you are not allowed to use a calculator. This section is very similar to Quantitative Reasoning, except that it does not have any quantitative comparison questions.
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Each word problem is followed by four answer choices. Choose the answer choice that best answers the word problem. Several of the word problems may be solved without actually doing any math on paper.
Systematic Approach to Mathematics Word Problems
General 5-Step Approach
|1||Do I understand the question?||Write out the necessary information to the side of the problem.||SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits.|
|2||Do I know which formulas I should use?||Quickly write out the necessary formulas to the side of the problem.||SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits.|
|3||Will the question take me a long time to complete?||SKIP IT! Circle the question in the test booklet and come back to it if time permits.||See if you can solve the problem without performing any math.|
|4||Can I input values to solve the question?||Use simple values such as -1, 0, and 1. If the answer chances, then choose D.||Keep in mind all properties of algebraic and geometric concepts.|
|5||Can I make an educated guess with what I know?||Eliminate portions of each value that are the same in both columns.||DO NOT leave it blank. Choose the answer that makes the most sense.|