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SAT Test Prep: Preparing for the Math Section

An SAT Test Prep Tutor’s Advice Based on a Recent SAT

The SAT test prep tutors at Marks Education take the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT on a regular basis. Here is the report on the Math section from Senior Tutor Anthony Celino, who took the October 2016 SAT and debriefed the test with our team. (We have his reports on the Reading section here and the Writing section here.)

Please note that while we cannot reveal specifics about the test until the College Board releases it, we are happy to answer general questions regarding SAT preparation. Please post your questions in the comment section, and we will try our best to respond as soon as possible.

SAT Math

1. Practice questions that reference scatterplots. Be comfortable with spotting trends on scatter plots and correlation between variables. Can you answer the question below?



SAT test prep real sample questions!


In the scatterplot above, which of the following is the x-coordinate of the point that is farthest from the line of best fit?

A) 1
B) 4
C) 6
D) 7

2. Find that old Algebra book and review Quadratics and Systems of Equations!
Make sure you know the difference between factors, vertices, and roots, and how to analyze both the standard and vertex form of a quadratic function. Practice systems of linear equations using substitution and linear combinations.

Try this question for more practice on finding the vertex of a parabola:

y = a(x – 5)(x +1)

What is the x-coordinate of the vertex of the parabola that represents the quadratic equation above (when a ≠ 0)?

A)   5
B)   2
C) –1
D) –2

3. Trigonometry. Remember that there is some basic trigonometry on the SAT, including problems that test converting radians to degrees and vice-versa, which are tested often in the practice SATs released by the College Board. Try the problem below to see if you remember how to do these conversions.

What is 210° expressed in radians?







Were you able to solve all of these questions? If so, great work! Why not take a full practice SAT to see how you would do. Click here to enroll for a free practice test.


Kate Hallgren and Anthony Celino contributed to this post.

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