#### SAT Review of Number and Operations

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The SAT Mathematics test includes both multiple-choice questions and questions that require a written numerical answer. Students’ mathematical reasoning is assessed in separate areas of number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry and measurement; data analysis; probability and statistics. These areas follow the guidelines set by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and are part of the Mathematics Common Core in many states.

### Why Mathematics?

Required math classes and testing are familiar to most high school students, especially those who are preparing to attend college. Students are cleared to take college math courses by their performance on standardized tests and their high school classwork. In addition, many colleges and universities require college-level math courses as a General University Requirement for graduation, so students in all majors take some form of math.

### But I’m not in STEM!

Students preparing to go into STEM fields after graduation — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics studies– already know a lot of math is in their future. Mathematics is an essential component, because the language of mathematics is the only way to explain physical relationships. However, other fields require the discipline and logical thinking gained from learning mathematical problems. For example, students who excel in constructing the sorts of arguments to solve proofs and equations can apply those skills to law and liberal arts. Social science majors in psychology, sociology, and economics use statistical thinking as a basis for experimentation. The arts, including music, are firmly rooted in mathematical concepts of proportion, symmetry, and balance.

### Review Basic Concepts

Number and operations questions on the SAT require a review of basic and familiar concepts such as the properties of integers, word problems, fractions, ratios, and sequences. Be familiar with mathematical operations to find square roots and squares of numbers. Practice word problems, equations, place value and scientific notation, prime numbers, and ratios, proportions and percent.

### Strategies for Test Preparation

As with the other sections of the SAT, students who have a lot of experience with solving similar types of questions have an advantage. Teachers and tutors can guide individuals to improve weaknesses and supplement strengths during practice sessions. Remember that students can use approved calculators on the math tests. Questions are arranged from easy to hard, so work the most familiar problems first. Check answers carefully if there is extra time after the test.

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