Research shows that the best preparation for the SAT includes maintaining a rigorous high school course load, reading and writing extensively, and taking a few practice tests to become familiar with the test format and timing. Here are Web pages, videos, downloads and online practice tools — all available free of charge — to help your students become more familiar with the test, and more confident on test day.
Students can visit this page to try a different SAT practice question every day; see hints, answers and explanations right away; and save and track their results. Many teachers and parents have added The Official SAT Question of the Day to their daily routine. A little practice goes a long way.
This full-length official SAT practice test can be printed out or taken online. Online practice test-takers see a countdown timer for each of the nine sections, and they can get their results right away.
On this page, students can try real SAT practice questions in reading, writing and math; get results right away; and see detailed explanations of the answers to help them understand how to focus their study.
The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT practice worldwide. Students planning to take the current SAT will find access to video explanations and tutorials on this page to help them master skills tested on the SAT, and they can practice with hundreds of questions from unreleased SAT exams.
Here students can prepare for SAT Subject Tests™ with real practice questions for each subject. The Language with Listening practice questions include audio files just like the real SAT Subject Tests. Students get results and explanations right away.
Print out this booklet for students with limited Internet access — or any student who wants to practice on paper. It contains important information about the SAT, the types of questions on each section, and how to prepare for test day. Students can use this booklet to practice for the current exam until launch of the redesigned SAT in spring 2016.
The SAT Subject Tests are a great way for students to strengthen their college applications. Print out this booklet for students with limited Internet access — or any student who wants to practice for SAT Subject Tests on paper. Students will learn important information about all 20 SAT Subject Tests, practice with official sample questions, and get familiar with the latest test-taking tips.
This free online tool is beneficial to all students before and after they take the SAT. It shows students the academic skills that are tested on the SAT and gives them the confidence and motivation to reach their desired score. The tool features real SAT questions and answers, lists of the academic skills typical of students who score within each score band, and suggestions for improving skills.
The PSAT/NMSQT® is great practice for the SAT. Test-takers become familiar with the format and kinds of questions that are on the SAT— and even get the exact same directions. This helpful online demo is aimed at students who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT. It starts by walking students through their PSAT/NMSQT Score Report, explaining how to read the report and what the results mean. The second part of the demo is a tutorial on using My College QuickStart™, an online college and career planning kit that is available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. It is powered by their responses to the test and provides personalized information that helps students take their next steps toward college.
This page hosts a collection of downloadable My College QuickStart resources for counselors, students and parents. You’ll find an implementation guide for educators, lesson plans to help guide students through specific sections of My College QuickStart, templates for communicating with parents about My College QuickStart, and more.
Students can sign in to their My College QuickStart accounts on this Web page. To sign in, they’ll need the access code printed on their PSAT/NMSQT score report (sent in December), and a College Board student account. (Students who do not already have a College Board account will be prompted to create one. It typically takes less than two minutes to create a free account.)
This online tool gives PSAT/NMSQT takers feedback on strengths and weaknesses in skills necessary for college study that are also tested on the SAT. Students can then focus preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
Low-Cost Practice Tools
To feel comfortable and confident on test day, students should become familiar with the SAT format and question types. Taking a few practice tests — not short-term, expensive coaching — is enough to maximize performance. The College Board provides affordable practice tests in a variety of formats.
Packed with the information students need to get ready for the test, this book includes 10 full-length practice tests, as well as concept review, test-taking approaches, and focused sets of practice questions.