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Math SAT Subject Test

Colleges may require either Level 1 or Level 2, or they may let you choose.

There are two varieties of Math SAT Subject Test: Level 1 and Level 2.

Both cover the same general topics, but Level 2 is more rigorous. While many college departments dictate which test to take, sometimes you are free to choose for yourself. In such cases, consider how developed your math skills are and how likely you are to achieve a high score.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 contain 50 questions. As with all other SAT subject tests, you are given one hour to complete the exam.

What You Will Need to Know

Both levels assess your proficiency in the major mathematics branches:

  • Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics

You will be expected to know the basic concepts, terminology, operations and functions within each branch. You should also know how to interpret data from graphs and charts, as well as how to apply mathematical terms such as mean, median and mode.

Although (approved) calculators are permitted, it’s critical that you know what to input. Be familiar with common functions and operations.

Understanding Scores & Test Strategies

Each Math SAT Subject Test receives a score between 200 and 800. In 2011, the average (mean) score was 610 for Level 1 and 654 for Level 2. (Do not conclude, however, that Level 2 is somehow easier).

A word of advice: the SAT does not penalize blank answers. If you don’t know a question, sometimes the best strategy is to skip it.

Knowing how to prepare for the SAT is the first half of the equation; diligent study is the second half. Together they add up to success.

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