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

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Math

The SAT math section is entirely trainable, so the more you understand how it works, the better you will be able to perform on test day. And we are here to give you absolutely everything you'll need to master SAT math. 

This is the best, most comprehensive guide for SAT math prep available. 

We have scoured all the research and resources we could find and put them together here for your perusal. So if you're dedicated to doing your best on the SAT and you're ready to commit your time and energy to improving your score, then this is the place for you. (And best of all, it's entirely free!)

This guide will serve as a directory for all the SAT math information and guides we've written. We'll start by giving a few comparisons between the SAT and the ACT math section for any of you still on the fence. Next we'll go through the math section at the high level and give you access to free SAT tests and practice problems. Afterward, we'll dive into the larger SAT tips you'll need for the test, before getting into individual topic guides you'll need to know.

With that said, it's a good idea to go through each guide we've linked roughly in order, at least for the first time. You can then come back to any of the guides you need in order to give yourself a refresher.

So let's dive in!

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3 Key Strategies for SAT Passport to Advanced Math

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Feb 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

Worried about exponents or coordinate geometry on the SAT? Never fear, this guide is here!

I'll explain everything you need to know about SAT Math's trickiest subject area: Passport to Advanced Math. This topic tests all the algebra skills you must have firmly in place before you move into the study of more complex math, including systems of equations, polynomials, and exponents.  Of course, the questions are presented in a uniqely SAT way, so I'll walk you through exactly what you can expect from this subsection of SAT Math.

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Complete List of FREE SAT Math Practice Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

Need to study for the SAT Math section, but don’t know where to start? On a budget? Not to worry! We have put together the list of all the best (and free!) SAT math study materials and guides available online.

So let’s take a look.

[Note: For guides and reviews of the best for-pay SAT study, check out our list of SAT study links, which includes both free and for-pay materials for every SAT topic.]

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7 Most Common SAT Math Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Math

I spent several years tutoring students in SAT Math, and many found the section frustrating. The first test-takers for the new SAT in March felt the same. Some struggled because they felt their strong suit was English and were irked by the content, mental math, and the pacing of SAT Math. Others found that although they considered themselves excellent math students, they struggled to finish and get the score they want.

No matter what group they fell into, students tended to make the same 7 mistakes on the SAT Math section. In this guide, I’ll tell you what those mistakes are, give you examples, and let you know to avoid making these mistakes in the future.

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Problem Solving and Data Analysis: Key SAT Math Concepts

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Aug 5, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Math

SAT Math is divided intro three domains:

  • Heart of Algebra
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis
  • Passport to Advanced Math

It's a good idea to get really familiar with what's going to be on the test, where it was derived, and what the SAT is really testing.

This post will focus on one domain—Problem Solving and Data Analysis. This is an opportunity to get cozy with these concepts, and with the overall tapes of information that test-makers are looking for. Problem Solving and Data Analysis problems are all about applying your math knowledge to practical situations and looking at actual statistics instead of abstract, theoretical scenarios.

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Expert Guide to SAT Grid-Ins: 5 Key Tips

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 25, 2016 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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The Best SAT Math Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 21, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

For SAT Math prep, no matter your strategy, whether you’re doing self-study, a 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 let you know where to find official SAT Math practice tests and what material to avoid.

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How to Figure Out What SAT Math Questions Are Really Asking

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 6, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Math

SAT Math questions often hit you with a lot of jargon. Some types of questions are prone to being pretty wordy, and many problems just don't make sense—they simply don't click in your brain.

Well, this state of affairs simply will not do. There's got to be a better way of hammering away at these problems. And, lo and behold, the post that follows has arrived to illuminate this path.

This article will walk you through how to figure out what an SAT Math question is really getting at—what it's truly asking under all that banter.

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Heart of Algebra: Key Strategies for SAT Math

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 25, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT Math, New SAT

On the newly redesigned 2016 SAT, the math section content is divided into four categories by the College Board: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math. Heart of Algebra accounts for the largest part of the SAT math section (33% of the test), so you need to be well prepared for it. In this post, I’ll be discussing this category's content and question types, working through practice problems, and giving tips on how to ace these questions.

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

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Math

While the prohibition of a calculator on some SAT math questions may 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 about the types of questions you can expect to see, along with some tips for getting a high score. First, let’s go over the format of the SAT Math No Calculator section.

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SAT Trigonometry: SOHCAHTOA and Radians

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 18, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

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.  

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The New SAT Math: What’s Changing?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Math, New SAT

Starting in March, there will be a newly redesigned SAT. The new SAT only has two sections Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. While most people are focused on the changes to the Reading and Writing section, there have been a few changes to the math section that are important to know. What are these changes? How will your SAT study strategy need to change? I’ll delve into that and more in this guide. 

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The Complete Guide to SAT Math Word Problems

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 21, 2015 9:21:43 PM

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 answer. Though the math topics may 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 problemshow to translate your word problems into equations and diagrams, the different types of word problems you’ll see on the test, and how best to go about solving your word problems for test day.

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How to Guess Strategically on SAT Math

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SAT Math

The SAT gives negative penalties for guessing, so you shouldn’t even bother to guess on the SAT math section...right? Well yes and no.

Guessing requires strategy for a test like the SAT, but it is possible (and indeed we recommend that you do so!) when you can do it smartly. In this guide, we’ll go through when and how to guess strategically on the SAT math section and show you examples of it in action.

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How You'll Get Stuck in SAT/ACT Math Questions, and What to Do About It

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM

ACT Math, SAT Math

So you’ve been staring at one math problem for what feels like forever, or maybe you’ve gone through your solve and none of the answer choices match what you found. Or maybe you just feel like somewhere along the way you made a huge mistake….

Well, never fear! Right now you might be stuck on a math problem, but we’ve all been there and there is always a way to recover. We’ll walk you through both how to recognize when you’re stuck (it’s not always obvious until too late) and what to do about it when it happens.

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