It's entirely possible to train for the SAT Math section. The more you understand how it works, the better you'll perform on test day. Here, we'll give you absolutely everything you'll need to know to master SAT Math.

## The Ultimate SAT Math Prep Guide: Tips, Formulas, and Practice

## Systems of Equations in SAT Math: Algebra Prep and Practice

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.

If you’re studying trig or calculus—or getting ready to—you’ll need to get familiar with the unit circle. **The unit circle is** **an essential tool used to solve for the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle.** But how does it work? And what information do you need to know in order to use it?

In this article, we explain what the unit circle is and why you should know it. We also give you three tips to help you remember how to use the unit circle.

About 25% of your total SAT Math section will be word problems, meaning you will have to create your own visuals and equations to solve for your answers. Though the actual math topics can vary, SAT word problems share a few commonalities, and we’re here to walk you through how to best solve them.

**This post will be your complete guide to SAT Math word problems. **We'll cover** **how to translate word problems into equations and diagrams, the different types of math word problems you’ll see on the test, and how to go about solving your word problems on test day.

## What Is the SAT No Calculator Section? 5 Tips to Do Well

While the prohibition of a calculator on some SAT Math questions might leave you worried, **rest assured that you don't need a calculator on this section. **In fact, having one would probably just slow you down!

This guide will discuss the third section of the SAT: the Math with No Calculator section. Read on to learn the types of questions you can expect to see and how you can get a high score. But first, let’s go over the format of the SAT Math No Calculator section.

## How to Stop Running Out of Time on SAT Math

The SAT is designed to be taken by every high school student in the country, which means it can only test math concepts that every student has had experience with. The way the creators of the test make it hard is by presenting questions in unusual ways—ways that you never see in your math classes—**and by putting you on a strict time crunch**.

If you've ever started freaking out at the end of an SAT Math section, unsure how you're ever going to get through the entire section, you know exactly what we mean.

But don't despair! In this guide, we'll walk you through the timing of the test and teach you how to beat the clock and maximize your time on the SAT.

## Circles on SAT Math: Formulas, Review, and Practice

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.

For SAT Math prep, no matter your strategy—whether you’re doing self-study, taking a prep class, or working with a tutor—**you need to be working with real SAT Math practice materials.** The SAT Math test will be different from any other math test you’ve taken. You need to work with the real material to get used to the pacing and style of this unique test.

In this short guide, I’ll show you **where to find official SAT Math practice tests and questions, **and go over what materials to avoid.

## Complete List of FREE SAT Math Practice Problems

Need to study for the SAT Math section but don’t know where to start? On a budget, too? Not to worry! In this article, **we've put together a comprehensive list of all the best (and free!) SAT Math study materials and guides currently available online.**

**Note:** For info on the best SAT study materials you have to pay for, check out our picks for top SAT prep books.

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.

## The 28 Critical SAT Math Formulas You MUST Know

The SAT math test is unlike any math test you’ve taken before. It’s designed to take concepts you’re used to and make you apply them in new (and often strange) ways. It’s tricky, but with attention to detail and knowledge of the basic formulas and concepts covered by the test, you can improve your score.

**So what formulas do you need to have memorized for the SAT math section before the day of the test?** In this complete guide, I'll cover every critical formula you MUST know before you sit down for the test. I'll also explain them in case you need to jog your memory about how a formula works. If you understand every formula in this list, you'll save yourself valuable time on the test and probably get a few extra questions correct.

## Functions on SAT Math: Linear, Quadratic, and Algebraic

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.

Trigonometry and radians are new additions to the SAT Math section! Do you love SOHCAHTOA and ${π}$ angle measurements? Do you hate trigonometry and radians and don’t know what SOHCAHTOA or ${π}/{2}$ means? No matter how you feel about SAT trigonometry, there is no need to stress. In this guide, I’ll let you know everything you need to know about trigonometry and radians for the SAT Math test and guide you through some practice problems.

## Triangles on SAT Math: Geometry Strategies and Practice Problems

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.

Are you scoring in the 600-750 range on SAT Math? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible - to a perfect 800?

Getting to an 800 SAT Math score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've scored 800 on Math on all my SATs, and I know what it takes. **Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score - or get very close.**

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