SAT Math Test Prep

Lesson Title: SAT Math Test Prep (3 of 4): Demystifying Math
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Content Creator: Mr. Ryan McLaughlin
Level: High School
Duration: 35-45 min
  /  SAT Math Test Prep (3 of 4): Demystifying Math



  • Students will know how to discern when the SAT is giving them an easy problem and trying to intimidate them by making it look harder than it is
  • Students will know what advanced topics are actually covered by the SAT, particularly from Precalculus
  • Students will be able to use the factor theorem on the SAT
  • Students will know the difference between linear growth and exponential growth


The SAT loves to take simple problems and make them look mysterious… for instance, taking an Algebra 1 problem and making it look far more complex than anything a student has seen before. We’ve talked in previous weeks about this… but the problem is, the SAT does actually include a tiny handful of topics that many students haven’t learned before. So how can you tell the difference? Come along as we take a peek into the mysterious side of the SAT!


  1. We'll begin in the Mystvale College Classroom. We'll take a look at a very mysterious looking problem from SAT Practice Test #1, Section 3, that's really just a simple Algebra 1 problem in disguise.
  2. Next, we'll take a look at problem that actually is mysterious, from the very same practice test and section: problem #15. We'll discuss what makes this one truly a challenge, and how it is a student can identify the real mysteries and what to do about them.
  3. We'll head down to the Math Lab to discuss the factor theorem and exponential growth vs. linear growth--two topics that students may not have seen in prior math classes, but which aren't as mysterious as they seem. Students will complete several practice problems.
  4. We'll cover study technique #3: taking practice tests.
  5. We'll discuss "super scoring" and how many times a student should take the SAT

Demonstratives & Media

Classroom Space
Math Classroom
Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos

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