The Math Reference Area
The math section on the SAT provides a reference area
with the basic geometric formulas and information.
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You might think that the SAT gives you this reference
area because it asks lots of questions on these topics. Well, you’re
right. But the reference area is also a trap. Imagine a lazy student
out there named Mike. Mike says to himself, “Why should I study
all those formulas if they’re just sitting there in the reference
area?” Then he goes and takes a nap. On the day of the test, he’s
sitting there in his seat, sweating under the pressure, flipping
maniacally back and forth between the reference area and the test
questions, losing time and focus with every flip of the page.
Don’t be like Mike. And don’t just memorize the formulas.
Figure out what they mean. The mathematical facts and rules in the
reference area are the foundation for almost every
geometry question on the test. Know all the formulas in the reference area
as if they were tattooed on your body, as if they’re part of you.
You’ll save time. You’ll raise your score. You’ll have funky mathematical