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Tips for a Perfect Score on SAT Math (3) |

The ** "Test-After-Test” Approach** is the most common approach to test preparation and it involves either taking “mock” tests or solving problems from disparate sections of real tests using books such those publish by the College Entrance Examination Board. The former allows the student to emulate the test experience by taking complete tests within the actual test’s time limit. In addition to the problem-solving experience and the exposure to the wide range of math topics and degrees of difficulty, this approach also is useful for allowing you to get a glimpse into the “real thing” and experience the impact of time constrains on your performance.

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• Skip problems that look easy and/or revolve around topics with which you are comfortable.

• When practicing working on a section of a real test, skip the first two thirds (typically, first = “easy”; second = “medium”; third = “hard” problems).

• Solve more word and open-ended problems, i.e., problems that traditionally fall into the “hard” category.

• Solve more problems on topics that are not “easy”; statistically, these could be topics such as: probabilities, geometric and arithmetic sequences, Venn diagrams, etc.

I recommend all the above techniques be used alternatively. However, the time ratio spent on using them should be slightly in favor of a combination of the second and third approaches with a more accurate recommendation depending on your specific needs.