SAT – Mathematics

Most candidates are a little cautious about the mathematics section for any examination. Nevertheless, in the SAT you will not be asked questions on any topic that you have not studied in high school. Hence, you can ace this section with hard work and practice. The SAT math section can be divided into the following sub-parts:


The Mathematics section of the SAT will have to be answered in 70 minutes.Multiple Choice QuestionsIn this sub-section of math, you will have to solve 44 questions. However, in this sub-section, you will have to select the correct answer amongst five possible answers.Grid-in QuestionsIn this sub-section of mathematics, you will have to solve 10 questions. As the name suggests, for these 10 questions you will have to solve the questions and provide the correct answers in the grids provided.

Exam Focus’ Practice Support

Ensure that you have practiced this section well before you decide to take the test. You can master Mathematics section only by rigorous practice. Use ExamFocus’ sample Problem Solving questions and sample Student Produced questions to get your skills sharpened.

Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The topics in the Mathematics section include: integers, roots, rational and irrational numbers, percentages, ratio, equations, inequalities, exponents, quadratic equations, area, perimeter, circumference, problems related to simple geometrical figures, like, square, rectangle, circle etc.
  • Scores for this section are calculated in two steps. First, a raw score is calculated and then a scaled score is obtained. For each correct answer, you will receive credit and for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be subtracted from your total score.
  • The ‘raw score’ that you receive is now converted to a ‘scaled score’. This is done by considering the score that you receive for Mathematics and Critical Reading section as it is converted to a scale ranging from 200 to 800.