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Minh Nguyen

SAT Math Study Guide for an 800 Score

Cactus Studying for a Perfect 800

The big 800 is that golden number you’ve been striving for ever since you started to study for the new SAT. It’s no small feat, and it’s an indication of total mastery of the test that stands in your way of getting into an elite university.

This is where things start to get tough. This is where score improvement starts to plateau and students wonder if getting the perfect score just comes down to luck.

As cliché as this sounds, a part of it does come down to getting lucky here or there, but as with most things in life, you need to put yourself in the position to be lucky.

How? It’s all about being prepared. Read on to find out how to prepare yourself for acing the SAT math section.

Action Steps to Get a Perfect New SAT Math 800 Score

At this point, it’s less about studying the core math concepts and more about fine tuning your SAT math test-taking skills. The best time to do this is right before you go to sleep and review right when you wake up in the morning. That way, you’ll maximize the amount of memory retention.

1. Bulldoze Past Super Hard Questions

Each night, work on 20 practice problems that have given you trouble in the past. If you don’t have that many to work with, you can recycle practice questions and have a friend help you change some of the numbers around.

Each time you do this, make sure to time yourself. Write down the time it took for you to complete everything and how many you got wrong. For the wrong problems, make sure to hit the books and review the topic inside and out.

2. Race Through Easy Questions

You want to be able to get through the easy problems as quickly as possible so that you have time to double-check all of your answers on the test. The only way to do this is to practice going as fast as you can so you know just how quickly you can go without making a silly mistake.

You’ll need to put your ego aside here and be okay with making getting questions wrong that you would consider a piece of cake. With about 20 easy practice problems, start out by going at a blistering pace. Record how many you got right.

If you got a few wrong, that’s okay. Take another set of problems and go a bit slower until you can get them all correct.

3. Proactively Prevent Brain Farts

During my time as an SAT tutor, the number one thing that my students struggled with is recovering after a brain fart. It might sound funny, but it’s no joke if this happens to you during the actual exam.

To prevent this from happening, have a friend or family member test you on SAT questions at random times throughout the day when you least expect it. In time, you’ll be prepared to handle anything that comes your way.

The Final Word

It is all about this question: how much time are you willing to trade in order to get a perfect score? Are you willing to go the extra distance to get those extra points that differentiate a pretty good student from a stellar, all-star student?

If the answer is yes, then you have a lot of work to do! Block out some time tonight and start by going through the action steps listed here.

Check this out for our math study guide covering all the topics you need to know for the new SAT.

About Minh Nguyen

Minh's passion for helping students succeed grew during his time as a career counselor at the University of California, Irvine. Now, he's helping students all over the world by spilling SAT/ACT secrets through blog posts on Magoosh. When he's not busy tutoring or writing, he enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and talking about himself in third-person.

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