Bars and pies? Yum, pass the ice cream! Charts? Whoa, sounds like a fun new board game. Well, in both cases you are mistaken. The most common graphs featured on the SAT math are bar graphs and pie charts. Having a basic understanding of these two graphs can go a long way on the SAT […]

This is Mike McGarry, Magoosh’s GMAT Expert. As you may know, the GMAT is the entrance exam for business school. Believe or not, folks studying to be the business leaders of tomorrow don’t necessarily know any more math that you do! You see, some folks get to the end of whatever their last required math […]

Exciting News: We wrote an SAT Math eBook! This new SAT Math Formula eBook is a study tool that combines all the math formulas you’ll need for the SAT in one handy place. In addition to the formulas, we’ve also included some excerpts from this blog, including relevant study strategies, time-saving tips, and practice problems […]

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 […]

There’s a special recipe for acing SAT math. It’s a very specific blend of knowing the material (doing your school homework counts a lot for this) and knowing the test. Studying for the SAT, then, is a balance between the two. How do you make it work? Learn From Your Math Mistakes Let’s say […]

What you need to know for the SAT from a basic level? Well, below is a pretty good answer. Though the information below won’t pertain to every question, they are important fundamentals/terminology that you should know walking into the test. Prime numbers A prime number is a number divisible by itself AND 1. 1 […]

Just how hard is SAT math if it doesn’t test really high level math topics? It doesn’t even get to trigonometry. Yet, at the same time, it’s meant to challenge even the most advanced math students. There’s a pretty clear problem there. How do you sort the best junior or senior year math students from […]

You know how the SAT doesn’t go into high-level math? That’s because SAT math isn’t really about what you learn in math class. Since the SAT is supposed to be for students going into any type of college program, the math section is actually built around how well you can solve puzzles, in a way. […]