**Mathematics**

The GSAT Mathematics and AST Mathematics I &II differ in terms
of goals for evaluation and levels of difficulty. The GSAT Mathematics evaluates
knowledge of basic high school mathematics concepts and their ability to solve
problems using this knowledge. Meanwhile, AST Mathematics I &II focus on
students’ ability to express mathematical ideas and solve problems using
inductive and deductive reasoning skills.

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Objectives**

The objectives of GSAT Mathematics are
based on three major aspects of math learning:
conceptual knowledge, procedural
knowledge and problem-solving skills.

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1. To evaluate conceptual knowledge**

For example: Students’ ability to recognize a certain math concept and the basic
theory behind it

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2. To evaluate procedural knowledge**

For example: Ability to read mathematical charts, figures, and use formula and
procedures to solve math problems

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3. To evaluate ability to solve math problems**

For example: Ability to apply math knowledge, choose effective strategies, and
use deductive skills when solving math problems, and then to check the
legitimacy and accuracy of the solutions

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Scope**

The questions on the GSAT Mathematics
are based on the 10th and 11th grade required courses in the 2010 version of the
Senior High School Curriculum Guidelines.

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Focus of the Questions**

Development of math concepts is the
most important part of math learning, which is why there are more questions
testing students’ conceptual knowledge. In addition, students have learned to
solve problems by applying math concepts, theorem and properties.
So the ability to use theorems and procedures
is also a focus of the test.
Questions may include more difficult questions that
require analytic skills,
deductive reasoning and
the ability to
connect several concepts learned in school.