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 Tackling No Maps What if You are Stumped?
Tackling No Maps
Here is an example of an item with no map:
 7. 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? (A) (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 35 (E) 49
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.
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