The College Board recently released four full-length sample tests for the new SAT that will be debuting Spring 2016. You can access the tests here. If you’re currently a senior in high school, don’t worry this new version of the test won’t apply to you, but if you’re a sophomore or junior you should definitely take a look.
One nice resource that the College Board has provided is that there are explanations for the answers in these tests. Beyond learning what you needed to know in order to get the question correct, these explanations can often offer insight into how the test maker would like you to think about the problems, and what skills the test wants to make sure you have. I would budget just as much time to review the test as you do to take it. It can be extremely helpful to read the explanations both for the problems you got wrong AND for the problems you got correct. When you review a problem that you got correct you often come across a more efficient way to attack similar problems in the future. Alternately, a proposed solution may simply offer a different way to look at things that you hadn’t thought about before that you can add to your toolkit. Finally, reviewing the answer for a problem you got correct may serve to validate that you approached the problem exactly the right way. That it certainly worth the time it takes to review as it solidifies good habits!
When you go into these practice tests I’d encourage you to keep an open mind. I’m sure you’ve heard quite a few things about what this new SAT will be. Some are probably true, some are certainly exaggerated, and some are just wrong. Just like you’re better off forming your opinions on a new person based on facts and personal experience, you’re better off getting familiar with this new SAT before you judge her.
Feel free to give your feedback. Now that you’ve seen what it will look like, what do you think of the new SAT?