# How ~~do ~~can I avoid ~~making ~~careless mistakes?

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?