64 Questions in 45 minutes. The longest section...
HSPT Math is the longest section. It requires that you maintain discipline while maintaining an efficient, detailed pace. Questions may range from one-step equations to multi-step word problems. Therefore, we must be strategic.
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HSPT math tests us on concepts that we've started learning since grade school. How can we possibly remember everything? Our success on HSPT math relies on our ability to classify. Let's find the right strategies that will allow you to shape your knowledge and natural abilities into a fluid, efficient, and detailed math solving process. Our goal is to be versatile between the different problem types, understanding when our pacing must shift, and using the necessary steps of detail in order to reduce minor error.
The hardest part of any word problems is translating English into Math. A lot of students struggle with this issue. If you have good reading comprehension skills, you should have no problem. If you don't, we recommend you contact us to improve your reading comprehension skills.
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You will find word problems using fractions, decimals, percentages, and even algebra and geometry. How do you translate English into math?
When you read a problem, you can often translate it word for word from English statements into mathematical statements. At other times, you will have to look for a key word in the problem that provides hints at the mathematical operation to be performed. Below is an example.
Equals: key words--is, are, has
Hopefully, you see the pattern here. There are key words for ADDITION, SUBTRACTION, MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION. We will be happy to coach you how to use them effectively for your test. Just let us know.
Below are some concepts on the HSPT math section that you might find helpful.
HSPT math concepts:
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