February 5, 2014

SAT Math Study Plan

After the “SAT Math Content” blog post I thought it would be logical to do a follow up with a study plan for the quantitative section. My timeline will be seeking to provide a starting point and I recommend you adopt the study plan in a way that works with academic schedule. The optimal preparation time varies for most students but I recommend at least a month for the quantitative section. A good study plan should engage you 5 days a week.




Week 1


Make sure you have a great reference textbook. The College Board text The Official SAT Study Guide is my preferred choice. The first day should be set aside to establish your baseline knowledge or preparedness for an educational experience or course of study.Hence start by taking a sample full practice test exam provided on the College Board website. Then to increase your score, 2-3 hours a day should be appropriate study time.


Now take time to really know what SAT is all about. This will help you map your preparation.

  • General
  • Information and sections of SAT Math
  • General Math
  • strategies
  • Day of test
  • Tips
  • Calculators

Note: Most of the information above is contained in Chapter 1, 2 and 14 (About the Mathematics Section)


Numbers and Operations: Introduction

  • Properties
  • of Integers
  • Number line
  • Arithmetic
  • Word Problems  (including percent, ratio, and proportion)
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Real
  • Numbers


Review the sample full practice test,study the answers and explanations of the questions you got wrong.


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2: Start working through the Numbers and Operations questions.

Week 2


Numbers and Operations: Part 2

  • Sequences and series (including exponential growth)
  • Ratio
  • and Proportions
  • Percent
  • Powers
  • and Roots of Numbers
  • Sets (union, intersection, elements)
  • Counting
  • Methods


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2: Finish working through the Numbers and Operations questions.


Algebra and Functions: Part 1

  • Simplifying
  • Algebraic Expressions; Factoring, Exponents
  • Absolute
  • Values
  • Equations
  • Solving
  • Linear Equations with One Unknown
  • Solving
  • Two Linear Equations with Two Unknowns
  • Solving
  • Equations by Factoring
  • Solving
  • Quadratic Equations


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2:  Start working through the Algebra and Functions questions.


Algebra and Functions (Part 2)

  • Exponents
  • Inequalities
  • Absolute
  • Value
  • Direct
  • and inverse variation
  • Newly defined symbols based on commonly used operations
  • Functions

Note: By the end of the 2nd week you should be comfortable with the most important concepts on SAT Math.

Week 3


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2:  Finish working through the Algebra and Functions questions. You will notice that the questions will progressively get harder. Feel free to refer the text when you get stuck. We are still in the learning stage.


Geometry and Measurement:

  • Lines
  • Intersection
  • Lines and Angles
  • Perpendicular
  • Lines
  • Parallel
  • lines and traversals
  • Polygons
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals


Geometry and Measurement: Part 2

  • Areas
  • and Perimeters
  • Circles
  • Rectangular
  • Solids and Cylinders
  • Coordinate
  • Geometry
  • Transformations

Take time to find out what information is provided in the Reference Information section. Then incorporate the same while tackling the Geometry related questions.


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2:  Work through all the Geometry and Measurement questions.


Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability:

  • Data
  • Interpretation  (tables and graphs)
  • Scatter
  • plots
  • Basic
  • Statistics (mean, median, and mode)
  • Elementary
  • Probability
  • Geometric
  • Probability

This will not be a very big section.

Week 4


SAT Practice Test 1 & 2:  Work through all the Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability questions. At this point you should have gone through all the Math questions in the 2 tests.


Take all the Math sections on SAT Practice Test 3 & 4. Make sure you time yourself and mimic a real exam situation.


Look through your answers and clarifications of the questions you got wrong.


Take a full Official SAT test, including the Verbal section and write an essay.Compare your score to the baseline score in week 1. By this time you should be able to isolate which sections you fared well and which one you need to work on.


Look through your answers and clarifications of the questions you got wrong.Take time to work on your weak areas (by sections) as you also start working on the verbal content.


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  1. […] Create a Study Plan: Creating a study plan helps you organize your time as well as articulate objectives that you would like to achieve from you study sessions. To help you create a plan, review the SAT Mathematics content and our sample study plan. […]


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