Every now and then, the SAT uses a property of triangles that throws most for a loop. I like to call these triangles “Extreme Triangles”. So let’s imagine an isosceles right triangle. Remove the hypotenuse and you’ll get two line segments that meet at a right angle. Now, take the vertical segment and pull it […]

The first thing you got to know is that there are four quadrants in a coordinate plane. What’s wacky is how these quadrants are arranged: A good way to think of it is to imagine yourself on a cross-country trip in which you start off in New York (the northeast = quadrant I), drive on […]

Many students are blown away by the fact that every SAT Math Section has a geometry cheat sheet at the very beginning (hopefully, they pick up on this before they take the actual test). Today, I’m going to do better than just rehash those formulas. I’m going to tell you which ones you should memorize […]

No, I’m not about to give you the answer to every SAT math problem. Sorry. But I am going to tell you how to improve SAT math by being a test-taking machine—that is, being methodical. Now is the time to stop asking “How hard is SAT math?” and focus on overcoming your math challenges. […]

It’s pretty often on the SAT that you’ll have the choice of doing something algebraically or by some other route. While you might be pretty comfortable working with equations, it’s often not so easy to figure out how translate the words on the page into a workable algebra problem. And you might not even have […]

Some questions seem almost impossible at first sight. You probably groan, thinking that solving the problem will take forever. You may also think that you’d be able to answer the question if you only knew the formula. This last thought is misguided: the SAT is testing the way you think, not whether you can memorize […]

The SAT loves testing questions that rely on the FOIL method. A subset of algebra, FOIL relates to polynomials, and, unlike many other algebra sections, you cannot rely on plugging in (a method I otherwise encourage you to use often). Before I tell you exactly how to use FOIL, it is important that I tell […]

A great strategy on the SAT is plugging in our own numbers. Many students forget this and instead try to set up ugly algebraic equations (while some have a knack for this, for the rest of us it is easier to think in 1, 2, 3, then in x, y, z). Other times students think […]