sat math, "test-taking abilities," math ability hey all, are there good reasons for scoring low on the sat that do not stem from poor math ability? what do these 'test-taking abilities' consist of and how do they operate? i took a practice test today and i scored in the 580 range. now, i guess i want to examine some idea that leaves my confidence intact, because i really do like math, and i think i'm okay or not bad at it or something- i want to major in math- and i've had success in the past outside of formally-recognized channels. i mean- if this can be measured objectively enough. i had omissions and a bunch of stupid mistakes. i think i'm poor at prioritizing problems and i did some things like forgetting to divide by two, squaring instead of multiplying by two, misidentifying a prime number and so on. maybe i need to think about the omissions more (more interesting, illuminating)? i guess i am asking for some stories, ideas and advice from others on here: does anyone have similar experiences? ideas about what might go wrong when taking a test versus practicing mathematics elsewhere? what would it look like if i was 'bad at math' versus 'bad at test-taking'? and what would it mean to be 'bad at test-taking,' anyway? thanks.