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## SAT Math

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**SAT Math**Test Taking Tips**It’s NOT about the math. Just because you get As in**Algebra and Geometry does not ensure you’ll get a great score! • The most difficult part of the math is FINISHING! • Preparation makes a bigger difference in math than verbal.**Problems often have complicated directions with unexpected**turns. • Some have obvious answers that are wrong. • Others build in a final step – often forgotten. • Unlike the PSSAs, the SATs care NOTHING about the process. They care only about the correct answer.**So how do I prepare?**What do I do that day?**Total questions = 54**44 are Multiple Choice 10 are Student Produced Answers (Grid-ins)**Each “REAL” SAT contains one 25 minute section used to**develop future test questions It is NOT scored. You do NOT know which section.**Even + Even**• Even + Odd • Odd + Even • Odd + Odd Addition of Integers**Even x Even**• Even x Odd • Odd x Odd Multiplication of Integers**Know the square of every number from 1 to 15!**• 1,4, 9,16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81,100, 121, 144, 169, 196, 225 Squares**Know the cubes of every whole number from 1 to 5**• 1,8,27,64,125 CUBES**Square root of 1 = 1**• Square root of 2 = 1.4 • Square root of 3 = 1.7 • Square root of 4 = 2 • Square root of 5 = 2.25 Square Roots**Fractions squared or cubed are smaller than the original.**• Negative numbers squared are positive. • Negative numbers cubed are negative.**Read each problem carefully. Determine what information you**need and what is extraneous. • If you get stuck on a problem skip it.**Don’t use a calculator on every problem.**• Expect easy questions at the beginning of each section and harder towards the end. • MAKE SURE you are on the same number as you are on your answer sheet! • Use the edge of your paper as a ruler. • Draw a picture, sketch or figure.**Work backwards. Substitute answers in to equations, or in**quantitative comparisons substitute numbers. • Estimate! Use round numbers. • Don’t forget about negative numbers! • Your answer may be a different expression than the choices – write it in another form. • If you can eliminate at least one answer guess. • Make sure the answer is reasonable.**Relatively small part of the test**• No penalty for wrong answers • Positive numbers • Between zero and what?**http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/math_review.html**http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/math_review.html