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SAT Math 2 subject test




1 hour (60 minutes)
50 questions (72 seconds per question)

Usual SAT “guessing penalty”

  • Get 1 point for correct answers
  • Lose 1/4 point for each incorrect answer
  • No points lost for omitted answers
  • Raw score = total points

Scaled score 200-800

  • Converted from raw score

In 2006-7, mean was 644 and standard deviation was 105.

Percentile Ranks

  • 800 = 90% (i.e., 10% of test-takers get an 800)
  • 750 = 78%
  • 700 = 65%
  • 650 = 51%
  • 600 = 33%


You can miss up to around 5 questions (i.e., get at least 90% correct) and still get an 800


Students should have taken:

  • Two years of algebra (1 and 2)
  • One year of geometry
  • Precalculus or trigonometry (may be concurrent)
    • The precalc problems on the test are easy as long as you get the concepts!


Topics

  • Numbers & Operations 10-14%
  • Algebra and Functions 48-52%
  • Geometry and Measurement 28-32%
    • Coordinate Geometry 10-14%
    • Three-dimensional Geometry 4-6%
    • Trigonometry 12-16%
  • Data analysis, statistics, and probability 6-10%


Calculators

  • Allowed with some restrictions
  • TI-89 calculator is ALLOWED!
    • Goal is to be able to do around half the test using the TI-89
    • Major difference from most other graphing calculators
      • Symbolic calculations (CAS – Computer Algebra System)
  • Bring extra batteries to the exam!
  • You may want to use BOTH the TI-89 and a scientific calculator
  • Do NOT over-rely on the calculator!  
  • Recognize whether test questions are calculator-advantageous (or not).


Practice Tests

  • Barron’s
    • Most of their Math 2 practice tests are much harder than the actual tests
  • Spark Notes
  • College Board

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