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How to Guess Strategically on SAT Math

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Aug 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Math

The SAT doesn't give any penalties for incorrect answers, so you should always guess on a section, including the Math section. But guessing requires strategy, especially if you're hoping to get a high (or even perfect!) SAT Math score.

In this guide, we’ll go through how to guess strategically on SAT Math and show you examples of it in action.

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The Best SAT Math Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 2019 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

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.

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

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Jun 16, 2019 2:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT Math, SAT Math

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? Most importantly, which math section is right for you?

We’ll break down both the similarities and differences in this SAT Math vs ACT Math guide and help you decide which standardized test suits you better.

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Complete List of FREE SAT Math Practice Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Jun 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

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.

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Lines and Slopes in SAT Math: Geometry Strategies

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | May 16, 2019 4:00:00 PM

SAT Math

In our SAT guide to lines and angles, 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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Expert Guide to SAT Grid-Ins: 5 Key Tips

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

SAT Math

If you’re planning to take the SAT, you may have heard of this strange question type known as grid-ins. You probably know that there are multiple-choice questions and an optional essay, but what are grid-ins? Problems that require you to draw pictures or graphs, perhaps? The reality is grid-ins are almost identical to multiple-choice questions; they just don’t provide answer choices.

This guide will explain what grid-ins are, discuss where they appear, outline how many appear on the SAT, and provide tips on answering them. 

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8+ Free Old Official SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Apr 28, 2019 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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The Ultimate SAT Math Prep Guide: Tips, Formulas, and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

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.

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Systems of Equations in SAT Math: Algebra Prep and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Jan 6, 2019 1:26:00 PM

SAT Math

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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3 Expert Tips for Using the Unit Circle

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 21, 2018 8:00:00 PM

ACT Math, SAT Math, General Education

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.

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The Complete Guide to SAT Math Word Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

SAT Math

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.

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

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

SAT Math

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.

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How to Stop Running Out of Time on SAT Math

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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.

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Circles on SAT Math: Formulas, Review, and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 7, 2018 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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The 13 Hardest SAT Math Questions Ever

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Dec 7, 2017 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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