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.

# 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…)

# 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...

# 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...

# Proving Grounds #6

I’m back with another Proving Grounds quiz. These quizzes are available to everyone for one week, and then they’re only available to Math Guide owners. Want to join the swelling ranks of the PWN Army of Math Guide owners? You can buy the guide directly from me through the PWN store, or grab it on...

# Official Test Math Explanations

As I did for the last iteration of the SAT, I’ve been collecting the explanations I write on my Q&A sites for Official Test questions in a Google Spreadsheet for easy reference. The new test is still new, so I haven’t been asked MOST of the questions yet, but I figure it’s time to get (more…)

# Proving Grounds #5

Last week was a no-calculator installment of the Proving Grounds—this week it’s all grid-ins! Remember, if you want to access previous Proving Grounds quizzes, or if you want to be able to access this and future ones after they’ve been up for a week, all you have to do is be a Math Guide owner. You...

# Proving Grounds #4

Another Proving Grounds quiz coming your way. This one you should do without your calculator. Remember, Proving Grounds quizzes are available to everyone for one week, and then only available to Math Guide owners. Not a Math Guide owner yet? Got $20? 🙂...

# Proving Grounds #3

Time for another Proving Grounds installment, folks. Remember, these quizzes are available for one week for everybody, and then they’re for Math Guide owners only. “How can I get to be a Math Guide owner?” you ask?! Well, either you buy one right from me, or you forward me your receipt from some place like...

# Proving Grounds #2

Here’s the second installment of the Proving Grounds quizzes, which are available for everyone to try for one week before they become exclusive to Math Guide owners. A little parabola-heavy this week, but then again, who doesn’t love parabolas? Good luck! Mechanical Calculators image By Ezrdr (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons...

# Proving Grounds #1

Below is the first in a series of tough quizzes for the new SAT that will be available to everyone for a week, and then only available to Math Guide owners. If you want access to all these quizzes long term, well, you might want to grab a Math Guide. They’re on sale now, and...