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## Category: SAT Exponents Math Basics – Exponents You are likely to see a few exponents on the SAT. In order to have a chance on the harder questions, you’ll have to first know your basics. Once you are consistent at doing well on these, you want have to worry about exponents. The thing, though, is it is very […] The SAT knows you know your basic exponent rules. But it also knows how to still trick you. In the midst of the test, stressed out and trying to finish before the proctor yells out the dreaded “stop”, you might flub something. Do you add exponents if you multiply (only if the bases are the […] So you probably know your exponent basics: Add the exponents, if you multiply the bases; multiply the exponents if you have an exponent to an exponent. You probably even know your negative exponents and your fraction exponents. So what could possibly go wrong, if you get an SAT question that deals with basic exponent rules? […] While the basic rules of exponents will really help on your SAT, you’re also going to need to know how to combine exponents. There are a number of common mistakes here, and they’ll all lose you points if you’re not careful.   When to add or subtract exponents If you’re multiplying two powers with the […] Let’s rewind to well before you started thinking about the SAT. Do you remember learning addition and subtraction? Alright, so it was a long time ago, and most of us don’t have very clear memories from first grade, other than that time Amy Carson ate a dead fly off the radiator and you got in […] You can almost bet there will be an exponent problem on the SAT. In fact, you can bank on there being several. Here is what you got to know:   #1: The base (it’s the big number) An exponent all alone would be nothing more than a tiny speck floating in space. Every exponent needs […] Exponents often times scare the bejeezus out of students. The word exponent alone conjures up numbers so big that they seemingly dwarf the number of atoms in the known universe. But do not fear: there are no atoms on the test, and the exponents on the SAT deal with far smaller numbers. Below are a […]