Basic Factors to Consider while Choosing between SAT Math Level 1 and Level 2

While taking a SAT Math subject test, it seems quite simple to make a choice because you’ve to choose between Math 1 and Math 2. However, it’s actually quite challenging to make a choice because you’ve to think upon so many factors. Here are some useful tips to make it easy for you to choose the right option.

Basic Similarities and Differences between SAT Math Level 1 and Level 2

  • The main subjects in SAT Math Level 1 and Level 2 tests are the same i.e. Numbers, Algebra, Operations, Geometry, Functions, Measurement, Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability.
  • Number of questions and time limit too are the same in both the tests i.e. 50 multiple-choice questions are to be answered in both in 60 minutes.
  • But there are some differences between the two. E.g. in Level 1, there are more questions focused on fewer areas to thoroughly test one’s retention, whereas Level 2 is designed for students who have had more coursework in high-school math.
  • Also only Math 1 covers plane geometry, whereas Level 2 tests higher-level concepts in the subjects of Math 1, like trigonometry.
  • While in Level 1, there are more multi-step and abstract problems to be dealt with than Math 1 needing extra time and concentration, the grading curve of Math 2 is less steep than Math 1, so students get more room to miss questions while still scoring well.

Think about Available Time

Keep in mind that you get 60 minutes to answer 50 questions which means that you should be able to recall whatever you’ve studied, fast enough to use for calculations and answering.

If you are not much experienced with or face considerable problems with trigonometry, precalculus and statistics, Math 1 will perhaps be the best for you.

Trying to prepare on your own for those higher-level concepts typically doesn’t work out since it needs a considerable time investment which you may not have. Thus if you try Math 2 without the basic knowledge of those areas, you may not perhaps do well even with the simpler grade curve. Nevertheless, if you wish to take a career in one of the STEM fields, you may need a mathematically-heavy degree. In such a situation, the college programs you’ll try to enter will most probably need the completion of SAT Math 2. In that case, it’s advisable to check which degree programs need it and begin scheduling time for intense SAT test prep.

So, are you finding a bit easy to choose between the two tests? We hope that you are and wish you all the best.