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SAT/ACT vs Math Subject Tests

mczchlmczchl 20 replies6 threads Junior Member
I'm preparing to take the SAT Math 1 Subject Test right now - hopefully I'll be able to take it this fall. As I continue to develop my math skills, I'm wondering how difficult the Math 2 and math section of the SAT/ACT are, compared to the Math 1 test. I'm taking Precalc next school year so what would be the recommended order to take the Math 2 test and SAT?

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  • sattutsattut 1021 replies84 threads Senior Member
    I would recommend taking the math level 2 exam right after taking precalculus, because it is mostly on precalculus and does not cover calculus.
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  • ThinkOnThinkOn 554 replies1 threads Member
    I am unable to address the Math 1 subject test as my kids did not take it. For the SAT math section, my daughter took it after Algebra II (before precal) and had no issues. For the Math 2 subject test, 100% agree with @sattut that it should be taken after precal. Take it that cycle (May or June) before you start Calculus and forget some of the basic concepts. Good luck!
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  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am 673 replies25 threads Member
    Like you, my son plans to take the math 1 test in the fall (has an August 29th admission ticket). He finished algebra 2 last week. He will be taking pre-calc next academic year and so he will take the math 2 test when he is done with pre-calc. In his case taking math 1 is a chance to get a high score (hopefully) but is also a chance to get exposed to taking a math subject test. He had planned to take the test June 6 but that test date was cancelled. Good luck to you preperaring for the test!
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  • mczchlmczchl 20 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @Sam-I-Am @ThinkOn @sattut : Thanks all for the advice. It was very helpful!
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  • jdsusujdsusu 3 replies0 threads New Member
    I would suggest taking math level 2 after your pre-cal class. With the Covid, you might need to get extra help if your school is not going to meet in-person. I used Kahn Academy and Beestar for my SAT math. Good luck.
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  • mczchlmczchl 20 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @jdsusu - Thanks for the advice. That is definitely my plan now.
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