and Format of the SAT II Math IIC
two people trekking through a jungle toward a magical
and therapeutic waterfall. Now, who will reach the soothing
waters first, the native to the area, who never stumbles because
she knows the placement of every tree and all the twists and turns,
or the tourist who keeps falling down and losing his way because
he doesn’t pay any attention to the terrain? The answer is obvious.
Even if the tourist is a little faster, the native will still win, because
she knows how to navigate the terrain and turn it to her advantage.
There are no waterfalls or gorgeous jungle scenery on
the SAT IIs, but this example illustrates an important point. The
structure of the SAT II Math IIC is the jungle; taking the test
is the challenging trek. Your score is the waterfall.
In this chapter we’re going to describe the “terrain”
of the Math IIC test. In the next chapter, on strategy, we will
show you how to navigate and use the terrain to get the best score