# Math Section Strategies

### Standard Multiple Choice:

- Read the question well. Be sure to select the best answer for the variable, value, or expression that is requested!
- Learn in advance all of the critical definitions, formulas, and concepts that appear in common questions.
- Remember to use the test booklet for scratch work, as well as for marking up any diagrams/graphs.
- Early questions in this section are easier. Spend less time on them.
- Don't get carried away with detailed calculations. Look for a trick or a shortcut if the question seems time consuming.
- When a question contains a weird symbol, just substitute the accompanying definition when figuring out the best answer choice.

### Quantitative Comparisons:

- Don't ever guess at Choice E. There are only four choices!
- Always consider values that are fractional (between 0 and 1), zero, negative, or non-integer.
- Factor out, then cancel, any common expressions or quantities in both Columns A and B. Remember that you are just trying to make relative comparisons.
- Questions are simpler and should take less time than the Standard Multiple Choice. Look closely. The answer is often apparent without any calculations.
- Write on any diagrams to help clarify any values, angles, sides, etc.
- Compare; don't solve!
- Simplify one or both sides whenever possible before comparing.