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Taking the SAT Practice Test

To take most advantage of a practice test, mimic the real test environment as much as possible.

- 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.

Digital SAT vs. Pencil-and-Paper SAT Timeline

The paper and pencil SAT test is adminsitered on paper and answered on the same paper using a pencil. 

The digital SAT test is adminstered on a laptop or a tablet using a custom-built digital testing application, known as Bluebook.

The SAT test is administered digitally to all students taking the SAT at international test centers starting March 2023. Nationally (USA) the test will be digitally administered starting spring 2024. 

The College Board website link to the information on Digital SAT is Select the submenu of interest. 

Digital SAT Practice Tests

Digital adaptive practice tests in Bluebook app:

Four full-length digital adaptive practice tests are available on Bluebook. These tests mimic the actual digital adaptive test interface, format, and scoring system. They are a valuable resource to familiarize students with the digital platform interface and the adaptive nature of the test. Students can download Bluebook and sign-in using the College Board account to access these practice tests.

Pdfs of digital nonadaptive practice tests:

The College Board has released four nonadaptive (linear) tests as pdfs. Though they are not adaptive and not taken digitally, they provide students with an additional resource for the digital test format and type of questions.

These tests along with the answer explanations are available below:

Non Digital (Paper-and-Pencil) SAT Practice Tests 

A total of 10 SAT practice tests have been released by the College Board prior to the advent of the digital format. 

Tests 1 through Test 4 were never administered.

Tests 5 through Test 10 were administered per the following schedule:

Test 5 - May 2016

Test 6 - May 2016 International

Test 7 - October 2016

Test 8 - January 2017

Test 9 - October 2017

Test 10 - October 2018

Initially, the College Board published Test 1 through Test 8 on their website and in "The Official SAT Study Guide" book. Subsequently, Test 2 and Test 4 were replaced with Test 9 and Test 10.

Below are hyperlinks as pdfs to 10 tests published by the College Board.

Practice tests 6 - 10 have hyperlinks for the practice test, the answers, and the instructions on how to calculate the test score.

Practice tests 1 - 5 have hyperlinks for the practice test and the answers. 

An answer sheet to score a test is attached at the end.

If you are not sure on taking all the practice tests then start with practice test 10.

Note: See how I have solved math questions in sections 3 and 4 of Practice Test 10 in 1 to 2 steps by clicking THIS LINK. You can also access them through Math Corner.

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