## The SAT Prep Black Book

**SAT Math**

**The Two Critical Components of SAT Math Success**

Since the SAT Math section is all about basic math ideas presented in strange ways, there are two key areas of knowledge we’ll need to do well on the test:

oBasic knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra (including some basic graph-related ideas)

oA thorough understanding of the SAT’s unwritten rules, patterns, and quirks.

So you will need *some* math knowledge, of course, but you won’t need anything like trig, stats, or calculus, and you won’t have to memorize tons of formulas. Like I keep saying (and will continue to say), it’s much more important to focus on how the test is designed than to try to memorize formulas.

In a moment we’ll go through the “Math toolbox,” which is a list of math concepts that the SAT is allowed to incorporate when it makes up questions. After that, we’ll get into the SAT’s unwritten rules of math question design.