Content of the SAT II Math IIC
Content of the SAT II Math IIC
Math IIC covers a variety of mathematical topics. ETS, the company that writes the SAT IIs, provides the following breakdown of the topics covered on the test:
Topic Percent of Test Usual Number of Questions
Algebra 18% 9
Plane Geometry
Solid Geometry 8% 4
Coordinate Geometry 12% 6
Trigonometry 20% 10
Functions 24% 12
Statistics and Sets 6% 3
Miscellaneous 12% 6
While accurate, this breakdown is too broad to really help you direct your studying toward the meaningful areas of the test. We’ve created the following detailed breakdown based on careful examination of the test:
Topic Percent of Test Usual Number of Questions
Algebra 18% 9
Arithmetic 2% 1
Equation solving 5% 2.5
Binomials, polynomials, quadratics 14% 7
Solid Geometry 8% 4
Solids (cubes, cylinders, cones, etc.) 4% 2
Inscribed solids, solids by rotation 1% 0.5
Coordinate Geometry 12% 6
Lines and distance 6% 3
Conic sections (parabolas, circles) 5% 2.5
Coordinate space 2% 1
Graphing 2% 1
Vectors 1% 0.5
Trigonometry 20% 10
Basic functions (sine, cosine, tangent) 12% 6
Trigonometric identities 4% 2
Inverse trigonometric functions 2% 1
Trigonometry in non-right triangles 1% 0.5
Graphing trigonometric functions 1% 0.5
Functions 24% 12
Basic, compound, inverse functions 8% 4
Graphing functions 6% 3
Domain and range of functions 8% 4
Statistics and Sets 6% 3
Mean, median, mode 2% 1
Probability 2% 1
Permutations and combinations 4% 2
Group questions, sets 1% 0.5
Miscellaneous 12% 6
Arithmetic and geometric series 4% 2
Logic 1% 0.5
Limits 1% 0.5
Imaginary numbers 1% 0.5
This book is organized according to the categories in the above breakdown, allowing you to focus on each topic to the degree you feel necessary. In addition, each question in the practice tests at the back of this book has been categorized according to these topics so that when you study your practice tests, you can very precisely identify your weaknesses and then use this book to address them.
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