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Manage your time and ace the mathematics sections of the SAT

Scoring well on the mathematics sections of the SAT isn't guaranteed by getting good grades in algebra and geometry. Loaded with test-taking strategies, three practice tests, and hundreds of problems with detailed solutions and explanations, this is your go-to guide for making the best use of the limited time allowed and getting your best possible score!

  • Demystify SAT math — get an overview of the SAT math topics you'll need to know: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, and more

  • Brush up on basics — refresh your knowledge of the basic math skills you'll apply on the exam, and discover the formulas you'll need to know

  • Solve your way to success — pull together everything you've learned and discover how to approach and solve the types of word problems you'll see on the actual exam

  • Put your skills to the test — answer practice questions throughout the book, plus take three full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations at the end of the book

  • Make the most of your time — discover the best ways to utilize your study time between now and exam day, as well as how to keep yourself on track on the big day

Open the book and find:

  • When to use a calculator (and which kinds are permitted)

  • Advice on answering grid-in questions and word problems

  • Reviews of the math topics you need to know

  • The 411 on algebra, geometry, and more

  • Straightforward explanations of statistics

  • SAT problem-solving techniques

  • How to work with decimals, fractions, and square roots

  • Ten tips to take to the test

Learn to:

  • Score high on the mathematics sections of the SAT

  • Identify question types (including those designed to confuse you)

  • Manage your time during the exam

  • Perfect your skills with three practice tests

About the Author

Mark Zegarelli holds degrees in math and English from Rutgers University. He is a math tutor and writer with over 25 years of professional experience. Zegarellli has written numerous Dummies books, including LSAT Logic Games For Dummies and Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good book but not for the ones that want to go way back... Dec 20 2010
By b-rad - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was very helpfull, but I am no math wiz and the book seemed to go over some of the basics but could have gone over a little more. I have been out of school for sometime now and I wanted to brush up on some math before taking the SATs and this book in combination with Math for Dummies worked out perfect for me. I never took anything higher than Algebra in school so with the two books I was able to teach myself the basics on Geometry and some Pre-Cal so it worked out pretty good. Got a nice score...I would have bomb the test without it. If you been out of school for a while I would use both books but if you are fresh out of school or have a good grasp on the basics you can probably get by with just this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Zegarelli is a Master-- a MUST HAVE for the SAT and more... July 3 2012
By Let's Compare Options Preptorial - Published on Amazon.com
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I've both read and analyzed 5 Zegarelli books for the tutorial developers at classpros dot com, who are meticulous about who they "let" into their select group of authors. Zegarelli is a genious not just in math, but in his approach to teaching. For each problem area, he gives (as in all his books) verbal, formula, picture and common sense descriptions of what's going on.

If you only had one book to study before this demanding exam, this is the one! Test prep advice aside, Mark really shines when it comes to giving examples of how to remember what's going on, regardless of your learning style or modality. If you hate all the formulas and symbols of math, don't despair-- Zegarelli in typical fashion takes the time both to show how to solve each problem type and describe it in real life terms.

Take a concept (luckily not on this exam!) like the partial derivative in his Calculus II For Dummies. Most scientists can't really describe "verbally" what it is. Mark tells you to imagine that you're standing on a hill. The slope of the hill is obviously the first derivative, as you look up the hill. BUT-- what if you want the slope at other places, like the side of the hill, between the side and the top, etc? That's where partials come in-- they add vectors to the picture-- DIRECTION as well as location and slope. As the SAT book explains, a vector happens when you have TWO parameters-- like location and direction, vs. just location.

In addition to the SAT, this is a GREAT refresher on math even if you're only trying to get back into it for fun, your job, or retraining for new skills or retirement. Mark doesn't just give a bunch of solutions like the Schauum folks, he also explains WHY he solved it the way he did. I usually give stars mostly for content; in this case, it's as much for the author and his teaching competence as the book, title, subject, etc.
good math prep book Sept. 11 2013
By selinda - Published on Amazon.com
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my son needed help with math ...
this book gives basic math for help for any needed math help not just SAT
SAT MATH March 10 2013
By Bruno Grigoletti III - Published on Amazon.com
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Helpful, Humorous, and more--an excellent SAT study book! Before buying this I was terrified of the SATS now I'm going to take them, confident and with a healthy understanding of "mathy stuff"


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