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    How to get better on SAT math questions

    Math help forum I am having a very hard time understanding SAT Questions.
    Now when I am home trying to solve SAT problems I get in lots of problems, and usually in confusion. So does anybody have any suggestions?
    I know I should post problems I don’t understand , but I feel like I am bothering the online community a little and I don’t want to get annoying.

    So please guys post your common tips and other Solutions to this problem.
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    Post away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Post away.
    Thanks but i believe is going to be lots of post from different categories. So my biggest Fear is To many post
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    Tell me the Math score you received on your PSAT or last practice SAT and I'll give you some tips to get you started. If you don't want to post your score publicly, then you can send me a pm. And of course start posting your questions and we will help. The important thing is to be focusing on problems of the appropriate level. I could help you with this once you give me your score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaironxxrd View Post
    Thanks but i believe is going to be lots of post from different categories. So my biggest Fear is To many post
    You're looking at it the wrong way. This forum isn't just about helping people immediately, but also in the future. We've built up a very large database of problems now that people can search. The more problems people post (according to the rules), the more useful this forum is. So, as Plato said, post away.

    If you're worried about posting too many problems because you're going to annoy the helpers, let me just say this: if you're posting according to the rules, you simply won't annoy the helpers. We're here because we LIKE helping people with math. If, on the other hand, you break the rules a lot, you'll risk getting banned by a mod. So, know the rules, abide by the rules, and post away!
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    Keep Practicing. There are tricks given on how to solve problems in your SAT book. I remember using Barron's SAT 6 years ago when I took the SAT. All you need is practice, and as Plato said post those questions here..As long as you post questions with some effort or with the description of what exactly is confusing you, I don't think anyone would get annoyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ackbeet View Post
    You're looking at it the wrong way. This forum isn't just about helping people immediately, but also in the future. We've built up a very large database of problems now that people can search. The more problems people post (according to the rules), the more useful this forum is. So, as Plato said, post away.

    If you're worried about posting too many problems because you're going to annoy the helpers, let me just say this: if you're posting according to the rules, you simply won't annoy the helpers. We're here because we LIKE helping people with math. If, on the other hand, you break the rules a lot, you'll risk getting banned by a mod. So, know the rules, abide by the rules, and post away!
    Thanks allot For that motivation by the way, is there any Categories for SAT? because i don't know all the subjects like algebra or Geometry etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSteve View Post
    Tell me the Math score you received on your PSAT or last practice SAT and I'll give you some tips to get you started. If you don't want to post your score publicly, then you can send me a pm. And of course start posting your questions and we will help. The important thing is to be focusing on problems of the appropriate level. I could help you with this once you give me your score.
    My score in math is 35 out of 80 Pretty bad
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    I haven't taken the real PSAT yet (I'm in 10th grade), but when I took the practice PSAT, I got an 80 on math. It is probably a good idea for you to look into The Art of Problem Solving series (love that) or possibly pick up a Princeton Review book on the PSAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtblue View Post
    I haven't taken the real PSAT yet (I'm in 10th grade), but when I took the practice PSAT, I got an 80 on math. It is probably a good idea for you to look into The Art of Problem Solving series (love that) or possibly pick up a Princeton Review book on the PSAT.
    Is this a book? Because at the moment i have no money
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaironxxrd View Post
    My score in math is 35 out of 80 Pretty bad
    There is no good or bad here. It's a standardized test. The goal is to raise your score. I'm going to work under the assumption that you are a junior and will be taking the SAT in May (correct me if I'm wrong). If this is the case, then this is a great time to start preparing. You should do SAT Math problems for about 15 to 20 minutes every day and take a practice test about once every 2 weeks preferably on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

    There are 3 Math sections, a 20 question multiple choice section, a 16 question multiple choice section, and an 18 question section that has 8 multiple choice questions and 8 grid-ins. When taking a practice test you want to attempt half the questions. So in the 20 question section you should answer about 10 questions. In the 16 question section you should answer about 8, and in the split section you should answer about 4 multiple choice and 3 or 4 grid ins.

    SAT questions come in 5 Levels. When doing problems you want to work on Level 1, 2 and 3 problems. At this stage I strongly recommend that you do not work on any Level 4 or 5 problems.

    Once you break a 400 on a practice test, we can go back and adjust these numbers.
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    If you're short on money, you always have the internet. Use Google and find some practice questions. If you don't understand some of those, just post them here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaironxxrd View Post
    Thanks allot For that motivation by the way, is there any Categories for SAT? because i don't know all the subjects like algebra or Geometry etc....
    If you're not sure what category a thread should be in, report your own post. A moderator will move the thread for you. I don't think, if you report your own post, that a mod will give you an infraction for it (could be wrong - don't quote me here!).

    For SAT level questions, I'm guessing you'll have quite a bit of algebra (solving basic equations), so those questions go in the Pre-Algebra and Algebra forum. If you have questions about right triangles, that'd probably go in the Trigonometry forum. And if you have questions about parallel lines, circles, general triangles, quadrilaterals, etc., that'd probably go into Geometry. Finally, if you have questions about analytic geometry, basic limits, manipulation of functions and their graphs, that'd most likely be Pre-Calculus. Just look at the subtitles for each forum when you click on the Forum button in the upper-left-hand corner. That'll give you a better idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSteve View Post
    There is no good or bad here. It's a standardized test. The goal is to raise your score. I'm going to work under the assumption that you are a junior and will be taking the SAT in May (correct me if I'm wrong). If this is the case, then this is a great time to start preparing. You should do SAT Math problems for about 15 to 20 minutes every day and take a practice test about once every 2 weeks preferably on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

    There are 3 Math sections, a 20 question multiple choice section, a 16 question multiple choice section, and an 18 question section that has 8 multiple choice questions and 8 grid-ins. When taking a practice test you want to attempt half the questions. So in the 20 question section you should answer about 10 questions. In the 16 question section you should answer about 8, and in the split section you should answer about 4 multiple choice and 3 or 4 grid ins.

    SAT questions come in 5 Levels. When doing problems you want to work on Level 1, 2 and 3 problems. At this stage I strongly recommend that you do not work on any Level 4 or 5 problems.

    Once you break a 400 on a practice test, we can go back and adjust these numbers.
    I am a junior but i will be taking the test June 4th.
    I try to practice everyday, But the practice test where can i find them collegeboard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtblue View Post
    If you're short on money, you always have the internet. Use Google and find some practice questions. If you don't understand some of those, just post them here.
    Thanks that sounds like a very good alternative.
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