If the college-bound high school student in your life could benefit from a dedicated SAT Math prep class, Varsity Tutors is happy to offer comprehensive SAT Math prep courses that you may want to look into. Math anxiety is a common obstacle faced by many students, and can lead to them freezing up during math tests or sections, even if they actually know how to do the problems. When you sign your student up for an SAT Math course through Varsity Tutors, they receive personal attention to help them overcome their obstacles, whether they come from lack of content knowledge or mindset and anxiety issues, or both.

**What type of SAT Math courses near me can I sign up for through Varsity Tutors?**

Varsity Tutors offers two distinct SAT Math course options. The first is private tutoring, allowing your student to receive individualized attention as they work toward their educational goals. Each SAT Math class session will be dedicated purely to meeting their study needs. This can be especially helpful for students who are have one or two specific difficulties or one or two topics they've completely mastered. With private tutoring, your student doesn't have to sit through group SAT Math prep courses when the focus is on something they don't need to review. On the flip side, they don't have to suffer from being completely lost when the focus of their SAT Math course is on a skill that they need more foundational knowledge review.

During these individual SAT Math courses, any questions your student asks can be answered on the spot, so they can get the most benefit out of their study time. Your student and their tutor have the flexibility to spend as much time as they need to on any concept that your student finds particularly challenging.

Their SAT Math class instructor can assess your student's skills in depth when they first study together, and make a plan to help your student work towards reaching their goal score. In a large classroom setting, these plans come in the form of a syllabus, and classroom teachers generally need to adhere to the syllabus to be fair to all students. In your student's one-on-one SAT Math prep class, their tutor can create dynamic lessons and adjust the specifics in real time as your student experiences growth more quickly on some things and needs a bit more time with other things. Every minute of their SAT Math prep course can be spent thoroughly covering exactly what they need to, no more and no less. If your student does better with a personal approach, this is the choice for them.

Alternatively, your student might opt for a small-group SAT Math prep course. A small-group course is essentially a very small SAT Math class consisting of your student, the instructor, and a handful of other students preparing for the same test. Students may interact with one another as well as the instructor, fostering a collaborative learning environment as everybody pursues their academic potential. If your student enjoys being part of a team working towards the same goal and would rather share ideas and encouragement with fellow test takers, these small-group SAT Math prep classes are the right choice for them. If they do run into specific concepts or skills they find especially challenging, you can always have your student sign up to work with their tutor in a one-on-one setting for as much or as little time as they need.

Whether your student's taking an individual or small-group SAT Math course, all instruction takes place over the Internet using the Varsity Tutors Live Learning Platform. This helps make SAT Math classes as convenient as possible, and increases the flexibility for both student and tutor even more. With the removal of any obstacles relating to travel time or transportation availability, there's more room in everyone's schedule to actually do the work of studying for the SAT Math section.

Although an SAT score is not required by all colleges and universities in the US, it is accepted by virtually all post-secondary institutions as part of your application packet. The test was created to provide a common data point college and university admissions boards could use to evaluate and compare applicants from around the country and even around the world. They include each applicant's SAT score as one of the tools they use to evaluate how well prepared they are to succeed in a college environment. For highly competitive programs, your student's SAT score could end up determining whether they get accepted or not. This is the main reason the quality of your student's SAT Math course is so important.

**What will happen during SAT Math prep classes near me?**

Most SAT Math courses begin by giving students a sense of the structure and content they can expect on exam day. The SAT Math section is part of the full SAT, and 80 minutes of the total 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if your student takes the optional Essay section) are dedicated to math. This is the longest section from the perspective of time, and their tutor may devote a bit of time during your student's SAT Math prep courses helping them build up their stamina. This is sometimes done by the SAT Math class instructor administering timed practice Math sections. Continue reading to learn more about test-taking strategies your student can learn in their SAT Math courses.

The Math section is further divided into two sections that are timed separately. Your student is allowed up to 25 minutes to answer all 20 of the questions that do not allow them to use a calculator, and up to 55 minutes to complete the 38 problems on which a calculator is allowed. It can be tempting to want to use the calculator at every opportunity, but most students find that they do not have enough time to double-check every answer with it. Spending time in their SAT Math prep classes learning how to do well on the exam with minimal calculator use can be a good idea.

The majority of SAT questions, including the Math section, are presented as multiple-choice questions. A handful of Math section questions, however, are called grid-ins. This means that rather than choosing the correct answer from a list of options, your student must work the whole problem and provide the correct answer in written form.

