Format of the Mathematics component
The Mathematics component of the Redesigned SAT follows the English sections. It consists of 58 questions to be attempted in a total of 80 minutes. It is organized into two sections (Sections 3 and 4) as follows:
|Section 3||Non-Calculator: 15 Multiple Choice questions and 5 Grid-In questions||25 minutes|
|Section 4||Calculator: 30 Multiple Choice questions and 8 Grid-In questions||55 minutes|
The Mathematics Curriculum
While the Mathematics section is shorter than the English component, it does test the student on all basic Mathematics concepts, The curriculum for the Mathematics portion of the SAT consists of core topics in Arithmetic, Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Data Interpretaion, Probability and Statistics, and a few miscellaneous topics. These include
|Polynomial basics||Lines||Arithmetic operations|
|Exponents||Angle properties||Number properties|
|Factoring||Triangles||Fractions and Decimals|
|Solving equations||Quadrilaterals and Polygons||Ratios and rates|
|Variation||Solid Geometry||Sequences and Series|
|Function notation||Coordinate Geometry|
|Combinations and Permutations||Logic|
|Data Interpretaion||Complex Numbers|
Mathematics Question Types
The questions are of the following two types:
Multiple Choice Question
A problem with four answer choices is given. You have to choose the correct answer from the four choices and fill in the appropriate oval in the answer sheet. There is NO negative marking so you must always guess intelligently even if you are unsure of the answer.
These are questions without answer choices, and test the candidate’s ability to process and analyse information and data. The candidate has to compute the answer and then use the ovals on the answer sheet to fill in the solution.
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