# Strategy 20: What types of math Questions on the Math Test cover a variety of skills under which main areas?

##### Strategy 20: What types of math Questions on the Math Test cover a variety of skills under which main areas?

The SAT Math Test measures your ability to apply mathematical concepts and skills to the types of problems you might see in college and in your career. You’ll see one 55-minute section with 38 questions (calculators ok) and one 25-minute section with 20 questions (calculators not permitted).

Types of math
Questions on the Math Test cover a variety of skills under three main areas.
Heart of Algebra: focuses on linear equations, systems of linear equations, and the relationships between them.

Problem Solving and Data Analysis: focuses on ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning.

t = 0t, equals, 0(10^3)
left parenthesis, 10, start superscript, 3, end superscript, right parenthesist = 1t, equals, 1t=2t, equals, 2N(t) = 1,000(4^t)
N, left parenthesis, t, right parenthesis, equals, 1, comma, 000, left parenthesis, 4, start superscript, t, end superscript, right parenthesist = 0t, equals, 0ttTipT, i, ptt
Passport to Advanced Math: focuses on complex equations and functions typically needed in a STEM-based—science, technology, engineering, and math—career.

1651651.5×1, point, 5, x(\dfracx24) (\dfracx2)

left parenthesis, start fraction, x, divided by, 24, end fraction, right parenthesis, left parenthesis, start fraction, x, divided by, 2, end fraction, right parenthesis\dfracx^248 + 1.5x = 165

start fraction, x, start superscript, 2, end superscript, divided by, 48, end fraction, plus, 1, point, 5, x, equals, 165
These questions also can include additional topics in math, like geometry, trigonometry, radian measure, and complex numbers.
The SAT Math Test presents problems and scenarios that you will find in real life from a variety of fields: careers, science, social science, and other contexts.

What the test looks like
About 80% of the questions on the Math Test are multiple choice. The other 20% are gridded response. The answer to each gridded-response question is a positive number—e.g., positive fraction, decimal, or integer—that will be entered on the answer sheet into a grid like this one.

The Math Test will also include reference information. You may find these facts and formulas helpful as you answer some of the test questions, but to do well, you should already be comfortable working with these facts and formulas.

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