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SAT Math

 

The SAT Math section comprises two modules with 22 questions each (including pretest questions). Both the sections have multiple choice questions and student produced response questions. Together these sections contribute to the 200-800 math scores.

 

SAT Math Structure

Section # of questions Time allotted Scores
Module 1 20 + 2 Pretest 35 minutes 200 to 800
Module 2 20 + 2 Pretest 35 minutes

 

SAT Math – Topics

The College Board classifies the questions into majorly three areas :

1. Algebra – These questions are related to linear equations, graphs, inequalities, and functions.

The official topics include:

  • Linear equations in one variable
  • Linear equations in two variables
  • Linear functions
  • Systems of two linear equations in two variables
  • Linear inequalities in one or two variables

A sample question as given by College Board,

A sample question as given by College Board,
If f(x) = x + 7 and g(x) = 7x,
what is the value of 4f(2) − g(2)?
A) −5
B) 1
C) 22
D) 28

Key: C Skill: Linear functions Evaluate a linear function given an input value

 

2. Advanced Math – These questions deal with non linear equations. The topics include quadratic expressions, word problems, polynomials, and exponents.

The official topics include:

  • Equivalent expressions
  • Nonlinear equations in one variable and systems of equations in two variables
  • Nonlinear functions

A sample question as given by College Board,

Key: C Skill: Domain Advanced Math Skill Nonlinear functions Make connections between algebraic representations and a graph

 

3. Problem-Solving and Data Analysis – The questions under this category test on topics like ratios, units, percentages, rates, and data from charts and graphs.

The official topics include:

  • Ratios, rates, proportional relationships, and units
  • Percentages
  • One-variable data: distributions and measures of center and spread
  • Two-variable data: models and scatterplots
  • Probability and conditional probability
  • Inference from sample statistics and margin of error
  • Evaluating statistical claims: observational studies and experiments

A sample question is given by the College Board,

Key: C Skill: Two-variable data: Models and scatterplots. Analyze and interpret data in a scatterplot

 

4. Geometry and Trigonometry – The miscellaneous topics include geometry, and trigonometry. Around 5-7, questions are tested for these topics.

The Official Topics include:

  • Area and volume
  • Lines, angles, and triangles
  • Right triangles and trigonometry
  • Circles

A sample question is given by the College Board,

Key: B Skill: Lines, angles, and triangles. Use concepts of congruence and similarity of triangles to solve problems

 

SAT Math – Question Types

Multiple choice questions – Most of the questions in SAT math sections are multiple choice questions with four answer choices and one right answer. 75% math questions are multiple-choice questions.

Student-produced response questions – This is also called to be Grid in questions. No answer choices are given for this type, students have to work on the question, find the answer and enter it in the grid. 15% in Total are Student Produced as Response questions.

 

Tips for SAT Math

  • There is no penalty for wrong answers, so do not leave anything unanswered.
  • All the questions are scored equally immature easy or hard, so do all the easy questions first.
  • Learn the grid in rules for the grid in questions.
  • Do not keep the grid in questions towards the end as you will not be able to guess the grid in questions.
  • Try to eliminate answer choices as and when you read the question and after every step of the solution look for elimination.
  • Learn to effectively use the calculator based on the needs of the problem.
  • Learn all the concepts relevant to the SAT test.
  • Understand how the above-mentioned topics are tested on SAT in a unique way and practice accordingly.

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FAQ's

How do the digital SAT questions look now?

The questions on the digital SAT are exactly the same as it was for the paper and pencil SAT except for a few changes in the wording and reduction in the length of the passages.

To get a sense of types of the questions that you are likely to face in the digital SAT, check out the sample questions that have been released by the College Board in the link below.

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/media/pdf/digital-sat-sample-questions.pdf

How is the Digital SAT different from the SAT paper?

In terms of reading and writing the passages are cut and short which is only 1-3 paragraphs with only one question for each paragraph, rather than the offline SAT paper thus this one of the basic differences between Digital SAT and SAT paper.

How to start preparation for the 2024 Digital SAT?

To start preparation for the 2024 Digital SAT one can focus on the vocabulary for the reading section, work on strong Grammer and punctuation of writing and language section of SAT.

Is the Online Digital SAT difficult?

No, The majority of the student find Online Digital SAT relatively intuitive and simpler than offline SAT.

What does it mean for the digital SAT to be section Adaptive?

The digital SAT would now evaluate a test-taker’s performance across a set of questions at a time. This means that for every student,

  • The Reading and Writing section will consist of two modules and the Math will consist of two modules. You will first start with an introductory module or the first module of each section that covers a broad range of concepts and difficulty level.
  • The performance on the first module will determine the overall difficulty level of the second module. If the student performs well on the first module, then he/she will see harder questions on the second module.
  • A scaled score is then taken to arrive at the final score. The exact nature of the score scaling is yet to be explained by the College Board.

According to this system, the performance on one section i.e., the Reading and Writing does not affect the performance on the Math section.

What is the exam structure of the Digital SAT?

Characteristic Reading and Writing (RW) Section Math Section
Administration Two-stage adaptive test design: one Reading and Writing section administered via two separately timed modules. Two-stage adaptive test design: one Math section administered via two separately timed modules.
Test length (number of operational and pretest questions) 1st module: 25 Operational Questions and 2 Pretest questions

2nd module: 25 Operational Questions and 2 Pretest questions

1st module: 20 Operational Questions and 2 Pretest questions

2nd module: 20 Operational Questions and 2 Pretest questions

Time per module 1st module:32 minutes

2nd module: 32 minutes

1st module:35 minutes

2nd module: 35 minutes

Total number of questions 54 questions 44 questions
Total time allotted 64 minutes 70 minutes
Average time per question 1.19 1.59

What makes the Digital SAT different from the Current SAT?

The Digital SAT differs in terms of Focus and Endurance on long passages and increased focus on synthesizing graphical info with more straightforward questions.

 

Is 800 possible on the SAT Math?

It may be difficult to score 800 on math but a perfect score is possible. You may have to get all the questions correct for the perfect score. 

How Should I Prepare for the SAT?

As the first step, take a diagnostic test to know your strengths and weaknesses on the various questions tested on the Math and Verbal. Get familiar with the test structure and get aware of how long a test SAT is. By then, you would also know that beating the SAT without techniques or strategies would be a great mistake. Join an SAT course with us. Learn the approaches and techniques, practice by implementing them on questions, and give mock tests regularly to keep a check on your performance and progress. Keep setting targets and strive to achieve them consistently. You will see a tremendous improvement on the score!

Does SAT test on Calculus?

No SAT Math Test does not include Calculus.

How many sections are there in the Digital SAT examination?

There are 2 sections on the Digital SAT exam.

  • The Reading and Writing section
  • The Math Section

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