February 9, 2019

SAT Practice Tests

Update: I've removed the link to the Maine 2017 school-day SAT, which is no longer available.

Table of Contents

College Board SAT practice tests
Ivy Global SAT practice tests, including answer explanations
PSAT practice tests

Which Test Should I Take First?

I suggest taking College Board SAT #1 timed, followed by SAT #2 and #3 un-timed for practice. The first four College Board SAT practice tests were never administered to students in an official test sitting. Because of this, the raw-to-scaled score conversions may not be accurate. In my opinion, SAT Practice Tests 2 and 3 are more difficult than tests 1 and 4, and the scoring curve doesn't adequately account for that.

The two IvyGlobal online SAT practice tests aren't quite as good as College Board tests, but they're close. IvyGlobal's detailed answer explanations that are more helpful than anything the College Board has written. I've looked at a lot of third-party practice tests, and so far, only IvyGlobal's are completely free of poorly written questions and answer key errors.

The PSAT practice tests at the end of the list provide useful diagnostic scores until you hit 700 in either Verbal or Math. If you're worried that you'll run out of practice tests, start with the PSAT.

If you find yourself making small mistakes or running out of time on one or more sections of the test, consider following an objective set of timing rules so that you won't feel rushed.

I strongly suggest printing practice tests out onto real paper. It's almost impossible to take notes, cross off answer choices, or double-check your bubbling unless you're working on paper!


College Board SAT Practice Test 1

Test (Print this out onto real paper!)
Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

I've written detailed answer explanations for some of the supporting evidence questions in SAT Practice Test 1.

I've also written a detailed answer explanation for #29 in section 4 (calculator-based math).

College Board SAT Practice Test 2

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

The raw-to-scaled score conversion on this test may be too harsh. Since Practice Test #2 is so difficult, I suggest taking this test UN-TIMED.

I've written detailed answer explanations for the first ten Critical Reading questions of SAT Practice Test 2.

College Board SAT Practice Test 3

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

The raw-to-scaled score conversion on this test may be too harsh. Since Practice Test #3 is so difficult, I suggest taking this test UN-TIMED.

College Board SAT Practice Test 4

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

The College Board has provided us with graded student essays for SAT #4.

You'll also find College Board graded student essays for a different essay prompt that doesn't show up on any of the released exams.

College Board SAT Practice Test 5

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

College Board SAT Practice Test 6

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

College Board SAT Practice Test 7

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Answer Sheet
Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

College Board SAT Practice Test 8

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Essay
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations


IvyGlobal online SAT Practice Test 1

Test, Answer Sheet, and Scoring Chart (Print this out onto real paper!)
Online Scoring

Answer Explanations
Note: This practice test has an answer key error. The answer to Critical Reading question #18 is A, not D.

IvyGlobal's SAT questions are accurate, and their answer explanations are very well-written. Their practice tests are an excellent way to learn by doing, especially if you don't have a tutor.

IvyGlobal online SAT Practice Test 2

Test, Answer Sheet, and Scoring Chart (Print this out onto real paper!)
Online Scoring

Answer Explanations


College Board PSAT/NMSQT Practice Test 1

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Answer Sheet
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

College Board PSAT/NMSQT Practice Test 2

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Answer Sheet
Answers and Scoring Chart
Answer Explanations

IvyGlobal online PSAT Practice Test

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Additional Practice

IvyGlobal's practice tests are almost as good as College Board tests, and the IvyGlobal answer explanations are detailed and complete. You'll find links to IvyGlobal's materials (11 practice tests in print and 2 online) in my list of recommended SAT books.

Use Khan Academy to practice for SAT Critical Reading. The answer explanations aren't great, and the practice questions haven't been tested as extensively as real SAT questions have, but it's still College Board material. If you really want to challenge yourself, you can prep for SAT Literature Subject Test and AP English Language, which make SAT Reading questions seem like child's play.

ACT English and SAT Grammar/Writing are nearly identical. The SAT gives you more time per question, but it also gives you a slightly higher proportion of passage interpretation and adding/deleting sentence questions. Khan Academy is also good here.

You can find several SAT Math practice resources in my list of recommended SAT booksKhan Academy also provides decent practice, but its answer explanations may leave you a bit frustrated.



4 comments:

  1. i disagree with the answer to question 7 in practice test 8. The square root of 4 could be -2. therefore answer should be C not B, am I missing something?

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  2. That's a great question! You mean question 7 in the no-calculator section, right?

    If you plug both -1 and 5 back into the original equation, you'll find that -1 doesn't work (giving us 2 + 4 = -1 + 3), but 5 does (giving us 4 + 4 = 5 + 3).

    The square root of 4 isn't allowed to be a negative number, unfortunately. The technical reason for this is that if we allowed the square root of 4 to be both 2 and -2, then y = x^1/2 wouldn't pass the vertical line test and therefore wouldn't be a function.

    Please let me know if I can clarify this explanation any further. Thanks again for commenting!

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