I keep taking practice tests and I am constantly overthinking every single problem on the Math without Calculator... even the easiest problems. I find myself getting around 700 on math when I easily can get 750+ if I don't make careless errors. For Example... One of the questions asked to solve 25=(x-11)^2 for x and I immediately went to expanding the equation and applying the quadratic formula when I could easily solve it by square rooting both sides. Do you guys have any tips on how you to not overthink these problems?
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Chris_PrepSc... |

Based on the information you've provided, it sounds like you're a strong math student overall. My guess is that you're probably in a math class right now that involves higher-level math than the SAT, so you tend to assume that problems are more complex than they really are. What this comes down to is strategic practice. When you take practice tests, have you been keeping track of the problems where you make these mistakes? Even though these are "careless" mistakes, they're still legitimate problems that won't be fixed just by taking practice test after practice test without analysis in between.
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