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# Need Help with Tricky Math Questions

Studying for SAT is going fine, but I'm really hung up on some of these tricky math questions. I'm thinking that if I understand them better, my score would improve. Do you have any tips on solving trickier math problems?

a month ago

You're spot-on with your approach. Understanding the "tricky" math problems is key to improving your math score. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Understand the Structure of the Problem:

Before you begin solving, make sure you understand what the problem is asking. Break down the problem and identify the unknowns, constants, and variables.

2. Draw it Out:

If you're dealing with geometry problems or something that can be visually represented, don't hesitate to draw it out. This can help you visualize the problem better.

3. Identify the Formulas/Equations:

Make sure you're well-versed with the formulas and equations required. The digital SAT lets you access the formula sheet during the test, so be sure to familiarize yourself with this.

4. Substitute Values:

Sometimes, plugging in values can simplify complex algebraic equations. Be careful though; this could lead to multiple solutions and you need to ensure all possible solutions are considered.

5. Cross-Verification:

After solving a problem, always check your answer using a different method, if possible, to confirm its accuracy. This is especially useful for problems with more than one solution.

6. Practice with the Bluebook™ app:

Since the SAT is digital now, it could be helpful to practice with the College Board's official BlueBook™ app. This app allows you to familiarize yourself with the digital test format and take full-length practice tests.

7. Learn from Mistakes:

When you get a question wrong, don't just look at the solution and move on. Analyze the mistake, find out where you went wrong, and make sure you understand the correct method to solve it. You can even go the extra mile and analyze the questions you got right, to ensure your overall process was sound and you didn't just accidentally arrive at the right answer.

Remember, each of these tips requires practice to become comfortable with. So keep practicing, and you'll see steady improvement in your ability to handle those tricky math problems.

Finally, if you're looking for even more tips on how to improve your performance on the SAT, I'd check out CollegeVine's free series of blog posts focused on SAT prep - there are even some that focus on the math section specifically! You can access these posts here: https://blog.collegevine.com/category/standardized-tests/sat/

Good luck!

a month ago