The most daunting test item for any teacher to teach and any student to get through is the infamous math word problem. With trickery and fear in your mind as you carefully read each word with suspicion of purposeful confusion creation, you muddle your way through each one without the confidence you have earned in your math classes. When it comes time to tackle word problems on the SAT and ACT, you may feel even more pressure as you have your sights set on the dream school you’ve been working towards your entire academic career. This pressure results in deeper suspicion and lower confidence, but it doesn’t have to. At Lake Norman Tutoring, we offer you the best tried and true tips for conquering the written math problems on the ACT or SAT.
- First, figure out exactly what is being asked. Before you look at any numbers or think of any equations, know precisely what you are solving for.
- Tackle the problem in multiple pieces. Start with what you are solving for, then find the important bits of data and information that affect that answer. Read and re-read again to catch any tricky wording.
- Use your scratch paper. This paper is not only for the most complex problems. Every word problem should be translated into numbers on your scratch paper. Seeing it in front of you will help you tackle the problem with all the knowledge you’ve gained and studied.
- If you are stuck, move on. But, never leave an answer blank. Guess an answer as best you can, and mark the problem to come back to if you find yourself with time in the end.
Confidence is a vital component of successful test-taking, especially at the college entrance exam level. We highly recommend you do a great deal of practice math word problems leading up to the exam date and find the methodology that works best for your specific strengths.
Not sure what your math strengths are or what strategy could help you achieve the score you desire? Call Lake Norman Tutoring today. We have excellent rates for SAT and ACT test prep tutoring and will do so much more than give you test questions. We’ll work with you on strategy and test-taking skills that will give you the confidence you need on test day. Call now! 704-845-0561