SAT Practice Test: Get Your Free Download and Ace the SAT

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If you’re planning on taking the SAT, congratulations! You’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to offer you one of the most valuable resources in your test prep arsenal: a free SAT practice test with 154 SAT practice questions–just like the real SAT.

If you were planning on taking the SAT but thought you’d do it without practicing (or at least, without any full-length SAT practice tests), think about the life of a YouTube makeup vlogger. Do you think she’s going to show the world the first time she tries to do a flared, 1960s-style line with liquid eyeliner? Or a Hollywood red lip?

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Definitely not. As anyone who’s tried either one of those knows, it takes a lot of practice to not end up looking like a hot mess. But once you practice them, those can end up being signature looks.

See where I’m going with this? It’s time to master the SAT to the extent that you’d be proud to post a YouTube video of you taking the test for the whole world to see (though I’d adjust your expectations about audience size…).

Convinced? Awesome. Wondering where to find full-length practice tests? Read on for tons of advice on the best resources, plus Magoosh’s SAT Practice Test PDF!

Table of Contents

There’s a treasure trove of information here, so we’ve broken it down for you!

Why Do I Need to Take a Full-Length SAT Practice Test?

If you’re totally new to the test prep game, or you’ve been here a while, but you’re not convinced that a 3-4 hour test session is in your best interests…let’s talk.

To maximize your score on the SAT, you’ll need three things:

  • Lessons
  • Practice questions
  • Practice tests

And despite what a lot of students believe, those last two aren’t interchangeable!

Lessons are super valuable for reviewing content that you might not have seen for a while—or ever. Practice questions are great for making sure you’ve mastered (and continue to remember) the lesson content.

Learn it, practice it…why the third step?

Well, first of all, the official SAT won’t have an “algebra” problem set or a “geometry” problem set. It’ll have all kinds of problems mixed together within the three sections. So doing 10 triangle problems in a row won’t prepare you for the experience of thinking about triangles, transitioning to number properties, going over to some functions…etc. And it definitely doesn’t prepare you for hopping from Reading to Writing and Language to Math over the course of several hours!

Speaking of several hours, those 10 triangle problems probably took you less than half an hour to complete. That’s a big difference from test day, when you’ll be in front of the exam for at least three hours (more if you’re taking the essay). Not only do you need to mentally prepare for that experience, but you also need to physically prepare for it. You need to know when your breaks are, when you get hungry, when you need to go to the bathroom…and how to stay alert and focused for that long on a Saturday morning!

Jumping at the chance to take your first (or next) practice test? Great! Because we’re about to take a look at Magoosh’s latest awesome resource…the SAT Practice Test PDF!

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Magoosh’s Free SAT Practice Test PDF**

We’re so excited to give you access to this full-length printable SAT practice test. Our experts have spent days crafting the 154 questions you’ll find inside, which we then thoroughly student- and tutor-tested until the data told us that the test was more than up to snuff.

So what will you see?

Well, 154 questions, to start. But beyond that, the test has…

  • Reading Test (65 Minutes, 52 Questions)
  • Writing and Language Test (35 Minutes, 44 Questions)
  • Math – No Calculator Test (25 Minutes, 20 Questions)
  • Math – Calculator Test (55 Minutes, 38 Questions)
  • An answer key
  • Information on grading your test
  • Links to text and video explanations for every single question

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Are Full-Length Practice Tests Right For You?

So I’ve convinced you that taking a new SAT practice test before test day is important. Great! But you may still have questions:

  • I’ve never seen an SAT before—should I really take a full-length test now?
  • I’ve been doing individual SAT sections for weeks—is it worth the time to take the full test?
  • My test is coming up in two weeks—should I use my precious few study days to take a new SAT practice test?
  • My test is tomorrow, and I’m tired. Do I really have to take a practice test?


In case you were wondering, the answers are yes, yes, yes, and NO!

