Strategy = Target Score
Your strategy in the Math Test, and particularly the extent
of your efforts to find shortcuts, should be based on your target
score. If you’re looking to get a 23 or lower on the Math Test,
there simply is no need to go looking for shortcuts. You can get
a 23, or even a 25 or 26, without answering a large number of questions,
so there’s no need to race through the test. You should focus on
getting questions right. Of course, you should remain aware that
shortcuts exist and use them when you see them, but don’t get upset
or worried if you’re not unearthing a shortcut in every other question.
Students looking to score a 27 or above on the Math Test,
though, should not be working out every question.
Finding quicker ways to answer questions must be part of your strategy,
because only through these faster methods will you give yourself
the time to get to and answer the last few difficult questions that
can make all the difference. On these last few questions, even the
best students might very well have to plow their way through using
trial and error, and trial and error takes a bit of time. So you
must give yourself that time by moving quickly through the earlier
stages of the test.
Be wary: this advice does not imply that
you should simply work faster; it says that you should look for
the shorter but just as accurate route to the answer.
Do not sacrifice accuracy for speed. If you can find the short but
accurate route, great! But if you can’t do both, it’s always better
to answer correctly than to answer quickly.