What can I expect in the math part of the SAT?

The Mathematics sections of the revised SAT include some questions about charts, tables, and graphs. You should know how to (1) read and understand information that is given; (2) calculate, analyze, and apply the information given; and (3) spot trends and predict some future trends.

When you encounter a chart, table, or graph, you should

  • Focus on understanding the important information given.
  • Not memorize the information, but rather refer to it when you need to.
  • Review any additional information given with a graph (headings, scale factors, and legends, for example).
  • Read the question and possible choices, noticing key words.
  • Look for obvious large changes, high points, low points, and trends. Obvious information often leads to an answer.