Category Archives: SAT

SAT Is Tomorrow. Are You Ready?

Saturday, Dec. 4 is the next SAT testing date.  That is….drum roll…tomorrow!  Too late to do any major math studying but there are a few things you can do that might help.

1.  Get enough sleep tonight.

2.  Take a sweater.  Your testing room may be freezing and that can be distracting.

3.  Wear your favorite jeans.  Be comfortable.

4.  Eat breakfast.

5.  Take some Peppermints with you to suck on.

6.  And water.  Maybe a snack for break time.

7.  Problems at the end of the test are harder.  Don’t panic.  Each individual problem does not count that much.  It is not scored like your teacher’s test.  The national average is around 60% correct so don’t have a panic attack if you’re missing more than usual.

8.  Read the directions in practice tests several times before the test day so you are comfortable and don’t have to spend time reading them test day.

9.  Breathe.  Of course.  If you feel anxious though, breathe in through your nose slowly and out through your mouth.

 10.  If you have absolutely no idea at all, leave it blank. Do not guess wildly. The odds are against you.

11. If you can eliminate even one of the choices, go ahead and guess.

12. If you can make an educated guess, rather than a wild guess, guess away.

13. If it is not a multiple choice question. Guess, guess, guess. There is no penalty for guessing on free-response gridded problems.

14. I would add this although there is no research behind it. If you don’t know an answer but you have a strong “gut feeling”, go for it.

15. Your first response is correct more often than not.

16.  Skip the “hard ones” and come back to them.

17.  Remember the problems come from Geometry and Algebra I….or what we used to call Algebra I before some of the new course names.  It’s the wording and the format that is most unfamiliar.  Hopefully you have spent time with that.

18.  If a problem seems dreadfully hard or impossible you are probably missing a shortcut.  Come back to that one later.  Don’t waste time pondering.

19.  Remember you can take this test over again if you have a bad day.    It’s not the end of the world.

20.   We need 20 tips to make it come out even.  Hmmmm.  I know.  When all else fails, pray!  Or maybe do that first.  It is calming.

Come back here after the test and report in.  Good luck!  Although, we know it’s really not about luck!

Should I Guess On The SAT?

The proverbial question going into the “big” test. If I don’t know the answer, should I guess?

1. If you have absolutely no idea at all, leave it blank. Do not guess wildly. The odds are against you.

2. If you can eliminate even one of the choices, go ahead and guess.

3. If you can make an educated guess, rather than a wild guess, guess away.

4. If it is not a multiple choice question. Guess, guess, guess. There is no penalty for guessing on free-response gridded problems.

5. I would add this although there is no research behind it. If you don’t know an answer but you have a strong “gut feeling”, go for it.

6. Your first response is correct more often than not.

Friday SAT Practice Problem

Good Morning! Here’s one to wake you up and get your brain in gear.

x+y=10                                 y+z=15                                 x+z=17
What is the average (arithmetic mean) of x, y, and z?

A. 7
B. 14
C. 15
D. 21
E. It cannot be determined from the information given.

Now you work it.   It’s super great to know an easy, quick way to work this so you can save time the day you take the test. You will need if for the reeeeaaaallllly hard ones! Know what I mean?

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Solution: A. 7

Wednesday SAT Problem

What is the product of 1.1 and 1.9 rounded to the nearest tenth?

You work it out and decide on your answer. Then choose one.

a. 1.5
b. 1.7
c. 2.0
d. 2.1
e. 3.0

Answer:
d.

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SAT Practice: Monday

Take a look at these two absolute value equations.  Find the value of x that will work in both equations.

absolute value (3 minus (8 times x)) = 1

absolute value ((4 times x) minus 7) = 5  

What did you get?  Check your answer below.

(Solution:    x = 1/2 is a solution to both equations.)

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Next SAT Date is Oct 9, 2010

Time to register for the next SAT test. You need to go ahead and register. Registration deadline is September 10. The fee is $47. You don’t want to have to pay any late fees so get ‘er done now. The sooner the better. See your school counselor of go to the College Board site to register.

Here’s a problem to practice for today.

If the radius of the circle is 4, then the perimeter of the
polygon ABCDE must be less than:

   A   2
 B 4
 C 6
 D 8
 E There is not sufficient information to answer the question.

Remember you can draw in a segment.  Try drawing in a radius.

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SAT Practice: Wednesday

Taking the SAT for the first time can be very intimidating.   As much as I love math, I realize it is a major stressor for many of you.   Don’t walk into your SAT with knots in your stomach.  Be confident!  Well, if you’ve never done well in math you might be wondering how you can fake ‘confidence’.  I don’t want you to fake it.  I want you to really be confident.  

 “How?”,  you ask. 

Confidence is a state of knowing.  The more you know, the more confident you are.  So get help.  There are a lot of places you can get help.  This is one of them.  I will post lots of practice problems here.   

 Today’s problems  come from www.majortests.com.   Work each one out.   Then check your answers at the bottom of  the post. Come back for more.  If you really don’t get it, email me at realmathinaminute@hotmail.com.  I’ll explain it to you in a video…step by step. 

1. If f(x) = │(x² – 50)│, what is the value of f(-5) ?

A. 75
B. 25
C. 0
D. -25
E. -75

2. ( √2 – √3 )² =

A. 5 – 2√6
B. 5 – √6
C. 1 – 2√6
D. 1 – √2
E. 1

1. B      To find f(-5), you substitute -5 in place of x. That gives you the absolute value of -25 which is 25. There are no tricks in this problem.

2. A     To square any binomial, FOIL it. You get 2 -2root6 +3. Final answer 5 -2root6. There is really no trick here either. Just don’t subtract 2 from 5! If your nerves plant doubts about that during the test, tell them to just shut up. You know this.

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