What Are Content Domains?

As you practice, you may read a lot about domains. The domains represent content areas that are measured on the SAT Suite of Assessments. Mastering these content areas indicates that you're on track to college and career readiness.

Here's more information about the domains you'll see on the Reading and Writing section.

Table 1. Reading and Writing Domains and Skills
Domain Description Specific Skills Tested
Information and Ideas Measures comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills and knowledge as well as the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information and ideas from texts and informational graphics (tables, bar graphs, and line graphs).
  • Central Ideas and Details
  • Inferences
  • Command of Evidence
Craft and Structure Measures the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning skills and knowledge needed to understand and use high-utility words and phrases in context, evaluate texts rhetorically, and make connections between topically related texts.
  • Words in Context
  • Text Structure in Purpose
  • Cross-Text Connection
Expression of Ideas Measures the ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of written expression and to meet specific rhetorical goals.
  • Rhetorical Synthesis
  • Transitions
Standard English Conventions Measures the ability to edit text to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
  • Boundaries
  • Form, Structure, and Sense

Here's more information about the domains you'll see on the Math section.

Table 2. Math Domains and Skills
Domain Description Specific Skills Tested
Algebra Measures the ability to analyze, fluently solve, and create linear equations and inequalities as well as analyze and fluently solve equations and systems of equations using multiple techniques.
  • Linear equations in one variable
  • Linear functions
  • Linear equations in two variables
  • Systems of two linear equations in two variables
  • Linear inequalities in one or two variables
Advanced Math Measures skills and knowledge central for progression to more advanced math courses, including demonstrating an understanding of absolute value, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, rational, radical, and other nonlinear equations.
  • Nonlinear functions
  • Nonlinear equations in one variable
  • Systems of equations in two variables
  • Equivalent expressions
Problem-Solving and Data Analysis Measures the ability to apply quantitative reasoning about ratios, rates, and proportional relationships; understand and apply unit rate; and analyze and interpret one- and two-variable data.
  • Ratios, rates, proportional relationships, and units
  • Percentages
  • One-variable data: Distributions and measures of center and spread
  • Two-variable data: Models and scatterplots
  • Probability and conditional probability
  • Inference from sample statistics and margin of error
  • Evaluating statistical claims: Observational studies and experiments
Geometry and Trigonometry Measures the ability to solve problems that focus on area and volume formulas; lines, angles, and triangles; right triangles and trigonometry; and circles.
  • Area and volume
  • Lines, angles, and triangles
  • Right triangles and trigonometry
  • Circles