Numbers & Operations
Anatomy of SAT Numbers & Operations
Even without reading this book or preparing for the SAT in any way, you’d still get some numbers & operations problems right. However, there’s a big difference between:
  1. Sweating out a problem, breathing a sigh of relief when you finish it, and timidly moving on.
  2. Answering a problem, seeing that the next problem contains a bunch of pushover terms, such as sets and ratios, and licking your chops in expectation of an easy mark.
Moving from scenario 1 to scenario 2 is not as tough as you might imagine. It just takes a little bit of work. The mistake many students make is taking the SAT cold. That’s right—no preparation. Not so much as a flip through the information booklet.
By familiarizing yourself with every type of numbers & operations question you can encounter on the SAT, you can approach each question coolly and calmly, knowing in advance what needs to be done to answer it correctly. It’s about switching from survival mode to attack mode. It’s attack mode that will help you score high.
In this section we provide you with an X-ray of SAT numbers & operations. Later on, we’ll review the subtypes of questions and specific strategies for approaching each one. By looking at these questions inside and out, you’ll know more about how The College Board tests your skills and how to approach each and every question you’ll encounter on the test.
There are two types of math questions on the SAT: multiple-choice and student-produced response.
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