SAT Practice Test 1 for Free Download

Your SAT practice test 1 can be downloaded from the link below:


Essay Prompt for the SAT Practice Test 1

This file contains only the multiple choice portion of the SAT. If you want to download the essay prompt, you can do so via the link below:

Essay Prompt for the SAT Practice Test 1

Please keep in mind that fewer and fewer schools require the essay for the SAT. Typically, it’s only top-tier schools that require the essay for your application.

Also, please read the fine print on the admissions office website. For some colleges, the requirement for the SAT with essay are only for certain majors, or for certain colleges (such as Arts & Sciences, or Engineering). Please check the requirements of your particular school.

Keep in mind that some schools will accept, but don’t require the essay for the SAT. Feel free to contact the admissions office to decipher what that means. In some cases, the essay is optional, but recommended. If so, then take it. Recommended means just that: they recommend you take it.

For some cases it is optional, truly optional. In this case it’s your choice whether to take your SAT with the essay.

If you are taking (or have taken) AP Lang, you are prepared for the SAT with an essay.  This is great preparation for the SAT essay as it is more your analysis of a persuasive speech/argument rather than you crafting an agree/disagree essay. The SAT essay is more about you demonstrating your ability to analyze the persuasive elements and rhetorical devices of a speech or essay. Think logos, ethos, pathos.

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Be sure to print out your answer sheets before taking your SAT Practice test #1. You will want to use them as you would your answer sheets on your REAL SAT. You can download them below:

SAT Practice Test 1 Answer Sheets

After you print them out and use them while taking your practice test, you can use the Daily Practice for the SAT app. It’s free from the College Board. You will need a College Board account to use the app. Then again, you’ll need to register an account with the College Board to take your SAT anyway. So, you ought to get the app. Once you download it, you can use it to score your test in about 2 minutes.

Keep in mind there are 4 sections, but 5 pages of blank answer sheets. That’s because Section 4, the math section with calculator, has 2 pages. One page is for the multiple choice answers and the other is for your free response answers.

Even if you are using The Official SAT Study Guide, you’ll want to download answer sheets. Downloading them and printing them out will be easier and less time consuming than using scissors to cut them out of your book.

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TIP: Using the Daily Practice APP to Score Your SAT Practice Test 1

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-Most important tip: Use the app near a window letting in natural light. If you go outdoors, direct sunlight might be too bright. And artificial lighting doesn’t seem to work well with the app. So, score your test using the app near a window which lets in natural light. My students and I have scored dozens of tests and this combination seems to work best.

-Keep your answer sheets flat. It will be easier for the app to score. If you don’t keep them flat and the app won’t scan your scores, you can still enter them manually. It is an annoyance that will take about 3-5 minutes. Save those few minutes by keeping your answer sheets flat.

-Fill out your answer sheet entirely. First thing you ought to fill out is the test number. Not kidding. 

-Answer every question. Unlike your parent’s generation, there is no penalty for guessing on the SAT. There is a different policy for the SAT subject tests (Spanish, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math Level 2, etc.), but we’re describing the SAT here. Answer every question as if your SAT score depended on it. Because it will.

Hope this all helps. For any more questions about taking your SAT Practice test #1, please contact me.

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By Martin

Martin McSweeney is a National Merit Finalist, Pomona College Graduate, and member of MENSA. He has worked at the Center for Talented Youth (Loyola Marymount University campus); Upward Bound (Harvey Mudd campus); various test prep companies; and Whittier High School. Now, Martin helps students of all abilities improve their relationship with math.