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# How to tackle common SAT Math questions?

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some advice for the math section of the SAT. What are some typical SAT math questions and helpful strategies you've used to ensure that you can solve them efficiently?

8 months ago

Hi! The math section of the SAT can be broken down into four main categories: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics. I'll go over some typical questions and strategies for each category.

1. Heart of Algebra:

This category focuses on linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, and basic operations with polynomials. For these questions, be comfortable with manipulating and solving linear equations and inequalities as well as working with systems of linear equations.

Strategy: Write down your steps and simplify as much as possible. Be mindful of distributing terms and combining like terms correctly. For systems of equations, consider using the substitution or elimination methods for efficient solving.

2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis:

This category deals with ratios, proportions, percentages, and interpreting data from tables, charts, and graphs. You'll often be asked to make inferences and decisions based on data.

Strategy: Clearly identify the given information and what is being asked. Use visual cues like underlining or circling to keep track of the important figures within the problem. When working with percentages, consider converting them to decimals for easier calculations.

This category includes quadratic functions, higher-order polynomials, exponential functions, and other advanced algebraic concepts. You'll be asked to solve and manipulate equations involving these functions.

Strategy: Familiarize yourself with the properties and common forms of these functions, such as the vertex form of a quadratic equation. When working with polynomials, become comfortable with factoring, expanding expressions, and the rational root theorem. For exponential functions, remember the properties of exponents and logarithms.