SAT/PSAT Exam Mathematics component :

This section is 80 minutes long and has 58 questions. It has a couple of basic sub-sections: a 25-minute section (no calculator) and a 55-minute section (calculator allowed). Math questions involve knowledge of subject areas such as arithmetic, geometry, algebra, statistics and probability  It also involves data interpretation from tables/graphs and problem-solving.

For Mathematics, it is usually a good idea to identify your areas of improvement early on (insufficient grasp of fundamentals, or skewed time management etc). Once you zero-in on a deficiency, it is advisable to devise a laser-focused strategy to strengthen the deficiency.

Practice is of paramount importance, and a log of the mistakes can do wonders for your test score. If you want to score a perfect score (stereotypes of Indian nerdiness at Math notwithstanding), you should have a good grasp of all possible content along with good time-management skills. Moreover, many candidates make careless mistakes which drag down the overall score dramatically.

Calculator policy for Math component : https://tinyurl.com/jg77mrb

 Section Time (in minutes) No of questions Math (No Calculator) 25 20 (5 in grid) Math (Calculator allowed) 55 38 (8 in grid)

 SAT TOPIC MATHEMATICS EXT MATHEMATICS STD In which grade it is covered Solving linear equations and linear inequalities YES YES Grade 9 & 10 Both Interpreting linear functions YES YES Grade 10 Linear inequality and equation word problems YES YES Grade 9 Graphing linear equations YES YES Grade 10 Linear function word problems YES YES Grade 10 Systems of linear inequalities word problems YES YES Grade 9 Solving systems of linear equations YES YES Grade 8 & 9 Solving quadratic equations YES YES Grade 9 & 10 Interpreting nonlinear expressions YES (Quadratic, exponential and Log) YES(Quadratic & exponential) Grade 9 & 10 Quadratic and exponential word problems YES YES Grade 10 Radicals and rational exponents YES YES Rational numbers - Grade 7 Exponents - Grade 8 Operations with rational expressions and polynomials YES YES Grade 8 Polynomial factors and graphs YES (Linear, Quadratic and cubic) YES (Linear & Quadratic) Grade 9 & 10 Nonlinear equation graphs YES YES Grade 9 Linear and quadratic systems YES YES Grade 9 Structure in expressions YES YES Grade 8 (Only expressions) Isolating quantities Not explicitly Not explicitly - Functions YES(Linear, Quadratic, Logarithmic, rational, reciprocal, exponential & Trigonometric functions)INDEPTH YES(Linear, Quadratic, exponential & Trigonometric functions) Grade 10 Ratios, rates, and proportions YES YES Grade 7 Percents YES YES Grade 7 Units NO In DP (SI notations) (They study this   explicitly in PHYSICS) Table data Not explicitly (taken in probability & statistics) Not explicitly (taken in probability & statistics) Scatterplots YES YES Grade 9 Key features of graphs YES YES Grade 8 - 9 - 10 Linear and exponential growth YES YES Linear - Grade 9Exponential - Grade 10 Data inferences Not explicitly in depth Not explicitly in depth Center, spread, and shape of distributions YES (No shape of distributions) YES (No shape of distributions) Grade 8 Data collection and conclusions NO NO - Volume word problems YES YES Grade 8 Right Triangle word problems YES YES Grade 8 Congruence and similarity YES YES Grade 8 - 9 Right triangle geometry YES (some theorems are not there in MYP) YES (some theorems are not there in MYP) Grade 8 Angles, arc lengths, and trig functions YES (Whole) YES (Only Sine, Cos) Grade 10 Circle: Equations and theorems YES YES Grade 9 -10 Complex numbers NO NO (In DP)

PSAT

SAT / PSAT difference -

The PSAT doesn't have an essay, and it's shorter – other than that, both tests are exactly the same. Functionally, they're different because the SAT can be used for college admissions, while the PSAT cannot, and the PSAT can be used to put you in the running for a National Merit scholarship, whereas the SAT cannot.

 Part Time (in minutes) No of questions Math (No Calculator) 25 17 Math (Calculator allowed) 45 31

 Broad Idea Topic MATHEMATICS EXT MATHEMATICS STD In which grade it is covered Heart of Algebra Analyzing and fluently solving equations and systems of equations YES YES Grade 8 & 10 Creating expressions and equations YES YES Grade 8 Inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems YES(Linear and Non-linear both) YES(Only linear) Grade 9 rearranging and interpreting formulas YES YES Grade 7 - 8 - 9 Problem Solving & Data Analysis Substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions YES YES Grade 7 Properties of exponents YES YES Grade 9 Algebraic word problems YES YES Grade 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 Linear equations and inequalities YES YES Grade 8 - 9 Systems of equations and inequalities NO (Only linear ) YES (Only linear ) Grade 9 - 10 Rational and radical equations YES YES Grade 9 Equations of lines YES YES Grade 8 Absolute value YES  (Absolute value & absolute functions both ) YES Grade 7 & 10 (EXT) Direct and inverse variation YES YES Grade 8 Quadratic equations YES YES Grade 9 Algebraic functions YES YES Grade 10 Passport to Advanced Math Area and perimeter of a polygon YES YES Grade 7 - 8 Area and circumference of a circle YES YES Grade 7 Volume YES YES Grade 8 Pythagorean theorem, isosceles, equilateral, and right triangles YES YES Grade 8 Parallel and perpendicular lines YES YES Grade 8 Coordinate geometry, Slope YES YES Grade 8 & 10 Transformations YES YES Grade 8 Additional Topics in Math Data interpretation YES YES Grade 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 Statistics YES YES Grade 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 Mean, median, and mode YES YES Grade 8 - 9 - 10 Probability YES  (Advanced - Conditional probability as well) YES Grade 8 - 9