# MCAS Tips and Tricks

### How do I answer an open-ended math question?

- Read the question carefully and identify what is being asked.
**Circle the actual question**. key information.__Underline__- Examine any graphics included in the image.
**Label**, if necessary. **Use your MCAS reference**sheet to identify formulas needed to solve the problem, if necessary.*Remember - some of the information included in the problem or graphic may not be necessary to solve the problem - don't let that confuse you!*- In your answer, include formulas, work, drawings, and vocabulary. You do not need to write a paragraph to answer an open-response math question; you need to
*show how*you go to your answer. **Check your work!**- Go back and reread the question you circled.
*Does the answer you provided answer this question?* - Restate the question in your answer.
**Circle your final answer**and don't forget to**include units**!

### The question below was taken from an MCAS practice exam.

Read through the steps above and identify how each one was used to answer the practice question below.