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Ch 24: SAT Math: Exponents

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Use these lessons to prepare for the math section of your SAT. The short, user-friendly video lessons and quizzes for self-assessment make reviewing a snap.

SAT Math: Exponents - Chapter Summary

Get ready to demonstrate the necessary college-entry skills for working with exponents by reviewing these related topics:

  • Properties of exponents
  • Defining negative and zero exponents
  • Simplifying expressions with exponents
  • Rational exponents
  • Simplifying expressions containing rational exponents

Complete each short video lesson and follow up with the quick quiz to see if you're on the right track. A solid understanding of exponents is crucial for excelling in the algebra portion of your test.

SAT Math Objectives

The algebra and functions portion of the SAT contains 35%-40% of the math problems. You'll demonstrate your understanding of the concepts listed below:

  • Properties of exponents
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Substitution in algebraic expressions
  • Algebraic word problems
  • Systems of inequalities and equations
  • Solutions of inequalities and linear equations
  • Quadratics equations
  • Radical and rational equations
  • Absolute value
  • Equations of lines
  • Concepts of algebraic functions
  • Inverse and direct variation
  • Newly-defined symbols connected to commonly used operations

You won't need to memorize formulas, since the ones most commonly used are in your test book. These lessons will help you practice choosing the appropriate formulas for given questions and give you immediate feedback on your answers. On test day, you'll be able to use an approved model of calculator when needed. Check the SAT student site for details.

The math section of your test will include 58 questions to be completed in 80 minutes or less. You don't lose any points for questions not answered, or for incorrect responses.

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