Approach every SAT Math section like this party. First,
get relaxed and comfortable by answering the items that you are
familiar with. Jump around through the section and look for them.
There is no rule that says you must answer the items in order. After
you have answered all the items you are comfortable with, branch
out and try the ones you are unfamiliar with.
This process is made easier by the fact that every Math
section is set up by order of difficulty. The first item is the
easiest, the next item is a tiny bit tougher, and so on until the
end. A typical 20-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 to complete
than item 5.
Answering every problem in order—no matter how long it
takes—is a classic SAT mistake. 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 item. The goal on the first run-through of an SAT Math
section is to find the items with which you are most comfortable.
Save the other items for your second go-around. Although the next
item is statistically a little tougher, you might find them easier