The SATs’ math is a very crucial part which helps or stops you from taking admission to a great school. A score of 700+ out of 800 will easily help you compensate for your weaknesses in other sections.
As many schools may consider your overall score more than your sectional scores, getting a high score in the SAT math, means you need comparatively less in SATs’ reading and writing. So, it provides you a lot more flexibility. But the math section has a pretty strict grading scale. So, if miss a single question, your score drops to 790. So, accuracy and awareness in all concepts are extremely vital.
How to ace the SATs’ Math section…
Firstly, go through the official study material to understand the types of questions that come in the SATs’ tests. This will help you make a study plan for different chapters and concepts so that you can solve maximum questions. Since every student has different knowledge gaps in the SATs’ math, it is better to first go through the material to understand what you did not know beforehand.
Secondly, start attempting math sections of the free practice tests.
The attempt should be done in such a way that you strictly follow the time limits of the actual exam. When you grade your test, check for questions you took too much time over, or could not solve even after investing substantial time.
Now, you are fully aware of which type of questions and what concepts are pulling your score down. Every mistake you make in the practice test, will help you understand why you did it in the first place and this will help you avoid them in the future.
You need to practice dedicatedly every week, if not daily. The free SATs’ materials or advanced study materials usually have lots of practice questions. Top performers practice more than 20 full practice tests, which roughly translates to over 3000 questions.
With every attempt, you should be able to get better by reducing errors and minimizing time. Just make sure that with every practice test, you start making educated guesses for some questions and you can evaluate how well you are doing.
You can make a list of questions that you had to skip, in a notebook. You can categorize them, whether you needed more time or perhaps you were not aware of the method behind it. This way, you will be able to close the gaps in your understanding.
Every test is an opportunity for you to think during your preparation that what led to your progress or the factors that brought your score down. Just mindless attempts and moving on after checking the score, doesn’t make much sense. You can write down a solution for the questions you couldn’t solve and revise them before the actual exams.
Lastly, never avoid revising topics which seem very easy for you. You should practice everything and should not leave out any chapter, however competent you may think you are with the topic. This will help you avoid panic during the actual exam if you are not able to answer even simple questions.