How To Prepare for the SATs (especially Math)?
I'm a freshman in high school, and this year have begun to prepare for the SATs. I've taken two practice tests so far, and my results haven't been very satisfactory.
I realize the key to achieve scores of 700+ is to practice. I plan on taking another practice test later this week, and many more throughout the next few years. But I can already see that I am struggling with the SAT, especially with the Math section. I've always been a rather troubled Math student, and despite making it into Honors, the information just doesn't seem to sit with me as well as other subjects do. I've been trying to use Barron's SAT prep book to learn how to actually solve the problems. However, even despite their advice, it's only shortcuts and it doesn't seem to help.
I would like to know how to prepare for the Math section of the SAT properly. I will practice, of course, but I feel like I should probably learn the fundamentals of the material before I go about doing so. Is there any way to go about doing this? And are there any other available tips on how to do well?
I would also like to know if knowing Trigonometry and Geometry would help the average person. I realize that the PSAT and SAT can be solved by any person who really knows their algebra, but from others yet I have heard that Trig and Geometry are pretty much vital for the average non-math-oriented person. Is this true?