9 Strategies For The SAT Math Test
These 9 strategies for the SAT Math Test are proven to work!
1. Process of Elimination: This strategy is golden when you’re a bit stuck. If you weren’t able to solve the question and find the right answer right away, then start by eliminating the most wrong choices right away – and there are usually one or two of them for every question. Since, you only have four choices to begin with; this really helps narrow it down. After eliminating two choices, even if you have to totally guess, you’re chances to guess correctly are 50%.
2. Plug-in Answer Choices: This is another one of the great strategies for the SAT Math test to try when you’re stuck. Pick one of the answer choices (usually the middle one is the best one to go with) and plug it into the question. You can usually get the answer this way within two guesses, because the first guess will give you a good idea of what answer choice to try next.
3. Substitute Numbers for Variables: Sometimes, when you’re given a formula and asked to manipulate it, you substitute easy numbers into it to make sure you did it right.
4. Target Easy Questions First: This strategy works for those that are very nervous and need a confidence boost early on. You can quickly flip through the section and find which questions you think are easy and do them first. What constitutes an easy question? Well, it’s whatever topic you think you’re most comfortable with and whether you can get the answer under 30 seconds. That seems like a very short amount of time, but it’s not. 30 seconds is a long time. Try counting to 30 seconds right now and you’ll see. If you can’t get the answer in 30 seconds, then it’s not an easy question. Try to notice this during your practice and while you are doing the practice tests in this book. You will notice that you get the easy questions almost immediately. After you’re certain you’ve got all the easy questions, move on to the harder ones.
5. Save Data Tables For The End: These questions usually want you to analyze the data and that can take you 30 seconds to a minute at least. Then they want you to do something with that data, which will take you another 30 seconds to a minute at least. So, although not hard, these questions are time-consuming. Save them for the end. Time management is key to doing well on this test. Do the same for any complicated graph question. Sometimes, though, the question will be very simple – they may just want you to read a value off the graph, which you can do very quickly.
6. Remember that you can mark-up and write all over your test booklet – so make sure to actually cross things out that you want to eliminate, put a star besides ones that you think are hard, write down things that you’ve memorized, and whatever else you feel will help you.
7. Read each and every question carefully and try to come up with the answer before looking at the answers. Then look at every answer before picking the right one.
8. Memorize common formulas and facts. This will naturally help you do questions quicker. This includes memorizing all the formulas provided to you on the reference sheet. This prevents wasting time by flipping back and forth between your question and the reference sheet.
9. Try not to depend on your calculator too much. Most questions on the SAT math test can be done without using a calculator. We recommend using the calculator for mainly questions with really ugly numbers that make it hard to do mental math.