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SAT - Most Difficult Math Problem as per MSN

Link to MSN's SAT Math Problem:

There are certain types of questions that a student will encounter on every SAT math test. The problem MSN selected as one of the most difficult questions is actually found on every test. It is not that difficult if you know how to tackle it. Our test preparation will teach you how to solve math problems such as this one.

The average is found by taking the total divided by the number of entries.
(70p +92n)/ (n+p) = 86
70p+92n = 86 (n+p) Cross Multiply
70p+92n = 86n +86p Distribute
6n = 16p Combine Like Terms
6n / 16 = p Divide
(6n/16)/n Substitute value of p into the equation and the answer of p/n = 6/16

The ACT vs. The SAT - Which Should You Take?

There a few things that you need to consider before you make your decision. To get started you need to look at your three PSAT scores (critical reading, math and writing) and your Selection Index (SI), which is the sum of all three PSAT sections. You then take your SI and add a zero to the end to make it four digits.

The general rule is that if your total PSAT score is below 1500 and your math score is strong, then you will want to take the ACT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500 and your score in language arts is strong, then you would prepare to take the SAT.

There are some exceptions, though. Let’s say your total PSAT score is below 1500, but your math score is low, then you may want to look into taking the SAT. If your total PSAT score is over 1500, but your critical reading score is low, then you may want to consider taking the ACT.

Most will agree that the ACT is generally easier overall. It is also usually recommended for those students who suffer from testing anxiety. It is important to note that you are not penalized for wrong answers or guessing when taking the ACT test.

Besides looking at your academic strengths, you will also want to consider college preferences. If a school on your list prefers one test over the other by accepting an extremely low score on one test versus the other test then it’s essential for you to focus your efforts accordingly. If you haven’t narrowed your college search, then you’ll want to focus on the test that will allow you to excel most & accentuate your skills.

New SAT Test Format

Are you ready for college? Here is a preview of the SAT questions using the new format.

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SAT Proposed Changes - 2016

  • The test will revert to the 1600-point standard, comprised of a Math and a newly-combined Reading/Writing section.
  • The SAT will eliminate the ¼-point penalty for wrong answers.
  • The essay will now be optional.
  • The primary test will be about 3 hours; the essay will be 50 minutes.
  • The test will be offered in print and ,at selected locations, on computer

PSAT & SAT Test Formats to Change

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement by College Board on March 5, 2014. Education professionals speculate a new science section will be added to the PSAT and SAT test formats.