# Strategies To Prepare for Heart of Algebra Questions: SAT® Math ## What are Heart of Algebra Questions?

The Heart of Algebra questions in the SAT® Math test will include questions about solving linear equations, graphing linear equations, solving linear inequalities, solving systems of inequalities, solving systems of equations, and determining absolute values. These questions make up one-third of the questions in the SAT Math exam.

## Strategies

### Slow Down for Complicated or Multi-Step Problems

If you come to an algebra question that includes many steps, it is important to slow down. Taking your time on complicated problems will keep you from making silly mistakes or missing a step. We recommend showing your work and detailing the process you used to arrive at an answer in order to ensure legitimate confidence while bubbling in your choices.

To be more specific, learn your formulas! This is crucial. For questions that focus on linear equations, absolute values, and graphs, memorizing the formulas is necessary. According to the College Board®, you will need to know how to:

• Solve and evaluate linear expressions
• Solve and evaluate linear equations
• Solve and evaluate linear inequalities
• Produce a linear function to show a linear relationship between two variables
• Solve and evaluate systems of linear inequalities
• Solve and evaluate systems of two linear equations
• Solve linear equations that require multiple steps
• Solve systems of two linear equations
• Evaluate connections or real-life relationships between variables and constants in expressions for linear functions
• Make connections between graphs and linear equations

It is essential to take time to review the formulas and rules each of these questions will require. As you take practice exams, note any questions that require formulas you do not have memorized and be sure to study them.