QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported – Exception
- Geometric illustrations help students learn geometry by making it more intuitive.
- This makes it easier for them to calculate by manipulating symbols.
- Algebra could be made easier with illustrations, too.
- This is true even though the deepest mathematical understanding is abstract.
ANALYSIS: On these questions it’s best to narrow it down to 2-3 answer choices and then refer back to the stimulus to disprove the more difficult wrong answers. Every wrong answer will always be disproved by a specific part of the stimulus.
- The final stage of mathematical understanding is abstract.
- CORRECT. The stimulus doesn’t support this. It doesn’t mention any people who can manipulate symbols but don’t understand math.
- True. Illustrations help make geometry intuitive.
- The stimulus said that “teachers use” illustrations for geometry. This implies that the practice is widespread.
- Symbols could be effectively used in each case.
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