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 11-14-2012, 10:00 PM #16 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2012 Posts: 118 PWN the SAT is all you need for math section. Reply
 11-15-2012, 12:12 AM #17 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: second to the right, and straight on till mornin' for many days Posts: 2,686 If you find yourself doing a lot of calculations that resemble school math problems the SAT, you're probably not doing it right. There is always a fairly simple solution. The kids who do well, do so because they see the simplicity of the problems. I can't count how often I've shown a kid a solution only to have them ask, " Is it really that easy?" And I always reply, "It really is that easy." I have yet to see an SAT problem that asked for the distance between two points that actually required the use of the distance formula, for instance, because what they're really trying to find out is if you know that said formula is based on the Pythagorean theorem. So they'll give you a simple 3.4.5 triangle to work with. They only test the most basic concepts and never in a way that school does. One of my personal favorite questions was the last on a section. It asked: If 4506^x = y, what is the greatest possible value for y-x? Some kids with Cs in precalc can answer this without looking up from Assassin's Creed because they look for the easiest possible numbers that will work. ( If x is 1, then y is 4506 and y-x=4505 ) I've had other kids with 5s on AP calc bring out complicated techniques only to stumble. Forget school math. It generally does a horrible job of teaching concepts. Remember, if it's hard, you're probably doing it wrong. Think about what the expression or picture in front of you MEANS. As for the geometry, all you need to know that you didn't learn in 7th grade is in that little box at the beginning of the test. Look for places to use them. Reply
 11-15-2012, 12:20 AM #18 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: second to the right, and straight on till mornin' for many days Posts: 2,686 Sorry, I didn't answer the question. I like Pwn the SAT with one exception: it recommends drawing pictures and making lists for combination and permutations. The SAT only gives fairly basic questions like this and the math behind them is pretty intuitive if you stay away from all that stupid notation they make you use in school. Work a few problems by drawing pictures and see if you can't figure out the math behind it. Reply
 11-15-2012, 03:09 PM #19 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2012 Posts: 118 @neatoburrito what you said is very true. Reply

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