January 6, 2014

SAT Mathematics Content

Commonly, students are overwhelmed when they start reviewing the quantitative section of the SAT. After talking to a couple of students in my class, I realized that lack of knowledge of what to expect creates uncertainty which provokes fear and uneasiness among them.

Here are the various mathematics concepts that students need to know:

Numbers and Operations:

  1. Properties of Integers
  2. Number line
  3. Arithmetic Word Problems  (including percent, ratio, and proportion)
  4. Fractions
  5. Decimals
  6. Real Numbers
  7. Sequences and Series (including exponential growth)
  8. Ratio and Proportions
  9. Percent
  10. Powers and Roots of Numbers
  11. Sets  (union, intersection, elements)
  12. Counting Methods
Algebra and Functions:

  1. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions; Factoring; Exponents
  2. Absolute Values
  3. Equations
  4. Solving Linear Equations with One Unknown
  5. Solving Two Linear Equations with Two Unknowns
  6. Solving Equations by Factoring
  7. Solving Quadratic Equations
  8. Exponents
  9. Inequalities
  10. Absolute Value
  11. Direct and Inverse Variation
  12. Newly Defined Symbols Based on Commonly Used Operations
  13. Functions
Geometry and Measurement:

  1. Lines
  2. Intersection Lines and Angles
  3. Perpendicular Lines
  4. Parallel Lines and Traversal
  5. Polygons
  6. Triangles
  7. Quadrilaterals
  8. Areas and Perimeters
  9. Circles
  10. Rectangular Solids and Cylinders
  11. Coordinate Geometry
  12. Transformations
Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability:

  1. Data Interpretation  (tables and graphs)
  2. Scatter Plots
  3. Basic Statistics (mean, median, and mode)
  4. Elementary Probability
  5. Geometric Probability

It’s important to note that the SAT mathematics section emphasizes “mathematical reasoning” and “how well students can think through math concepts.”  Knowing the above concepts, though, can really improve your score. By taking the time to grasp the content in the Numbers and Algebra sections, you can immediately improve your score since this content is usually heavily represented in the first two mathematics sections.  Knowing the math content will help clear the uncertainty and kick-start your preparation.


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