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How is SAT Math Changing?


Math on the Redesigned SAT

So here’s the big news: on the new SAT math section there will be trigonometry, imaginary numbers, and lots of heavy-duty algebra. The SAT even has a nifty name to encapsulate all these new comers to the test: Passport to Advanced Math.

Speaking of calculators, there will be a 20-question section in which calculators are not allowed. There will only be two total sections (instead of three) and you will be allowed to use a calculator on this 38-question section.

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Perhaps more subtly: Some of the harder questions on the current SAT require you to spot a certain pattern. Once you’ve done this the answer—after a few calculator key punches—falls into place. This is not the case.

Your best prep book might be your second year algebra book and/or one that contains some trigonometry. Luckily, the trig on the test won’t be super difficult as long as you remember the basics.


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About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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