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Category: SAT Challenge Questions

Chris Lele

Probability Challenge Question: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Probability strikes dread into almost everybody. Couple that with the fact that many probability questions are convoluted word problems so that even the most confident math-o-phile is quaking in her boots. But before we get to the dread-inducing question a quick rundown. The magical, make-your-life-a heck-of-a-lot-easier probability equation: # of possibilities you are hoping to […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Math Challenge Problem

Series of numbers Sometimes the SAT will ask you to notice a pattern in a sequence of numbers. -3, -1, 1, 3, 5 These numbers form what are known as a sequence. The one above is known as an arithmetic sequence, because each number increases by a fixed sum. So if we were to continue […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Challenge Questions – Think You’re Smart?

Can you nail all three of these questions—and by “nail” I mean confidently get them? Well, if so you’re an SAT rock star. Of course, even if you do some educated guessing and get them correct, you are still in a pretty elite class. Do you got what it takes?   Math 1. Triangle ABC […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: Math Challenge Question – Number of Numbers

Don’t take the long way The SAT is testing how you think, not how fast you can write. Yet students often do a question the long way, writing out as many numbers as possible. Instead, rely on logic and formulas, when applicable. Let’s take a look at the following question: How many numbers less than […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: Math Challenge Question

Here’s what you know: Circle with lines AC and AB AC = diameter Triangle base AB = 4 Circumference = 8pi Now watch the video and see if you solve the problem in 2 minutes! If you can, kudos to you. 🙂 If you get stuck, no worries! Keep watching the video, and I’ll guide […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Math Challenge – Crazy Exponents

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? […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Math Friday – Coordinate Plane Challenge

Every now and then, the SAT gets really diabolical and throws a coordinate geometry question without the coordinate plane. To make matters worse, the question is usually difficult to begin with—even if you had the plane. The key is to translate the information by drawing out a mini-coordinate plane. Remember, this is a timed test, […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Math Friday: Series Challenge Question

Welcome to the latest and greatest of the SAT Math Challenge problems :). This is a VERY tough series problem, so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get it the first time. Try your hand at a solution first, and then watch the video to see if you got the answer right. Leave […]

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Lucas Fink

SAT Reading Comprehension Challenge Questions: Long Fiction

Fiction might sound like a welcome break from the other more academic SAT reading passages, but it’s not necessarily any easier. It can be really dry, in truth. So let’s see how well you hold up to a demonic reading passage. The excerpt below is long, old, full of characters to keep track of, and […]

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