Hi Mike…SAT 7, Section 4, Q6: I now see the shortcut here (that both sides of the equation are perfect squares,) but if I did expand and FOIL the left side, wouldn’t I still get the correct “a” values even though it takes longer? I can’t get it to work !! Can you please show the alternate path math steps? Or is recognizing the perfect squares the ONLY way to solve this one ? Thanks!

# SAT 8, Section 3, Number 7

Hi Mike, I’m asking about SAT 8, Section 3, Number 7. Is it always best to immediately plug in answer choices on questions like this? For the algebraic practice, I rewrote the equation as a quadratic and solved for (x=5) and (x= -1). Then sub’d each value back into the given equation to find that only (x=5) worked. OK…but what a time-killer at #7 out of 20. Any other solution path to consider? Thanks!

# College Board Test 4 Section 3 #9

College Board Test 4 Section 3 #9:

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√x-a = x-4

If a=2 what is the solution set of the preceding equation?

A. {3, 6}

B. {2}

C. {3}

D. {6}

Is there another way to solve this quickly besides plugging in the answer choices?

# Test 8 Section 4 #8

Test 8 Section 4 #8

# Test 5 Section 4 Number 23

Test 5 Section 4 Number 23

# Test 3 Section 4 #24

Test 3 Section 4 #24

# Test 7 Section 3 #15

Test 7 Section 3 #15

# Could you help me with question 9 on page 38 please?

Could you help me with question 9 on page 38 please? I don’t understand how to solve it even using back-solving

# How would you use backsolving to solve practise test 2, section 4 question 29?

Hello, I know you’ve already solved practise test 2, section 4 question 29 (by either using your graphic calculator or by looking at the equation of a parabola) but how would you use backsolving? Lets say I try in option C and im getting y as 3 (which means my equations do NOT have 2 real solutions), how do I know whether to try out option B or D next?

Thank you so much!

# For practise test 2, section 3 Q6, how exactly could I use backsolving to solve this?

Hi Mike! For practise test 2, section 3 Q6, how exactly could I use backsolving to solve this? Lets say I start with C and I plug in 8. My gradient of line l is 2/5. If I plug in p as 8, I’m getting gradient of line k as 4/8. Do I now compare the fractions? How do I know if I should try plugging in a bigger or smaller number to get closer towards 2/5 (initial gradient)?

Thanks!

# Hi. Can you explain test 6, section 4, number 14. Thanks.

Hi. Can you explain test 6, section 4, number 14. Thanks.

# Pwn the sat 4th edition page 36 question 3

Pwn the sat 4th edition page 36 question 3

I am tutoring my sophomore on her SAT math and we are going through your book a page at a time.

This problem is under back solving.

Given the amount of time you need to spend multiplying the left hand side of the equation. Wouldn’t it be faster to solve for a than plugging in the values?

How would you approach this differently?

Thanks

# Hi! Can you please show me how problem 8 is solved in test 2 section 3?

Hi! Can you please show me how problem 8 is solved in test 2 section 3?

# Will you please answer question # 27, Test 3, section 4.

Will you please answer question # 27, Test 3, section 4. Is it possible to use real numbers in your example? Thanks!

# Test 4 Section 3 #13

Test 4 Section 3 #13