Using Official SAT Practice in the classroom

Background: What is Official SAT Practice?

Since June 2015, for the first time ever, students have access to a free, personalized practice program for the SAT through an exclusive partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board. By making world-class SAT preparation available to anyone, anywhere, we hope to level the playing field so that every student has equal opportunity for college readiness!
Try out the Official SAT Practice student experience or learn more about how students can get started on Official SAT Practice, or read below to learn more about how teachers can support their students in their SAT practice
With Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, your students will:
  • get a personalized plan tailored to their strengths and weaknesses based on their previous PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT results or our diagnostics;
  • hone their skills with thousands of practice questions, hints, and video lessons;
  • take up to eight official full-length practice tests online or on paper;
  • receive instant feedback and adaptive recommendations for what to practice;
  • set a personalized practice schedule to get reminders for when to practice; and
  • review expert tips and strategies for the test.
Check out our overview of Official SAT Practice video to get a sense of the student experience.
As a teacher who uses SAT coach tools, you can:
  • help your students stick to their practice goals with data that tells you, at a glance, not only how much they’ve been practicing, but exactly what they’ve been working on and how they did;
  • identify the skills your class is struggling with, and access resources such as lesson plans, related exercises, and videos to help you reinforce the concepts; and
  • Identify which skills individual students in your class are struggling with.

First steps: setting up a class

Visit your Coach dashboard and make sure you’re on the Classes tab. This can be found by clicking on your name in the upper right side of the screen and then choosing “Coach dashboard” from the dropdown menu.
Creating a class with SAT coach resources is simple! There are three ways you can do this. You can
  • Create a new regular subject class (math, English, science, etc.) and add on the SAT coach resources
  • Create a new class specifically for SAT
  • Add SAT coach resources to an existing class

Option 1: Add SAT coach tools to a regular subject class (math, English, science, etc.)

  • Select “Add new class.
  • Name your class and hit next—or if you already have a class, - you can import from Google Classroom.
  • In the subject picker, select the primary subject for your class.
  • In the next step, you will be invited to add the SAT coach tools. Click "Add SAT".
  • Add students to your class or skip and finish class creation.
  • Select your new class in the dashboard, and go to the newly created SAT tab.
Image: Add SAT to regular subject class

Option 2: Create class specifically for SAT prep

  • Select Add new class.
  • Name your class and hit next—or if you already have a class, - you can import from Google Classroom.
  • In the subject picker, scroll down and select SAT.
  • Add students to your class or skip and finish class creation.
  • Select your new class in the dashboard, and go to the newly created SAT tab.

Option 3: Adjust settings of existing class

  • Select the relevant class.
  • Navigate to that class’s Settings tab.
  • Select Turn on SAT test preparation reporting.
  • Locate and navigate to the newly created SAT tab in the class.

Adding students

Once you’ve created your class and enabled the SAT tools, all of the students in that class will automatically get an invitation to share their SAT activity with you.
The first time they log in to Official SAT Practice after you’ve enabled the SAT coach tools and added students, they will see a pop-up on their SAT Dashboard. Once they agree to share, you will start seeing their information in your class.
Note: If you add additional students to a class with SAT tools enabled, we will automatically send them an invitation to share their SAT data with you.

Overview of the SAT class tab

Once you have created a class, you can start following along with your students’ progress and see relevant, related content that you can use in your class!
In the SAT tab of a class, you'll now see the following sections:
  • SAT practice activity
  • Students who have not yet shared their SAT activity
  • Top math classroom lessons
  • Top reading & writing classroom lessons

New! Subject filter

Click on the subject title in the top left corner to view activity across all SAT practice or to narrow activity to only math or only reading & writing. By selecting one subject, we’ll narrow the practice activity to only that subject, and will also hide the Top lessons for the other subject.
Note: We have recently added this filter. You can view subject-specific activity for April 21, 2018 onward.

SAT practice activity

This first table (updated in April 2018!) shows an overview of students' practice activity on Official SAT Practice.
For each student, this section includes the following items:
  • Time practiced for any specific time range.
  • Personal question goal. Each student creates their own practice schedule in which they choose how much time they will study each day; this then gets translated into a personal question goal for the student.
  • Total practiced questions and the number of those questions that were recommended questions and other questions. Recommended questions are from the skills that the system recommends to a student based on their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Whether or not the student has connected their account to College Board for personalized recommendations based on past PSAT/NMSQT or SAT exams.