Now, in a little more detail…


Taking a practice test at the start of your prep is a good idea. Not only does it give you a baseline score (don’t worry, this is just for comparison!), but it also familiarizes you with the test format. After all, you’re going to want to know what you’ll be looking at when you sit down in that exam room.

What that means for you as a test-taker is that you’ll:
1. want to get familiar with the format of the test;
2. make sure you understand the timing of the sections;
3. identify the problem types at which you excel;
4. identify the problem types at which you need work.

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Intermediate preppers

Sure, you might be taking individual sections (or SAT practice questions) and getting a sense of your scores on those, but it’s a whole different ball game when you take the test all at once.

Don’t believe me? The difference between running for an hour and running for four hours is approximately the difference between a 10k and a marathon—and the difference between testing for those amounts of time is equally vast!

Besides, regular practice tests will show you exactly where you’re improving and where you can still improve.

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Advanced preppers

So your test is in two weeks? Take a final SAT practice test (or even your first SAT practice test) to make sure you’re prepared for the whole experience. Bonus: you’ll get a sense of what score can you expect to get on the official exam, though not, of course, your precise score.

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Friday nighters who have tests tomorrow morning

Go get some sleep! Being refreshed and awake tomorrow is way more important at this point than exhausting yourself by basically taking two full-length SATs in a row. If you’re worried, consider scheduling a second test date for a retake—studies show that most students will get their best scores the second time around. (And during that second time around…Take an SAT practice test! But DO NOT take one right now!)

Where to Find Full-Length SAT Practice Tests (Even Official Ones)

Khan Academy has paired up with the College Board (they’re the test creators) to offer free online practice tests for the new SAT. There are four full exams on the Khan Academy site, which can also be found on the College Board site. After you’ve taken an exam or two, you can then sharpen your skills with practice in different areas with resources on Khan Academy’s site and elsewhere.

“Did ’em! Should I buy some prep books?”

While prep books can be great for lessons, they tend to be better for learning than for full-length tests. Yes, the College Board’s book is awesome, but guess what? Those eight tests are the same eight tests you can find on their website, just printed and bound (they’re transparent about this). There are a few great books out there and a few to avoid—you can check them out in Magoosh’s post on the best SAT books.

Once you’ve covered the official exams and the Magoosh test, you’ll be in great shape—but for even more SAT practice questions, you can check out Magoosh’s SAT prep, which has hundreds more to choose from!

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How to Take an SAT Practice Test

Ready to mimic the official experience? Fantastic! Here’s what to do:

  1. Set aside approximately four hours of uninterrupted time to take the practice test.
  2. Take the test in a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.
  3. Mimic test day conditions by turning off your phone and leaving it in another room.
  4. Take the test in a quiet place where you won’t be distracted.
  5. Mimic test day conditions by turning off your phone and leaving it in another room.
  6. Try to take the entire practice test in one sitting.
  7. Eat a healthy, energizing snack before taking the practice test.
  8. Give yourself a brief, 10-minute break after the Reading test.
  9. Give yourself a brief, five-minute break after the Math (No Calculator) test.
  10. Use a countdown timer and remember to reset it for each test.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to remember half of these steps if you follow our simulated SAT practice test below, proctored by Magoosh curriculum manager Kat.

All you’d need to do is print your test, find a quiet place, set aside a few hours, and press play to simulate a test-day experience in the comfort of your own home!

Click here to see the sections of the video and their timestamps

6:35 – Reading Test (65 minutes)
1:18:42 Q&A: Writing & Language

1:28:30 – Writing & Language Test (35 minutes)
2:03:29 – Math Test (No Calculator) (25 minutes)
2:29:26 – Q&A: Math

2:38:20 – Math Test / Calculator (55 minutes)

Click here to see the FAQ and their timestamps

1:20:55 How can you prepare for the SAT if you’re a slow reader?
1:26:24 When I am stuck between two answers, how should I decide?
2:30:00 I had about 10-15 minutes left of the Reading section and I wasn’t sure if I had time to go back to check every question. Which questions should I check?
2:32:29 What is the most difficult part of the SAT?
2:34:30 In the actual SAT test, do we get to take the question packet home?
2:36:06 Can I program my calculator ahead of time?
3:37:10 Can I carry my pencils, calculator, etc in a pencil pouch or is it prohibited?
3:37:54 Are there any books you recommend to improve my reading?

