Answer the Question:

On the SAT math section, it is very important to carefully read the question and be aware of what exactly it is asking. Not following this simple strategy could unnecessarily cost you valuable points. To illustrate, here is an example:

If 3x + 2y = 19, and 2x + 4y = 18, what is the value of x + y?

(A) 2

(B) 4

(C) 5

(D) 7

(E) 8

In this question, it is very tempting to solve for x or y and then hastily pick answer choice A (y = 2) or answer choice C (x = 5). It is important to notice that the question is asking for x + y, which would give you 2 + 5 = 7 (answer choice D).

This strategy can be applied to the math section of most standardized tests, and occasionally to other sections as well.