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Math on the SAT and ACT, at least in the modern era, has been more a challenge of problem solving skills than one of mere content knowledge and calculation ability. Students on advanced math tracks tend to be far removed from anything actually tested on these exams. In fact, the knock on the last version of SAT Math was how tricky the problems were, even though they tested relatively simple concepts (and even included geometry formulas at the beginning of each math section!) The ACT is often considered a more straightforward test, even though the Math section tests Algebra 2 and trigonometry. But these tough tests have become a bit tougher nowadays. The SAT Math section was dramatically revised in 2016, but even the ACT has shifted slowly but surely over time. On ACT Math, we see this attenuated evolution manifest in the form of unexpected math concepts tested more…

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Have you ever had the experience of driving somewhere, but then forgetting how you got there or even when you arrived? Most of us know that disorienting feeling. In fact, the more senior among us sometimes forget how–or why–we walked into a room! If you spend more time on the road than in a classroom these days, you may not recall that this phenomenon plays out every single day in schools and on tests around the world. Students diligently toil on math problems to arrive at solutions they suddenly forget how they found. George Pólya, the influential mathematician who authored How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, knew all too well how quickly people abandon and encapsulate their efforts: Even fairly good students, when they have obtained the solution of the problem and written down neatly the argument, shut their books and look for something else. Doing…

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Need a boost on the ACT Math section? While our Intensive Classes deliver a full suite of content and strategy for every section of the SAT and ACT in a group setting, our Test Boosts focus exclusively on just one at a time. During this two-hour ACT Math Boost, we’ll run students through a lightning lesson on the arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trig tested on the exam while providing our innovative strategies for solving math problems as quickly, easily, and accurately as possible. Then, we’ll all work through the Math section of an official ACT to make sure students understand and retain what they’ve learned. Chariot Learning’s Test Boosts are perfect both for students just starting to prep and those in our classes or tutoring programs looking for a little more focused practice for the upcoming SAT. We usually limit enrollment to 10 students, ensuring that everyone gets plenty of…

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Need a boost on the SAT Math section? While our Intensive Classes deliver a full suite of content and strategy for every section of the SAT and ACT in a group setting, our Test Boosts focus exclusively on just one at a time. During this two-hour SAT Math Boost, we’ll run students through a lighting lesson on the arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trig tested on the exam while providing our innovative strategies for solving math problems as quickly, easily, and accurately as possible. Then, we’ll all work through the Math No Calculator and Calculator sections of an official SAT to make sure students understand and retain what they’ve learned. Chariot Learning’s Test Boosts are perfect both for students just starting to prep and those in our classes or tutoring programs looking for a little more focused practice for the upcoming SAT. We usually limit enrollment to 10 students, ensuring that…

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Need a boost on the SAT Math section? While our Intensive Classes deliver a full suite of content and strategy for every section of the SAT and ACT in a group setting, our Test Boosts focus exclusively on just one at a time. During this two-hour SAT Math Boost, we’ll run students through a lightning lesson on the arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trig tested on the exam while providing our innovative strategies for solving math problems as quickly, easily, and accurately as possible. Then, we’ll all work through the Math No Calculator and Calculator sections of an official released SAT to make sure students understand and retain what they’ve learned. Chariot Learning’s Test Boosts are perfect both for students just starting to prep and those in our classes or tutoring programs looking for a little more focused practice for the upcoming SAT. We usually limit enrollment to 10 students, ensuring…

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Happy Pi Day! I can think of no better way to celebrate this magical mathematical holiday than by talking math, specifically the most challenging aspects of one of the most challenging math tests any American student ever takes. Make no mistake: since its most recent revision, the SAT is more of a math test than it’s ever been. If you’re looking for tips on tackling math on the SAT, you already know how much this exam differs from math tests in school. You may already be aware that the SAT tests math from basic arithmetic through advanced topics in algebra 2 and trigonometry. If you’re lucky, you’ve also learned that SAT math focuses heavily on problem solving, particularly through tricky word problems. Still, real success on the SAT Math section requires much more in the way of content knowledge and strategic insight. To speed your progress, I asked a few…

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