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Preparing students for the SAT with Khan Academy


This blog post is authored by TXOC Leader Fellow Holly Moore. Apply for the next session of the TXOC Leader Fellowship by Apr 1.


When bluebonnets carpet Texas roadsides, it's time for many juniors to make plans to take the SAT. Given the impact an SAT score can have on admission decisions and scholarships, we want to ensure that students are as ready as possible when test day comes.

Test-prep options can be overwhelming.  Should I buy a test-prep book, take a class, or hire a tutor? Can I afford a prep class?

Luckily, students now have another option. And it’s totally free! I realize I sound like an advertisement, but that’s because I really enjoy using this tool with my own students.

Khan Academy and the College Board have partnered to create SAT prep that students can access on a laptop or phone, any time, any place. SAT prep with Khan Academy is also personalized for each student by linking their PSAT scores with Khan Academy. The personalized online practice complements instruction students receive in the classroom.

Khan Academy recently announced that students who spent 20 hours using their free Official SAT Practice gained an average of 115 points. A score increase like that can make a difference when applying to college.

Even students who put off preparing and don’t have 20 hours to dedicate can exhale. Khan has found that students who studied for just 6 hours have seen score increases of 90 points.

How can a student make good use of that 6–20 hours of test prep using Khan Academy?

I like to remind my students that they wouldn’t show up at the DMV to take their driving test without getting a learner license and practicing parallel parking a few times. The same concept applies to the SAT, and Khan Academy is a great free resource to help students prepare for test day. For more information, visit Khan Academy’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Official SAT® Practice page.

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Holly Moore

Holly received her BA in women’s studies at Wright State University and then took a position as a residence hall director at Washington State University, where she also earned her EdM in higher education administration. Being a newer college adviser, Holly has enjoyed sharing how the Texas OnCourse Academy benefits her professional development and making connections with other counselors and advisers in Region 10. As a first-generation college graduate, Holly loves working with high school students and helping them be successful in their postsecondary plans.