Can you please share a list of topics that I need to master to achieve a 600 on the Math section? I do not think I have to learn all the topics, please give me as concrete and narrow list as possible. I think this would be useful for most of the people preparing for the test.

# December 2017 SAT scores

December SAT scores are out today (or at least, multiple choice scores begin to come out today). I hope that today brought you good news and that the thrill of victory lingers all weekend. I’ve been doing this long enough to know, however, that score day is never a happy day for everyone. If your results (more…)

# SAT Math Scaled Score Targets

Most people spend the majority of their test prep time attempting to master content. This is a good thing! Without content knowledge, you’re in trouble. However, if you want to set yourself up for success, you should also be devoting some time to learning the rules of the game—you can’t develop effective strategy until you (more…)

# Best (toughest) of the Daily PWN

Now that the Daily PWN email list has been going for a while and I’ve got some good data on the questions, I thought I’d compile a list of the ones people are missing most frequently. If you’re looking for a quick skill sharpening on some tough problems, why not give these a try? 002 017 026 (more…)

# The Daily PWN

Hey guys, just a quick post here to announce a new feature I quietly launched on the site a couple weeks ago; people who have found it seem to like it so far. You can now sign up to receive practice math questions, automatically delivered to your inbox once a day. I’m calling it “The Daily (more…)

# How’d you feel about the December SAT?

If you took the December SAT, how about filling out this quick survey? These surveys are an informal way to assess how hard the tests were compared to the released practice tests. Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. If you’re looking to stoke/assuage your (more…)

# Proving Grounds #9

Here’s another Proving Grounds installment! The aim of the following five-question quiz is to work your graphing calculator muscles, so my recommendation is that you try to solve them by graphing even if your first inclination would be to solve them another way. My solutions for this drill will be entirely calculator-based; spend enough time...

# Did you take the November SAT? How’d you feel about it?

If you took the November SAT, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests? Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. Those of you looking for something to stoke/assuage your (more…)

# Minor updates to the Math Guide

A few weeks ago, I made some minor adjustments to the Math Guide to incorporate the additional official material released by the College Board: tests 5 and 6 (download them here). If you purchase new copies of the Math Guide from the PWN store (or anywhere else) now, your book will have breakdowns of those (more…)

# Site update: Math Guide Owner verification

Just a quick bit of business here: I’ve automated the Math Guide Owner membership process. You no longer need to email proof of purchase to me to gain access (everybody at once: YAASSSS!!)—all you need to do is go to this page, scroll to the bottom, and verify your book ownership by answering one randomized question about (more…)

# Did you take the October SAT? How’d you feel about it?

If you took the October SAT, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests? Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. This survey is over, but if you’re curious, (more…)

# Proving Grounds #8

It’s been a while since we did one of these! The following five-question quiz (all about a histogram, by special request) will be available to everyone for one week, and then it will only be available to registered Math Guide Owners. (If you don’t have a Math Guide, now is a pretty good time to...

# A basic quadratic formula program for your calculator

This is not really SAT specific or even particularly SAT useful, but I made the video above to help you create a basic quadratic formula program for your TI graphing calculator if that’s a thing you’d like to do. If you’ve programmed things into your calculator before and don’t feel like watching a whole video, you (more…)

# Math Skills for the New SAT: Completing the Square

The new SAT requires you to know a number of special equation forms—to know which one you need to use in a given situation, and to know how to get into that form if it’s not the one you’re given by using algebraic manipulation. Some equation forms (vertex form of a parabola and the standard (more…)

# Proving Grounds #7

I’m back after a hiatus with another Proving Grounds Quiz. Usual Proving Grounds rules apply: this quiz is open to everyone for a week, but then it’s only open to Math Guide owners. Good luck! *Data source: City of Bridgeport Office of Policy and Management. Accessed 2015-06-14 at http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/96401/default.aspx...