Cracking the Section: Math

General / Lea**** on Jan 18, 2016
Cracking the Section: Math

The math section is different because it asks for fixed solutions and one’s understanding of certain concepts. However, if you follow a proper preparation strategy, you’ll understand that math section is the easiest one in terms of preparation. All you have to do is to learn specific concepts and master your solving skills through intensive training.

Concepts. You have to understand that Math section is all about certain concepts and your ability to apply them quickly and accurately.

Here are the most frequently appeared concepts in the SAT:

  • 1)Algebra, Probability and Statistics. Real numbers, Roots & Exponents, Divisibility & Factors, Division of Fractions, Percentages, Equations, Polynomials, Factoring, Systems of Equations & Inequality Equations, Average/Mean, Median, Mode, Radical Equations, Absolute Value
  • 2)Geometry. Angles, Triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, Polygons, Solid figures (e.g. Cylinder, Rectangular Solid, Cone, etc.), Coordinate Geometry, Slope.

Intensive practice sessions will help you identify and improve your weaknesses, however, skills must be mastered only after you comprehend the concept. Therefore, make sure to drill all the necessary concepts.

Put yourself under pressure.

Once you’re done with concepts, make sure you set a proper amount of hours to practice. Math section is quite a technical one, if you train yourself well, everything will become an ‘open book’ for you.

When practicing math problems, try to do them with the time limit. Usually, math section is very time-pressed. Allow yourself 20-25 minutes, and try to solve 20-25 questions in that time slot. The more you practice, the less time you need to solve the questions, and that will help you a lot in the actual test.

Mistakes teach.

Forget about the question you got right. Instead, focus on the ones you got wrong. Write them down on a notebook or flash cards. Make sure where you've erred, and learn how to get the correct answer.

Before the test, review the questions using your notebook or flash cards, and do NOT make the same mistake ever again.