Since launching Official SAT Practice, we have heard from many teachers who would like to use this resource in their classrooms. The reports allow coaches to see the recommended “lesson plans” (aka personalized practice plan) that students are working through, as well as how students have been doing at aggregate and individual levels, making it easier than ever for teachers to support students in preparing for the SAT. (Coaches can only see reports for students who have enabled SAT access to their coaches [a sub-setting from usual coach reports]).
Note: At the moment, this feature is only available for students who are enrolled in one of your classes. There are three ways you can create a class to enable the use of SAT Coach Tools:
- Create a new regular subject class (math, English, science, etc.) and add on the SAT coach resources
- Create a new class specifically for SAT
- Add SAT coach resources to an existing class
Enabling SAT Coach Tools
If you are creating a new class, select the SAT course from the Test prep category when choosing courses for your class.
Note: You will be encouraged to do this automatically if you select high school math courses.
To enable SAT Coach Tools for an existing class, start by selecting the class from your Teacher Dashboard. From the class page, select the Settings tab; once there, check the box under SAT test preparation ("Turn on SAT test preparation reporting").
This action will add the SAT tab to your class page.
SAT Tab Features
- You can view lesson recommendations for Math and Reading & Writing.
- These sections provide teachers with an aggregated view of the most relevant SAT skills to work on with students. There are 42 skills for math and 28 skills for Reading and Writing. They are rank-ordered based on students’ skill levels on these topics and the frequency at which the topics appear on the exam. Learn more about skill levels.
- You can see the number of students in your class at each level across skills and can search for specific skills to work on with your class.
- From this section, you can also browse lesson content for the recommended skills, including lesson plans, worked-out practice example videos, and Khan Academy content
- Recent activity: Below the classroom lessons sections, you’ll find an overview of students’ most recent activity on Official SAT Practice. For each student, this section includes the following items:
- The student’s progress against their question goals for the week. Each student creates their own practice schedule in which they choose a specific number of questions to practice for each session they have scheduled.
- Hw many questions a student has completed that week, even if they haven’t created a practice schedule. (If this is the case, the goal will show up as a dash (-).)
- Whether or not a student has any scheduled practice tests that week and whether they completed them.
- The number of days until the student’s SAT if they have connected their account to CollegeBoard and registered for an exam. This is the number of days until the exam that they’re registered for, not the number of days until a scheduled practice test.
- Whether or not the student has connected their account to CollegeBoard for personalized recommendations based on past PSAT/NMSQT or SAT exams.
For each skill, you can select View details and browse lessons button to access related content and resources relevant to that skill.
Once you select View details and browse lessons next to the skill, a pop-up window appears that includes the following items:
- Lesson plans by teachers, for teachers: relevant lessons with guidance on how to teach that skill in a classroom setting. These lessons were created by a group of teachers in collaboration with the College Board.
- Related content: other exercises, videos, or articles outside of Official SAT Practice from Khan Academy’s broad library of materials that teachers can assign directly to students.
- Top recommended practice for: a list of students for whom this skill is among the specific short list of practice we are currently recommending to them.
- Student skill levels: a deeper dive into the student skill levels. Click on a student’s name for more information about their activity.
- Filter data by domain and time.
- Display a question goal that includes practice exam questions in addition to questions that are part of a student's scheduled practice.
- Break down practiced questions into two categories: recommended and non-recommended. Recommended questions are questions that students are prompted to complete as part of their scheduled practice. This breakdown helps coaches identify whether or not students are focusing on areas that need attention.
- Track the domain for completed questions (Math and Reading & Writing), and filter data based on domain.
- Select from standard time ranges--today, yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days, and all time--or specify a custom time range. Data is available for "All subjects" starting 4/10/2018 and specific domains starting 4/21/2018.
- This information can also be downloaded via a CSV for further processing.
Overview of the student SAT tab
You can also take a closer look at each individual student to help identify areas where they may need more support.
You can click on any row in the Recent SAT activity section to view details on that particular student. Once there, you’ll see the following information:
- The skills currently being recommended to that student
- The student’s progress against their scheduled question goals this week and last
- A calendar view of the student’s self-created practice schedule
- The student’s completed practice
- Teachers can select a row to see the individual questions practiced as well as every student’s responses to each question.
- The student’s practice test scores
- This section will be empty if the student has not taken any practice exams.
- Please note that these scores are not meant to be used for grading, as each student has different goals and is in the process of practicing.
- Additionally, students can search for the answers to these practice exams online.
- Information about the student’s test days, whether they’ve linked to College Board, and their overall skill level
Student Data Sharing
Once you’ve created your class and enabled the SAT tools, all of the students in that class will automatically get an invitation to share their SAT activity with you.
The first time they log in to Official SAT Practice after you’ve enabled the SAT coach tools and added students, they will see a pop-up on their SAT Dashboard. Once they agree to share, you will start seeing their information in your class.
Note: If you add additional students to a class with SAT tools enabled, we will automatically send them an invitation to share their SAT data with you.
Teachers with SAT enabled on their classes will receive a weekly notification about their students’ progress. These emails will include information about practice tests students just completed or have upcoming that week, plus a summary of students’ activity for the past week.
Helpful tips to implement Official SAT Practice in your school
We’d love to share some helpful implementation tips and methods that have been successful with other teachers and schools!
- Explore the student resources to familiarize yourself with what students will see by selecting the SAT subject under Test Prep in the Subjects drop-down at the upper left of the Khan Academy screen.
- Collaborate with other teachers to share strategies and troubleshoot issues together. To share and see tips and best practices from other teachers, check out our teacher community.
- Develop a school action plan with measurable goals for the year, and continue to track those goals.
- Engage students’ families, volunteers, or community groups to emphasize practice.