How to Use Khan Academy

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With Official Digital SAT Prep on Khan Academy®, you can sharpen your strengths and boost your challenge areas. The course content is developed in partnership with College Board, so you know you're getting official practice directly from the people who created the test. Best of all, it's free!

Here's a snapshot of what you'll find on Khan Academy:

  • Practice test breakdowns: After you've taken an SAT practice test in Bluebook™, log in to My Practice to view your scores. From your scorecard or the Score Details page, click the Practice on Khan Academy button to access a special walk-through course that provides a detailed explanation of every question on that practice test. At the end of each explanation, there's a link to a lesson that covers the skills you need to answer questions correctly.
  • Leveled practice: Khan Academy's Official Digital SAT Prep course covers every skill on the test at three levels: Foundations, Medium, and Advanced. Read our study tips below to learn how to make leveled practice work for you.
  • Video examples: Each skill in the course features short video walk-throughs of example questions at different difficulty levels. Most videos are around 5 minutes long.
    Tip: Pause the video as you watch so you can follow along and try to answer the question yourself.
  • Diagnostics, quizzes, and tests: Not sure where to start with Khan Academy? Click into the Digital SAT Reading and Writing course or the Digital SAT Math course and take a Course Challenge, a short test covering all the skills on that test to help you identify which areas to focus on. Once you've started the course, you can also take short skill-specific quizzes and unit tests to check your progress toward mastery.

Khan Academy Study Tips

  • It may be tempting to spend all your time reviewing the skills where you need the most help, but try breaking up those intense study sessions with a short quiz on a skill that you've almost mastered. This exercise will keep you motivated, prevent your brain from getting fatigued, and boost your confidence.
  • Got a few free minutes in your day? Pick a specific time to watch 2–3 of the example videos in the course—on the bus, in study hall, after you eat dinner, whatever works for you—then stick to that time every day. Most of the videos are less than 5 minutes, so it won't take too long, and you'll be surprised how much these micro-study sessions help you prepare for the test.
  • If you have specific skills you really want to focus on, leveled practice will be your best friend. Start by working through the related lessons and videos for that skill in their Foundations unit. Once you feel confident with that content, move to the Medium unit, then the Advanced unit. By gradually increasing the difficulty, you're training your brain to master the skill and reinforcing the knowledge as you build it.
  • An ideal study schedule includes time to review the lesson content and practice each skill covered in the course, at each level (foundations, medium, and advanced)—even if you didn't miss any questions in a given skill on your initial course challenge or practice test. This strategy will ensure that you're familiar with all the skills and how they're tested, and it will also provide the most effective preparation for challenging items across the board.