# WHAT KIND OF MATH WILL BE ON THE SAT? Part 1

You’ll probably need to do well on the SAT exam if you’re applying to college.

You should be aware of the specific kind of questions you’ll encounter on test day because the SAT Math portion will account for half of your final grade.

We’ll go into great detail on the ideas that are tested on the SAT Math exam in this post.

Making sure you’re studying the appropriate material for the SAT requires having this knowledge. Students sometimes waste time concentrating on issues that won’t be covered in any depth on the SAT or just make up a small portion of the math problems.

## What Is the Format of the SAT Math Section?

There are two sections in the SAT Math section. You cannot use a calculator on the first 20 questions in the section. 38 questions in the second half allow for (and typically encourage) the use of a calculator.

Based on the actual number of questions you correctly answer out of a possible 58, you receive a composite score for both portions.

### SAT Math Question Sections

Is that terrible news? You might not be used to how arithmetic concepts are presented on the SAT. the wonderful news The SAT is highly predictable and you can definitely get ready for everything you’ll see because it must be consistent from test to test.

Heart of Algebra, Passport to Advanced Mathematics, Problem Solving & Data Analysis and Additional Topics in Math. are the four primary of questions.

These categories can help you get a sense of the subject matter that the SAT expects you to be familiar with. We’ll get more particular below by going over the specific operations that the SAT Math portion requires you to perform.

## SAT Math Sections Part 1

### 1. Heart of Algebra

This section revolves around the simple equation y = mx + b. On the SAT, when we refer to “lines” or “linear equations,” what we truly mean is y = mx + b. You will be able to respond to 19 of the questions if you can figure out how the SAT evaluates the applications of this specific equation. That is a third of the SAT math exam!

Perhaps you already know this, but just in case: The dependent variable is y, the independent variable is x, the rate of change is m, and the y-intercept is b. (or what you get for y when you plug in 0 for x).

It’s more complicated than merely remembering the equation, though. Understanding the components of this equation is just the beginning of the specialized skills that the SAT will need of you. The SAT will assign you the tasks listed below, roughly in order of difficulty:

- matching a line’s equation to its graph (and vice-versa)
- determining a line’s slope.
- locating a line’s midway.
- using a linear equation to simulate a real-world scenario
- figuring out how to solve a linear equation’s one variable given its other components.
- calculating the parallel and perpendicular line equations.
- creating an inequity to represent a real-world circumstance.
- An inequality graph.
- solving inequalities and systems of linear equations.
- Graphing linear equation and inequality systems.
- absolute value equation graphing and solution.

**Here is an illustration of a typical linear function problem that can be found on any SAT test:**

### 2. Passport to Advanced Mathematics

Your proficiency working with equations and graphs of quadratics, exponents, and radicals is tested by the questions in this category (or roots). These questions make up almost a third of all questions, but they cover a much larger range of subjects than the previous category did.

The quadratic equation, however, is the nucleus of this section. All quadratic equations can be expressed in the form ax2 + bx + c = 0, and this is typically the case. You must be completely familiar with this equation: what is A? B what? What is C? The SAT will specifically ask you to accomplish the following with quadratics:

- Reconciling a parabola’s equation with its graph (and vice versa).
- quadratics are factored or solved:

**normal factoring.****calculating perfect square difference factors.****Using the Quadratic Formula to Factor.****factoring using a group.****completing the square to factor (particularly for the circle equation)*.**

- Finding the quadratic equation’s vertex, also referred to as the lowest or maximum value

figuring out how to solve problem systems that contain at least one quadratic equation. - quadratic division by a polynomial.
- A quadratic equation can be solved using the discriminant.

It’s important to note that there are some SAT Math problems that you can count on seeing exactly once per test. If you’re not prepared for them, these can be challenging. These have an asterisk (*) next to them.

**Here is an illustration of a more abstract query combining a parabola’s graph and a quadratic equation:**

However, that is only quadratic part ! Equations using radicals and exponentials will also be required of you. In particular, you must comprehend:

**EXPONENTIAL EQUATIONS**

creating an equation to represent exponential development and decay.

exponential equation graphing.

Exponential equations must be solved.

Rule of exponent.

**RADICAL EQUATIONS**

radical equation graphing.

radical equations to solve (and avoiding extraneous solutions).

radicals are made simpler.

rationalizing a root-containing denominator (or imaginary number).

**POLYNOMIALS.**

For rational expressions, locating common denominators

FOIL-ing.

Simplifying.

## Conclusion

**The SAT tests your mastery of fundamental math concepts in addition to all of the above-mentioned tasks. You probably perform some or all of these actions automatically because they are essentially baked into the other issues:**

1.Order of operations

2.Simplifying expressions

3.Finding common denominators to combine fractions

4.Isolating variables

5.Understanding i and imaginary numbers

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