3 Quick Strategies to Help in the SAT Math Section

Written by Michael Ionescu

With standardized testing already in full swing for the fall season, I wanted to share some quick strategies to help nervous students navigate the math section of the SAT. Many times the test as a whole can be very intimidating, so these tips are meant to offer perspective and reduce anxiety.

Pick your questions carefully

You don’t need to finish the whole test in order to get a good score. A 500 and a 600 on the math test is a 47% and 67% respectively. Most students need scores somewhere in between. Therefore do not get hung up on having to answer the toughest questions. Take your time and answer the questions you know you can answer.

Most of the questions are in order of difficulty

The math questions on the SAT typically progress in order of difficulty from easy to hard. By making sure you answer the easy questions correctly you give yourself a good foundation for a good score. I typically give my students a general rule/goal that they should be getting most of the questions in the first half of the math sections correct. Wrong answers in these sections are typically due to silly mistakes.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the questions

So many students read through questions and give up immediately if they feel like they don’t know how to get the answer immediately. Like I said earlier, you don’t need to finish the whole test to do well, so try different things if you’re stuck. If possible, try plugging in answer choices to see if they work in an equation. If graphing is a possibility, try graphing equations to see if that gives you any clues to the answer. Sometimes the most confusing looking questions can become easy with a change in perspective.

You May Also Like…

Schedule a Free Consultation

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
What Services Are You Interested In?

Tailored Solutions

With more than a decade working one-on-one with individual as well as groups of students, i2i Education recognizes that every student is different, necessitating unique strategies. 

We tailor our strategies to maximize each student's strengths and give them the tools to overcome their challenges.

Through our encounters with thousands of students and seeing first-hand how students make mistakes, we have developed unique ways to help students improve quickly.



Interaction and communication are the keys to understanding why students make mistakes and to helping them fix those mistakes.


We don't believe in gimmicks or "tricks" to the test.


We do believe in quality practice and informed strategy.