## 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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