When you complete the math sections on the SAT or the ACT, you are going to need to know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.

There will likely be a couple of questions where you will have to divide fractions within a limited amount of time, meaning that you’ll need to know what fractions are and how to divide them with ease.

Considering you only have 75 seconds per question for the Math (No Calculator) section, and 87 seconds per question for the Math (Calculator) section on the SAT, and 1 minute per question on the ACT Math section, it is essential that you are able to divide fractions quickly.

Fortunately, learning how to divide fractions is just as easy as learning how to multiply fractions. All you need to do is complete four simple steps, and you’ll be able to divide fractions efficiently and effectively.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about fractions and detail the four steps you’ll need to know to divide them.

What are fractions?

Fractions are a representation of parts of a whole. For example, if you eat half of a pizza, you have eaten a fraction of the whole pizza. If you eat a third of a pie, you have consumed a fraction of the pie. In both cases, not only have you devoured a fraction of the food, but you have left a fraction remaining.

When you see fractions, like ½ or ⅚ , these numbers are representing how much of the whole is remaining.

For example, if you have consumed half of a pizza, you have eaten ½ of the pizza, and there is still ½ of the pizza remaining. If you have eaten a third of a pie, you have consumed ⅓ of the pie, and there is ⅔ of the pie remaining.

Fractions always have a numerator and denominator.

The numerator is the number on the top half of a fraction, and it represents how much of the whole has not been used. The denominator is the number beneath the line of a fraction, and it represents the whole.

For instance, if you take a look at the fraction below, the numerator is 5 and the denominator is 6.