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__Pace__ yourself attentively from start to finish of each section.

__Pace__yourself attentively from start to finish of each section.

◦ Every question on the ACT and SAT is worth just one point, which is important to remember when allocating time to each question.

◦ Questions generally increase in difficulty over the course of each math section; earlier questions tend to be easier and less time-consuming, while later questions are sometimes trickier and take longer to solve.

◦ Try to solve easier problems thoroughly in 30 seconds of less, thereby earning time to allocate to more difficult later problems.

◦ No question is worth much more than 1.5 minutes of your time for as long as there are other questions remaining unanswered.

◦ Questions generally increase in difficulty over the course of each math section; earlier questions tend to be easier and less time-consuming, while later questions are sometimes trickier and take longer to solve.

◦ Try to solve easier problems thoroughly in 30 seconds of less, thereby earning time to allocate to more difficult later problems.

◦ No question is worth much more than 1.5 minutes of your time for as long as there are other questions remaining unanswered.

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__Read and reread__ the question extra-carefully.

__Read and reread__the question extra-carefully.

◦ One of the most common errors is rushing through the question stem and critically missing or misunderstanding a key detail.

◦ Read the question deliberately and attentively, focusing intently on each detail to ensure you properly understand it.

◦ Carefully reread if necessary any part of the question that you don't fully understand.

◦ Read the question deliberately and attentively, focusing intently on each detail to ensure you properly understand it.

◦ Carefully reread if necessary any part of the question that you don't fully understand.

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__Annotate__ key details.

__Annotate__key details.

◦ Circle or underline essential details, especially if you're in danger of solving the problem without considering them.

◦ Circle or underline the solution you are asked to produce - especially when it is only one among many possible solutions you could have been asked for.

◦ Carefully review your annotations as you solve the problem and before you grid the answer, ensuring you are correctly using all of the key information.

◦ Circle or underline the solution you are asked to produce - especially when it is only one among many possible solutions you could have been asked for.

◦ Carefully review your annotations as you solve the problem and before you grid the answer, ensuring you are correctly using all of the key information.

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__Tag__ skills tested and question type.

__Tag__skills tested and question type.

◦ As you read and annotate the question,

__mentally__assign tags that will help you focus on what's important to solve the problem and get the point. Specifically, tag:
• math skills the question tests

• the question type, if recognizable

• the question type, if recognizable

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__Flag__ pitfalls, traps, and trouble spots.

__Flag__pitfalls, traps, and trouble spots.

◦ As you read and annotate the question,

__mentally__assign flags to alert you to and help avoid predictable errors. Specifically, flag:
• common errors (pitfalls) to avoid that lurk in the tasks required by this particular question

• "gotchas" installed by the test authors as traps for the unwary

• challenging tasks called for by the question that generate potential trouble spots demanding extra rigor and special attention

• "gotchas" installed by the test authors as traps for the unwary

• challenging tasks called for by the question that generate potential trouble spots demanding extra rigor and special attention

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__Solve the problem powerfully and efficiently__using all appropriate tools at your disposal and proactively rooting out errors.##
__Notate__ your solution clearly and completely.

__Notate__your solution clearly and completely.

◦ Use consistent and thorough notation as an ongoing check against careless errors.

◦ Lay out your notation in a clear, consistent, and logical approach that

◦ As you notate your step-by-step solution, pay close attention to any

◦ Check your notation carefully for errors if your solution does not check.

◦ Review your notation after the fact when and if you get a practice question wrong; use the notation to analyze your error and put improvements into practice.

◦ Lay out your notation in a clear, consistent, and logical approach that

• follows clear paths

• economizes on space

• plans realistically

• thoroughly includes all relevant notation (avoiding skipped steps or missing pieces of notation)

• is easy to follow and check

◦ Review your notation as you go, checking for any clear errors.• economizes on space

• plans realistically

• thoroughly includes all relevant notation (avoiding skipped steps or missing pieces of notation)

• is easy to follow and check

◦ As you notate your step-by-step solution, pay close attention to any

__pitfalls, traps, and trouble spots you flagged__earlier.◦ Check your notation carefully for errors if your solution does not check.

◦ Review your notation after the fact when and if you get a practice question wrong; use the notation to analyze your error and put improvements into practice.

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__Use your calculator carefully__.

__Use your calculator carefully__.

◦ Use your calculator when needed (and permitted), but only for single-step computations.

◦ Notate each single-step computation on the page before performing the next computation; do not enter multiple steps at once into the calculator.

◦ Perform a basic reality check on your calculator's results to ensure you didn't make an error using it - radians vs. degrees, for example? Order of operations?

◦ Practice mental arithmetic in your everyday life - it sharpens your math skills whether or not you're able to use a calculator in any particular situation.

◦ Notate each single-step computation on the page before performing the next computation; do not enter multiple steps at once into the calculator.

◦ Perform a basic reality check on your calculator's results to ensure you didn't make an error using it - radians vs. degrees, for example? Order of operations?

◦ Practice mental arithmetic in your everyday life - it sharpens your math skills whether or not you're able to use a calculator in any particular situation.

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__Check__ your solution whenever possible.

__Check__your solution whenever possible.

◦ Always reread the question and given information as a check, carefully noting your annotations and ensuring you correctly integrated all of the details into your solution.

◦ To gain greater confidence that your answer is correct, carefully perform a check of your solution that is efficient yet thorough whenever possible.

◦ Notate your check when possible.

◦ To gain greater confidence that your answer is correct, carefully perform a check of your solution that is efficient yet thorough whenever possible.

◦ Notate your check when possible.