The SAT Math test covers a variety of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry concepts, with a particular focus on problem-solving skills. The emphasis on problem-solving in a fast-paced testing environment can pose challenges for strong and weak math students alike, so we wanted to outline this SAT section for test takers and parents.
The SAT’s Math test includes an assortment of subject matter from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and basic probability. The SAT will always include at least three (possibly four, depending on the experimental section) sections of Math material. So what can students expect on these sections?
The SAT Math test includes concepts from four major mathematical areas: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability. A sampling of SAT math concepts included in each of these categories is listed below:
The SAT Math Test can be challenging because it combines a wide variety of concepts with problem-solving skills in a condensed timeframe. In our prep, we prioritize fundamental concepts in a logical progression and teach a problem-solving approach that can boost results on this difficult test.
The SAT doesn’t test math content that’s especially complicated or foreign, but it does test a lot of different concepts. It can be difficult for juniors and seniors to remember details from geometry classes they took several years before, so our SAT curriculum provides a thorough primer on the skills that slow students down most when they’re rusty. This is a particularly effective way to prepare for SAT Math, since many of the most complicated problems are actually just several simple concepts combined with one another.
Complex math problems on the SAT are dangerous because they’re usually so solvable. Students might get halfway through a problem before getting stuck and realizing that it will take five minutes to solve—time they can’t afford when the clock is ticking. We teach students how to identify complicated problems and work around them so they maximize the number of “easy points” they earn on each section, an approach that gets strong results while reducing stress.
Once students know the math concepts tested on the SAT, attention should turn to problem solving skills because the SAT loves to ask simple questions in confusing ways. We use real SAT example problems to demonstrate how to dissect complicated graphs, break diagrams into manageable chunks, and use questions against themselves in the search for solutions.
SAT tutoring helps students learn the fundamental concepts, problem solving skills, and confidence needed for top math scores. Click the button below to learn more about our program, view class schedules, or register for SAT Classes.