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Unweighted GPA:** 3.7**

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4.0

SAT: **720 math**

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800

| **800 verbal**

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800

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Hey y'all. Maths has never been my strong point and now I'm facing the SATs soon, I need to get a grip on some really tough algebra problems. So, for all you math-wizards out there - how do you do it? Any tips on how to break down and solve complex algebra problems? Any tried-and-true strategies? Thanks in advance!

28 days ago

Hello! Algebra can indeed be a challenge, but with the right tactics, you can definitely overcome it. Here's a basic, yet effective strategy that can help you tackle tough algebra problems on your SAT.

1. **Understand the Problem:** The first thing you should do is read the question thoroughly and understand what it's asking. Try to visualize the problem and discuss what's being asked. Often you are given a word problem, which will require an understanding of the scenario before you can start solving.

2. **Identify What You Know:** Next, pick out the critical information from the problem. The given information is necessary to solve the problem and is usually mentioned in the problem.

3. **Set Up Equations:** Translate the word problem into an algebraic equation. This can be an intimidating step but with practice, it will become more comfortable. Remember, words like "sum," "less than," "product," "ratio," etc., are indicative of mathematical operations you'll need to use. Ensure you are setting up the equations correctly as this will fundamentally drive whether your answer is accurate or not.

4. **Solve the Equation:** Use your algebra skills to solve the equation. This might include simplifying expressions, isolating the variable, factoring, etc., based on the nature of the problem. Make sure to take one step at a time, and don't rush your calculation.

5. **Check Your Answer:** Always check your answer by substituting it back into the original equations. This can help you spot mistakes in your calculations before they cost you marks.

As for improving your skill level, practice is undoubtedly key. Make sure to use the resources available to you. The Bluebook™ app has a full-length practice SAT test that can help you get familiar with the question format. You can take the practice tests multiple times and aim to improve your score with each attempt.

You can also work with study groups or get a tutor to work on areas that always prove tricky. It helps to gain different perspectives on tough problems. Wishing you all the best with your SAT prep!

28 days ago

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