Taking SAT practice tests

The performance on practice tests that are available from the College Board or in practice workbooks may not always be a true reflection of how a student will perform on the day of the test. The anxiety and the stress of taking the test can prevent students from doing their best.

To take most advantage of a practice test, mimicking the real test environment as much as possible may be helpful.

- Think of a practice test as a real SAT test.

- Create a makeshift setup, such as a quiet corner in the house or at a library.

- Follow the same pre-test routine as on the day of the actual test.

- Wake up at the same time.

- Start the practice test at the same time as the real test and take the same breaks.

Repeating this for several practice tests may help a student develop a rhythm for taking the SAT test and build confidence.