I love this quote from Alice in Wonderland and I think it draws a lot of parallels to students who are starting to prepare for the SAT. One of the questions I hear a lot from students and families is, “What should I focus on and what should I be studying?” Unfortunately there is no one “right” answer to this question and is really dependent on the student's goals. It becomes even more difficult when you look at what is covered on the math section of the SAT. College Board states that the exam covers three areas of math, 1) Heart of Algebra 2) Problem solving and data analysis and 3) Passport to advanced math. Where do we even start?
In contrast to such broad topics that can cover pretty much anything that you have learned in math classes, we instead break the test down into specific subjects and skills that the student should focus on in order to increase their scores. We did this by going through and looking at hundreds of actual SAT math questions. What we found was pretty astounding…
While there is obviously more covered, I hope this gives you a good starting point on what to actually review when it comes to the SAT. When we first start working with a student on SAT prep, we have them take our Pre-Test. This short test is focused on these specific concepts and allows tutoring sessions to be laser focused on the areas where the student needs the most improvement. Not sure where to start? Take the test and get started improving your score now!!!