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    Top Free SAT Practice Tests & Prep Resources

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    Updated: January 10th, 2024
    Top Free SAT Practice Tests & Prep Resources

    In spite of test-optional policies, standardized testing remains an important part of the college admissions process. SAT scores are often used to determine which students to award scholarships to at competitive schools. If you plan on taking the SAT, it’s a good idea to take an SAT practice test beforehand. In this guide, we’ve listed several websites that provide 100% free SAT practice tests and study resources. 

    Also see: Differences between the SAT and ACT

    1. College Board

    The College Board administers the SAT, and also provides resources to help students prepare for the exam. The site offers eight SAT practice tests that can be downloaded for free. These tests are great because they’re written by the same people who developed the SAT. 

    College Board is also the go-to site for accessing key information regarding the SAT. If you have any questions regarding SAT dates and deadlines, registration, test centers, or scores, College Board should be the first place you check. You can find all of this information under the SAT tab on College Board’s website. 

    2. Khan Academy 

    The great thing about Khan Academy is that they offer personalized practice plans tailored to your specific needs. Once you create an account with the site (for free), you’ll be prompted to put together a study plan based on your results from the PSAT. If you haven’t already taken the PSAT, you can take a quick diagnostic quiz that assesses your strengths and weaknesses. From there, Khan Academy will create a study plan that works for you.

    Khan Academy offers eight full-length practice tests, all of which are developed in conjunction with the College Board. The site also offers thousands of practice questions, videos, lessons, and test-taking tips and strategies. The best part about it all is that you get constant feedback on your progression. 

    3. Kaplan 

    Kaplan is another online platform that offers free SAT prep resources. The site provides full-length realistic practice tests, along with detailed score reports indicating how you can improve. In your score report you’ll also find answers and explanations for every question. 

    If you don’t have time for a full practice test, there are other study options on the site as well. Kaplan’s 20-Minute Workout features 12 exam-style questions, complete with explanations and tips that can help raise your score. Plus, Kaplan’s Question of the Day is a great way to incorporate SAT prep into your daily routine.  

    4. The Princeton Review

    The Princeton Review offers several free resources to help students prepare for the SAT. The site provides full-length practice tests, along with comprehensive score reports detailing your strengths and weaknesses. On the site, you’ll also find free webinars covering topics such as paying for college and test-optional admissions. 

    5. Scholarships360

    Here at Scholarships360, we offer a variety of resources designed to help students learn about and prepare for the SAT. Check out the following posts to get started: 

    6. UPchieve

    UPchieve offers free SAT prep that allows you to instantly connect with one of their SAT tutors. Get help with reading comprehension knowledge, improve your grammar skills, and go through practice SAT math questions. UPchieve also offers tips and tricks to help you beat test anxiety!

    7. Union TestPrep

    Union TestPrep knows that cost is often a big factor in whether or not students can access study materials, which is why they have free practice tests, flashcards, lessons and study guides. All of their materials are free to view and use. You are able to pay for premium features, which come at a significantly lower cost than other companies, but it isn’t necessary.

    Final thoughts

    As you prepare for the SAT, you’ll probably have a lot of questions come up about the entire college admissions process. We can help you time when to take either of the tests and, if you aren’t feeling confident, you can check out our guide to college admissions for low test takers. It’s good to remind yourself that no matter how you do on the SAT, you’ll be able to find a great college fit!

    Also see: Scholarships for high school juniors

    Key Takeaways

    Key Takeaways

    • There are lots of free resources out there, so take some time to try out more than one, as some resources may work better than others for you
    • In order to avoid feeling burnt out while studying, try switching up the study resources you are using
    • While the resources on this list are free, there are also resources available that you can pay for, such as hard copies of these materials that you can study in actual textbook form
    • Good luck out there, and remember, as questions arise for any step of the admissions process, you can count on us for answers!

    Frequently asked questions about SAT resources

    How hard is the SAT test?

    The SAT is not designed to be so difficult that you cannot pass it. If you find it super difficult, you may be struggling with test anxiety or nerves about taking the test. These are things you can also work on as you’re preparing to take the test. Don’t underestimate these things as they can make a big difference in your score. As long as you’ve done all you can to prepare, you should feel confident walking into your test!

    Is 1200 a good SAT score?

    The average SAT score for 2023 was 1028. So, a 1200 on the SAT would be 172 points higher than the average. However, that doesn’t mean that your score will be competitive at all the schools you’re applying to. Before you apply to a school, look at what their average SAT score is. From there you can get a feel for how your score will stack up. Regardless of everything though, you should be proud of any score you get as long as you worked hard for it and did your best.

    What is the hardest section of the SAT?

    It depends on who you ask!  Some students say that math is the hardest section, while others say the reading comprehension is. As you go through practice tests, take some time to analyze what sections you consistently struggle with. Focus a little extra on studying these sections, whether it be math or reading comprehension.

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