The Redesigned SAT Math Test

SAT Math Information
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In March of 2016, the College Board administered the first Redesigned SAT test to students who want to apply to college. This new Redesigned SAT test is very different from the SAT of years gone by and one of the major changes is the SAT Math Test. Different test types, content, and test format abound. 

Confused about what's in store when you take the test and how the Redesigned SAT relates to the old SAT? Check out the Old SAT vs. Redesigned SAT chart for an easy explanation of each test's format, scoring and content, then read Redesigned SAT 101 for all the facts. 

Aim of the Redesigned SAT Math Test

According to the College Board, their wish for this math test is for it to demonstrate that "students have fluency with, understanding of, and the ability to apply the mathematical concepts, skills, and practices that are most strongly prerequisite and central to their ability to progress through a range of college courses, career training, and career opportunities."

Format of the Redesigned SAT Math Test

  • 2 sections: Calculator Section and No Calculator Section
  • 80 minutes
  • 57 questions
  • 3 types of questions (multiple choice, grid-in, and extended thinking grid-in)
  • 4 content areas

4 Content Areas of the Redesigned SAT Math Test

The new Math test focuses on four different areas of knowledge as described below. The content is divided between the two test sections, Calculator and No Calculator. Any of these topics can appear as a multiple choice question, a student-produced response grid-in, or an extended-thinking grid-in.

So, on both test sections, you can expect to see questions related to the following areas:

1. 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

2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis

  • Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units
  • Describing relationships shown graphically
  • Summarizing qualitative and quantitative data

3. Passport to Advanced Math

  • Rewriting expressions using their structure
  • Creating, analyzing, and fluently solving quadratic and higher-order equations
  • Manipulating polynomials purposefully to solve problems

4. Additional Topics in Math

  • Making area and volume calculations in context
  • Investigating lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems
  • Working with trigonometric functions

The Calculator Section: 37 questions | 55 minutes | 40 points

Question Types

  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 6 student-produced grid-in questions
  • 1 extended-thinking grid-in question

Content Tested

  • 13 Heart of Algebra questions
  • 14 Problem and Data Analysis questions
  • 7 Passport to Advanced Math questions
  • 3 Additional Topics in Math questions

The No Calculator Section: 20 questions | 25 minutes | 20 points

Question Types

  • 15 multiple choice questions
  • 2 student-produced grid-in questions

Content Tested

  • 8 Heart of Algebra questions
  • 9 Passport to Advanced Math questions
  • 3 Additional Topics in Math questions

Preparing for the Redesigned SAT Math Test

The College Board is working with the Khan Academy to offer free test prep for any student interested in practicing for the Redesigned SAT. In addition, other companies have great, reputable practice tests and questions to help get you ready. 

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