Using Camscanner to Scan Your SAT Practice Test Answers

SAT Prep

First, download the free app onto your Droid or Iphone here. Camscanner is plug & play so it should be a quick and easy process for you. Test it on a stray paper and you’ll notice there are a few different settings to select to save your image. As you familiarize yourself with Camscanner, you can decide which settings are best for you. PNG files tend to have the sharpest resolution, so you’ll likely want to choose that option.

Next, download a bubble answer sheet for the SAT here. Though the title of the answer sheet is SAT Practice Test 1, it can be used for any and all of your practice SAT tests. Just be sure to mark your name and which test number (or page number) to keep yourself organized.

Then, when you’re ready to take your actual SAT practice test, be certain to follow the SAT test day guidelines here. The more you’re accustomed to the actual administration of the REAL SAT, the more familiar and confident you will be once you take your REAL SAT.


Basically, you are allowed a 10-minute break after section 1 and a 5-minute break after section 3. 

Once you’ve completed your practice test, take another 5-10 minute break. Allow yourself some time away from the test and, if possible, the room you took your test in. You’ll want to be fresh and have a clear mind before taking the final steps in scanning and emailing your answer sheet. By this time, most students are fatigued and need some time away from detailed work.

Last Steps Before You Scan Your SAT Practice Test Answers


Check for your first and last name on your answer sheets.

Make sure you test number is marked clearly.

Darken all of your multiple choice answers. Most options on Camscanner tend to lighten all your marks. So, to counter that lightening, please darken all your bubbled-in answers. Please do the same with your  your grid in answers. You can even use a pen such as a Sharpie for this task.

As you probably expected, scan your test. You will want to scan all 5 sheets in the same folder or with a familiar name (test 1, page 1; test 1 page 2; etc.).

Finally, email your 5 scans to me. If you’re working with me, you already know my email address.


Please be sure to contact me for clarification of any of the above steps. The SAT already instills fear and dread in even the highest-performing students. The above steps are intended to demystify the test-taking process and familiarize you with the test in all of its aspects.

By taking multiple real practice SATs prior to your actual SAT, you are taking positive steps toward progressive desensitization of all the hype, anxiety, and fear surrounding the test. Through your journey, the SAT will gradually morph from an unknown, slightly scary monster to a familiar annoyance. Like having a little brother. I should know: I am the little brother.

Good luck! Be steady in  your preparation and you’ll be steadily improving your performance.

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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.