Approach every SAT Math section like this party. On the
first go-around, look at and answer the easy, familiar items first.
This process is made easier by the fact that every Math section
is set up in order of difficulty. The first item is the easiest,
the next item’s a tiny bit tougher, and so on until the end. A typical
twenty-item math set breaks down the following way:
Keep this chart in mind as you take practice tests, but
also remember that the order of difficulty is simply based on what
the test-makers consider to be easy, medium, and hard. You are your
own person, and you may find item 15 to be much easier than item
Answering every item in order—no matter how long it takes—is
one of the classic SAT mistakes. Students start with item 1 and
then just chug along until time is called. Don’t be that chugger!
If an item takes more than a minute to solve, skip it and move on
to the next one. The goal on the first run through of an SAT Math
section is to answer the items with which you’re most comfortable.
Save the other items for the second go-around. Although the next
item is statistically a little tougher, you might find it easier