## Upper Level SSAT SAMPLE QUESTION: Algebra

Here’s a SSAT sample question to help you practice the type of algebra problem you may find on the quantitative section of the Upper Level SSAT.

**What Are Algebra**** Problems****?**

Algebra uses numbers, symbols, and letter symbols to solve problems. The basic concept is that one side of the equal sign “=” is, in total, the same as the other. Another important item is the symbol ( ), which indicates that you make the calculations within the symbol (parentheses) before you make those outside the symbol. In algebra, a letter is used to represent an unknown number until the value of that number is discovered. For example, when 5 is added to some unknown number, the sum is 14 and may be written as follows:

5 + n = 14

**SSAT Sample Question for Algebra:**

Solve the equation: 13 + x − 2 = 2x

(A) 5

(B) 9

(C) 11

(D) 13

(E) 15

**Answer Key:**

**(C) 11**

**11 + x = 2x**

**11 = x**

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