The SAT Math sections are the 3rd and 4th sections on the SAT test. During the first 25-minute SAT Math section, you are NOT allowed to use a calculator. During the next 55-minute SAT Math section, you are allowed to use your calculator.
Both SAT Math sections will begin with multiple-choice questions, each of which will feature four answer choices. Then you’ll be asked for some student-produced responses, more commonly known as “grid-ins.”
SAT Math Sections
|Section||Number of Questions||Time|
|No calculator||15 multiple choice, 5 grid-ins||25 minutes|
|With calculator||30 multiple choice, 8 grid-ins (including one Extended Thinking question)||55 minutes|
|Total||58 questions||80 minutes|
SAT Math Content
The SAT Math Test is divided into four content areas: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.
|Content Area||Number of Questions||Description|
|Heart of Algebra||19 questions||Analyzing and fluently solving equations and systems of equations; creating expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems; rearranging and interpreting formulas|
|Problem Solving and Data Analysis||17 questions||Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units; describing relationships shown graphically; summarizing qualitative and quantitative data|
|Passport to Advanced Math||16 questions||Rewriting expressions using their structure; creating, analyzing, and fluently solving quadratic and higher-order equations; purposefully manipulating polynomials to solve problems|
|Additional Topics in Math||6 questions||Making area and volume calculations in context; investigating lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems; and working with trigonometric functions|
Pace Yourself! The exam itself consists of smaller timed sections. Do not spend too much time on any one test question—a minute or two on the hardest questions is a good guideline. Pay attention to how much time is remaining in each section as you move along. Adjust your time management as necessary.
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