# Math II and You: What You Need to Know About the SAT Subject Test

In light of the volume of questions we’ve received recently regarding the SAT II Math Subject tests, I’ve decided it’s time to sit down an churn out a blog article to answer a few common questions:

Q: Why is there a Math I and Math II? What’s the difference?
A: There is actually very little difference between the two tests, except that the Math II is theoretically, you guessed it, a little tougher. Actually the two tests quiz over the same material: any question that appears on the Math II test is fair game for the Math I test as well. However, the Math II test includes a higher percentage of advanced questions. In general, the tests cover material from algebra to trigonometry and pre-calc, but even the Math II does not extend through calculus.

Q: So, which do I take?
A: There are a couple of important factors in answering this question. In general, while it may seem counter-intuitive, the Math II test can actually be easier to make a good score on. As stated previously, there are no topics in Math II that aren’t covered on the Math I test, so it’s not a question of whether or not you’ll know the material yet (you shouldn’t take either test until you know the material). However, the scoring scale for the two tests is different. In other words, since the Math I test is theoretically easier, missing even one question might affect a students score, whereas on the Math II section, students can often miss two or three questions and still receive a perfect score.
However, if you’re really worried about that more advanced math, maybe the Math I test is the right option for you since you’ll encounter fewer of these types of questions. You might want to double check that none of the universities to which you’re applying prefer the Math II test, though.

Q: It’s just called “Math,” so when do I take it?