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How to Get the Most Out of SAT Math Practice Questions

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

You’ve lined up all your SAT math study material, but now how do you use these questions to their best effect? Getting the materials to study is only half the battlemaking an effective study plan and knowing how to best execute it is the second, crucial step.

We’ve put together a comprehensive plan on how to make use of the study materials you have at hand. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to best use your math practice problems and how to make the best study plan possible to boost your SAT math score.

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SAT vs ACT Math: Which is Easier?

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 8, 2015 6:30:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT Math, SAT Math

If you put to a vote which math test is easier, the ACT or the SAT, there is going to be heavy contention on both sides. Some will swear up and down (and sideways) that the SAT math section is easier. Others will not be moved by any force in the world away from the position that the ACT math section is the simpler one.

But which faction is right? And more importantly, which test should you take? We’ve broken down the ins and outs of each math test to tell you which is easier, depending on the type of test-taker and math student you are.

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How to Actually Use Your SAT Math Formulas

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

SAT Math

On average, you’ll need to use an SAT math formula once every four to five questions. This accounts for approximately 20-25% of the combined math sections, which means it is crucial that you understand how and when to employ your formulas on the SAT.

We’ve put together the list of your need-to-know SAT formulas (prioritized in the order from greatest to least that you’ll see them on the SAT) as well as how to best use them for test-day.

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The 13 Hardest SAT Math Questions Ever

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 3, 2015 3:00:00 PM

SAT Math


Want to test yourself against the most difficult SAT math questions? Want to know what makes these questions so difficult and how best to solve them? If you’re ready to really sink your teeth into the SAT math section and have your sights set on that perfect score, then this is the guide for you.

We’ve put together what we believe to be the 13 most difficult questions for the new 2016 SAT, with strategies and answer explanations for each. These are all hard SAT math questions from College Board SAT practice tests, which means understanding them is one of the best ways to study for those of you aiming for perfection.

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SAT Math vs ACT Math: What's the Difference?

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 3, 2015 2:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT Math, SAT Math

So which is better/easier/faster--the SAT math section or the ACT math section? How does each stack up over the course of the entire test? And, most importantly, which math section is right for YOU?

We’ll break down both the similarities and differences between the SAT math vs ACT math and help you decide which standardized test suits you the best.

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Coordinate Geometry and Points on SAT Math: Complete Guide

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Oct 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

SAT Math

Coordinate geometry is one of the heavy-hitter topics on the SAT, and you’ll need to be able to maneuver your way through its many facets in order to take on the variety of questions you’ll see on the test. Luckily, though, coordinate geometry is not difficult to visualize or wrap your head around once you know the basics. And we are here to show you how.

There will usually be 2 questions on any given SAT that involve points alone, and another 2-3 questions that will involve lines and slopes and/or rotations, reflections, or translations. This makes up a significant portion of your SAT math section, so it is a good idea to understand the ins and outs of coordinate geometry before you tackle the test.

This will be your complete guide to points and the building blocks for coordinate geometry--how to find and manipulate points, distances, and midpoints, as well as strategies for solving these types of questions on test day.

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8+ Free Old Official SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing, SAT Reading, SAT Math, New SAT

In March 2016, the SAT underwent a complete redesign, concentrating more on testing reasoning skills than on obscure vocabulary knowledge

So how do you study for the SAT now that there just aren't that many practice tests available? After all, there’s nothing quite like taking actual official SAT tests to get you ready for the real thing. The good news is that many of the questions that appeared on the old SAT format are still completely relevant and a great resource for practicing your skills!

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Reflections, Translations, and Rotations on SAT Math: Coordinate Geometry Guide

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

SAT Math

If it’s always been a dream of yours to shift around graphs and points on the x and y axes (and why not?), then you are in luck! Points, graphs, and shapes can be manipulated in the coordinate plane to your heart’s content. Want to scoot that triangle a little to the left? Flip it? Spin it? With reflections, rotations, and translations, a lot is possible.

This will be your complete guide to rotations, reflections, and translations of points, shapes, and graphs on the SAT--what these terms mean, the types of questions you’ll see on the test, and the tips and formulas you’ll need to solve these questions in no time.

