Hello CC community. I have been lurking around the SAT prep forums for a while as I am a sophomore and will be taking the SAT's 2-3 times during my junior/senior years of high school. I have been reading a lot of test prep posts and it seems as if people can't stress enough how important is it to start studying early. I wish I would have known last year, but now is still pretty early.
Contrary to what my older brother would say, "There's no way to study for the SAT, if your good at it you will do good, if your not, you wont." Many of the CC'ers are living proof that you can dramatically change your scores through studying.
I understand how to study for CR - vocab sets, reading, etc.
The essay, well, I am going to read up how to study for that. LOL
It is math that is my problem. I am a fairly decent math student in general. But my school does the classes weird for some odd reason. Freshman year I took Honors Algebra I, and this year I am taking Honors Algebra II. Junior year I will take Honors Geometry/Trigonometry. I can remember formulas for solving once I know how to do the problem. But my problem is, and this hurt me on the PSAT, is that I don't know any geometry. I obviosuly know I am going to learn it next year. But I want to get a jump start on it.
There are many practice books for the math part of the SAT, but are there SAT math books that actually teach the concepts of the problems, or do they all just give practice problems. I need to actually learn HOW to do the problems. I want to start now so I can get a year of practice and studying under my belt and hopefully can break 2000 on the SAT!
If you have any specific books in mind, please post links (I already have the CB Blue Book). Thanks
Well generally, if you want to good on the SAT math, you should do many math sections on all kinds of practice tests you can get your hands on, CB or not. You should learn concepts before that, however. You should recognize what angles are equal when two parallel lines are intersected by another line, the properties of angles, etc. Also know the basic definitions and the formulas associated with them such as altitude, midpoint, etc.
You can learn a whole bunch of formulas, but you will not get it unless you apply it.You will not understand something by memorizing. Try to be interested in math, because you have the time to learn it thoroughly, and be curious. When you don't understand it, don't just look it up, use what you know to try to figure it out. Try the AMC 12 problems; even though they are far advanced, once you learn to do numbers 1-10 on most tests correctly, you will probably know all the concepts for the SAT, which will seem easy.
Thanks for the reply! I am definitely not trying to just memorize and not learn. I am not looking for an "easy-way-out." I know you have to put in the time to get the results.
I'll be sure to take a look at the AMC 12 problems.
Anybody else know books that teach the concepts of the SAT problems?
Take a look at PWN the SAT. He's got a blog and a new math book. It's a great resource and goes over every piece that you need to know. And it's not for the faint of heart - the problems are hard. But if you can master that book, the SAT math should be a piece of cake.
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You can learn a whole bunch of formulas, but you will not get it unless you apply it.You will not understand something by memorizing. Try to be interested in math, because you have the time to learn it thoroughly, and be curious. When you don't understand it, don't just look it up, use what you know to try to figure it out. Try the AMC 12 problems; even though they are far advanced, once you learn to do numbers 1-10 on most tests correctly, you will probably know all the concepts for the SAT, which will seem easy.
I'll be sure to take a look at the AMC 12 problems.
Anybody else know books that teach the concepts of the SAT problems?