The SATs are coming up on Saturday. I thought it a good idea to give some tips so students may improve their score. Watch this blog for math, reading and writing tips for the SAT.
General math tips:
- Know the formulas: The SAT provides a set of formulas in the beginning of each math section. Familiarize, if not memorize these ahead of time. This saves you time on the test.
- Underline what they are asking you to find. As you near the end of the section, you will find more tricks; therefore, it is important to keep in mind what the question is asking.
- Each SAT math section begins with easier questions then gets harder slowly. If math is not your best subject, plan to skip the last couple of questions on SAT. Students will lose ¼ a point for questions answered incorrectly – but not in the open-ended section so answer all of them even if you have to guess.
- If you don’t understand the question, skip it. Each question is only worth 1 point.
- Try not to evaluate π or turn a square root into a decimal.
- Know your math terms:
|integer||any whole number on the number line from negative infinity to positive infinity. It can be positive or negative.|
Any integer less than 0.
|positive integer||Any integer greater than 0.|
|The number 0||is neither a positive nor negative.|
|prime number||is a number that has only 1 and itself as factors. (The number 1 is not prime)
the difference of the y’s divided by the differences of the x’s. It is usually the number befor the "x" variable in the equation: y=mx +b. m is the variable used to denote slope.
||A number divided by 100.|
|Per||Divide (miles per hour).|
|Each||Divide (usually) but can be multiply. It depends on the question.|
|Number||Implies to use a variable (does not have to be an integer).|
|Fraction||One number divided by another.|
|Less, More, Increased by, Decreased by, goes up by||Subtract|
Tomorrow's test-taking tips will address sentence completions.
Look for more SAT tips during the week -