Don’t Goof Up the Grid-Ins


Sitting on the train this week, I overheard a group of mothers discussing the recent SAT. Of course I couldn’t help but eavesdrop! One mother was complaining that her daughter ran out of time because her daughter was confused about how to answer the math grid-ins. (One math section has 10 questions that are not multiple choice.) Being the pushy woman that I am, I asked the mom for her email address so that she could show this week’s newsletter to her daughter.

Math Grid-In Tips

Always start from the left.
The grid cannot accommodate: negative answers, answers with variables, answers greater than 9999, or answers with mixed numbers.
Always use the most accurate number that fits. 1.4 is not a substitute for 1.43.
Grid only the first three digits of long or repeating decimals.
It is not necessary to round repeating decimals.
Always guess if you have time- you don’t lose any points for a wrong answer.
Unless the problem indicates otherwise, an answer can be entered on the grid either as a decimal or as a fraction.
You don’t have to reduce fractions to their lowest terms.
Convert all mixed numbers to improper fractions before gridding the answer.
Some questions will have more than one right answer.

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)

Blog Categories