In addition to all the algebra concepts
and step methods you have learned, you must also arm yourself with
some broad SAT test-taking strategies. If you don’t have the correct
overall approach to the SAT, all the algebra work you’ve done will
fall to the wayside.
So let’s start at a party. Imagine your friends invited
you to a cool house party. Hundreds of people are going to be there,
and the party promises to be great fun—legal fun, of course. You
had to work that day, so you arrive at the party several hours after
When you walk into the house, do you search for your friends
first, or do you pick out the scariest-looking person and start
talking to him? Unless you like being snubbed, odds are you go through
the house the first time looking for friends and other people you
know. On a second pass, you might chat with some strangers, but
because this is sometimes awkward, you don’t jump into meeting them
at the start.