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Systems of Equations in SAT Math: Algebra Prep and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 6, 2015 11:53:56 PM

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Sure you’ve done your paces on single variable equations and now they’re no problem, but what do you do when presented with multiple equations and multiple variables at once? These are what we call “systems of equations” and, luckily for us, they are extremely predictable types of problems with multiple methods for solving them. Depending on how you like to work best, you can basically choose your own adventure when it comes to system of equation problems.

But before you choose the method that suits you (or the individual problem) best, let’s look at all the various options you have available as well as the types of questions you’ll see come test day. These questions will always show up once or twice on any given test, so it's best to understand all the strategies you have at your disposal. 

This will be your complete guide to systems of equations questions--what they are, the many different ways for solving them, and how you’ll see them on the SAT.

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Functions on SAT Math: Linear, Quadratic, and Algebraic

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 6, 2015 11:47:09 PM

SAT Math

SAT functions have the dubious honor of being one of the trickiest topics on the SAT math section. Luckily, this is not because function problems are inherently more difficult to solve than any other math problem, but because most students have simply not dealt with functions as much as they have other SAT math topics.

This means that the difference between missing points on this seemingly tricky topic and acing them is simply a matter of practice and familiarization. And considering that function problems generally show up on average of three to four times per test, you will be able to pick up several more SAT math points once you know the rules and workings of functions.

This will be your complete guide to SAT functions. We’ll walk you through exactly what functions mean, how to use, manipulate, and identify them, and exactly what kind of function problems you’ll see on the SAT.

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Triangles on SAT Math: Geometry Strategies and Practice Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Sep 4, 2015 5:48:00 PM

SAT Math

Triangle questions account for less than 10% of all SAT math questions. That being said, you still want to get those questions right, so you should be prepared to know every kind of triangle: right triangles, isosceles triangles, isosceles right triangles--the SAT could test you on any one of them. Since triangle problems only account for a small percent of the SAT math questions, you shouldn’t spend all of your study time on triangles.

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Triangles and Polygons on SAT Math: Strategies and Practice Questions for Geometry

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 23, 2015 2:20:00 PM

SAT Math

25 to 30% of the SAT math section will involve geometry, and the majority of those questions will deal with polygons in some form or another. Polygons come in many shapes and sizes and you will have to know your way around them with confidence in order to ace those SAT questions on test day.

Luckily, despite their variety, polygons are often less complex than they look, and a few simple rules and strategies will have you breezing through those geometry questions in no time.

This will be your complete guide to SAT polygons--the rules and formulas for various polygons, the kinds of questions you’ll be asked about them, and the best approach for solving these types of questions.

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Sequences on SAT Math: Complete Strategy and Review

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

A series of numbers that follows a particular pattern is called a sequence. Sometimes, each new term is found by adding or subtracting a certain constant, sometimes by multiplying or dividing. So long as the pattern is the same for every new term, the numbers are said to lie in a sequence.

Sequence questions will have multiple moving parts and pieces, and you will always have several different options to choose from in order to solve the problem. We’ll walk through all the methods for solving sequence questions, as well as the pros and cons for each. You will likely see two sequence questions on any given SAT, so keep this in mind as you find your perfect balance between time strategies and memorization.

This will be your complete guide to SAT sequence problems--the types of sequences you’ll see, the typical sequence questions that appear on the SAT, and the best ways to solve these types of problems for your particular SAT test taking strategies.

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Lines and Slopes in SAT Math: Geometry Strategies

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 9, 2015 4:00:00 PM

SAT Math

In our SAT guide to lines and angles (coming soon!), we dealt with parallel lines, perpendiculars, and the many different ways to find angle measures with two or more lines. Now, we’ll look at the other aspect of lines, namely their slopes and equations.

This will be your complete guide to lines and slopes--what slopes mean, how to find them, and how to solve the many types of slope and line equation questions you’ll see on the SAT.

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Circles on SAT Math: Formulas, Review, and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

SAT Math

Though triangles are far and away the most common geometric shape on the SAT, make sure not to underestimate the importance of circles. You will generally come across 2-3 questions on circles on any given SAT, so it’s definitely in your best interest to understand the ins and out of how they work. And this guide is here to show you the way.

This will be your complete guide to SAT circles, including areas, circumferences, degrees, arcs, and points on a circle. We’ll take you through what these terms mean, how to manipulate and solve for various aspects of a circle, and how to tackle the most difficult SAT circle questions you may see on test day.

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