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What to Do After an SAT Practice Test

After the test, it is critical that you check your answers and make note of any questions you missed. In fact, it’s a good idea to spend at least as much time examining your results as you did taking the test. Why? Well, did you get a question right because you knew the answer, or because you were guessing? Did you get a question wrong because you filled in the wrong bubble? (Practice tests help a lot with this latter problem, by the way!)

Make sure to check the explanations for every question you get wrong, so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes on test day. After you’ve examined your results, do some practice in your weak areas.

Signing up for Magoosh SAT Prep is a great way to learn or relearn concepts you need help with and get access to additional practice problems.

After working on your weak areas and brushing up on your strong areas, take another test and do the same process all over again! In the next section, we highlight some resources that will help you structure your SAT prep after taking your first practice test.

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Magoosh’s Free SAT Practice Materials

While free practice resources for the new SAT may not be as easy to find once you’ve finished the work available here and on the College Board site, don’t worry! There are plenty of other online resources–both free and low-cost (including this blog!)–that will allow you to target your weaker areas and keep your strong areas strong.

Study Schedules, Plans, and Guides

Whether you have six months or three days to prep, we’ve got you covered! Here are Magoosh’s detailed SAT study guides to help your practice.

Free SAT Practice from Magoosh

Ready for even more SAT practice questions and resources? You can find them in these Magoosh resources!

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Making the Most of SAT Practice Tests

Of course, there’s a lot more to taking a practice test than simply completing every question: you have to learn from the process. Let’s say you’ve finished grading each section and you’ve tabulated your score. Sure, take a quick stretch break (though don’t check that text!). You want to get right back to focusing on and understanding what you missed. To do so, follow these steps.

    1. Don’t look at the right answer
      The reason is you want to try to figure out why you missed the question in the first place, and you want a second shot. Though it might not be easy, figuring something out that initially eluded you will help you understand the question at a deeper level. By looking at the right answer off the bat, you never struggled to get the question right, and you therefore won’t learn as much.Of course, if you can’t figure it out go to step #2.

What if I made a careless error?

If so, don’t just think, “I made a careless error.” Be more specific and think about exactly what led you to the careless errors. Were you so busy doing calculations that you forgot that the question asked for the ‘x’ value, not the ‘y’ value? Well, that’s a very different error from rushing through a large graph and looking at the wrong column or row. The key is that the more aware you are of what led to the careless error, the more likely you’ll avoid a similar one in the future.

    1. If you can’t figure out the right answer, look at the explanations
      Often the explanation will clearly illuminate what you missed. Sometimes, though, the explanation will only mystify you more. If so, don’t try rereading the explanations countless times (doing so might just make you more frustrated).
    2. Think about ways to avoid similar mistakes in the future
      Once you are done going through the test, write down the areas you need to improve in. Be as specific possible. Don’t write: “I need to be better at math.” Instead, write something like, “I need to understand trigonometry ratios better.” If you made certain errors such as reading too fast, then write down: “Need to work on pacing by understanding the main gist the first time around.” Again, the more aware you are of where you are struggling, the easier it will be for you to improve.Not sure where to start? Magoosh can help! Take a peek at our posts on how to get a great score on SAT Writing and Language, on SAT Reading, and SAT Math.
    3. Plan your future studying
      A practice test can be a useful way of determining the areas you need to work on. Planning your study time around these weak spots will help you the next time you practice.

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A Final Word

You’ve made it this far. Congratulations! That shows commitment—the same kind of commitment you need to master the SAT (and get the perfect winged liner, btw). So what are you waiting for? Dig out those #2 pencils, find yourself a quiet corner, and get on it! It’s time to start boosting your score.

By the way, Magoosh can help you study for both the SAT and ACT exams. Click here to learn more!

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