How to Best Prepare For the Math Portion of the SAT Exam

The SAT Exam allows colleges to compare different students from different schools on the same scale. For this reason alone, it is important for students to study methodically and thoroughly for this exam. The math portion of the exam is weighed very heavily when the student is interested in pursuing a college degree involving mathematics, science, finance, technology, or related fields.

Like other standardized exams, the SAT Exam is a test that can be studied for quite strategically. This is because the math topics included in the exam are well-defined and fixed. Moreover, the same question types appear from year to year, and so they make great practice material for students. Therefore, the logical way to master the math portion of the SAT Exam is to master the topics that are included on the test.

In order to best understand the topics on the exam, it is necessary to first review the textbook(s) that describe the concepts in detail. Study the relevant chapters until the material makes sense to you. Once you are done studying the relevant chapters, move on to the problems at the end of the chapter. Attempt to solve as many problems as possible until you are fully confident that you have mastered the solving procedure.

After you are done reviewing the material and practicing on the problems in your textbook, it is necessary to work on an actual math SAT Exam. Take this exam following the rules that would be followed on test day. In other words, time yourself when you are working within a section, and take the required breaks (as allowed) between math sections. After a sample SAT exam is completed, grade the exam and study your results. Note if there is a specific question type that appears to be causing problems or if there is a specific subject topic that continues to baffle you.

At this point, it may be appropriate to consider specialized, focused tutoring to fill in any gaps in comprehension. The tutor would be able to focus on SAT math and to place extra attention on the weaknesses until understanding of the concepts is improved. The tutoring may be either in-person or online. Recently, online tutoring has become more popular, as it is more convenient for both tutor and student. Moreover, online tutoring tends to be more affordable than in-person tutoring.

In an online tutoring session, the tutor and student can work on the same interactive whiteboard and share problems, answers, and explanations. Using the computer’s microphone or a telephone, the tutor and student can communicate via voice to further communicate with each other. The tutoring session occurs in a private, interactive classroom and can be scheduled at the student’s convenience.