SAT prep tips: Math section

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Apr 8, 2020 13:47 IST

While preparing for the maths section of SAT the most important skill you need is a good understanding of formulae and theories. You can’t attempt this section without a thorough knowledge of mathematics, focusing primarily on exam strategies will not help as this section checks your knowledge base. So the most important tip you need to follow is to deepen your understanding of mathematics. Other than that, here a few pointers and tips to help you prepare for the section.

Math Section

Number of questions - 54 questions (44 multiple choice and 10 grid-in)

Duration - 70 minutes (two 25 minutes sections and one 20 minute section)

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Tests basic arithmetic, algebra I & II, and geometry

  • Multiple Choice Questions

In this section, you'll be given reference information (formulas and facts), but you'll need to know how to use them. You're allowed to use a calculator, but it won't help you unless you know how to approach the problems. If you're stuck, try substituting numbers for variables. You can also try plugging in numbers from the answer choices.

  • Grid-Ins

These are not multiple-choice questions. The grid does not contain a minus sign, so there is no way to indicate that a value is less than zero. That means that an answer can't be a negative number. You won't be penalized for wrong answers in this section, so make your best guess even if you're not sure. You can't grid mixed numbers, so if you get a mixed number as an answer, you'll have to convert it to an improper fraction or a decimal.

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Tips

  1. Schedule a time every week to practice mock test regularly. This will help you in identifying your weak zones and manage your time well. After taking each practice test, evaluate your performance and focus your subsequent prep work on your weakest areas
  2. The SAT will give you some geometry formulas at the beginning of the test, but you should still memorize these formulas, and others, before test-day. It’ll save precious time. Make sure to know area formulas, the Pythagorean Theorem, the average formula, special triangle rules, and exponent rules by heart.
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Simar Singh

4 years ago

Hey! Recently I have passed class 10 and wanted to appear for sat what is the right time to give the test?

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Piyush Kohli

4 years ago

Dear Simar, you can attempt SAT exam in high school as SAT Syllabus cover most of the topics from the high school curriculum.

4 years ago

can i take SAT in 9th grade

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Swameeka Medhi

4 years ago

Hi Keshav, yes you can take the SAT in 9th but chances are that you may have to reattempt later during 11th or 12th since most topics cover entire high school curriculum from 9th to 12th.

4 years ago

hey, I am going to take my sat exam on 9th march 2019. what should I prepare the most before exam day. I mean the important part in exam. which field should I focus on?

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Swameeka Medhi

4 years ago

Hi Seirra, every section of SAT is important. If there is any section which you feel is your weak point practice more. Also try to score your best in areas you are confident in.

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mansi kataria

5 years ago

can i give sat exam now?? i have completed my +2 last year

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Swameeka Medhi

5 years ago

Hi Mansi, yes you can take your SAT. Remember that every country and university has different admission requirements. Check if SAT is required or not before investing your time. Also, remember that the study abroad application process takes around a year, if you wish to study abroad do not waste mor

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Hello when I can give the SAT exam I am studying in class 11th I want to give the SAT exam in US

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Swameeka Medhi

5 years ago

Hi Mohd , you may take the SAT during your 11th and 12th. For test dates you may check here https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/sat/important-dates

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