Hi, Mike. How would you say the two math sections of the SAT are different (besides the obvious calculator use and the timing/number of questions)? I’m thinking in terms of content covered, types of questions, etc. Thanks!

Great question! The main difference is that Problem Solving and Data Analysis (PSDA) questions *only* appear in the calculator section (even though you don’t need a calculator for many of them). There are 38 questions in the calculator section and PSDA make up 17 of them, so just a little under half the section. That’s what makes the sections feel so different, content-wise.

PSDA covers a wide range of topics: percents, ratios, basic statistics, interpreting graphs and tables, etc.