Wondering how to get a good score (or improve your scores) on the new digital SAT math modules?

## Use your resources

On the digital SAT, there are several tools (new and old) available to help students maximize their time and stay organized:

Reference Formulas The image below is the reference formula information that will be available to students for each math module question:

Desmos Graphing Calculator This is often the most useful and impactful tool available on both math modules of the digital SAT. On previous paper-based SATs, there was a 'no calculator' math section, designed to test students' abilities to solve questions by hand. THIS HAS DISAPPEARED and has been replaced with math modules that often require strategic calculator use in order to finish the questions in the allotted time.

strikethrough tool - for eliminating answers

annotator tool - for highlighting important bits

'mark for review' tool - to note questions to come back to later if time allows

countdown clock - to keep track of how much time has passed and how much is left

## Know what's coming

Math content on the digital SAT covers...

Algebra

Problem Solving & Data Analysis (PSDA)

Geometry & Trigonometry

Advanced Skills

Here's a more specific breakdown of what these vague topics actually test:

ALGEBRA

linear equations, inequalities, & functions

systems of linear equations, inequalities, & functions

PROBLEM SOLVING AND DATA ANALYSIS

graph interpretation

bar / line / scatterplot / box-and-whisker plot / histograms

rates, ratios, & proportions

speed/density

unit conversion

fraction operations

linear rate functions

central tendency / evaluating statistical claims

mean / median / mode / range / standard deviation

distribution diagram interpretation and vocabulary

making data inferences and interpreting margin of error

percentages

probability & relative frequency

interpreting frequency tables & two-way tables

GEOMETRY / TRIGONOMETRY

triangles

perimeter / area

similarity & congruence

SOHCAHTOA right triangle trigonometry rules and relationships

special right triangles

inscribed shapes

Pythagorean Theorum

geo/trig skills continued...

angles

parallel / perpendicular lines / transversals

vertical / complementary / supplementary angle rules

quadrilaterals

squares / rectangles / rhombi / parallelograms / trapezoids

perimeter / area

circles

radius / diameter / area / circumference

arc length & sector area proportion calculations

converting between radians and degrees

circle graph / equation interpretation

completing the square

unit circle

geo/trig skills continued...

volume & surface area

cubes / rectangular prisms / cylinders

ADVANCED SKILLS

quadrilaterals

factoring / FOILing

solving quadratic equations and functions

evaluating number of quadratic solutions from given equation(s)

word problems with constants

vertex form / finding the vertex of a parabola

advanced skills continued...

higher-degree polynomials

combining like terms and isolating variables

radical, rational, and negative exponent rules

factoring and interpreting non-linear function diagrams

word problems with constants

advanced skills continued...

systems of linear and quadratic equations & inequalities

evaluating radicals, roots, and absolute values

equation translations

arithmetic / geometric sequences

## Use test-taking strategies

#### PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

When in doubt on a question, using process of elimination is a great way to increase your chances of getting the question correct.

#### TIME MANAGEMENT

While the digital SAT is considerably shorter than its paper-based predecessor, this also means that time management is an even bigger component of getting a high score.

Using Desmos, particularly on the higher-level math module, is KEY to managing time effectively and getting through all of the questions in the time allotted. It is a fantastic use of study time to practice using Desmos to interpret given equations, visualize graphs, and answer difficult math questions.

Even if you're familiar with how to solve difficult math questions by hand, this is no longer what the test is designed to assess. It is now a question of how well students are able to use the given resources in the allotted time. So, if it's going to be even a little bit faster to solve a question using Desmos, use it!

#### GUESSING

There is no guessing penalty on the digital SAT, so it pays to guess on any questions students may be unsure about or run out of time for in any of the digital SAT's modules; this is true for both multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in the math modules.

If there is a group of questions left to guess on, it's better to choose one letter and stick with it (instead of randomly choosing different letters for each of the questions). Statistically, it's more likely to get more 'free' points by sticking with one letter -- even if the questions needing guesses are spaced out throughout the section!

Note: it's a myth that "C" is the most commonly-occurring answer choice. It's just as likely for A, B, or D to be correct for multiple choice questions on any given test or module. So, whichever letter is your favorite (A, B, C, or D), pick that one and stick with it!

#### ANXIETY MANAGEMENT

If you or someone you know experiences test anxiety or math anxiety, this post can help!

## Digital SAT Math Module Strategy Summary

In order to do well on the math modules of the digital SAT, it's important to use the resources provided in the test application, know (and practice!) the concepts and skills that are most likely to appear on the test, and use test-taking strategies to maximize time and energy.

TL;DR

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