Pop quiz: What’s the number one thing you can do to boost your SAT scores?

A. Do daily headstands to improve circulation to your brain
B. Sleep with a test prep book under your pillow to learn by osmosis
C. Only eat foods that begin with the letters S, A, and T until test day
D. Take practice SAT tests

Hopefully, you answered D. (The other options probably won’t work).

Which brings us to the reasons you need to take a practice SAT test:

Facilitates Recognition of Knowledge Gaps and Areas for Enhancement: Incorporating practice tests into your exam preparation regimen aids in pinpointing specific domains necessitating additional study. By engaging in a practice test, you can gauge your comprehension of the subject matter and detect any deficiencies in your understanding.

Practice makes a man perfect : If you want to be really good at hitting home runs, you go to the batting cages. If you want to play piano flawlessly, you practice every day. And if you want to do well on the SAT, you take practice tests.

Learn time management. Check your pace with the timer and work on it accordingly. Half the challenge of the test is the time limit. To succeed on test day, you need to beat the clock—and if you’re going to beat the clock, you’ve got to get your pacing down.

How can you do that?

You guessed it: practice.

Mitigates Test Anxiety and Cultivates Confidence: Practice tests contribute to the reduction of test anxiety and the cultivation of self-assurance. By simulating the exam environment, these tests foster a sense of ease and confidence on the actual exam day. This in turn helps alleviate test-related stress and bolsters overall performance.


Take a practice test. If you haven’t started SAT prep, it’ll give you a good baseline. If you have started SAT prep, it’ll give you a good checkpoint. And either way, it’ll help you do better on test day.