Overview of the SAT
- The SAT Wiki
- Get to know what you're getting into. We like to start simple when it comes to the SAT. It helps reduce the myths you may have heard about taking the test. The history of the test may make you feel better. In 1926, for instance, students had to answer 315 questions in 90 minutes.
From the College Board
- College Board homepage
- Have a look at the company that administers the exam. The site is a central resource for learning about and preparing for the test. Try to read through all the background information.
- Home Page for the SAT
- Register for the test, get practice materials and eventually obtain your score. (Yes, it will end.)
- My Organizer
- Create a profile on the College Board website, allowing you to keep track of your registration information and research about colleges.
- College Board Official Questions
- When you're ready to start practicing, get to know all the practice materials on the College Board's website. Practicing with original questions is your key to success on the SAT.
Free online study materials
- Khan Academy
- A great place for learning about SAT concepts, and virtually anything else. One of the coolest companies in education, they also been working with the College Board to make instructional videos for the new SAT that made its debut in 2016.
- Show Me
- The same idea as Khan, but Show Me is working on providing answers to the questions in common SAT guidebooks (The Official Guide, Kaplan, Princeton Review).
- Your Dictionary
- To expand your vocabulary, this site has the 100 most common SAT words. But remember: these 100 words are just a start to building your SAT vocabulary - the total pool of commonly-tested “SAT words” is much closer to 500.
Podcasts for vocabulary
Recommended (or At Least Decent) Commercial Books
- The Official SAT Study Guide, 2014
- The essential - and inexpensive - component for preparing for the SAT. If you buy one book, buy this one.
- The Answer Key and Solution Guide to the Official Guide
- Several people have written answer keys to the Official Guide, but "Tutor Ted's" is the most popular and probably the best.
- Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT
- The ubiquitous Princeton Review puts out one of these every year. It's fine to buy a used copy from a previous year, but make sure to get a version with multiple practice exams.
- Powerscore SAT Math Bible
- A friend to students tortured by SAT math. A comprehensive manual for conquering the quantitative side of the exam. One of our required texts.
- Dr. John Chung's SAT Math
- A slightly more advanced math prep book. It's poorly edited and oddly written at times, but some of our students prefer it.
What people are saying about the SAT
- SAT Overhaul 2016
- The College Board announced a major overhaul to the SAT in 2016, including changes to the way the test is scored, the content tested, and increased access to testing for low-income students.
- SAT On the Go
- This article describes an amazing list of mobile technology applications you can use to study. What could be better for your busy schedule?
- Huffington Post SAT Prep
- You can explore this section on the Huffington Post dedicated to the SAT. It has frequent new articles and blog posts.
- Sneak Preview
- The SAT and ACT are likely to become computer-based tests in the near future. Read up on plans for this change.
Looking Ahead to the College Application Process
- College Confidential
- For some relief from SAT studying, and to remember why you are doing it, you can begin to consider your college application while studying. This website offers a trove of information about college applications. It has original content, as well as links to useful books and articles. When you eventually apply to college, this website will be a frequent stop for you.
- U.S. News and World Report National University rankings
- U.S. News and World Report Liberal Arts College rankings
Keep in mind that there are also important reasons to disregard the U.S. News rankings
The links to the Report's top 10 universities are here:
- 1. Princeton University
- 2. Harvard University
- 3. Yale University
- 4. Columbia University
- 5. Stanford University
- 5. University of Chicago
- 6. Duke University
- 7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 8. University of Pennsylvania
- 9. California Institute of Technology
- 10. Dartmouth College
The links to the Report's top 10 liberal arts colleges are here:
An important caveat: do not get caught up in these rankings. A 10-place difference is negligible, and a 5-place difference is practically meaningless. The most important part of choosing a school is deciding whether it is the right fit for you. Consider things like location, size, academic and nonacademic culture, department strengths, courses, student body—things that actually matter. Remember: you actually have to go to one of these schools. The ranking won't matter once you're there.