# SAT Practice Test 1, Section 3: Questions 1 - 5

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Given:
2x + 3 = 9

To find:
4x – 3

Solution:
Topic(s): Isolate variable, substitution

Substitute x = 3 into 4x – 3
4(3) – 3 = 12 – 3 = 9

Given:
There are 8 sections of seats
Each section has at least 150 seats but not more than 200 seats

To find:
The total number of seats

Solution:
Topic(s): Translating words to equations

Smallest number of seats is 150 × 8 = 1200
Largest number of seats is 200 × 8 = 1600
The only given answer between 1200 and 1600 is 1,300

Given:
is perpendicular to l

To find:
Line segment that has the greatest length

Solution:
Topic(s): Right triangles, Pythagoras theorem

The line segments given in the answers form the hypotenuse of right triangles.
From the Pythagoras theorem: The longer the two sides of a triangle, the longer will be the hypotenuse.
So, we choose the longest side, which is and the hypotenuse is

Given:
The graph showing the total number of children in the family at the end of the year
A set of twins were born

To find:
The year the twins were born

Solution:
Look at the graph and find the year where there was a change (jump) of two children. There was an increase of two children from 1996 and 1997. This indicates that the twins were born in 1997.

Given:
The average of x and y is 5. Number of terms = 2
The average of x, y and z is 8. Number of terms = 3

To find:
The value of z

Solution:
The formula for average (arithmetic mean) is:

The formula can also be written as
SumofTerms = Average × Numberof Terms .....(formula 2)

Substitute the given values into formula 2:
x + y = 5 × 2 = 10 (equation 1)
x + y + z = 8 × 3 = 24 (equation 2)

Subtract equation 1 from equation 2
z = 14

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