The effective way to get a full score in the SAT Math Test

If you want to get a full score of 800 in the SAT Math Test, you should have a full understanding of the exam trend and get familiar with the exam questions!

Topics covered (approximate % of test)

  • Heart of Algebra - linear equations and systems (around 30%)
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis - unit conversion, percentages, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability (around 30%)
  • Passport to Advanced Math - manipulation of complex equations (around 30%)
  • Additional Topics in Math - geometry and trigonometry (around 10%)

Getting an 800 is hard, but if you pay more attention and are well prepared, you can achieve the full score too!

Tips from NTK:

1. Understand your strengths and weaknesses before you start to study

Most students will start revision and practice right away. However, you should first know how well you are doing and what you need to work on most! Take a Diagnostic Test to see which subject areas you know best, and which areas you need to work on. It gives you a preliminary assessment of your overall knowledge of concepts and test taking ability. NTK will provide you with a full range of analysis and a report of your strengths and weaknesses. Therefore you can learn effectively.

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2. Ignore the information unrelated to Math to save time

The recently revised exam tends to include irrelevant content in the questions, e.g. detailed explanations, real-life descriptions, etc. The questions therefore seem more complex, when in fact, the question is actually very straightforward.

Here is an SAT mock exam question from the College Board. Although the question contains 5-6 sentences, the most important part of the question is the highlighted sentence. It only requires you to express P in terms of other variables. The rest of the question can actually be ignored if you want to save time for other questions.

When you practice with a mock exam, you should only focus on the mathematical expressions.

3. Don’t rely too much on your calculator!

There is a non-calculator section in the SAT Reasoning Test. You may feel nervous when you hear that you cannot use a calculator in a Math exam. But if you understand all the concepts, you can just apply the skills to get to the answer without using a calculator.


Solving simultaneous equations could be difficult for some students, and you could easily make mistakes during the process. A more convenient approach is substituting options A, B, C and D into the two equations and see which options can be eliminated. For example, options C and D can easily be eliminated by substituting them into the first equation.

As you can see, the non-calculator section is perfectly manageable if you know the exam techniques and skills.

4. Drilling past papers can help you get familiar with exam questions and improve your time management

The SAT Reasoning Test has a total of 58 questions, which means you can only spend around one minute on each question. For Math there are so many ways to get to the answers. Use your study time to find out what works for you and stick with it. The final exam is not the time to discover the best approach. That is why NTK’s drilling papers and courses are an effective way to test your knowledge and time management. After acquiring all knowledge for the SAT, you must practice with a full set of mock exam papers to get comfortable with the timing, pacing and test taking techniques under time pressure. NTK provides drilling courses for SAT students to improve accuracy and speed in Quantitative Reasoning sections. We will also review common mistakes to help you secure the score.

5. Get professional support to avoid common mistakes
Most of our students only scored between 400-600 when they first started lessons here at NTK. If you want to get an 800 in SAT Reasoning, you need to get 100% correct. Sometimes you may have gotten the correct answer, but used a more complicated approach. 


Some students may choose to use long division to find the answer. However, if you simply substitute a random number for x (e.g. x = 0) into the given expression and the expressions in options A to D, and then compare their values, you could save time.

For students who are unfamiliar with SAT Math test taking strategies, we highly recommend enrolling in a course at NTK to help you solidify your knowledge and gain useful SAT-specific test techniques.

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About NTK:

Established in 1996, NTK Learning Center is a leading educational service provider in Southeast Asia, specializing in academic tuition for students following international curricula, standardized test preparation, and educational planning and consultation services.

NTK’s teachers include qualified examiners of various exam boards, e.g. IB, IGCSE, GCE AL, SAT, ACT, AP, etc. Our teachers utilize their diverse and interactive teaching styles to provide excellent learning experience to our students. Over the last two decades, we have helped numerous students gain admission to the world’s top schools and universities.