How do I nail the SAT Math test?
The SAT Math test is very predictable, and very beatable. In some ways, it’s easier than the math tests you take in school. The SAT Math test covers geometry, algebra, ratios, percentages, and averages. It sounds like a lot, but it’s all freshman level math. Most likely, it’s all stuff you’ve seen before during your studies. Don’t worry. It’s only testing your basic geometry knowledge, your basic algebra knowledge, etc. They’ve designed the test with the idea that almost all students have the skill set to get any question right- if that student can understand the question.
The most difficult aspect of the math section is the wording of the questions. It’s hard to figure out what they’re asking for. The language can be very confusing. This is intentional. The test makers’ approach is simple: Only the smartest students will be able to answer the hardest questions, because only the smartest students will understand how to set up the problem.
The good news is the test is very predictable. So, if you get used to dealing with their crazy word problems, you’ll do fine. The key is repetition. Over time you’ll come to learn all their tricky language, and how to get around it.
So… just do a bunch of math?
Not exactly. Go to www.sat.org and click on Practice. Download the free practice test and answer sheet. Go through the math sections,. Make sure to adhere to time constraints, noting problems that went quickly, those that went slowly, and those that didn’t go at all. Grade the test and analyze the results.
Firstly, note any subjects that you felt really weak on. Was geometry impossbe? Do you remember how to find a percentage? What’s prime number anyway?
Hone in on the specific subhects you’re having trouble with, and study up. It’s most likely review. And if you’re learning a math topic for the fisrt time remember: The SAT asks a very lmited set of questions on anu given tpic. You don’t have to know everything about geometry to ace the geometry questions on the SAT.
Surprisingly, lots of students make mistakes on questions that they answered quickly and confidently. When mistakes like this come up, carefully review the language within the question. Can you discern which part of the question tripped you up? The SAT uses the same tricks over and over again. If you can learn exactly what tripped you up, you’re well on the way to improving your score.
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