The Math Test: Overview

The Math Test focuses on the areas of math that play the biggest role in college and career success: 

  • Heart of Algebra, which focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems.
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis, which is about being quantitatively literate.
  • Passport to Advanced Math, which features questions that require the manipulation of complex equations.

The Math Test also draws on Additional Topics in Math, including the geometry and trigonometry most relevant to college and career readiness. 

The Math Test is divided into two parts: a no-calculator portion and a calculator portion. In both portions, most of the test is multiple choice, but some of the questions at the end ask you to write the answer (these are called “grid-ins”). Everyday formulas are provided for you to use. 

Breakdown of the Test 

No-Calculator Portion
Time allotted 25 minutes
Total questions 20
Multiple-choice questions 15
Grid-in questions 5
Calculator Portion
Time allotted 55 minutes
Total questions 38
Multiple-choice questions 30
Grid-in questions 8

Types of Math Tested 

The math questions are divided into four categories, with algebra being the most important. 

Type of Math Number of Questions
Heart of Algebra 19
Problem Solving and Data Analysis 17
Passport to Advanced Math  16
Additional Topics in Math  6