New! Time filter

Use the time filter in the top left corner to view your student’s practice activity across any time range, including all time, last 30 days, last 7 days, yesterday, today, or any custom range with a specific start and end date. Note - this will change the Practice activity table but not the Top lessons

New! Downloadable data

You can download a .csv file of the SAT practice activity chart by clicking the Download CSV link in the top right corner of the chart.

New! Total practice questions = recommended questions + other questions

Official SAT Practice provides recommended questions based on each students’ past practice as well as their PSAT/NMSQT or SAT exam results (for students who linked a College Board account), or the results of their diagnostic quizzes (for students who did not link a College Board account).
We encourage students to work on recommended questions to target the concepts they most need to work on.

Individual student data

Selecting any student in the SAT practice activity table will show more information about that students’ recent practice.
For each student, you’ll see the following information:
  • The skills currently being recommended to that student -The student’s recent activity, including the amount of time and number of questions the student practiced over a specified time range
  • A calendar view of the student’s self-created practice schedule
  • The exact questions the student completed. Note: Teachers can select the row to see the individual questions practiced as well as every student’s responses to each question.
  • The student’s practice test scores. This section will be empty if the student has not taken any practice exams. Note: These scores are not meant to be used for grading, as each student has different goals and is in the process of practicing. Additionally, students can search for the answers to these practice exams online.
  • Additional information around the student’s test days, whether they’ve linked to College Board, and their overall skill level

Students who have not yet shared their SAT activity

This section will list all of the students who have not yet shared their SAT data with you and accepted you as an SAT coach. You can resend the SAT data-sharing request to all students at once and you can hide this section at any time.

Top Math or Top Reading & Writing classroom lessons

These sections provide teachers with an aggregated view of the most relevant SAT skills to work on with students. There are 42 skills for math and 28 skills for Reading and Writing. They are rank ordered based on students’ skill levels on these topics and the frequency at which the topics appear on the exam. Learn more about skill levels.
You can see the number of students in your class at each level across skills and can search for specific skills to work on with your class. Coming soon, you will be able to search for math skills by the state standard they cover.

Individual skill information

For each skill, you can select the View details and browse lessons button to access related content and resources relevant to that skill.
Once you select View details and browse lessons next to the skill, a pop up window appears that includes the following items:
  • Lesson plans by teachers, for teachers: relevant lessons with guidance on how to teach that skill in a classroom setting. These lessons were created by a group of teachers in collaboration with the College Board.
  • Official SAT Practice worked examples: videos that walk a student through an SAT question in that skill. Teachers can assign these videos directly to students.
  • Related content: other exercises, videos, or articles outside of Official SAT Practice from Khan Academy’s broad library of materials that teachers can assign directly to students.
  • Top recommended practice for: a list of students for whom this skill is among the specific short list of practice we are currently recommending to them.
  • Student skill levels: a deeper dive into the student skill levels. Click on a student’s name to dive deeper into their activity.

Email notifications

Teachers with SAT enabled on their classes will receive a weekly notification about their students’ progress. These emails will include information about practice tests students just completed or have upcoming that week, plus a summary of students’ activity for the past week.

Helpful tips to implement Official SAT Practice in your school

We’d love to share some helpful implementation tips and methods that have been successful with other teachers and schools!
  • Explore the student resources to familiarize yourself with what students will see by selecting the SAT subject under Test Prep in the Subjects dropdown at the upper left of the Khan Academy screen.
  • Collaborate with other teachers to share strategies and troubleshoot issues together. To share and see tips and best practices from other teachers, check out our teacher community.
  • Develop a school action plan with measurable goals for the year, and continue to track those goals.
  • Engage students’ families, volunteers, or community groups to emphasize practice.
  • Try the free SAT coach tools e-learning course. It’s an hour-long, interactive training experience that walks you through ways you can integrate SAT practice into your curriculum. You can complete the training at your own pace.

More questions?

Check out our FAQ for questions on assigning Official SAT Practice content, parent use, and more.