The list below highlights some of the most important concepts your student may want to review in an SAT Math course:

**SAT Math Content Areas**

**Heart of Algebra**- solving problems involving linear equations and systems**Problem Solving and Data Analysis**- using math skills to understand presented data and solve problems**Passport to Advanced Math**- understanding of the structure of expressions and the ability to analyze, manipulate, and rewrite these expressions

It's not a very long list, but the concepts may be applied to a lot of different problems. Check out the practice problem below for an example:

Aaron is staying at a hotel that charges $99.95 per night plus tax for a room. A tax of 8% is applied to the room rate, and an additional one time untaxed fee of $5.00 is charged by the hotel. Which of the following represents Aaron's total charge, in dollars, for staying x nights?

- (99.5 + 0.08x) + 5
**1.08(99.95x) + 5**- 1.08(99.95x + 5)
- 1.08(99.95 + 5)x

The answer in bold, B, is the correct one. If you're worried whether or not your student would find that correct answer quickly enough, it's good that you're looking into obtaining private or small-group SAT Math classes for them.

**How can an SAT Math class near me help me understand each content area better?**

The instructors, or tutors, who Varsity Tutors can refer you and your student to are familiar with the SAT Math section. They can go as deeply into each content area during SAT Math prep classes as your student would like. We can look a little closer at each section here, as well.

There is a strong focus on algebra because many of the key concepts your student needs to succeed in college and their career can be found within algebraic content. Your student's SAT Math prep class instructor can help them practice properly analyzing, fluently solving, and adeptly creating linear equations and inequalities. Students will also be required to analyze and solve equations and systems of equations fluently using a variety of techniques. Some algebra problems may involve using the kind of strategy or understanding necessary to perform tasks like interpreting the interplay between graphical and algebraic representations or using problem solving as a process of reasoning.

Another crucial skill set for success in college and life in general, especially in the workplace, is the aptitude needed in first developing a meaningful representation of a problem considering the units involved, then attending to the meaning of quantities, and finally knowing and properly using the different properties of operations and objects. In other words, problem solving and data analysis. A number of these questions will use content drawn from the sciences and social sciences.

Your student may want to spend a good deal of their SAT Math class time reviewing the advanced math questions, which involve topics they must master before taking college math courses like calculus, mathematical physics, or differential equations, to name a few. Whether your student plans to pursue further math education or not, they do need to know the material in this section. A few samples of tasks your student will need to perform on this portion of the SAT Math section are creating quadratic or exponential functions, manipulating polynomial expressions, and understanding a nonlinear relationship between two variables, among others.

**How can SAT Math prep classes near me help me prepare in addition to studying content?**

There's more to studying for a standardized test like the SAT than making sure you know the subjects that will be tested. Test taking is a skill on its own, and not one usually taught in schools. Since SAT results come with much higher stakes than any one classroom quiz, it's important to be thoroughly prepared for the SAT. Your student's SAT Math classes will almost certainly include working on study and test-taking skills in addition to subject review.

Your student's SAT tutor can help them improve their pacing if they're concerned about answering all the questions in the time allowed. Because there's a penalty for each question not answered, but none for getting the wrong answer, time management strategies can be nearly as important as content knowledge on the SAT Math test.

Some students find the wording of SAT questions confusing, or at least different from what they're used to. Their tutor can help them practice reading questions carefully so they don't miss a crucial word in a problem, like "not," which can lead them to give the exact opposite of the correct answer. By becoming familiar with the way SAT Math questions are worded, your student could greatly reduce the time they need to answer a question correctly. It's a bit like learning a new language. If your student can look at a question in "SAT" language and understand it immediately, they're able to work at a quicker pace.

Throughout their school years, your student's been told before quizzes and tests in their various classes to be sure to double-check their work before turning it in. Their private or small-group SAT instructor may advise them to lose that training and learn to trust their first instinct on SAT Math questions. If they can answer a question in their head before checking the options offered, they can feel confident they have the right answer if they find theirs in the list of possible answers. Even if the answer doesn't pop right into their head, it's not necessary to work out entire multiple-choice math questions. Their SAT tutor can show you them to work problems just until it becomes clear which of the answer choices provided is correct. Their tutor may even be able to show them how to increase their chances of picking the right answer when they don't know it at all.

For many nervous students, having each SAT Math class focus on helping them become familiar with the exam is enough to help reduce their anxiety. In addition, their tutor can demonstrate relaxation techniques they could use on test day to keep their mind sharp.

