Whether you take the SAT or the ACT, you are going to need to be comfortable with multiplying fractions.

You will see many questions that require you to not only understand how fractions work, but also be able to multiply these fractions within a limited amount of time.

On the SAT Math sections, you will have 75 seconds per question for the Math (No Calculator) section, and 87 seconds per question for the Math (Calculator) section. On the ACT Math section, you get 1 minute per question.

This means that you will need to be able to multiply fractions quickly during the test.

While multiplying fractions might seem challenging, this concept is a lot easier to master than it may appear. In fact, you can multiply fractions with just four simple steps.

This guide will help you understand fractions and walk you through the four steps you’ll need to know to multiply fractions.

What are fractions?

Simply put, fractions are part of a whole. For example, if you eat half of a pizza, you have consumed a fraction of the whole pizza.

When you see specific fractions like ¾, ⅚, or ⅞, these fractions are meant to represent how much of a whole has not been “consumed.” In the example above, if you have eaten half of a pizza, you have consumed ½ of the pizza because there are two halves, and you have eaten one of them. This means that there is ½ of the pizza remaining.

Fractions are broken down into numerators and denominators.

Numerators are the numbers at the top half of a fraction, and they represent the amount of the whole that hasn’t been used.

For instance, with the fraction below, the numerator is 7.