The Secret to Getting a Perfect SAT Score

3571102858_54d5b5f58c_bWhat is the secret to getting a perfect SAT score? I cannot count the number of times I have been asked that question. Well there actually is a secret. But it is so simple that hardly seems like a secret. I am fairly certain that the 3,310 other people that have gotten a perfect 2400 on the SAT have also done this. So here is my one piece of advice you need to excel at the SAT:

Practice with College Board SAT questions only.

I’m guessing you’re not all that impressed. But every high-scoring SAT student I have ever known has followed this prep advice. If you are practicing with questions produced by Princeton Review, Kaplan, or Barron’s, then you are preparing for the SAT incorrectly.

The College Board is the company that creates the SAT. Therefore, the questions that the College Board produces are most similar to the ones you will encounter on test day. In fact, many of the questions that the College Board releases have actually been used on past SAT exams.

Producing accurate test questions is tough. The College Board spends millions of dollars writing questions, testing them on students, analyzing the results, and making sure that the questions are truly “standardized.” Other companies simply do not have the budget or resources to create questions that are nearly as accurate.

Where can you find College Board SAT questions? Here is a complete list of resources:

The Official SAT Study Guide Second Edition (MSRP: $21.99)
This includes 10 official SAT exams — that’s 1700 official SAT questions! Note: Only use the book for the practice questions and skip the “strategies” at the beginning of the book — they give you generic advice that is not very useful.

The Official SAT Online Course (MSRP: $69.95)
This includes an additional 10 official SAT exams — that’s another 1700 official SAT questions!

The Official SAT Practice Test (Free)
The College Board releases a free test every year for download.

The Official SAT Question of the Day (Free)
The College Board releases a free test question everyday. Be sure to subscribe to get The Official SAT Question of the Day e-mailed to you for daily practice!

Additional Official SAT Practice Questions (Free)
The College Board has an additional 170 official SAT practice questions available on their site.

In addition, 2400 Expert purchases College Board questions for our students to practice with in our SAT prep courses.

Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation (formerly 2400 Expert), a #1 bestselling SAT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods in an online SAT prep class.