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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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Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Hey peeps, I'm getting ready to take the SAT and math's not exactly my strongest subject. Any advice on what I should focus on studying, or any resources you found particularly helpful for the Math section?

26 days ago

Hello there! Getting ready for the SAT can indeed feel overwhelming, especially if you're worried about the Math section. Firstly, remember that the SAT Math section is divided into two modules, and as of spring 2024 there's no longer a no-calculator section, so you're allowed to use a calculator throughout both modules.

Now, as for preparation, it's very important to find a systematic approach. The math content that can be covered in the test is pretty wide-ranging, with questions based on Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Mathematics, and additional topics. Try to determine your weak areas and concentrate your studies on those areas.

If you're not sure about what your weaker areas are, you could take a diagnostic test to determine this. Try the digital practice tests available on the the Bluebook™ app, which is designed to replicate the test experience so you can practice under test-like conditions.

After the diagnostic test, if you are finding trouble with a specific topic, say, hearts of algebra or advanced mathematics, allocate more study time towards this topic. On the other hand, if your mistakes are scattered across different topics, it might be best to go back and review each topic one by one.

Another effective way to prepare for the SAT Math section is through practice-timed practice, in particular. The digital SAT gives you about 96 seconds per question on the Math sections, so it's vital to get used to this pace. By doing practice questions under timed conditions, you train yourself to work efficiently.

Lastly, don't forget, getting stuck on a problem for too long isn't a good idea on the test. Your goal is to attempt as many questions as you can, so if you hit a roadblock, move on to the next question and return later if you have time.

It’s a process, but with a systematic approach and diligent practice, you have a high chance of boosting your performance on the SAT Math section. Best of luck!

26 days ago

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