by Nathan Li
Are you ready to take on the Math SAT? Being prepared for the Math SAT will make your SAT experience much easier. There are strategies, resources, and tricks that will help you earn a high score on the exam. Here are the three top secrets you need to know to crush the Math SAT.
1.Research the Math SAT
Getting information about the Math SAT will help you prepare yourself for the exam. Having information about the exam material, conditions of the exam, and the resources available to you will increase your chances of getting the score you want. The official SAT website contains information that details what you need to know for the test. The three primary types of math tested in the exam include the Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis as well as some additional topics in math. There is 25 minutes available to complete the no-calculator section, while there is 55 minutes available for the calculator portion. With this information, you can familiarize yourself with the exam to feel less nervous while taking the test. Knowledge is power and having the right information will help you find success.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
In order to achieve the score you want, you need to practice what you learned since knowing is only half the battle. It is important to practice taking the exam with the same conditions as the real test. Remember to use a timer to give you the same time limits as the exam. Make sure to have a calculator and reference sheet ready for your practice tests. Getting used to taking the SAT will help you feel less nervous while testing as well as help prevent mistakes from happening. Another benefit from practice tests is how they allow you to know your strengths and weaknesses based on the answers you got correct or wrong. Most practice tests have an answer key that helps with grading your own test. After taking a practice test, make sure to review the questions you got wrong. You can find official downloadable practice tests at CollegeBoard’s website.
3. Use Khan Academy’s Resources
Khan Academy is one of the best available free resources to prepare for the SAT. Students can watch videos, practice math questions, and read strategies on the website. Khan Academy has custom study plans based on your strengths and weaknesses in different math topics. If you are struggling with a specific question, you can find videos that break down how to solve the question. You can even find other questions that are similar to the one you struggle with for extra practice. The best part is that Khan Academy uses official SAT practice materials to help drastically improve your scores. The website’s design allows you to stay engaged with studying for the SAT since it allows you to create your own study schedule. You can choose to break up your studying between each day or focus on studying for longer sessions for fewer days. The amount of flexibility and ease of use found within Khan Academy allows for more customizable study plans. Visit Khan Academy’s website if you want to start improving right away.
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