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The thought of attempting the Maths section of SAT without a calculator may give sleepless nights to many students. But is it really that difficult to solve the Maths equations without using a calculator in the SAT exam, or is it just something that students fret about unnecessarily?

SAT Maths no-calculator section comprises of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 grid-ins. It has a time limit of 25 minutes. Its weightage is approx 1/3rd of total maths score. Let’s discuss some tips that can help you get a good score in this section-

**1. Practice arithmetic in the old school way – **

Firstly, it is important to understand that no-calculator section won’t require you to make lengthy, complex calculations; rather, it will focus on basic mathematics. The students of CBSE and ICSE boards are not allowed to use calculators in their exams. However, students who have studied under IB curriculum and have been using calculators may need some practice solving maths questions without a calculator. The easiest way to overcome this problem is to strictly avoid the use of calculator during SAT preparation.

**2. Write every step of the solution – **In school exams, the students are required to show each step of the solution and the marks are given accordingly. Thanks to this, students are not marked zero even if they get the final answer wrong. But in SAT, marks are awarded only if the final answer is correct. However, students are advised to follow the same approach of writing each step so that they can easily check their mistakes in case they think the answer is incorrect.

3. Brush up the fundamentals –Some of the questions in the SAT Maths section can be complicated as they test your understanding of two different concepts. These questions become easy to solve if broken into parts. Some questions won’t require the use of calculators at all. Also, some questions will require core understanding of the basic concepts. Therefore, students should brush up the basics thoroughly to get a good score in this section.

**4. Figure out what the question wants – **Some questions can be tricky. Therefore, it is important to read the question carefully and understand what exactly it is asking. At times, in a rush to answer the question, students judge the question incorrectly and end up losing marks. This is specially an issue with word problems as these questions may provide some irrelevant information.

**5. Practice as much as possible – **This may sound obvious. But the more you practice, the less are the chances of answering the questions incorrectly. The trainers and counsellors can only provide the right information and guidance to ace the test but if you don’t practice, then nothing will happen.

The above-mentioned tips should be kept in mind while preparing for SAT Maths no-calculator section**. **

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