Taking our mock SAT test is a stress-free (and free) way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. We will help you prepare for the SAT by administering a practice SAT test. We have 17 full-length recent real SAT booklets (including the experimental sections) arranged into mini practice tests, as described in Table 1. We have a long history of close collaboration with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area having a contract with the College Board to use all real questions from the past SAT tests in our SAT Prep program. Our students have gained great benefits from the program and received top scores on the SAT. Actually, we have accumulated 72 full-length real SAT booklets from College Board. For more details, see the article entitled “72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program.” Based on our statistical data analysis, the correlation coefficient between this year’s SAT questions and the last two years’ SAT questions is as high as 0.96. Therefore, we will use the 17 SAT booklets (as shown in Table 1) from the past two years to evaluate our students’ abilities.
Table 1: List of full-length recent real SATs we have collected from College Board
|2013||January International||AEWZ, BWWZ|
|2013||October International||AEWV, BWWV|
|2014||January International||AEXZ, BWXZ|
|2014||May||AEKC, BWKC, CFKC|
|2014||May International||AEXX, BWXX, CFXX|
|2014||October International||AEXV, BWXV|
|2015||January International||DEJM, EWJM|
|Total||17 full-length recent real SATs|
Our mock test is exactly the same as the real test that provided by College Board/Educational Testing Service. We will provide a detailed score report within 3 days after the test date, which is similar to the College Board’s Question-and-Answer Service. This includes a booklet copy of the mock test with a table of correct answers and scoring information. For each question, we will also provide information about the type of question, level of difficulty, what your answer was, and whether it was correct, incorrect, or omitted. This gives you the opportunity to analyze your mistakes in further detail. In addition, we can give you explanations to the questions you get wrong so that you can learn from your mistakes. Nearing your real SAT test day, we will take the average of the last three mock SAT tests you have taken. Based on our experience, this score will be almost the same as your real SAT score; the error will be within a 10 point range.
Completing full practice tests is a great way for students to get the feel of the test and track their progress. Sometimes, though, a student will come to our next tutoring session with the test partially completed, or not done under ideal circumstances. This ends up partly wasting the student’s time, since we cannot get an accurate idea of where he’s at with the test. Which begs the question: what should it look like when students do practice tests for homework?
If possible, we always encourage students to take proctored tests offered some Saturday mornings at Ivy League Education Center. It takes approximately 4 hours. We’ll tell students what to do and when, just like the day of the test. This takes the guesswork out of the equation and gives accurate results. Plus, students get their tutoring homework done in one morning. This is a win-win situation!
But if it is not possible to come in for a proctored test, students should take the test at home in an environment that resembles the testing environment as closely as possible. What should this look like?
- NO DISTRACTIONS! This is so important. Most high schoolers treat their phones like extra appendages. You cannot use phones during the SAT, so do not have them out while you are taking a practice test. You can use your phone as a timer, but make sure to put it across the room.
- Do the whole test in one sitting. Yes, this is hard, and yes, it will take about four hours. Yes, we know you have sports and theater and hours of homework to do. But test day is a marathon, not a sprint. Many of students can get great scores, if they could split up the test over three days. Do not be one of those people! The SAT is partly testing your ability to focus and think for several hours straight, so you need to practice that. No shortcuts here!
- Time it like the actual test. Follow the timing directions at the top of each section, and set a timer to go off when time is up. Stop writing when you hear the timer, and do not fill in more answers.
- Go in order. Do not do all the math sections at once, or all the reading and writing sections together. Complete sections in the order they’re presented in the test.
- Take the test when you’re feeling rested. Weekend mornings are a great time to take practice tests because the test itself is given on a Saturday morning. Regardless of what day you choose to complete the practice test, do not start it at 9 pm on a Thursday night after you finished all your other homework. Practice tests completed at 1 am never end well.
- Parents, help create a good environment. Make sure your son or daughter has a cleaned-off place to sit and can complete the test without distractions. Do not interrupt them to talk or ask questions. Encourage them to do the test in one sitting, and provide positive reinforcement when they are finished.
Completing several practice tests under testing conditions is one of the best predictors we at Ivy League Education Center have found for a student’s eventual score improvement. Implementing the advice above is sure to help you have a great test day when the SAT in May/June finally rolls around.
Henry Wan, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor in Math
Senior Math Coach Certified by Mathematical Association of America
Ivy League Education Center
Click the following articles to read more about our SAT Prep Program:
- The Importance of SAT Practice Tests
- Notable Achievements of Our Students
- Head Instructor: Pauline Ko
- Chief Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan
- Overview: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT
- 利用College Board的真题培训学生在SAT Subject Tests in Math考试中赢得高分
- College Board发布的新版SAT数学官方样题解读