Middle 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 Middle Level SSAT.

What is an Algebra Problem?

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 for x:

15(6 + 3) = x

(A) 24

(B) 45

(C) 90

(D) 135

(E) 150


Answer Key:

 (D) 135

Simplify the multiplication on the left side of the = sign: 6 + 3 = 9

15 × 9 = x

135 = x


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