Consider what the question asks you to do. What information is given in the problem? What information do you need to solve the problem? Think about what you would do to solve the problem. Define the variables. Let x = _______ and/or let y = ________ . Create a graph, chart, or table. Include titles, axes, labels, and scales. Create a drawing or construction. Construction: For the high school assessment, students may use a compass, a straight edge, patty paper, a Mira, and/or a mirror for an item requiring a construction. Measurement cannot be part of the strategy. Drawing: Students may use a compass, a ruler, patty paper, a Mira, a mirror, and/or a protractor for an item requiring a drawing. Measurement can be part of the strategy. Solve the problem. Write the answers in the context of the problem. Be sure you answer what is asked for in the problem. Check to see if the answer is reasonable. Write or describe the steps you used to solve the problem. Use mathematics (definitions, theorems, reasoning, principles) to support your solution and/or process. Write the mathematics concepts you used. Tell why you solved the problem as you did. Demonstrate that the solution is correct. * Complete as appropriate and required by the problem.