Resources › For Students and Parents SAT Mathematics: Level 1 Subject Test Information Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images For Students and Parents Test Prep SAT Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated July 03, 2019 Sure, there's an SAT Mathematics section on the regular SAT Test, but if you truly want to show off your Algebra and Geometry skills, the SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test will do just that as long as you can nab a killer score. It's one of many SAT Subject Tests offered by the College Board, which have been designed to showcase your brilliance in a plethora of different areas. SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test Basics 60 minutes50 multiple-choice questions200-800 points possibleYou may use a graphing or scientific calculator on the exam, and BONUS – you're not required to clear the memory before it begins in case you want to add formulas. Cell phone, tablet, or computer calculators are not allowed. SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test Content So, what do you need to know? What kinds of math questions are going to be asked on this thing? Glad you asked. Here's the stuff you need to be studying: Numbers and Operations Operations, ratio and proportion, complex numbers, counting, elementary number theory, matrices, sequences: Approximately 5-7 questions Algebra and Functions Expressions, equations, inequalities, representation and modeling, properties of functions (linear, polynomial, rational, exponential): Approximately 19 – 21 questions Geometry and Measurement Plane Euclidean: Approximately 9 – 11 questionsCoordinate (lines, parabolas, circles, symmetry, transformations): Approximately 4 – 6 questionsThree-dimensional (solids, surface area, and volume): Approximately 2 – 3 questionsTrigonometry: (right triangles, identities): Approximately 3 – 4 questions Data Analysis, Stats, and Probability Mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, graphs and plots, least squares regression (linear), probability: Approximately 4 – 6 questions Why Take the SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test? If you're thinking about jumping into a major that involves a lot of math like some of the sciences, engineering, finance, technology, economics, and more, it's a great idea to gain a competitive edge by showcasing everything you can do in the math arena. The SAT Mathematics test definitely tests your math knowledge, but here, you'll get to show off even more with tougher math questions. In many of those math-based fields, you'll be required to take the SAT Math Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests as it is. How to Prepare for the SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test The College Board recommends skills equal to college-preparatory mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry. If you're a math whiz, then this is truly probably all you'll need to prepare, since you get to bring your calculator. If you're not, then you may reconsider taking the exam in the first place. Taking the SAT Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test and scoring poorly on it will in no way help your chances of getting into your top school. Sample SAT Mathematics Level 1 Question Speaking of the College Board, this question, and others like it, are available for free. They also provide a detailed explanation of each answer, here. By the way, the questions are ranked in order of difficulty in their question pamphlet from 1 to 5, where 1 is the least difficult and 5 is the most. The question below is marked as a difficulty level of 2. A number n is increased by 8. If the cube root of that result equals –0.5, what is the value of n? (A) −15.625(B) −8.794(C) −8.125(D) −7.875(E) 421.875 Answer: Choice (C) is correct. One way to determine the value of n is to create and solve an algebraic equation. The phrase “a number n is increased by 8” is represented by the expression n + 8, and the cube root of that result is equal to −0.5, so n+8 cubed= -0.5. Solving for n gives n+8 = (-0.5)3= -0.125, and son = -0.125 – 8 = -8.125. Alternatively, one can invert the operations that were done to n. Apply the inverse of each operation, in the reverse order: First cube −0.5 to get −0.125, and then decrease this value by 8 to find that n = -0.125 - 8= -8.125. Good Luck!