In addition to all the numbers & operations
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 work you’ve done will
fall to the wayside.
So let’s start at a party. Imagine your friends
have 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 it started.
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 usually jump into meeting
them at the start.