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## Category: SAT Math Strategies

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.   […]

If you didn’t already know, you might be happy to hear that the SAT doesn’t dish out any high-level math. I’m not saying that every math problem on the SAT is easy—far from it—but the areas that it covers are meant to be familiar to the vast majority of high school students, regardless of their […]

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 […]

There are a number of times when you’ll have the option of using the answer choices the SAT has provided you as a tool. The answer is somewhere there, so why not pick one of the choices and check if it’s correct? And we’ve already discussed the basic strategy previously, but there’s more to it. […]

Test strategy is a skill that’s completely separate from the topics the SAT covers. It’s not math, it’s not critical reading, and it certainly isn’t writing. But it is something that they’re testing you on, whether they like it or not. And I say “whether they like it or not” because this is something that […]

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 […]

All too often, I find students reluctant to pick numbers when trying to solve a problem. Some balk saying, “Doesn’t that take too much time.” Others exclaim, “Are you allowed to do that?” So the bottom-line: if you want to be successful on the SAT math section, plug-in whenever you can. And if you are […]

Want to know how to really improve SAT math? Here are some simple rules to follow… DO NOT DO THIS ON THE SAT You ready for a timed test? Okay,  ready, set…Go! Now you are off and whipping through questions as quickly as possible. After all, you want to finish the test, right? Well, if […]

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 […]