SAT Algebra: Dealing with Multiple-Choice Questions

Mathematics is one section in SAT which needs steady attention. To be able to make the most of this section, you must be familiar with all topics that are covered, and be able to apply their fundamentals to other related problems. When facing with SAT algebra questions on the SAT, you could, as you might expect, try to solve it by using standard algebra formula or setting up and working out the equation. But there are often various ways to attack these questions. The new SAT covers more algebra, and in greater depth. Flexibility here is the key. Some methods work for some problems, while others work better with others. When you study your SAT Maths Practice tests, and look over the algebra questions you got wrong, you need to think more than just what the right answer was.

The SAT Math spans two question types: Multiple-Choice and Grid-Ins. These are designed to test your ability in the following four areas: Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurements, and finally Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability. On the new SAT, Multiple Choice section may consist of: a question, a graph or a geometric figure, with five answer choices. About 70 percent of the entire SAT Math consists of these questions. For every math multiple-choice question on the test, you can exercise two options:

Solve the problem directly.Use the process of elimination.

Here are some Tips on How to deal with Multiple-Choice SAT Practice Test Questions:

Attempt the Multiple-Choice type first. That’s because these questions actually have choices, so these are the easiest ones to answer and require less time than the grid-ins. At the very worst, you can guess and you’ll have at least a shot at getting the answer right. They get harder. As you answer the SAT questions in sequential order, they will keep becoming more difficult. So it’s a good thing to attempt these first and get them out of the way. In the end, getting those right means reaching a higher score in a lesser time; better than spending more time on questions you don’t know and probably end up getting wrong.

Read the Question carefully: Each question offers you a problem that you must solve, and five answer choices below it. Rephrase the question to make sure you understand it, and then devise a plan to solve it.

Solve first, Check later: Once you have an answer —only then— see if your answer is listed among the answer choices. By looking at the answer choices after you’ve solved the problem, you are able to stall those nasty SAT traps.

Work Backwards: Work backward when the question describes an equation of some sort and the answer choices are all rather simple numbers.Do Not: Work backward when dealing with answer choices that contain variables or complicated fractions.