When it comes to the SAT, or any exam in fact, make sure you are studying for the right test!! It sounds stupid to say this but in 2016 the SAT was redesigned considerably so that you might be studying for an outdated test! Major fail!!
It’s not just in the Math section, but actually all the sections have been redesigned. On 3 different occasions in the library I’ve seen people using outdated work and prep books to study. They probably might get smarter as a result of learning them, but let’s be honest – the main aim of studying for the SAT test is to pass with the highest mark possible. It is a test of knowledge and application, but it is also a test of ability and understanding systems, not only IQ. The SAT isn’t testing for Math geniuses (or they would have already contacted me), but rather testing competence – how well can you read, write and interpret what’s given to you.
After changing the SAT to a newer version in 2016, the College Board stated that the math section should demonstrate that “students have fluency with, understanding of, and the ability to apply the mathematical concepts, skills, and practices that are most strongly prerequisite and central to their ability to progress through a range of college courses, career training, and career opportunities.”
See? They are testing basic math ability for a range of different course options at college! So even if you are not a math whiz, you can still pass with an 800 because they are looking for core math skills!
My #1 tip (buy my book)…. ehem…… is to brush up of the foundations of math!!
Tip #2 – make sure you use books, tests, and websites from the new SAT! Unless you are like me and understand the test inside out, don’t go near the old ones.
Tip #3 Know what the new SAT test will ask you for! Check out the picture below to compare the two tests.