SAT Advice (General) Post

My Top 11 SAT Prep Resources, Ranked.


About me: I'm a Harvard Grad, SAT/ACT perfect scorer, and professional SAT test-prep tutor since 2002.  Below are my top 11 personal recommendations for SAT prep practice tests, strategy and learning books, online learning programs, videos, and the like:

1) Official College Board SATs and PSATs (currently 44 total, all free).
2) Khan Academy (free) adaptive online learning program in partnership with the College Board
3) Ivy Global series of books (best all-in-one guide for strategy and learning) - Save 10% with the discount code "MCELROYTUTORING"
4) College Panda series of books (math only)
5) Erica Meltzer Series of books (verbal only)
6) 1600.io "orange book" (math only) and free videos
7) PWN the SAT free blogbooks (math only)
8) SuperTutor TV free videos
9) UWorld adaptive online learning program
10) SAT Quantum free videos (math only)

11) A Guide to the Math SAT (math only)


UPDATE, JULY 2021:  Read my simplified list of recommended SAT books on Amazon.com

Unless otherwise noted above, the materials are paid materials. In some cases where I have indicated "free videos," (SuperTutor TV, 1600.io, and SAT Quantum, for example), there are paid video options as well.

DISCLAIMER:  In general, I tend to rank videos lower than books, because I find that learning from books and adaptive online learning programs is more effective than learning from static videos.

I would caution against a video-heavy learning approach, which is tempting due to its ease/convenience, but often leads to low retention as a result of passive learning. 


Good luck on your SAT and beyond!

-Brian

 

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