The SAT Math has 58 questions in 80 minutes. Its questions are mainly in four major areas. Test takers need to have 10th-grade math knowledge to complete the questions.
- Numbers and operations
- Data analysis and probability
The test actually consists of 2 parts: 25 minutes is without a calculator (20 questions), and the rest 55 minutes are allowed to use a calculator (30 questions).
In addition to multiple-choice questions, the Math section also has questions that need students to make or calculate responses. Its core contents are in 9 or 10-grade math courses. The math questions require you to apply mathematical concepts, knowledge, and skill in understanding and interpreting tables and charts. So it's not very difficult for high school students to apply for colleges.
The SAT Math Test has four types, and each type can be categorized into some subtypes.
Heart of Algebra
It focuses on linear equations, systems of linear equations, and functions. These questions ask you to create equations that represent a situation, solve equations and systems of equations, and make connections between different representations of linear relationships.
Problem Solving and Data Analysis
It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in real-world situations, including science, social science, and other contexts throughout college courses, career training programs, and everyday life. It also includes describing relationships shown graphically and analyzing statistical data.
- Ratios, rates, proportional relationships, and scale drawings
- Percentages, increase or decrease problems
- Measurement quantities, units, and unit conversion
- Scatterplot, linear, quadratic, or exponential models and graphs
- Get categorical data, frequencies, probability of sample data
- Get average, median, center, shape, and spread of sample data
- Logical reasoning based on sequence, pattern, and sample data
- By reports and graphs to make inferences and conclusions
Passport to Advanced Math
It focuses on math to pursue further study in a discipline such as science or economics and for career opportunities in the STEM fields. It requires familiarity with more complex equations or functions, which will prepare you for calculus and advanced courses in statistics.
Additional Topics in Math
In the SAT Math Test, there are usually six questions in the part. They may include geometry, trigonometry, radian measure, and complex numbers topics.
- Solve generic area and volume problems with formulas
- Basic geometry problems, lines and angles, ploygons
- Triangle problems, sides and angles, like right triangle
- Circle problems, arc, angle, chord, and areas of sectors
- Trigonometric functions, like sine and cosine
- Circle equation in the coordinate plane
- Parabola equation in the coordinate plane
- complex number problems, add, subtract, multiply, and divide