SAT Math test preparation

The math section tests your knowledge of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, higher mathematics, and computational skills. Most questions involve making a choice between ready-made options. This is the longest section on the SAT.

You can use a calculator to solve some of the questions.

Possible topics

Heart of Algebra

These questions focus on linear equations. You may need to solve linear equations with 1 variable, linear equations with 2 variables, construct functions and find connections between algebraic and graphical representations.

Problem solving and data analysis

These questions are related to situations that can be encountered in real life. For example, calculating proportions, solving multi-step problems, calculating percentages, reading and analyzing charts, graphs and tables. Statistics and probability theory questions may also be encountered.

Passport to Advanced Math

Contains problems related to quadratic or exponential functions and problems on numerical operations: for example, reducing a polynomial.

Additional topics

SAT may contain questions from trigonometry, stereometry, geometry, and problems with complex numbers.

To find an approximate list of tasks and practice on your own, visit the College Board website at

Math test tips

Memorize formulas and rules

The math section contains questions from the entire high school curriculum, from simple arithmetic to exponential functions. Although the SAT provides a reference sheet, you still need to memorize the formulas.

Practice working without a calculator

You will need to use a calculator for some of the questions, but you should be confident in performing basic calculations without one. Also learn to draw line graphs and proportional relationships correctly.

Brush up your knowledge on linear equations

Most of the questions in the math section contain questions with linear equations, including line graphs. Make sure you have no problems solving these equations and understanding their systems.

Make sure you choose the right calculator

Not all calculators can be taken with you. The device must not contain additional features (e.g. Bluetooth or QWERTY keyboard). Calculators on a phone or laptop are prohibited. The types of allowed calculators can be found on the organizer’s website:

Practice with mathematical language

Questions can contain a lot of text that can easily be turned into mathematical formulas. For example, the questions «how many», «what» can be translated into the variable «X». This will help you understand the question and start solving it right away.