Tackling No Maps
Here is an example of an item with no map:
|| Points A, B,
and C are the vertices of a triangle. Points A, C, D,
and E are the vertices of a rectangle. The length
of AB is 5 and the length of CD is
7. Sides AB and BC are congruent.
If Ë, then what is the area of rectangle ACDE?
You might think this item would be simpler to solve than
a Treasure Map item since all the information is provided within
the stem. But the lack of a corresponding visual makes it tougher
to grasp, especially for ultratidy types who don’t want to muss
up their SAT test booklets with pictures.
If you see a No Map item like the one above, don’t try
to “visualize” it in your mind and then solve it there. Instead,
draw the figure yourself and follow these steps:
Step 1: Draw a diagram.
Be as accurate as possible with your sketch, but don’t
spend a lifetime getting the shading just right. Having a diagram
in front of you will free up precious room in your brain for determining
values for lines and angles.
After drawing yourself a picture, you can proceed with
the item using the usual Treasure Map steps 2, 3, and 4.