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Is there an order in which you should study decks in this app?

Ideally, you should study the decks in the order they are presented.

  • Deck 1 presents the overview of the SAT and the specifics about the math section as well as some helpful strategies
  • Decks 2 through 7 are designed to improve your knowledge in core subjects and your mental math skills


In order for this product to help you gain confidence and get a higher score on the SAT Math section, we need to agree on what an effective preparation approach for the test is. 

This approach is multifold.

  1. Gain essential knowledge. To that end, this app gives a detailed recap of the math concepts required on the SAT
  2. Learn how to effectively manage your time on the test. To that end, the app gives you some important tips
  3. Practice consistently and you will become faster and faster
  4. Learn to make logical connections and apply your critical thinking skills and core knowledge to the SAT problems


This app gives a detailed recap of some of the most important math concepts.

What is the optimal way to learn many core concepts needed on the SAT in a limited time?

It depends on the student.

However, since math is a combination of understanding of core concepts, logic, repetition and memorization, we decided to break up that overwhelming amount of information into logical, small units to help you learn it easier and faster. The repetition of cards ensures that the material you don't know or are not able to grasp, you can see again.

Each deck reviews a few subjects.

Each card in the deck presents a formula or a definition or a rule that is followed by a simple example to further help you understand the concept.


What type of questions will you see at the end of each deck in this app?

At the end of each deck you'll find practice questions.

They are not just drills! Practice questions range from straightforward and easy to quite difficult and "tricky". You need to turn your "analytical" switch on to look at the basic principles from different angles, and to work the concepts forward and backwards.

These practice questions might not resemble the true SAT type questions. They are shorter and mostly one-step problems but to solve them you need to twist your brain a little.


What are some of the things you can do to manage your time better on the SAT?

  1. Learn various techniques for better time management
  2. Learn mental math tricks to be able to solve problems without a calculator
  3. With the help of this app, build a good "math" foundation to gain clarity and confidence
  4. Practice and repetition lead to an ability to perform quickly and accurately


How should you manage the limited amount of time you have to get through all questions in a section?

Math questions are arranged in order of difficulty - easy to hard. On the average, you can spend 60 to 90 seconds per question. But, with practice, you will be able to solve easier questions in the beginning of each section faster, leaving more time for harder ones.

  • In a section that gives you 25 minutes for 20 questions, try to get those first 8-9 easy questions solved in about 7 minutes
  • If you are an advanced student aiming at 700-800 score, try to have 2 minutes per question towards the end of the section, on the last 3 or 4 problems


What are some of the things you can do to make sure you don't run out of time?

It's very important that you manage your time wisely during the test.

  • Don't get stuck on a question. If you see that it's taking you too long, move on. If time allows, you can come back to it
  • All questions are worth the same points. Make sure you answer all easy questions (usually 1 through 10) in each section
  • Keep track of time. To get the feel of how much time you are spending per question, take a lot of practice tests as if they were the real tests


What is educated guessing? 

Guessing on the SAT is smart as long as you are using "educated" guessing.

Educated guesses are guesses that are made based on a familiarity with the math concepts in the question being asked.


Guess when it's absolutely necessary. Don't guess simply because you are not in the mood to solve a problem.

When should you guess?

Guess when:

  • you have no idea how to solve a problem
  • you are running out of time
  • the solution process is taking over 2 minutes
  • you face a difficult grid-in question (because points are not lost for wrong answers)

*** Advanced students should make educated guesses whenever they can eliminate one or two answer choices.  Intermediate students should guess only when they can eliminate two or three choices.


Am I an advanced student or an intermediate student?

Take a diagnostic test to determine your level. 

You are an advanced student if you consistently score above 650 on the SAT Math section.

Students with scores from 450 to 650 are intermediate students.


What website(s) can you use to find out the necessary information about the SAT like test dates and study schedules?

 You can use College Board and/or Princeton Review websites.


  • Check test dates and set your study schedule
  • Sign up for the SAT question of the day via e-mail
  • Take free diagnostic tests online. *** Very important to identify your strengths and weaknesses for pinpointed study.


When should you plan to take the SAT?

Most students take the SAT in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year.

Take into consideration factors such as early decision college applications.


How should you start practicing?

Start with one section of either Math, Reading or Writing segments. Familiarize yourself with content and format of questions. Give your brain time to recognize repeated patterns.


What SAT materials should you use?

Use this app as well as various other resources. Most SAT study guides cover widely the same material. You will still benefit from different approaches.


What makes the SAT so challenging?

The SAT is challenging because it is long and full of traps. The questions have been carefully crafted to create difficulties.


How much time do you have to complete a full SAT test?

The total testing time for the SAT is 3 hours 45 minutes.

However, with breaks and registration, you should expect to be in the test taking facility about 5 hours.


Is your SAT score the most essential part of getting into college?

No, your GPA is more important than your SAT score.

High school coursework is the most important component of your college application. Take challenging classes and do well in them.


How is the PSAT related to the SAT?

The PSAT at its core has many similarities to the SAT, but it is shorter. 

There are two 25-minute Math and English sections, and one 30-minute section of writing.

The score ranges from 20 to 80.  It is treated as a "practice" test for the SAT.


How do you find out your SAT results?

You'll find your SAT scores on the College Board website.

They are available about three weeks after the test day.  You can and should order a copy of the test and your answers.


How is each math section set up in terms of difficulty of the questions?

Math questions get more difficult as each section progresses.

Beware of this fact! You may think all questions are easy after nailing the first few. Don't rush and don't get overconfident. It may lead to making careless mistakes.

The math problems will get harder and will have traps towards the middle of the section.


As you may know, questions on the SAT range in difficulty from easy to hard. Easy questions are found in the beginning of each section.

Are all questions worth the same?

Yes, each correct answer gets you one point regardless of the level of difficulty of the question.


How can knowing the difficulty level of the questions help you maximize your score?

Depending on your score goal, it helps you make the best use of your time.

If you are not aiming at 800, it is wise to concentrate on the easy and medium difficulty questions (the first two-thirds of each section) to get the most points.


From total failure to complete victory: what could your score be?

SAT scores range from as low as 200 to as high as 800 on each of the sections of the test.

An average score is around 500.


What are raw and scaled scores?

The raw score is the adjusted number of correct answers minus the penalties.

*** Each correct answer gets you one point, each wrong answer results in 1/4 of a point deduction.

That score is used to create the 200-800 scaled score on the SAT.


Which section is the easiest to achieve a perfect 800 score on?

It depends on the student.

However, statistically, more students achieve a perfect 800 score on the Math section than on any other section of the test!


What happens if you score low?

Don't get disappointed. Do some focused practice. Take the test again. Most students do.

You'll be pleased to know that it is classified information! Most colleges accept Score Choice.


What is Score Choice?

Score Choice is offered by College Board as a way to block all test results except your best two in Math and Reading.

Most colleges accept your Score Choice superscore.


Can I use a calculator on the test?

Yes, you can use a calculator.

These types of calculators are permissible on the test: four-function, scientific or graphing calculators.

You can solve most of the problems on the SAT without a calculator.


What items should you bring to the test?

Item list:

  • Admission ticket
  • Photo ID
  • # 2 pencils with erasers (don't forget to sharpen them)
  • Calculator
  • 4-5 snacks (cereal and protein bars are ideal)
  • 2 bottles of water

Most importantly, bring a well-rested and ready brain.


What should you not bring to the test?

Don't bring!

  • Scratch paper 
  • Text books, notebooks, dictionaries
  • Electronic devices including your cell phone