Varsity Tutors strives to ensure each student's SAT Math prep course is an enriching academic experience that helps them gain confidence in their test-taking abilities. To enroll today or discuss which option would be best for your future college student, reach out to an Educational Consultant at Varsity Tutors today.

## Katherine: SAT Math course instructor

While I was studying Public Policy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, I decided that I wanted to teach high school math so that I could have a direct impact on helping students graduate from high school and attend college. I taught high school math for five years in Baltimore City and DC: Algebra I, Algebra II and...

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## Jeffrey: SAT Math course instructor

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## Alex: SAT Math course instructor

...my lessons focus on principles and processes, creating a deeper understanding of the facts presented in class or in the textbook. I find that this technique works very well with math and physics, where understanding the theory is often the key to being able to see a problem and find the right path to a solution. I also try to apply this method to test preparation, so that students aren't just following a test-taking strategy...

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- University of Florida - Bachelor in Arts, Anthropology
- Georgetown University - Master of Arts, Conflict Resolution

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- SAT Math
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## Cameron: SAT Math course instructor

...in 2013 with a degree in Biological Sciences. Now I am in my second year of medical school, once again at USC, with the hopes of either being a cardiologist or dermatologist -- still have plenty of time to decide! During college I tutored two kids in 6th through 8th grade math. I really enjoyed helping them with their homework assignments, preparing them for exams, and watching them improve in their courses. During this time,...

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- University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, Biological Sciences
- University of Southern California - Doctor of Medicine, Medicine

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- SAT Math
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## Mei: SAT Math course instructor

..."ABC" (Pythagorean theorem), they will show 2 examples in class without explaining why side "C" is "C". Then on standardized test, the sides are now labeled "EFG", and the child struggles to properly choose the correct inputs to the equation. Memorizing formulas is good, but understanding how and why is better. Answers are good, but repeatable problem solving skills are better. Doing practice tests is good, but focusing on the troublesome problems is better. Simply...

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- Northwestern University - Bachelors, Economics

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- SAT Math
- SAT Writing and Language
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- SAT Reading
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## Lindsay: SAT Math course instructor

...Arizona, with a BS in Biology and minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I am currently working on computer coding and enjoy tutoring students, specializing in test preparation for the ACT, SAT, and GRE. I have nine years of tutoring experience, tutoring students from elementary age to graduate level, as well as working with students with special needs. I particularly enjoy tutoring mathematics, biology, and helping students prepare for standardized tests. I can also tutor in...

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- University of Arizona - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General

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- SAT Math
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## Parisa: SAT Math course instructor

...a student and knowing the difference between good and bad help--is the most important quality of a good tutor. And just as importantly, I will work hard to tailor each tutoring session to the student's needs. I know that everyone's learning style is different, and I view it as my responsibility to cater to the student's strengths while addressing his/her weaknesses. On experience (briefly): I was hired as a teaching assistant by my university's economics...

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- University of Virginia-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Politics Honors and Economics

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- SAT Math
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## Michael: SAT Math course instructor

...a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. As a Philosophy major, I developed an aptitude for argumentation and logical reasoning, and utilized these skills as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Modern Logic course at Middlebury. I am particularly interested in teaching the LSAT to students, as this test draws on the strengths that I developed throughout college and during my months of preparation for the test. While the LSAT is challenging, it is learnable,...

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- Middlebury College - Bachelors, Philosophy

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## Ingy: SAT Math course instructor

...I am seeking fellowship as an actuary. I have always enjoyed helping my peers in classes with unclear teaching methods, which led me to tutor at a young age in my K-12 school, then in college. The cumulative nature of math poses challenges to many students, and I like to find ways to connect the dots to help my students have a better grasp of difficult concepts. While I have tutored a variety of subjects,...

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- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelors, Mathematics with Actuarial Science Specialization

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- SAT Math
- SAT Mathematics
- SAT
- Calculus 2
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## Ema: SAT Math course instructor

...where I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with an emphasis on screenwriting. Although I love literature and writing, I am most passionate about tutoring math. I have five years of experience as a math tutor, during which time I helped students ages 3-17 with math ranging from basic arithmetic to pre-calculus. My favorite math topic is algebra, particularly because of its usefulness in solving real-world word problems. In addition to mathematics, I...

