2011 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 7
Assume that the area of each square is one. Then, the area of the shade region in the top left square is 1/4. The area of the top right shaded region is 1/8. The area of the bottom left shaded region is 3/8. And the area of the bottom right shaded region is 1/4. Add the four fractions: 1/4 + 1/8 + 3/8 + 1/4 = 1. The four squares together have an area of 4, so the percent is 1/4 = 25%.