While it is certainly important to study for exams, it is also very important to frequently practice the skills and procedures associated with a given topic of study. We have included in this mailing a list of the specific topics and concepts covered on our website. In addition, you can always print a new list of topics by clicking on the "TOPICS COVERED" link found on our home page. Use these lists to assist you in choosing the specific areas of study that will make up your constructed "problem sets" or "practice tests". Once constructed, these problem sets, or practice tests, will serve as the conduit towards mastery in the areas of study chosen. We recommend that you first try the level I questions before moving on to the more difficult level II questions. You should first try to solve each individual problem yourself before viewing a solution. If you feel you lack some of the basic skills central to a particular topic, you may wish to view the 15-20 minute lesson that accompanies each "concept" we cover. You can pause, stop or replay the lesson at any time. When you feel comfortable with the material discussed in the lesson, continue solving the problems from your problem set. View the solutions for all questions that you get wrong or have difficulty solving. The more problems you solve on a particular topic, the more adept you will become at solving that type of problem on a future exam!
When preparing for a specific exam, you should try to construct a practice test that closely resembles the exam you will be taking. Using the list of topics you have printed, locate the specific areas that will be covered on your exam and choose those topics for your constructed practice test. Since a classroom test will usually contain a variety of difficulty levels, we recommend that you include both level I and level II questions on your constructed practice test. Try to select a number of questions that approximates the number of questions on your upcoming exam. For example, if your exam will cover 5 main concepts and will have approximately 30 questions, choose 6 questions (5 x 6 = 30) per concept. Mathrightnow.com will randomly determine the order of the questions on your practice test. This will help simulate your real exam, which will usually contain questions chosen in a random order. In addition, if you sometimes have trouble finishing exams, you may opt to create a "timed – practice test" to assist you in improving your time management. Take the entire practice set and then go to "My Exams" to view your performance. View the solutions to any questions you got wrong and, if desired, view their companion lessons.
As you may know, the types of mathematics questions asked on the SAT are usually quite different from those you may encounter in your mathematics class. SAT problems fall into three difficulty levels: "easy", "medium" and "hard". The "medium" and "hard" level questions can be quite challenging with many requiring multiple steps to reach a solution. It is not uncommon for a single problem to involve 3 to 4 mathematical concepts. For these reasons it is very important that you understand the basics of a particular topic before beginning your quest to master these types of problems. It is a good idea to master the "easy" level questions before turning your attention to the more demanding "medium" and "hard" level questions. To assist you in this quest,Mathrightnow.com recommends that you first take the time to review the various topics found on the SAT by creating problem sets from the branches ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY and ALGEBRA II. View the included SAT list which contains the location of where the SAT topics are found in the other branches. Choose a particular SAT topic that you would like to review and then create a problem set from the appropriate branch(s) (Algebra, Geometry and/or Algebra II). It may be a good idea to start with level I questions first before trying the level II questions. View the lessons on the topics that you struggle with. Once you have completed this preliminary review, construct a problem set from the SAT branch. Once again, you may wish to begin with "easy" questions before proceeding to the "medium" and "hard" questions.
Preparing for the SAT is not easy. However, with the right plan of attack you will begin to gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to improve your score. Try to begin preparing for the test several months in advance and make a commitment of consistent study and practice with Mathrightnow!