- "Number and Operations" forms the basic math knowledge of a students quantitative abilities. It tests a student's abilities in basic arithmetic in areas such as properties of integers, elementary number theory, fractions/decimals, percentages as well as ratios and proportions. Other thinking and arithmetic skills include the ability to compute and use number sequences, understanding unit conversions as well as logical reasoning skills.
The SSAT requires some knowledge of Algebra. Students should know what Algebra is, its uses as well as how to answer questions involving Algebra. This includes simplifying algebraic expressions, solving simple equations as well as working with word problems involving algebra. Substitution or replacing of variables with numbers and evaluating these expressions are also an integral part of Algebra for the purposes of the SSAT.
- Geometry skills required for the SSAT include the ability to work with points, lines and angles in a 2-dimensional plane. Students need to demonstrate the ability to work with simple shapes and figures such as triangles, quadrilaterals as well as circles and to calculate the area and perimeter of these shapes. Geometry also includes coordinate geometry where students need to understand and be able to apply linear equations, determine slopes and read coordinates. Visualization of solid figures will also be tested in Geometry.