Many students turn the page on their Section 3 of the SAT, see a huge block of text, and are filled with dread at the sight. With just a little bit of practice, however, you’ll be able to see right through these problems.

**Linear word problems** are word problems that use words to describe a linear relationship. The first step of any linear word problem is determining that the words are describing a linear relationship.

**Hints:**

**Constant rate: **Linear word problems will occasionally use the term *constant rate*. If something is changing at a constant rate, this means the slope is a number and doesn’t change, so this is a line!

**Equations to a power of 1**: Some linear word problems will have an equation in the question or the answer choices. If the equation(s) has two variables that are both to a power of 1 (like in \(y=mx+b\)) then this is a linear word problem.

There are three types of linear word problems, and now we’ll identify each one and the strategy you should use to ace them.

**The three types of linear word problems can be grouped by what you see when you look at the answer choices:**

- Some numbers
- Some equations
- A bunch more words

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