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
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.
Save time by using shortcuts. To find slope in an ax + by = c equation, use the shortcut formula:
slope = -(a/b).
For example: For 4x + 2y = 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.