Numbers & Operations
Effective Strategizing
Knowing about a strategy doesn’t help you if you never use it on the SAT. Many students read a book like this, say “Yes! That’s all true!” then never once apply the techniques on real or practice tests. As you might expect, their scores don’t improve very much, if at all.
To prevent this from happening to you, look at every item you encounter and always first ask yourself the question, “Which strategy would work well on this item?” Sometimes more than one strategy will do the trick—that’s why learning many different strategies is so helpful.
The items themselves often contain clues within the stem, and that will give you a good idea of what strategy to use:
If you see . . . . Then you probably have a . . .
Fractions, roots, radicals, or exponents that need to be added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided using fairly simple operations. Math Head
More complex items that require using numerous operations to simplify an expression before solving it. Supermath Head
Items that test the properties of positive, negative, even, odd, and prime numbers. Numbers Game
Items that use a real-life context to test your knowledge of percents, sets, and ratios. The Real World
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