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Raise your SAT Math Score with These Tips

1. Practice

There are many strategies to accelerate learning and improve your SAT score, but the number of hours you put into practicing matters. According to the College Board’s summary of Class of 2018 SAT Result, students who put in at least twenty hours into practicing SAT gained significantly higher scores. Practicing will also help you familiarize yourself with the format and wording of SAT problems.

2. Know Your Weaknesses

You may be an expert in algebra, yet your overall score will not reflect how good you are in algebra if you skimp on other materials. SAT tests students on a variety of topics such as algebra, geometry, statistics and pre-calculus, and knowing all the materials is important to give a boost to your score. Take a practice test to identify your weaknesses, and review topics you feel less confident in.

3. Tackle the Mistakes

One of the most important parts of preparing for the SAT is understanding your mistakes and making sure that you don’t repeat the same mistakes. Always correct your practice tests, find out why you got certain problems wrong and see what you can do instead next time. Create a habit of spotting your errors and identifying ways to make improvements.

4. Take advantage of the Multiple Choice Style Problems

SAT does not deduct points for wrong answers, so take advantage of that and never leave anything blank. Eliminate incorrect choices and if you don’t have an answer, make an educated guess after narrowing down your choices. Check your work by plugging in your choices back into the problem to check which one gives the correct result.

5. Simulate Test Day Environment

Take at least one practice test in a realistic test condition. Pick a quiet room and set a start time preferably early in the morning (the SAT starts at 8am). Strictly time yourself and give yourself a scheduled breaks just like in the real exam. SAT will test your ability to stay focused for an extended amount of time.

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About the Author

Soo believes mathematics could be a tool that can be used to understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. Unfortunately many students often get intimidated by math, and Soo works with students from various backgrounds to overcome that fear and find joy of problem solving. Soo supports girls and women in STEM field as well and believes anyone can pursue STEM major. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from UCLA and tutors students in SAT mathematics and high school math courses.