 ## How to Ace the ACT Math Section An abundance of superhero movies are coming out, ACT and SAT season is right around the corner, and students across the country are breaking out into a studious sweat!  If you’re a little worried about the ACT or SAT math section, I’m here to give you 3 tips that will raise your math scores above what you even expected.

1. Beef up your Pre-Algebra/Algebra I skills – Review how to do basic operations with fractions – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.  In addition, make sure you’re pretty confident with decimals too (since they relate to fractions).  Not too confident?  Check out Khan Academy for some great, free math exercises.  Over 50% of the math section is Algebra-related, so this is a MUST if you want to get a good score!  What Algebra concepts should you know? Start with these: How to graph linear equations, how to graph linear inequalities, proportions, ratios, percentages, solving for roots of quadratic equations, solving systems of equations, FOILing, and factoring quadratics.

2. Expand it out and Simplify – Whenever you have a mathematics problem, be sure it’s 1) expanded out, meaning there’s no parentheses, and then 2) simplify it by combing like terms or canceling terms that appear on both sides of an equation.  This alone allows a lot of students taking the ACT and SAT to spot the answer right away.  Just breathe, remember all the fun operations you learned from tip#1, and do it right.  But check your answer.