This guide lists the best practice resources available for the SAT in the order that students should use them. Students should save at least one or two of the “best” (official) tests to work near their actual test date. Otherwise, it is recommended that students work through the materials in the order listed, filling out their mistakes journals after every test.
First work through the ten officially released SAT practice tests. You can find eight of the tests on the College Board webpage for free at Free Official SAT Practice Tests, and the other two here:
The next best resource is recently administered actual SAT tests. While College Board does not officially release these, students often share PDFs of these tests on Reddit or other file-sharing sites. The most recent tests are sometimes in strange formats and lack clear scoring guides, but they are still the next best practice after the officially published practice tests. Here are the recently released tests you should be able to find:
2017 April (May international)
2018 April (May international)
2019 May international
After these, you’ll be using unofficially produced materials. Here they are in the recommended order that you use them:
Four Realistic SAT Practice Tests (Amazon)
These tests by Marks Prep are very reliable, with only one or two “iffy” questions in the reading comprehension sections. Also, a couple of the reading comprehension passages are possibly a little too easy compared to the real test. Overall, the best unofficial tests available.
IvyGlobal’s SAT 6 Practice Tests (Amazon)
These tests by IvyGlobal have a handful of “iffy” questions in the reading comprehension section. Also, the math sections feature a disproportionate number of very hard math questions, so students should not be surprised if they have lower-than-expected math scores on these tests.
10 Practice Tests for the SAT (Amazon)
These tests by The Princeton Review contain several “iffy” questions in the reading comprehension and writing & language sections. The math sections are basically rearranged and rewritten from the officially released SATs, so they are reliable practice, but savvy students will notice that they don’t present many new opportunities for learning beyond what they learned from the official tests.
8 Practice Tests for the SAT (Amazon)
These tests by Kaplan are of similar kind and quality to The Princeton Review’s tests. They are not always perfect recreations of the actual test, but they are still very good for practice.
The best way to prepare for the SAT is to take full practice tests, fill out a detailed mistakes journal, and continually revisit your past mistakes to ensure you have learned from them. This process is described in the Mistakes Journal Guide.
Some students need extra practice to brush up on certain content areas in grammar and math. Here are the best resources for targeted practice drills:
Khan Academy SAT
Khan Academy is the best online tool for anyone trying to learn the SAT on their own, and has many topic-specific practice drills.
If you know what skill you’re trying to practice, IXL is a great resource for drilling grammar rules and math concepts tested on the SAT. Simply use the search function for terms like “comma rules” or “graphing parabolas.” You will have to pay for a membership if you want to work more than a handful of practice questions per day.