After we came back from our holiday in August, this round one Math class shifted its focus from AP Statistics from last year to preparation for SAT as we are going to take it on October 6th.
Since August, we have been using Khan Academy as a part of our toolbox because it is an official SAT practice website since 2015. Furthermore, we used College Board and SAT books as a learning guide. In this class, we also reviewed important math concepts in SAT test because we barely devoted any time on them last year. Additionally, because SAT is a strategic test, we have been exploring multi-faceted approaches to those math questions.
Here are some effective tactics (The 4S) that I found very helpful in doing the SAT math questions and SAT test as a whole.
- Skip – The test is designed for us to get some of the questions wrong; therefore, it is okay to miss a few questions and go to solve other questions that we know how to answer. We should not invest so much on questions that we are not sure how to solve when we can use that time on something we know how to do. Remember that time management is crucial in this type of test.
- Skim – Since this is a time test, if we can skim the question, it would save us some time that we can use for other questions. For instance, if they give us a table or a geometric shapes, we can skim through the writing because it mostly the same as what is being labeled on the table or the shape.
- Stamina – The test is 3-hour long, so we need to ensure that we still have enough power to do the last math section. I recommend to take at least two practice full tests to know the full experience of taking the SAT. Moreover, I suggest to keep doing math and literacy questions specifically related to SAT test. “Hard work beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard”- Tim Notke.
- Self-motivate – I respectfully agree that SAT is not something that someone do for pleasure; however, we have to remind ourselves that why are we doing it? Additionally, remember that “there is nothing you can’t do, if you set your mind to it. Anything is possible.”