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Printable SAT Practice Tests PDFs: 15 FREE Official Tests

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 21, 2015 2:21:00 PM

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In this post, I'll tell you where to find all the official printable SAT practice tests, with full answer keys, available anywhere online. This comprehensive guide gives you access to more practice tests than any other guide out there.

I'll also give you key strategies you must be using to get the most improvement from these practice tests you can print out.

 

Free Printable SAT Tests, New 1600 SAT Format

These are the only seven currently available practice tests for the Redesigned SAT, provided by the College Board. These will be the absolute best tests to use when studying for the SAT.

 

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Practice filling in your answers with the SAT Answer sheet.

 

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Free Printable SAT Tests, Old 2400 SAT Format (2005-2016)

These tests follow the old 2400 format of the SAT, with separate reading, math, and writing sections. Even for the new SAT, these tests are useful for your studying. Keep in mind, however, all the major changes between the Old and New SAT and use this more as training than as full-on practice for the New SAT.

 

Official SAT Printable Practice Test 2013-14

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Official SAT Printable Practice Test 2012-13

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Official SAT Printable Practice Test 2007-08

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Official SAT Printable Practice Test 2004-05

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All the other years are repeats of these tests, including 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2006-07, and 2005-06. You might find these on other forums or websites. Don't waste time taking these tests, as they're the same tests as the 4 above. 

 

Free Printable SAT Tests, Very Old Format (2005)

So even before the SAT changed in 2016, the last time the SAT changed was in 2005, and every test since then is the same format as the test you're preparing for now.

Even though the test changed in 2005, only a few major differences happened between the old-old SAT and the old 2400 SAT. Most of the test remained the same. This means these are a hidden gold mine of old tests that few students know about, so by taking these tests, you'll have that much more of an edge over current students.

There are important caveats before taking these tests:

  1. In Reading sections, skip the analogies questions. These are the questions that look like "CAR : ENGINE :: " 
  2. In Math sections, skip the "comparison questions." These are the ones that show two boxes and ask you to choose whether A or B is greater.
  3. There are no Writing sections in these tests.

Be grateful you don't need to take these questions - analogies were the main reason that the SAT got a bad rap for forcing students to memorize vocab!

 

Official SAT Test 2004-05

Download: College Board (contains answers)

Official SAT Test 2003-04

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Official SAT Test, 2002

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Official SAT Test, 2001

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6 Strategies You Must Use to Get the Most Out of SAT Practice Tests

When you set aside 4 hours for a practice test, you should try to get the most out of them. Utilize these critical strategies when you're taking the tests:

1) Print the test out, and work on paper. You're going to be taking the test on paper, so you need to practice on paper. Do your scratch work directly on the test, not on separate pieces of scrap paper. Write your essay on paper. After all, that's why you're looking for printable practice tests!

2) Keep strict timing on every single section. Most students have issues with time pressures on the real test. If you give yourself even just 2 extra minutes on a section, this can make a difference of hundreds of points in your score because you give yourself the chance to answer 2-3 more questions per section. Don't deceive yourself about your abilities. The point to practice tests is to identify your weaknesses. Also, make sure you give yourself breaks!

3) Take the test in one sitting if possible. The SAT is a marathon, lasting 4 hours early on a Saturday morning. I've heard from thousands of students how difficult it is to stay focused for the entire 4 hours and avoid careless mistakes at the end of the test. Just like training for a marathon, you have to make sure you have enough endurance. If there's no possible way you can take the test in one sitting (say, you're an athlete and you have practice every single day), then split it up over a few days - it's better to do some practice than none at all. But stick to rule 1): time yourself per section.

4) Review your answers and mistakes. The point to taking practice tests isn't just to do a lot of questions - it's to learn from your mistakes. For every test, you need to review every mistake you make, and every question you got right. If you don't know why you missed a question, don't just gloss over it! You won't learn from your mistake and you'll make it over and over again, hampering your score. You definitely want to prize study quality over quantity. I'd rather see you take 3 tests with detailed review rather than 6 tests with no review.

5) Take at least 4 practice tests before your real test. I've found from experience with thousands of students that this number gets you really comfortable with the test in all respects - timing, endurance, stress, etc. You can definitely take more tests than this, but you need to balance this with focused prep on your weaknesses so that you make faster progress.

6) Supplement practice tests with a prep program if you don't see your score going up from test to test. Some students can learn perfectly by themselves with practice tests - they'll see a mistake they made and instantly realize why they made a mistake and avoid it in the future. Most students tend to need some additional help to pinpoint their weaknesses and teach them skills and strategies. Download our dedicated guide to figuring out which SAT prep method is best for you.

 

What's Next?

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Also, read our in depth strategy guides on how to get an 800 in SAT Reading, 800 in SAT Math, and 800 in SAT Writing.

 

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Allen Cheng
About the Author

As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT.



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