- The SAT Math Test: Overview
- The SAT Math Test: Heart of Algebra
- The SAT Math Test: Problem Solving and Data Analysis
- The SAT Math Test: Passport to Advanced Math
- The SAT Math Test: Additional Topics in Math
- Controlling careless errors on the SAT Math Test
- SAT Math Test Strategies Share Space
- SAT Math Test inside scoop: Meet the Maker
An overview of what to expect on the SAT Math Test
The SAT Math Test measures your ability to apply mathematical concepts and skills to the types of problems you might see in college and in your career. You'll see one 55-minute section with 38 questions (calculators ok) and one 25-minute section with 20 questions (calculators not permitted).
Types of math
Questions on the Math Test cover a variety of skills under three main areas.
- Heart of Algebra: focuses on linear equations, systems of linear equations, and the relationships between them.
Heart of algebra example
In , County had miles of paved roads. Starting in , the county had been building miles of new paved roads each year. At this rate, if is the number of years after , which of the following functions gives the number of miles of paved road there will be in County ? (Assume that no paved roads go out of service.)
- Problem Solving and Data Analysis: focuses on ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning.
Problem solving and data analysis example
|Time (hours)||Number of bacteria|
The table above gives the initial number (at time ) of bacteria placed in a growth medium and the number of bacteria in the growth medium over hours. Which of the following functions models the number of bacteria, , after hours?
- Passport to Advanced Math: focuses on complex equations and functions typically needed in a STEM-based—science, technology, engineering, and math—career.
Passport to advanced math example
A car is traveling at feet per second. The driver sees a red light ahead, and after seconds reaction time, the driver applies the brake. After the brake is applied, the car takes seconds to stop, during which the time average speed of the car is feet per second. If the car travels feet from the time the driver saw the red light to the time it comes to a complete stop, which of the following equations can be used to find the value of ?
These questions also can include additional topics in math, like geometry, trigonometry, radian measure, and complex numbers.
The SAT Math Test presents problems and scenarios that you will find in real life from a variety of fields: careers, science, social science, and other contexts.
What the test looks like
About 80% of the questions on the Math Test are multiple choice. The other 20% are gridded response. The answer to each gridded-response question is a positive number—e.g., positive fraction, decimal, or integer—that will be entered on the answer sheet into a grid like this one.
Example of how to grid in responses.
The image shows two different examples of how to grid in responses: in the first, the answer is 7/12 and in the second, the answer is 2.5. First, write the answer in the white boxes at the very top of the grid. Then grid in the result in columns of circled numbers. Under the written "7", grid in a "7", under the fraction line, grid in a fraction line, under a decimal point, grid in a decimal point, and so on.
The Math Test will also include reference information. You may find these facts and formulas helpful as you answer some of the test questions, but to do well, you should already be comfortable working with these facts and formulas.
The reference formulas provided by the SAT include: Area and circumference of a circle Area of a rectangle Area of a triangle Pythagorean theorem Side length relationships of 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 special right triangles Volume of a rectangular solid Volume of a right cylinder Volume of a sphere Volume of a right cone Volume of a pyramid with rectangular base Number of degrees and radians or arc in a circle Sum of angle measures in a triangle
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- And how much is a score to get the best scholarship ?(32 votes)
- Score the best you can, if you ace it, I would be surprised if you didn't get some awesome scholarships! :)(8 votes)
- hey i just took the test 1 (new sat) out of 1600 without any prior prep (i just wanted to see where i stand without any prep) and got 1350 with 680 in reading and 670 in math. what can i do to improve and what is an ideal score - i mean should i try for like 1500+ and how do i improve? ref book recommendations, class vs self study prep, anything please!! thanks(16 votes)
- Seriously my teachers haven't taught me most of the things on the SAT, but i am hoping that khan academy will help.(3 votes)
- Are there any solutions to how I can bring up my score? I'm struggling in the Math and my score keeps decreasing from every practice test I take.(12 votes)
- Hey Jaela!
This is an Aptitude Test. So the syllabus covered here is exactly what you have studied up to class 10. So before starting with the preparation, you should first take out those old good books( basically class 9th and 10th) and revise them. I assure you that there will be no question that you can't answer on Khan Academy or the actual SAT because the questions are super dooper easy on the SAT in comparison to what you have studied until now.
- what is considered a good score?(5 votes)
- Depending on what colleges you are shooting for (or maybe you're not at all), anything between a 1300-1600 is usually considered a very good score. However, Ivy Leagues mostly accept applicants with scores between 1450-1600.(12 votes)
- I am having trouble completing the math in the limited time. I am able to do the problems without the time constraints. Any advice for how to go through the problems faster?(4 votes)
- Hi Rose,
Sorry, no magic – this is going to take time. Recommend you use the SAT study material to identify your weak points. Make a list, post it by your computer, and then study these topics. It’s no different than any other physical sport. The more time you spend the faster you will become.
Perhaps you have already started a Khan Academy “mission.” If not these are a great place to start. You will find links to videos and worked out solutions to thousands of questions. Algebra is a good place to start...
I am an international student from Nigeria taking sat, are they any financial aids for getting a high score in sat for me?(3 votes)
- Hi. :)
I'm also an international student, though not Nigerian, and I'm going to take the SAT test too.
Now for your question, I didn't really get what you mean by "financial aid". Do you want to take the SAT for free? If so, you could try to get a fee waiver. More info here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees/fee-waivers (link goes off-KA)
If you're talking about scholarships (as in enter colleges for free or with less fees), then you should ask the college you want to enter. I wish I could point you to an article or a site, but I don't know where and in shat kind of college you want to study.
If you mean something different, then feel free to correct me. :)(6 votes)
- Does anyone know if this is a paper test or is it computerized?(3 votes)
- It's a paper test. You will receive a test booklet and a separate sheet of paper for gridding in answers.(5 votes)
- is there geometry questions like proofs in the new SAT?(2 votes)
- no there is no proof questions in the SAT, but it will test you on your knowledge of theorems related to geometry(7 votes)
- If you are a undergraduate but you finished high school years ago, is it still possible to get into one of these ivy leagues?(2 votes)
- I believe as long as you graduated high school with good grades and you have a good SAT score and fulfill all of the college entrance requirements it is possible. There really shouldn't be a statute-of-limitations on it.(6 votes)
- What is considered a good SAT score? Like, what score will probably get you into majority of the colleges?(3 votes)
- According to the College board, the benchmark score for the SAT is 1050 in both reading writing and Maths. So you should first aim to cross the benchmark. Any score above 1250 is considered good, AND above 1500 GREAT!(4 votes)