8 Free Official SAT Practice Tests

The College Board has released 8 official SAT practice tests since they’ve redesigned the test in 2016. You can find these tests on their website, in their Official SAT Study Guide (paid), or right here down below.

Because of the scarcity of real SAT questions, these tests are like gold.

When using one of these tests as a diagnostic or full-length practice test, mimic official test conditions as closely as possible. This means printing the test out, timing yourself, and taking it in one sitting. This will ensure you’ll get the most value out of these tests.

Below you’ll find everything to get you going – official practice tests, blank answer sheets, and instructions on how to self-administer the test.


Official SAT Practice Tests – Download Links

–> SAT Practice Test #1 – Practice Test 1 | Essay 1 | Scoring 1 |Answers & Explanations 1

–> SAT Practice Test #2 – Practice Test 2 | Essay 2 |Scoring 2 |Answers & Explanations 2

–> SAT Practice Test #3 – Practice Test 3 Essay 3Scoring 3Answers & Explanations 3

–> SAT Practice Test #4 – Practice Test 4Essay 4 | Scoring 4 | Answers & Explanations 4

–> SAT Practice Test #5 – Practice Test 5Essay 5 | Scoring 5 | Answers & Explanations 5

–> SAT Practice Test #6 – Practice Test 6 Essay 6 | Scoring 6 | Answers & Explanations 6

–> SAT Practice Test #7 – Practice Test 7 | Essay 7 Scoring 7 | Answers & Explanations 7

–> SAT Practice Test #8 – Practice Test 8 | Essay 8 | Scoring 8 | Answers & Explanations 8


Blank Answer Sheets

The SAT has 4 sections and 1 Essay. Use the answer sheets below when completing your test:

–> Blank Answer Sheet – Sections 1 to 4

–> Blank Answer Sheet – Section 5 (Essay)


Proctoring Instructions

If possible, a parent or 3rd party person should administer the test. Otherwise, the student can easily manage the process herself.

It’s surprisingly difficult to find simple instructions on how to self-administer the test, so we’ve put together a checklist to guide you through the process:

–> PrepMaven Proctoring Instructions – SAT


5 Tips

  1. Set aside an uninterrupted chunk of time – Block off 4 hours and 10 minutes (if you’re doing the essay) or 3 hrs and 10 minutes (without essay)
  2. Print out the test and answer sheets – The College Board and Khan Academy provide an online version of the tests, but the printed version will more closely mimic test conditions
  3. Time yourself – Make sure to include the appropriate breaks as well (if you’re following our Proctoring Instructions, don’t worry about this)
  4. Read the Proctoring Instructions above before you start – The instructions will identify which materials you will need and exactly how to time the different sections, including breaks
  5. Carefully review your answers after the test – Careful analysis of the questions you answered wrong (or were confused about) is important for meaningful score improvements.


Considering the ACT? Check out 5 free official ACT practice tests here.

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Not sure WHEN to take the test? We created 9 Sample Testing Schedules to help get you started

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Greg and Kevin are brothers and the co-founders of PrepMaven and Princeton Tutoring. They were engineering majors at Princeton and had successful careers in strategy consulting and finance. They now apply their data and research-backed problem solving skills to the college preparation process. Their unique approach places a heavy emphasis on personal development, character, and service as key components of college admissions success.