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The SSAT includes two 30-minute math sections, which are each composed of 25 five-choice multiple-choice questions. Given the time limit and the number of questions, students have a little over a minute to answer each question. The questions within the SSAT math sections will progress in difficulty as a student works his or her way through the section. Because a student loses ¼ point for each incorrect answer, a student should not make random guesses on the SSAT math sections. Students are NOT allowed to use a calculator on the SSAT math.

The SSAT tests a student’s skills in three mathematical areas: computations, geometry/algebra, and mathematical concepts. The table below provides a list of the types of match concepts that could be tested on the SSAT.

SSAT Math Concepts

Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division



Percents, fractions, and decimals

Elementary concepts of algebra

Ratio and proportion

Elementary concepts of geometry

Ordering of numbers (greater than, less than)

Basic concepts of angle measurement

Concepts of positive and negative numbers

Interpretation of data

Concepts of odd and even numbers

Sample SSAT Math Questions

Answers: 1. (B), 2. (C), 3. (C), 4. (C)

Related Topics

  • For an overview of the SSAT, visit the SSAT Overview page.
  • For information about the SSAT Verbal section, visit the SSAT Verbal page.
  • For information about the SSAT Reading section, visit the SSAT Reading page.

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