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Unformatted text preview: in applying basic math principles you already know to unfamiliar situations. The experimental section of SAT may test critical reading or mathematical reasoning, and it can occur at any point during the test. This section is used solely by the testmakers to try out questions for use in future tests. You won’t know which section it is. So you’ll have to do your best on all of the sections. FORMAT OF A TYPICAL SAT Section #/Content (1) (2) Writing Mathematics Standard Multiple Choice Number of Questions 1 essay 20 varies 16 8 35 Time 25 min. 25 min. 30 min. 25 min. 25 min. 25 min. 8 10 19 5 16 13 6 20 min. 25 min. 20 min. (3)* “Wild Card” an Experimental Section (Varies with test) (4) (5) (6) Critical Reading Sentence Completions Writing Standard Multiple Choice Mathematics Standard Multiple-choice Grid-Ins Critical Reading Sentence Completions Mathematics Standard Multiple Choice Critical Reading Sentence Completions (7) (8) (9) * Can occur in any section www.petersons.com About the SAT ix THE NEW SAT MATH QUESTIONS
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. Mathematics tests your knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. You are to select the correct solution to the problem from the five choices given. Example: If (x + y)2 = 17, and xy = 3, then x2 + y2 = (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) Solution: The correct answer is (A). (x + y)2 = 17 (x + y)(x + y) = 17 x2 +...
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