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Chris Lele

How to Take a Practice SAT Test

The College Board, the creators of the SAT, releases a book of ten practice tests. Many students wisely use this book, as it contains actual questions from the SAT. As somebody who teaches the SAT, the book is the bible and offers the best practice out there.

Simply going through each test will not translate to a better score. But practicing full-length SAT tests is invaluable to SAT your study routine. Get the most you can out of this test by keeping the following four points in mind.


Build a foundation first

If you have little experience taking the SAT, do not just dive into the College Board book. Learn effective tips and strategies from Princeton Review and Barron’s.


Time yourself

Once you’re ready to take a practice test from the College Board book, don’t give yourself all the time in the world. You want to make this as close to the real test as possible. So set your timer, and don’t give yourself any more time than the time allowed for each section.


Don’t get interrupted

Now that you’ve got the timer going, don’t stop the timer. Also, do not take a break in between sections. Simulate the actual SAT by sitting for the entire three hours (turning off your iPhone will definitely help!).


Figure out your wrong answers

After you’ve taken a test, don’t just mark questions right and wrong. Try to understand why you missed certain questions. This process will help you better understand how the test writers think and will help you avoid similar mistakes in the future.

If you can’t figure out, I’ve recorded explanations on youtube for the SAT. Have a look!


About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 8 million views.

You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog!

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