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- Harvard University - Bachelors, English

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- SAT Math
- SAT Subject Tests
- Pre-Calculus
- Middle School Math
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## Matt: SAT Math course instructor

...Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a BS in mathematics, as well as minors in creative writing and computer science. While I do not have any formal experience with teaching, I have spent much of my academic career tutoring friends and family to help them succeed in school, and I have personally improved the grades of many of my peers through studying sessions with me by as much as 30%. I am a friendly and casual tutor,...

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- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Current Undergrad, Mathematics

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- SAT Math
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## Daniel: SAT Math course instructor

...smart. I'm not that guy that can just look at a problem on the board and just figure it out in seconds. I hate asking that guy for help because he doesn't know how to explain somethinghe just gets it right away. He's never sat down and broken it down. I never was that guy and I will never be that guy. I will always be that guy that stays after class to asks questions...

### Education & Certification

- Yale University - Current Undergrad, Applied Mathematics

### Subject Expertise

- SAT Math
- SAT Mathematics
- Test Prep
- High School Business
- +31 subjects

## Max: SAT Math course instructor

...from Ball State University in the summer of 2014 and have been taking a break from academia since then. I am in the process now of applying for PhD programs in Computational Biology. I have done research in the field of freshwater ecology and am anticipating the publication of a paper I co-authored in the next several months. In the past I have worked with students of a variety of age ranges on standardized test...

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- Ball State University - Bachelors, Biology, General

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- SAT Math
- SAT Reading
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- Algebra
- +62 subjects

## Cole: SAT Math course instructor

...of Wisconsin- Madison, currently purusing a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering. I received my Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, along with a Certificate in Business, from UW as well. Education has always been important to me, and tutoring allows me to share that passion with others. I first got into tutoring through a volunteer program in high school, and I continued to tutor during my undergraduate studies, which was some of the most rewarding...

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- UW Madison - Bachelors, Industrial Engineering
- UW Madison - Masters, Industrial Engineering

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- SAT Math
- SAT Mathematics
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- SAT
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## Harriet: SAT Math course instructor

...with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Mathematics. Following my passion of teaching and working with students, I also studied to become licensed to teach math and physics. I have spent time working with students in St. Paul who are struggling to meet grade level standards, students who need an extra boost for an AP test, and I spent an entire semester at a school in India working with students in math, physics, and...

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- St. Olaf College - Bachelors, Math and Physics

### Subject Expertise

- SAT Math
- SAT Mathematics
- SAT Reading
- ACT English
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## Ariela: SAT Math course instructor

...reasons that I am good at test taking, is my ability to organize information. It's a skill I use both in my academic life, as well as professionally; as a stage manager, it is often my job to take in complicated and conflicting pieces of information (the blocking, a quick change in costumes, changes in a script) and quickly organize that information so that I can convey it to someone else. I enjoy and excel...

### Education & Certification

- University of Chicago - Current Undergrad, Theater & Performance Studies

### Subject Expertise

- SAT Math
- SAT Reading
- SAT Mathematics
- High School English
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## Emerson: SAT Math course instructor

...of Chicago, working towards a pre-med double major in Psychology and Biology (with a specialization in Neuroscience). Beginning in my early teens, I began working and volunteering as a tutor in a variety of environments: I began as a volunteer at a summer program for underprivileged children at the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin, and since I have worked as a private elementary school tutor, a private SAT-prep tutor, and a preschool tutor...

### Education & Certification

- University of Chicago - Bachelor of Science, Biology and Psychology

### Subject Expertise

- SAT Math
- SAT Reading
- SAT Writing and Language
- SAT Mathematics
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## Cynthia: SAT Math course instructor

...home for the summer in the Philadelphia area. I was a Neuroscience major, and I will be pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience in the fall at Johns Hopkins. I have been tutoring high school students outside of class in college and involved in STEM academics and research mentorship as well as a translation program from and to English outside of class. I speak Japanese and French, and I have taken the PSATs, SATs, 10 APs,...

### Education & Certification

- Princeton University - Bachelors, Neuroscience
- Johns Hopkins University - PHD, Neuroscience

### Subject Expertise

- SAT Math
- SAT Reading
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- Algebra 3/4
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## Keith: SAT Math course instructor

...opportunity to tutor students. It was my first exposure to education (from the educators side) back when I was in college, working with students at a local high school. First with them, and also my friends, I noticed that I really enjoyed helping people understand something they were struggling with. Thats why I hope to tutor as many students as I can handle. The thing I enjoy most about teaching is the opportunity to help...

### Education & Certification

- Georgetown University - Unknown, International History
- Valparaiso University - Masters in Education, Education

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- SAT Math
- SAT Mathematics
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