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Overview of Official SAT Practice

Get an overview of Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, which we created in partnership with College Board, the creators of the SAT.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Megan.Siragusa
    is Khanacademy.org SAT prep free?
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  • marcimus pink style avatar for user Shally Kumar
    What score is required for Ivy league colleges?If my khan academy practice test score (and it was my first ever test) is 1250,would I be able to get it or are 2 months not enough?
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  • starky sapling style avatar for user valentina.thurber
    Is there anything extra I should be studying if I wish to pass? Any other site or books? I am taking the new SAT in March so I need to study a lot. All answers are helpful thanks
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user kendra
      Hi, Valentina.thurber! If I were you, I would get two books, either buy them or borrow them from your library. The two books are "Cracking the SAT" by Princeton Review and "Up Your Score SAT" by Veritas Prep. Both of these books have a lot of helpful tips and tricks, and "Cracking The SAT" has some practice tests in it. I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions!
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  • blobby green style avatar for user anthonympanasci
    will choosing the psat vs the sat for your profile change what questions you get for the practice quizzes and tests?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user siddiquilamia
    My high school requires sophomores to take the PSAT. Does the PSAT affect college admissions in any way or is it just the SAT and possibly the ACT?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Viraat Chandra
    Graphing calculators are really expensive, are they really worth buying for the SAT exam,
    I have also heard that graphing on calculators is quite a time-consuming process, is it recommended?
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user kendra
      I know, Viraat, graphing calculators are ridiculously expensive! If you have siblings who will be taking the SAT test after you, then it would probably be worth it to buy one. (I am one of 11 kids, so buying a graphing calculator was a good idea for us). Here is a link for calculators that are allowed on the SAT test. There may be some that are less expensive:
      https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy
      For your second question, I don't really know! I haven't taken the SAT yet, just the PSAT, and I did no graphing at all on that. Hopefully someone else can answer that question for you!
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  • duskpin tree style avatar for user amritabonthu
    I reached a skill level 4 for all reading and writing categories. Do the exercises go on forever? Or do they end at one point?
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  • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Varshith
    Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well. I am a 9th grader and I have been looking into SAT and College Admissions. My dream is to get into MIT (everyone is allowed to dream big). Since the founder of Khan Academy is a graduate from MIT I thought this was the best place to ask my question. When I looked in Niche a lot of students with a perfect 1600 SAT score and a very good GPA (above 4.0) got into MIT. This makes sense, but a lot of people with a 1600 SAT score and a very good GPA still get rejected. So here's my question: how do some students get into MIT but other students don't with the same SAT score and High School GPA?
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    • stelly yellow style avatar for user ⭐BEST20042007⭐
      Hi Varshith! That was a very good question you asked! So even though many students do have similar test scores and high GPA's, many top selective universities (such as MIT) look for how well your Common App essay is and your teacher reccomendations. Furthermore, when the scores are really close with one another, colleges will look into what types of extracurriculars you did and how deep involoved you have gotten. For example, if 2 students got the same standardized test scores and had a lot of extracurriculars, but one student just was a member of their club while the other applicant was the president of that club, the university would pick the student with more involvement. But I agree, even though many students get near-perfect or perfect standardized test scores, there are always many other factors to consider. So since you want to get into MIT (a top selective school) I would suggest you try to differentiate yourself from other applicants by either getting more deeply involved in extracurriculars and/or write a stellar Common App essay on why MIT should particular choose you as their student. I really hoped this helped answer your question and best of luck on the journey ahead! :)
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  • hopper happy style avatar for user Hannah
    Will the SAT answer ('bubbling' MCQ) sheet be attached to the question paper? Or are we allowed to take out the sheet, and work on the question & bubble the answers simultaneously during the exam?
    Did that make sense? :S Please let me know! Thank you!
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  • starky tree style avatar for user Mariah Potoka
    As a student, can I see my time spent on SAT practice? I know that my teacher can see the minutes but is there any way for me to see as well?
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Video transcript

- [Instructor] Welcome to Official SAT Practice, I'm Kitt Hirasaki the lead designer. Our team here at Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board, the makers of the SAT, to bring you official personalized and completely free practice for the SAT. Our system works by figuring out what skills you need to practice most and focusing your time on those. We also help you create a practice schedule based around when your test is and we have full length exams from College Board to help you get ready for the real thing. So when you first sign in you'll arrive on this page, if you've already taken the PSAT or SAT you can connect your Khan Academy and College Board accounts and automatically send your test results to us. That way you can start by practicing what you missed on the PSAT and we'll set the question difficulties to match where you are right now. If you haven't taken the PSAT or SAT no worries, we have a series of diagnostic quizzes that you can take that'll figure out your strengths and weaknesses and what you should practice first. So when you click sign in to College Board, you'll be taken to College Board so you cans send your test results to Khan Academy. Now that we're connected we'll read in your results and create your personalized practice recommendations. All right lookin' good. So on your first day you'll get started by practicing one of the skills that you missed on the test. You'll also go through the steps to create your practice test schedule. I have already created one here let me scroll down. So I'm scheduled to take the test on June 4th and the system helped me figure out when I should take my practice exams and I also scheduled the days when I want to practice throughout the week. So let's go ahead and practice that first skill. We have two areas Math and Reading and Writing. Your top three recommended skills to practice are shown here and you can see these are being recommended because they're ones that we missed on the PSAT. So for the ones I missed on PSAT the system has me starting at Level Two, as I answer questions right I'll climb up to Level Four which has the hardest questions. Now let me fire up this first recommended skill. When I'm working on a practice question I can show hints or I can also watch a video example for this skill and then once I've made my answer I can check it. No, didn't get that. But fortunately we give you an explanation for how to solve the problem. After you finish practicing these first three skills, you'll do a timed mini section which is like a real test section where you're under time pressure but it's much shorter, just 10 or 11 questions long. And then once you're done with that the system will give you three new skills to practice based on what you missed on the timed mini section combined with what you missed on your PSAT or your diagnostic quizzes. Then if there's specific skills that you want to get more practice on you can come down to the library and choose what you want to practice. You can also watch videos where Sal works through different examples. In our Tips and Planning section we have videos and articles about the test as well as tips for preparing for the test and in our Full Exam section we have four full exams you can take to get ready for the real thing. The SAT is a long test, it's three hours or four hours if you've signed up for the optional essay and it's very important to take practice exams to build up the endurance you'll need to do well on your test day. Then once you've finished a practice test you'll get your score, you can review your answers, and you'll get new practice recommendations for the questions that you've missed. So that's it, you can go to khanacademy.org/SAT to get started preparing for the SAT all for free. Good luck.