The four types of questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section of the SAT are:
- Multiple Choice (one answer)
- Multiple Choice (one or more answers)
- Numeric Entry
- Quantitative Comparison
In this section, we’ll cover the first three types. Quantitative Comparison questions are covered in the following section.
Multiple Choice (one answer)
This is likely the question format that you’re most familiar with. For these questions, you’ll select one answer from five answer choices. Questions of this type are easier in some ways; you know how many answers there are, and you have the option to guess. However, the SAT is also known for having many trap answers that fool unprepared students. That’s why it’s important to study both the material that the SAT covers and the types of questions and answers you’ll see on test day.
Multiple Choice (one or more answers)
These questions ask you to select one or more answers from a list of answer choices. The question may or may not tell you how many correct answers there are. These questions can be difficult because all of the correct choices must be selected to get credit.
An important strategy for questions of this type is recognizing patterns and relations between the answers. For example, if you can determine the maximum or minimum value of possible answers, you may be able to eliminate incorrect answers quickly.
These questions ask you to type in your answer. There are two formats for answering:
- Enter an integer or decimal in a single answer box.
- Enter a fraction in two answer boxes, one for the numerator and one for the denominator.
You must be particularly careful on questions of this type, as there are no answer choices to guide you. Pay attention to the details of the question. What units should the answer be in? Are you required to round your answer? If time allows, it’s wise to check your answer to avoid careless errors.