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Helpful Hints (4 of 5): 5 Tips to Maximize Your SAT Math Scores
- March 8, 2016
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With spring just around the corner, our staff at Central Bucks Learning Academy has put together a series of helpful hints for students preparing for the SAT and ACT exams. Over the next couple of weeks, these posts will cover a variety of topics such as test anxiety, skills, and strategies to conquer even the most difficult questions.
5 Tips to Maximize Your SAT Math Scores
Throughout the Sat and ACT mathematics sections, students will face a variety of difficult problems. For many students, finishing the entire math portion of the exam within the time limit can be an arduous task. With the removal of the SAT’s penalty for wrong answers, students only need to concern themselves with accumulating the highest number of correct answers as possible. One of the most effective pacing tips is to spend about 60 seconds on each question. Start each problem by spending 30 seconds on it; if you know that you can solve the problem in the next 30 seconds, go for it! If success in the next 30 seconds is unlikely, make an educated guess, and move on. Make sure to mark the question to come back to it if time allows. Do not spend precious time on difficult questions when your chance for success is low. Instead, maximize the time available to work on questions that you can solve correctly. On an exam where all of the questions carry the same weight, it doesn’t make sense to miss five easy questions to answer one extremely difficult one.
Plug and Chug
On both the SAT and ACT exams, there are many ways to get the correct answer. One of the most efficient ways to attack a problem is to use the answers and work backwards. After all, the correct answer must be listed there. To move through “plug and chug” friendly questions more efficiently, start by plugging in answer choices “B” or “C.” This will allow you to quickly identify wrong answer choices as the numeric answers are usually listed in order from least to greatest. If “B’s” answer is too high, then you know the answer is most likely “A.”
Math the Old School Way
With the recent overhaul of the SAT exam, the College Board has now included a mathematics section where students are prohibited to use calculators. This can throw many students for a loop as high school math classes are very calculator dependent. The best way to improve your score on this section is to practice your fundamentals; especially those from your middle school math classes, such as fractions, long division, and factoring.
Review Foreign or Unpracticed Concepts
Many students struggle on the SAT and ACT Mathematics exams for two reasons: a lack of skills or a lack of practice. For some students math can be a struggle, especially some of the abstract concepts. In order to improve, students need to put in some old fashion hard work. There are a variety of means of practice, but the most effective method is usually one on one tutoring. The second reason students struggle with the mathematics section is that they are out of practice. Many of the mathematical skills are those learning in middle school or early high school. Students who are currently taking advanced math classes such as Calculus, may not have used these math skills in quite a while. With a little review, students should remaster these skills in no time.
Use the Letter of the Day
Throughout the SAT and ACT Mathematics sections, many students may come across a question of two that may as well be written in another language. The less confident you are in this section, the more likely this will become a reality. One way to statistically improve your odds of getting a couple extra questions right is to always choose the same answer choice for these questions. At the beginning of the exam, choose a letter of the day and stick with it whenever you come across a question that you cannot eliminate even one answer choice. For the ACT, it will be slightly different as the letters assigned to each answer choice alternate between questions from example. Question 1 will have answer choices “A-E,” while question 2 will have answer choices “F-K.” In the case of the ACT exam, just choose a position of the day, such as “A & F.”
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