SAT (Fall 2023)
An overview of skills and skill levels on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
What are "SAT Skills"?
In Official SAT Practice, "skills" are specific areas that you can practice. For example, “Solving linear equations and linear inequalities” is one of the skills in the math section, and “Reading: Science” or “Writing: Argument” are skills in the Reading & Writing section. As part of your prep, Official SAT Practice will recommend "skills" for you to practice.
There are 41 skills in SAT Math and 28 skills in Reading & Writing. These can be viewed or accessed under your practice recommendations in the Practice tab, in the section that starts with “Or choose from the full list”.
In Math or Grammar and Effective Language use, skills tie directly back to a particular type of question. For example, if you practice the “Effective Language Use: Syntax” skill, you’ll be given only questions that relate to syntax. In passage-based Reading & Writing practice, however, you'll find multiple question types within a single skill.
The types of questions found in these Reading & Writing skills include:
Check out the links above for more information on these question types!
What are "Skill levels"?
You have a specific skill level for each of the many skills you will practice for the SAT.
When you reach a higher level in a skill, you will be asked harder questions or given more complex passages when you practice that skill.
Your overall levels for Math and Reading & Writing are averages that add up your individual skill levels and divide them by how frequently each skill appears on the exam.
How do practice recommendations work?
On your Practice tab, we recommend skills for you to practice based on how you’ve performed on that skill and how frequently it shows up on the SAT.
Let’s say there are two skills at two different levels:
- Skill A, Level 3
- Skill B, Level 2
You might think it would be more important to improve Skill B. However, our system may recommend that you practice Skill A because it shows up more frequently on the test and improving it to Level 4 would do more to raise your score.
Want to join the conversation?
- Is getting a 4 overall skill level in both Maths and English good?(65 votes)
- Getting a 4 in both score levels usually indicates that you will get above a 1200 on the SAT. I have a score level of 4 in both math and english, and got a 1380 on one of my more recent practice test, so yes, good job!(156 votes)
- I made 100 points lower on the practice SAT than the real one I took over a year ago and so I'm wondering if that's normal(46 votes)
- The PSAT is also out of less points than the actual SAT. The PSAT is out of 1520 and the actual SAT is out of 1600.(105 votes)
- I'm taking my first SAT this december that means in 7 weeks and i've only started studying this weeks i want to know if it enough time or not?(33 votes)
- Yes, I believe that is plenty of time as long as you are consistent. I have mine the 3rd of November, I only started the 1st. Not sure if that is great, but I have a good understanding of math, so I am focusing on English while reviewing the math. Don't stress at all. You are going to do great! :)(134 votes)
- Is there any tips for me as I am getting ready to take my SAT on may 4th this will be my VERY first time taking a SAT, and I am nervous because I am not a good test taker. I been practicing on here daily. Also is there a section that re teaches you the skills you are weak on from the sat practice test questions I gotten wrong?(27 votes)
- Maybe print a test and do it with the actual SAT timings. I'll be taking my SAT on May 4th as well. The practice section in the Official SAT practice will reteach you on the skills that you are weak in. Hope this helped.(31 votes)
- What if I'm a freshman in highschool and I only am learning Algebra I currently, how would I go on about doing SAT practices? Should I just wait till I learn Algebra I, 2, and Geometry fully?(16 votes)
- You should probably accelerate yourself on Khan Academy. I have taken 2 practice tests so far and the majority of questions are algebra. Another option is also to practice the specific skills that Khan Academy offers in the math section. Hope this helps.(46 votes)
- What score would I get if I have a 3 in math and a 4 in reading/writing?(15 votes)
- There isn't exactly a good way to determine that unless you take a full-length practice SAT test on Khan and see how you are doing. My best guess is 1100+. I would definitely try to boost the math though. And don't neglect to practice what you are doing well at also, or you might get rusty on some important stuff. Keep up the good work!(28 votes)
- Is there a list of the 41 skills in math?
Is there a list of the 28 skills in reading & grammar(18 votes)
- If I am a level 4 on something, should I still consider it done or should I still practice it?(5 votes)
- How can I see my skill levels(8 votes)
I am in the skill level 4 (Hardest questions) for a long time.
So if I continue my practices after getting to the skill level 4, will the questions become harder in this same skill level?(14 votes)
- I tend to get the same questions for the grammar questions over and over again. They seem to not get any harder.(2 votes)