# Top 5 Tips for a higher score on the SAT® math section.

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

The 5 top tips for success on the SAT__®__ math section are plugging in, patterns, shortcuts, eliminating wrong answer choices, and good time management.

## Plug in each answer option for the variable of interest.

For example; for x + 7 = 9. If you plug in 2 for x, you get 9 = 9. Therefore, out of all the answer choices, 2 is the correct answer.

## Watch out for Patterns

For example:

2x + 3y = 7

3x + 2y = 8;

If you are asked to find x + y, adding the two equations results in 5x + 5y = 15.

If the equation is divided by 3,the result is x + y = 3.

## Use Shortcuts

Save time by using shortcuts. To find slope in an ax + by = c equation, use the shortcut formula:

slope = *-*(a/b).

For example: For 4*x* + 2*y* = 7, slope = -(4/2) = 2.

## Eliminate wrong answer choices

Eliminate wrong answers to narrow down your answer choices. Sometimes this method actually singles out your answer.

## Good Time Management

If after one minute you are still trying to solve a question, move on. Your exam is timed.