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The SAT is an important test, that can have a big impact on your future. And getting ready for the SAT involves a lot of time and hard work. To do your best on the SAT, it’s important not to think of the test as an obstacle that’s in your way or an ordeal that you have to endure.
Instead, think of the SAT as an opportunity to show colleges and scholarship programs that you’re ready to succeed at the next level. You can make best use of your opportunity by learning the essential skills and knowledge covered on the test, getting familiar with the test itself, practicing in smart ways, and having a good test day strategy.
The best preparation for the SAT occurs every day as you study hard in school and acquire important reading, writing, language, and math knowledge and skills. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or go into training for test day. The SAT is focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It will measure:
§ What you learn in high school
§ What you need to succeed in college and career
The same habits and choices that lead to success in school will help you get ready for the SAT. The best way to prepare for the test is to:
§ Take challenging courses
§ Do your homework
§ Prepare for tests and quizzes
§ Ask and answer lots of questions
In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.
Heart of Algebra
- Solving quadratic equations
- Interpreting nonlinear expressions
- Quadratic and exponential word problems
- Radicals and rational exponents
- Operations with rational expressions and polynomials
- Polynomial factors and graphs
- Nonlinear equation graphs
- Linear and quadratic systems
- Structure in expressions
- Isolating quantities
Problem Solving and Data Analysis
Additional Topics in Math
David Vundi is a teacher of mathematics education at Alphy School. He taught IB DP, AP, and IGCSE math, Physics courses since 1997, as a classroom teacher and online educator. His research focuses on social and cultural factors as well as educational policies and practices that facilitate mathematics engagement, learning, and performance, especially for underserved students.