All Free SAT Practice Tests (2016 and Later, Out of 1600)
3 Additional Resources for Official SAT Practice
We’ve given you all official SAT practice tests above, but is there anything else you can use for quality SAT practice? Each of the following resources contains more official, quality SAT practice.
On top of full-length practice tests, the College Board website offers a decent number of sample SAT questions for the Reading, Writing, Math, and Essay sections. While some of these questions appear on official practice tests, not all do. Thus, I highly recommend using this resource for extra SAT practice.
In total, you’ll get the following number of questions for each section:
- Reading: 24 questions (with two reading passages)
- Writing: 22 questions (with two reading passages)
- Math: 30 calculator-permitted questions, 18 no-calculator questions
- Essay: Two prompts (with 16 sample essays)
The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free and official online SAT prep to test takers.
Although the website doesn’t offer a comprehensive prep program or any new practice tests (all of the tests here are those on the College Board website), it does offer a lot of extra, high-quality SAT practice questions not available elsewhere.
Khan Academy’s best feature is its tutorial videos, which teach you step by step how to solve and approach specific SAT question types, from Math questions dealing with linear functions to Writing questions focused on parallel structure.
This official SAT prep book contains 10 old-format SAT practice tests not available online, and is helpful if you’re looking for a massive source of practice material.
That being said, remember that the format used here differs considerably from the current version of the SAT. Therefore, I recommend using these practice questions in isolation instead of taking the tests in full. As you go through the book, pinpoint the questions most like those on the current SAT, and then drill them for extra practice.
Where to Find (and How to Use) Unofficial SATs
Sadly, there aren’t a ton of official SAT practice tests available, so if you’re planning 40+ hours of studying, you’ll probably need some supplementary materials. Note that practice materialsnot sanctioned by the College Board can vary wildly in quality: some are very similar to the actual SAT, whereas others don’t even share the same basic structure as the test!
I’ve collected the most helpful resources and provided some suggestions on how to get the most out of them in your SAT prep. This list is extensive but not exhaustive—there are a lot of SAT books and tests out there. Be aware, however, that many of them aren’t very high quality, so use your judgment when deciding whether to incorporate something you find into your prep.
Unofficial SAT Prep Books
SAT prep books are a good alternative for extra content review and practice. Their questions aren’t always quite right—for example, they might cover material you don’t really need to know or are easier or harder than those on the real SAT—but prep books can be a great resource for both reviewing concepts and trying out different strategies.
I’ve provided some suggestions for general SAT prep books below. These each cost between $10 and $20, but you might be able to find them for free at your local or school library. Just make sure that they aren’t written in before you check them out. Also, note that many of the best SAT bookscover only one subject, so buying books can get expensive quickly.
Barron’s SAT, 29th Edition has a lot of in-depth study material that’s particularly helpful for high scorers looking to fine-tune their test-taking strategies and ensure that they know every concept that might appear on the test.
That said, the questions (especially those for Reading) tend to be much more difficult than those on the actual SAT, so this prep book isn’t a good choice for students who get easily frustrated.
You’ll get a total of five full-length practice tests (including one diagnostic test) with this book.
Kaplan’s SAT Prep Plus 2020, as well as its other SAT prep books, are better for students who need a basic foundation on what to expect on the test and how to approach it. The questions skew easier, so it doesn’t provide great preparation for the more challenging aspects of the exam.
This book is a good place to start if you have a low baseline score and want to increase it by a lot, since it will let you save official tests and more challenging practice for later in the process.
This book offers five full-length SAT practice tests (two in the book and three online).
Free Online Practice SATs from Test-Prep Companies
Since these tests are free, they’re often (though not always) of a lower quality than the tests in books. If you really need more free practice materials, stick to using these for untimed content review and don’t worry if something seems weird or unusual.
If you’re a high SAT scorer, trying to figure out how the test is different from an official SAT can be a good exercise and will help you understand exactly what makes the real thing tick.
Ivy Global offers two free SAT practice tests, which are pretty decent in terms of quality. As you can see in the example below, both tests mimic the style of the official test very closely. Given the scarcity of materials for the current version of the SAT, these practice test PDFs could be a helpful addition to your prep—as long as you keep in mind that neither are official resources.
This website has a large selection of SAT practice questions divided by type. They’re in the same basic styles as old SAT questions, though the online format is less streamlined than that of the College Board or Khan Academy websites. You can see an example below
These SAT questions are best used sparingly—to test knowledge of math and grammar content and to practice general strategies (such as plugging in answers or numbers). Keep in mind that they might contain some errors.
The format on these SAT practice questions isn’t especially accurate, and they sometimes ask about concepts that aren’t tested on the SAT. I generally wouldn’t recommend using them, but you can if you really want more questions to help test your general SAT knowledge. Here’s an example of a question:
Other Free Unofficial SAT Practice Tests
Big test-prep companies, such as The Princeton Review and Kaplan, often offer a free practice test if you register for an account on their website. Sometimes you can even sign up to take the practice SAT at one of their test centers.
As always, keep in mind that the quality of the practice SAT will vary wildly, and the company might aggressively pitch you their services.
Making an SAT Study Plan: 3 Essential Tips
Now that you know where to start compiling the materials you’ll need to prepare for the SAT, let’s discuss how best to use these resources in a study plan. For more details on how to plan your SAT prep, check out our guide on how to build a prep plan that fits your schedule.
#1: Find Your SAT Baseline Score
Make sure to take a real SAT to determine your baseline score—unofficial diagnostic tests won’t give you a realistic sense of what the SAT is like or what your actual strengths and weaknesses are. Take the test in a quiet room without any distractions, and be sure to follow the official time limits.
#2: Practice Skills and Review Content With Supplementary Materials
Because there’s a limited number of official SATs available, you should supplement these tests with practice materials focused on specific subjects or question styles, including the official questions on Khan Academy and the SAT website, as well as those from unofficial sources.
Making strategic use of these materials will allow you to try out new strategies and drill specific skills without having to worry about how many full official tests you have left.
#3: Focus On Using Official SATs as Full-Length Practice Tests
Again, because your supply of official SATs is limited, you want to use them judiciously. Don’t waste these tests by taking them in bits and pieces or while you’re distracted or stressed out.
Instead, use most of the official SAT practice tests as full-length practice tests under real testing conditions: timed, all in one sitting, in a quiet room, etc. Once you’ve taken a test, take time to carefully go over the questions you missed and the ones you guessed on, analyzing why you got each one wrong and how the question is actually solved.
Remember to also save one or two official SATs for the end of your prep schedule!