SAT Math: Overview, Sample Questions & Practice Tests

SAT Math – An overview of the SAT Math sections

Learn More About SAT TutoringThe SAT Math sections consist of a total of 58 questions: 20 questions on which no calculator can be used and 38 questions that are calculator-optional.

The SAT Math questions draw from four areas of math: heart of algebra; problem solving and data analysis; passport to advanced math, and additional topics in math, including limited geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Below you can find more detailed information about the specific skills these questions test.

Math Area Examples
Heart of Algebra 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 & Data Analysis substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions; properties of exponents; algebraic word problems; linear equations and inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; rational and radical equations; equations of lines; absolute value; direct and inverse variation; quadratic equations; algebraic functions
Passport to Advanced Math area and perimeter of a polygon; area and circumference of a circle; volume; Pythagorean theorem; isosceles, equilateral, and right triangles; parallel and perpendicular lines; coordinate geometry; slope; transformations
Additional Topics in Math data interpretation; statistics; mean, median, and mode; probability

To access sample SAT Math questions, visit the College Board website.

Related Topics

  • For more general information about the SAT Test, visit our SAT Test page.
  • For information about the SAT Critical Reading sections, visit our SAT Critical Reading page.
  • For information about the SAT Writing sections, visit our SAT Writing page.
  • For information about how the SAT is scored, visit our SAT Scoring page.
  • For information about upcoming SAT test dates, visit our SAT Test Dates page.

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