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About the digital SAT Math test

An overview of the content and format of the digital SAT Math test.

What’s on the digital SAT Math test?

The Math section of the digital SAT is designed to test students on the math topics most important for college and career success. Those topics can be split into the following four categories:
  • Algebra: Analyze, fluently solve, and create linear equations and inequalities as well as analyze and fluently solve systems of equations.
  • Advanced Math: Demonstrate attainment of skills and knowledge central for successful progression to more advanced math courses, including analyzing, fluently solving, interpreting, and creating a variety of equation types.
  • Problem-Solving and Data Analysis: Apply quantitative reasoning about ratios, rates, and proportional relationships; understand and apply units and rates; and analyze and interpret one- and two-variable data.
  • Geometry and Trigonometry: Solve problems that focus on perimeter, area, and volume; angles, triangles, and trigonometry; and circles.
Each of these categories is made up of a number of different skills, and all of those skills are covered in Khan Academy’s digital SAT Math course. As you work through the course, you’ll encounter each skill in turn, complete with articles and videos to help you learn, as well as exercises to practice and test your knowledge.
Questions on the SAT Math test come in two formats:
  • Multiple choice questions offer four possible choices from which students must select the answer.
  • Student-produced response questions require students to produce their own answer, which they enter into the provided field.

What has changed?

The SAT Math test has changed relatively little in the transition to digital. Changes include:
  • Calculator use: Calculators are now allowed throughout the entire Math section. A graphing calculator is integrated into the digital test experience so that all students have access.
  • Question word count: The average length of Math word problems has been reduced. In-context questions are still a big part of the test, but they’re not quite so wordy.

How should I use this course?

To get the most benefit out of the digital SAT Math course and use your time most efficiently, we recommend using the course as follows:
  • Take the “course challenge”: By attempting 40 questions from different lessons throughout the course, you can get credit for the skills you’ve already mastered and identify the skills where you could improve. You can also get credit within individual units by attempting unit tests.
  • Work from top to bottom: The course takes all the math skills tested on the SAT and splits them into three difficulty levels: Foundations, Medium, and Advanced. By working through the course from top to bottom, you’ll encounter each skill at each level, keeping your practice balanced and ensuring no skills fall through the cracks.
  • Take quizzes and unit tests as you go: As you progress through different skills, you can take quizzes and unit tests to prove your mastery of the content. The more units you master in the course, the more prepared you’ll be for test day.
  • Don’t forget to take full-length practice tests! Full-length practice tests are a useful benchmark for your progress and an essential tool for building experience with the digital testing platform. You can take them using College Board’s Bluebook app.
Good luck! You’ve got this.

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