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# Breaking Down the SAT: What Topics Do I Really need to Cover for Math?

Hey guys, I've been bogged down with all the SAT prep I've been doing. I'm focusing on math right now and it seems like there's just a ton to learn. Can anyone help clarify what the key topics are that I need to concentrate on for SAT Math section? Has anything changed in the SAT 'cause of Covid or something? Also, any tips or advice would be appreciated!

a month ago

Absolutely, happy to break it down for you! The SAT Mathematics section broadly includes four content areas: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics.

1. Heart of Algebra focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems. This includes creating, understanding, and solving linear equations and inequalities, and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities.

2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis emphasizes quantitative literacy. You'll encounter ratios, rates, proportional relationships, and descriptive statistics. It also includes complex problem-solving with measurement and data interpretation.

3. Passport to Advanced Math involves understanding the structure of expressions and the ability to analyze, manipulate, and rewrite these expressions. Expect to navigate quadratic and exponential functions, equivalence, and the manipulation of polynomials.

4. Additional Topics, while it forms a smaller part of the SAT, assesses topics such as geometry, trigonometry, and complex numbers.

Starting from Spring 2024, the SAT transitioned to being fully digital, but the topics covered in the Math section haven't changed due to Covid - you still get to cover the same range of math concepts.

Some tips for preparation:

Rather than rote memorization, focus on understanding underlying concepts and principles. The SAT emphasizes problem-solving and analytical skills over recall.

Practice regularly with real SAT questions. This helps familiarize with question formats and is one of the most effective ways to prepare.

Finally, keep track of your mistakes while preparing. Understanding your weak areas is key to improving effectively.

Remember you can use your calculator on both math modules of the digital SAT now, there's no calculator-free section anymore!

Good luck with your prep, you got this! Stay calm and keep studying smart.

a month ago