Lesson Title: SAT Math Test Prep (3 of 4): Demystifying Math

Academic Standards:

Content Creator: Mr. Ryan McLaughlin

Level: High School

Duration: 35-45 min

- 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!

- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We'll cover study technique #3: taking practice tests.
- We'll discuss "super scoring" and how many times a student should take the SAT