SAT Math Questions – Overview

The mathematical reasoning sections of the SAT test problem solving in numbers and operations, algebra I and II, geometry, statistics, probability, and data analysis using two question types:
• Standard multiple-choice questions give you a problem in arithmetic, algebra, or geometry. Then you choose the correct answer from the five choices.
• Grid-Ins do not give you answer choices. You have to compute the answer and then use the ovals on the answer sheet to fill in your solution
Although calculators are not required to answer any SAT math questions, students are encouraged to bring a calculator to the test and to use it wherever it is helpful.

CALCULATORS AND THE SAT
Calculators are allowed on the SAT. You may bring to your exam any of the following types of calculators:
• four-function
• scientific
• graphing
WHEN TO USE A CALCULATOR
No question requires the use of a calculator. For some questions a calculator may be helpful; for others it may be inappropriate. In general, the calculator may be useful for any question that involves arithmetic computations. Remember, though, that the calculator is only a tool. It can help you avoid inaccuracies in computation, but it cannot take the place of understanding how to set up and solve a mathematical problem.
Here is a sample problem for which a calculator would be useful:

This is an algebra problem. Using a calculator would not be helpful.

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