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# How often are figures actually drawn to scale in the SATI?

Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
edited March 2009
I've seen multiple prep books that tell you that most SAT figures are actually drawn to scale. Is this true? Or is this more of a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of thing?
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## Replies to: How often are figures actually drawn to scale in the SATI?

• Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
All figures are draw to scale unless it states : "Figure not draw to scale."
• Registered User Posts: 2,044 Senior Member
most figures are drawn to scale... I still recommend you solve the problems algebraically though.
• Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
It doesn't matter if the figures are drawn to scale.

You don't have rulers or protractors so it doesn't matter. The only reason some harder problems have figures not drawn to scale is to trap people who will guess. As long as you know how to solve the problem it doesn't make a difference.
• Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
When figures are not drawn to scale it's usually to your advantage to redraw them to scale. The reason why some pictures aren't drawn to scale is to make the problem harder by withholding that "visual cue" that you get from seeing things drawn to scale. If a problem calls for a special right triangle theorem but you don't see the shape of a right triangle it's a harder problem than one that shows you that shape.
• Registered User Posts: 1,691 Senior Member
Godfatherbob: I strongly disagree. Redrawing is a HUGE waste of time.

Just solve them algebraically. Sometimes I just cover up the diagram.
• Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
"You don't have rulers or protractors so it doesn't matter."

You are not allowed to bring those? Serious question. I have only taken the SATI twice before and have never tried to bring them with me, so I'm honestly clueless about this.

@Godfatherbob: Thanks for the info.
• Registered User Posts: 2,044 Senior Member
XD no you're not allowed to use anything other than a number 2 pencil and a calculator for the math section

and your brain, but that's pretty standard.
• Registered User Posts: 1,156 Senior Member
Bring multiple pencils, use on as a straight edge to draw on the stuff. Just for visuals, not for perfect scale.
• Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
How can you even redraw them to scale before solving?

Those questions usually ask for an angle measure or side length, which is necessary to redraw the figure.

By the time you have enough information to redraw the picture you will be able to solve the problem.
• Registered User Posts: 3,256 Senior Member
All figures are draw to scale unless it states : "Figure not draw to scale.

• Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
Hahaha, I feel like such a dolt now.

Thanks for the info, people.
• - Posts: 124 Junior Member
When a question says "Figure not drawn to scale," the figure is either so close to scale that you cannot tell much difference, or the figure is grossly disproportionate. Watch for problems where the question states a triangle is equilateral, but the figure shows a tall isosceles triangle.
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