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Pattern Folding Help Please...

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by Maria07, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Maria07

    Maria07 Junior Member
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    Im so frustrated I just cant seem to get this section! How do you figure out what the object looks like and do it a reasonable timeframe? I got all the Kaplan tips where you look for unique shape or shading, but I still cant seem to do it. Do you guys have any other tips?

    Thanks
     
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  3. marquette

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    I would try cutting out certain popular shapes, like the boxes with different marks on them. Look at all the ways a box can be opened up on paper and that may be able to help you with patterns, etc.

    That is just my 2 cents
     
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    Pattern folding is by far my worst PAT area. Sometimes I can make little or no headway in ruling out answers. I rely on doing well in the other sections and this gets me 20+ but if I screwed the angles during the actual test, as many seem to do, then I am outta luck. Top end is challenging too. I would be interested in any tips on pattern folding.
     
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    Cut the layouts of pat foding that comes with Kaplan book to see how the sides are lined up when you fold into the paper.
     
  6. djeffreyt

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    This might be really obvious, and it's not something I can teach...just point out. Some of the pattern folding problems will have a very unique shape to one side that is a complete side, and doesn't get folded. in those problems, it's easy to find that unique shape in one of the answers.

    Also, a lot of times for cubes with 3 diffent marked sides, it's good to very quickly draw the cube from two different angles and then look.
     

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