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Unweighted GPA:** 3.7**

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SAT: **720 math**

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| **800 verbal**

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Hi all! I've started prepping for my SAT and I find the Math section slightly nerve-wracking. So, I was wondering, what are the key concepts I need to master? Any guidance would be much appreciated!

a month ago

Absolutely, getting a handle on the math section can make a huge difference to your SAT score, and I'm glad to hear you're anxious to get started! The SAT Math section can be broadly divided into four major categories:

1. **Heart of Algebra**: This includes linear equations and systems, where you'll need to solve for one or more variables. You may also need to analyze, interpret, and build these types of equations.

2. **Passport to Advanced Math**: This covers more complex equations and functions, and may involve manipulating expressions or understanding the structure of expressions to solve problems. It usually includes quadratic equations, nonlinear expressions, and polynomial equations.

3. **Problem Solving and Data Analysis**: This is your basic statistics section. Here, you need to understand ratios, percentages, and proportional relationships, and you'll often see word problems in this category. It also involves interpreting data from charts, graphs, or tables.

4. **Additional Topics in Math**: This refers to miscellaneous topics that don't fit neatly into the first three categories. It includes geometry (especially concerning lines, angles, circles, and triangles), trigonometry, complex numbers, and occasionally slightly more advanced topics.

You should also be familiar with your calculator, as one of the math sections allows calculator use. It is recommended that you practice with the calculator you plan to use on test day. However, keep in mind that with the transition to being fully digital by spring 2024, the SAT now permits calculator use on both math modules.

Remember, the key to success on the SAT math section is practice. Once you're comfortable with these topics, consider taking a few practice tests to get used to the format and timing of the section. Comprehensive practice will also help you identify areas where you might need a bit more review or practice. I hope this helps, and best of luck with your preparations!

a month ago

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