SAT: Scoring 800 in the SAT Math 2 Subject Test


Scoring 800 in the SAT Math 2 Subject Test is a realistic goal for many. In fact, thousands of students all around the globe have already done so, and now it is your turn. In this post, we will provide you with the methods and tools that you can use to increase your chances of obtaining a perfect 800. 

  1. Become familiar with the SAT Math 2 Subject Test

    Know the ins-and-outs of the test: How long is the test? How is my score calculated? How am I penalized for making mistakes? What math topics do I need to know for this test. You can find all of your answers on the College Board Website. Alternatively, read our post -
    An Introduction to the SAT Math Subject Test 2 - where we provide the answers for you.

    SAT math 2 exam overview
  2. Go through the contents

    A very large portion of this test assesses trigonometry and functions. If you have completed an Algebra 2 course and Trigonometry before, then you should have encountered most, if not all, of these topics before. If this is not you, then it is very important that you pick up Algebra 2 and Trigonometry textbooks or complete online-courses for these topics first. Without a concrete background in these two topics, it will be difficult to obtain a high score!

    See the end of this blog post for a list of topics examined by the exam. Use this topic list to your advantage and treat is as a checklist - carefully review each item in this list and make sure you have learned about it before. If there are any gaps, make sure you learn about the item first before proceeding to complete practice for the SAT Math II Subject Test.

  3. Master each topic individually by selected practice questions

    Rather than completing a slew of mock tests that jump around topics, it is MUCH better to complete practice problems organized by topic first: by mastering each skill independently, you can guarantee there will not be any holes in your knowledge.

    It is also important to make sure the practice questions are relevant to the SAT Math II Subject Test: the questions need to be written in the same style, be appropriately difficult, and have a degree of organization that allows you to progress to harder and harder questions with the more practice you complete. 

    We have created our own interactive SAT II Math Subject Test question bank for test takes to use at their disposal. This pack currently has over 700 questions, with questions organized by topic and three levels of difficulty as well as timed section summary tests and complete timed mock tests. The online interactive question bank works on both mobile and desktop, meaning that test takers can conveniently work on their math both on-the-go and at home. For those of you who might be interested in this product, we welcome you to activate a free trial via the link above.

    SAT Math 2 Subject Test question bank

    After you have found a resource to use for practice, whether it be the Int-learn SAT II Math Subject Test Question Bank or a similar resource, make sure that you take note of every question you got incorrect or did not understand clearly - you will need to keep reviewing this type of problem until you feel comfortable tackling similar ones in the real exam.

  4. Complete mock tests under timed conditions

    After you have been through the material and you feel you are ready, it is time for you to complete full practice mock tests for the SAT II Math Subject Test. In general, the more you can complete and the more you can spend reviewing your mistakes, the more you will benefit. The College Board offers a mock test in its official SAT Subject Test Study Guide. We also provide three complete SAT Math II mock tests in our
    SAT II Math Subject Test question bank. The test is timed and graded for you automatically, and each question has a complete explanation to help you understand your mistakes.

  5. Final Tweaks

    After reviewing your mock tests, you might discover there are some aspects of the test you are finding it hard to get your head around. Do you find it hard to finish on time? Are you still finding it difficult to get some topics consistently correct? Are you making too many silly mistakes? Most of these issues are normally be ironed out through practice. However, to be truly successful, you must not shy away from using your resources:

    - Speak to your math teacher - He or she is an expert in the field. What’s more, nobody understands your math ability as well as your teacher, so he or she can provide you with indispensable feedback and advice tailored to your learning and test-taking style.

    - Talk to your seniors or your friends who have already taken the Math SAT II Test - They have been in your shoes and will be the most relatable.

    - Get a tutor to explain in greater detail some topics you are finding particularly difficult - Use the Int-learn Tutor Search to find a suitable tutor and get tutored online through our online classroom interface. 

    Int-learn online tutoring classroom for SAT 2 math

And that is it! By following these steps carefully, employing the strategies mentioned, and by completing enough practice (timed and untimed), you will be well on your way to getting a top score! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Go get that 800! 

The SAT Math II Subject Test examines the following topics (modified from College Board):

Numbers and Operations ratio and proportions, operations, complex numbers, imaginary numbers, counting, elementary number theory, sequences, series, vectors matrices.
Algebra and Functionexpressions, equations, inequalities, using equations to solve word problems, properties of functions (linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, periodic, piecewise, recursive, parametric).
Geometry and Measurement2-D geometry (area, perimeter, and properties of 2-D shapes, lines and angles), 3-D geometry (solids, surface area and volume of prisms/cylinders, pyramids/cones, and spheres, coordinates in 3 dimensions), functions and shapes on the coordinate plane (lines, parabolas, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, polar coordinates), graph transformations, trigonometry (right triangles, basic trigonometric identities, radian measures, law of cosines, law of sines, equations, double angle formulas).
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probabilitymean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, interquartile range, graphs and plots, linear regression lines, least squares regression (quadratic, exponential), probability.


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