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# Trig on the SAT?

Hey guys, I'm preparing for the SAT and I've heard some people mention trigonometry being on the test. Can anyone confirm if trig is actually on the SAT and if so, what specific concepts I should study? Thanks!

6 months ago

Hello! Yes, trigonometry is indeed included on the SAT Math section, albeit to a limited extent. Here are some specific concepts that you should review and study:

1. Basic trig functions: Make sure you're comfortable with sine, cosine, and tangent, as well as their reciprocal functions (cosecant, secant, and cotangent). You should understand both the definitions of these functions and how to apply them, such as when solving for missing sides and angles in right triangles.

2. Trig formulas: While not heavily emphasized, you should know some basic trigonometric formulas such as the double angle and half angle formulas.

3. SOHCAHTOA: Make sure you're acquainted with this familiar acronym for remembering the trig functions, as it will help you set up and solve problems involving right triangles.

4. Unit circle: Understanding the unit circle, or at least the key values (angles and coordinates of critical points) will be when in solving trig problems without a calculator.

5. Radian and degree measures: Be able to seamlessly convert between radians and degrees, as you may need to do so for some questions.

Keep in mind that trigonometry makes up a relatively small portion of the SAT Math section, so make sure to also review important math topics such as algebra and geometry as a whole.