Rock The SAT Math Test: Strategy
General Strategies For The SAT Math Test
Process of Elimination: This strategy for the SAT math test 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%.
Plugin Answer Choices: This is another thing to try on the SAT math test, when you’re stuck. Pick one of the answer choices (usually the middle one is the best one to go with) and plug it in to 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.
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.
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.
Save Data Tables For The End: The SAT math test will have several questions with data tables. 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 timeconsuming. 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.
Remember that you can markup 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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Get A 500+ Score
Getting a score of 500 the SAT math test should be very easy. You just have to know all the basic concepts.
# of Correct Questions  Percentage  Study Plan  Main Focus 
22 – 26  38% – 45% 


How To Get A 600+ Score
Getting a score of 600 will require a little more effort but will also be relatively easy to accomplish.
# of Correct Questions  Percentage  Study Plan  Main Focus 
32 – 38  55% – 66% 


How To Get A 700+ Score
Getting a score of 700 will be harder to accomplish and will require a good amount of effort. We really recommend you start prep early and leave about 4 months to get to this score and above (unless you’re very good at math already). From our analysis, we recommend that you study and be comfortable with all 26 of the most commonly tested concepts. You should also thoroughly review Basic Algebra and Advanced Algebra, which covers things such as quadratics, polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, exponents, graphs, functions, and more. This will prepare you very well for the math test and you should be able to get almost all the questions. You can get the hardest questions wrong. Even if you miss a handful of questions, you can still end up with a 700+ score.
# of Correct Questions  Percentage  Study Plan  Main Focus 
43 – 50  74% – 86% 


How To Get A Perfect 800 Score
Getting a perfect 800 score on the SAT math test will be a challenge and will require a tremendous effort. BUT, it’s totally doable. You don’t have to be a genius to get a perfect 800; you just have to be a hard and disciplined worker. We really recommend you start prep early and leave about 4 months to get to this score. From our analysis, we recommend that you study and be comfortable with all 26 of the most commonly tested concepts, everything outlined for the ‘How To Get A 700+ Score’ section and also all the Additional Topics concepts tested on the SAT. That means that you should definitely be comfortable with trigonometry, geometry, and complex numbers. Three out of four of the practice tests, released by CollegeBoard, show that you need to get all 58 questions correct in order to get 800 – even missing one can drop you down to a 790. The key to this is going to be time management, targeting your weaknesses with practice tests, eliminating careless mistakes, and doing as many timed SAT math practice tests as possible.
# of Correct Questions  Percentage  Study Plan  Main Focus 
57 – 58  98% – 100% 


How To Use Practice Tests
Always do the practice test under real conditions. Go to a quiet room, time yourself, and complete the whole tests without any breaks. Also, it’s a good idea to do the practice test at the same time as when you will give your SAT – usually that’s around 8 am. This will make sure that you get used to having to think this early on in the day.
Practice tests (and any practice questions you do) can let you know what your major and minor weaknesses are. Always analyze your results to find the reason why you got any question wrong (this includes questions you had to guess on). Categorize your weaknesses based on concept or question type. Then review those concepts, starting from the ones you get wrong the most and working your way down. And, of course, make sure to go back and redo the questions you couldn’t do to make sure that you can do them.
Practice tests can let you know whether or not your weakness is time management. The way you do this is to start noticing if you are always rushing near the end of a section. If you feel like you’re rushing the last 5 or so questions, then you have a time management issue. You can also check this by doing a practice test where you time yourself, but don’t stop a section once the time has run out. Keep going and finish the section, but make a note of all the questions that you had to do once the allotted time passed. Then when you score your test, break it up into two scores: one for the questions you finished within the allotted time and one score that includes the questions that you needed extra time for. Then compare the two scores. If you see that there is a difference of 50 or more points, then you definitely have a time management issue. And if there is almost no difference, then your timing is excellent and you should focus more on the concepts.
Everyone makes careless mistakes. Practice tests give us a great glimpse at what these mistakes are. Go through each practice test and find the careless mistakes you made. Then write down on a piece of paper what that careless mistake was and make sure to read that piece of paper every day. The whole premise behind careless mistakes is that you simply don’t notice them when you make them. So, being more aware of them should help eliminate them.
Take one practice test at the beginning of your prep to see where you stand and what you already know really well. This could tell you where to start your prep. For example, if you got most of the algebra questions right, but a lot of the quadratic questions wrong, then you would start your prep by reviewing quadratics concepts. After this first practice test, you should not take any more practice tests for 2 – 4 weeks, while you are reviewing concepts. Give yourself some time to learn a chunk of concepts and practice them on questions. Then, start doing 1 practice test every weekend. Remember to analyze the results of each practice test you do and target those weaknesses for the following week, before you do the next practice test. That way you will definitely see improvements every week and it will give you a big confidence and motivation boost.
The Perfect Book To Complement Your Preparation
Here is the Table of Contents for the book:
 About the SAT Math Test
 Most Commonly Tested Topics
 Methods and Strategies
 How to Get a 500+ Score
 How to Get a 600+ Score
 How to Get a 700+ Score
 How to Get a Perfect 800 Score
 Tests 1 – 6
 Full Solutions + Explanations
 Total Pages: 270