Prepare for the Math SAT* in Eight Easy Steps

By Huntington Learning Center

You’ve sat through countless math classes during high school and now is the time to get to work on your SAT math practice to help show everyone what you’ve learned. Looking forward to the SAT exam may leave you feeling confused or wondering where to start. Devising a plan and preparation schedule can help you feel confident and ensure you are ready for the SAT exam.

SAT math practice shouldn’t be difficult or overwhelming. There are specific things you can do to boost your score and feel successful in your preparation.

      • Understand the exam Start your preparation and studying by understanding the exam. The College Board SAT website provides students with Skills Insight, an interactive tool that correlates a score band with the necessary understanding for each skill group. This allows you to focus your preparation on the specific types of questions that will be asked and provides you the information you need to hone your skills.
      • Schedule your preparation It is important to create a weekly study schedule that provides you plenty of time to study for the SAT Math Exam. Look for blocks of time in your typical weekly schedule that you can devote to studying. You will avoid cramming for the exam and can rest assured you’ve taken full advantage of your time. Use the results from your practice exam to know which tested areas will require the most study time. 
      • Take practice exams Several times throughout your SAT math preparation you should undertake a practice exam. These full length practice exams allow you to simulate an actual testing session and provide valuable information to help modify your future studying. You’ll understand your areas of strength and the areas that require additional preparation. If the results of a practice exam leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start in your test preparation, call the professionals with Huntington Learning Centers. We can help you prepare for the math SAT, based on data from practice exams, in an environment that is tailored specifically to your needs. 
      • Segment your practice Research shows that the best way to prepare for an exam is to segment your practice. After you have created a study schedule make sure to alternate between different math skills. Instead of working solely on geometry questions for an extended period to time alternate periodically with another skill such as numbers and operations. 
      • Become formula familiar Did you know that the SAT exam includes commonly used formulas in the test materials? You don’t need to memorize the formulas and you can spend more time focused on understanding their proper use. Use a portion of your preparation time to understand the application of common formulas and which type of problems you should use them on. 
      • Hone your drawing skills On some problems it may be helpful to sketch or draw in your test booklet to answer the question. These visual representations will help you "see" the problem and arrive at the correct answer. This skill may be most beneficial on the geometry and measurement section when you need to connect a mathematical formula to a mathematical model.
      • Prepare your materials Take the time to understand what you can and cannot bring into the testing session. Verify that your calculator is an accepted model and leave your cell phone behind. 
      • Ask for help If you begin to feel frustrated or overwhelmed with your preparation know when to ask for help. Contact us at Huntington Learning Centers if you feel you need additional support while studying for the SAT Math Exam. Huntington offers one on one tutoring designed to tailor your preparation to your specific needs.



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