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Dividing Polynomials Shortcut

Dividing polynomials, either with long division or synthetic division, may be a question you need to answer on the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test. So sometimes you’ll need to go through the long slog to answer the question properly. However, on some problems a quick shortcut will render that long process unnecessary, especially if the remainder is involved.

Try out this question:


And then watch the video solution and shortcut below:

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!