<p>...until you make careless errors.</p>

<p>We all know that ETS, no matter how much they deny it, designs the Math SAT to trip people up. And the fact that the math curve is brutal doesn't help one bit.</p>

<p>Any tips on avoiding pitfalls within the time period?</p>

<p>Some of my own tips:</p>

<p>Read absolutely EVERY single word in every question twice. Underline ones that seem important, and circle the ones that are already underlined.</p>

<p>Side lengths and the Pythagorean theorem: Make sure you square the ENTIRE expression, especially if there is a fraction involved (ie, if there is a side of length 1/2 x, square the 1/2 as well. Obvious mistake, but it's still easy to skip something like that)</p>

<p>Negative signs. 'Nuff said</p>

<p>If you are solving an expression with multiples of variables (2x, 5y, and the like), and the question asks you "What is x?" or "What is y?", MAKE SURE YOU GET RID OF THE COEFFICIENTS. I always forget to do this, and I miss the easiest part of the hard questions and get the whole thing wrong :(.</p>

<p>Any else?</p>