Use the SAT Suite Question Bank (SSQB) to create custom, targeted question sets and improve instruction. The question bank lets educators access over 3,500 questions from the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 assessments.
Teachers can find questions that align with skills taught in class and use them in multiple ways. Questions can be sorted by subscores, cross-test scores, and content dimensions.
First-time users can start by reading the SSQB help page.
Connect Students to Questions
In all content areas, SSQB questions may be used as a Question of the Day. This helps establish a routine, refocus student thinking, and gives teachers time to interact with students virtually.
Questions may also be used as formative assessments that are short, simple, and achievable. Sample strategies using SSQB questions include:
- Post an SSQB question and possible answers. Students can "sign in" by simply answering the question.
- Establish virtual cooperative learning. Create groups, with 5-7 students in each group. Designate a leader for each group, then post an SSQB question. Each student must submit their responses to their group leader. The group leader is responsible for reviewing responses, getting consensus from their group, and submitting one answer for the question. For non-calculator Math questions, encourage students to show their work.
The overall aim of both the Reading test and Writing and Language test is to determine whether students can:
- Analyze a source and use evidence
- Include the use of data and informational graphics
- Focus on words in context and word choice for rhetorical effects
Use the SAT Teacher Implementation Guide to further identify areas of focus.
Passage text complexity and the SSQB. Many factors contribute to passage text complexity, including how subtly purpose, ideas, and themes are communicated and how abstract the topic is.
- Grades 9-10: Passages are clear and more direct than those at a higher level, but they convey ideas and themes with some subtlety.
- Grade 11 - College and Career Ready: The purpose of these passages may be subtle, complex, or possibly hidden. Ideas and themes are easier to infer than passages written at a post-secondary level.
- Grades 13-14: These highly complex passages serve multiple purposes, ideas, and themes and can be challenging to infer.
Activity: Using the SSQB, post two separate reading passages targeted for different grades. As a stretch activity, ask students to identify key differences within each passage, emphasizing theme, vocabulary and syntax. Set up a discussion board and ask students to investigate the differences within each passage. The use of multiple reading passages to explore ideas gives students the opportunity to practice analysis and synthesis of texts.
Teach students to use OPTIC to interpret informational graphics from the SSQB:
O – Write Overview notes about the graphic
P – Zoom in on the Parts of the visual and describe important details
T – Highlight the words of the Title
I – Identify Interrelationships among elements of the graphic
C – Draw Conclusions about the graphic as a whole
The Math test emphasizes students’ ability to solve problems and analyze them using data. Questions are generated from various contexts, including science, social studies, and career-related content areas.
Activity: Using the SSQB, provide students with explanations and equations that incorrectly describe a graph. Ask students to identify the errors and provide corrections, citing the reasoning behind the change.
Use "Guess and Check" to explore different ways to solve a problem when other strategies for solving are not obvious. Students first guess the solution to a problem and then check that the guess fits the information in the problem and is an accurate solution. They can then work backward to identify proper steps to arrive at the solution.
Urge Students to Practice
Tell students to visit Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® for free, personalized SAT and PSAT/NMSQT practice. Use SAT Coach Tools to support students.
Take a Deeper Dive Using the K–12 Portal
If you have access to the K–12 reporting portal, you can identify knowledge areas where students may need additional support, then use the SSQB to inform instruction.
Step 1: Run the Instructional Planning Report. In the K–12 reporting portal, the Instructional Planning Report can help you pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses for lesson planning and curriculum improvement.
Step 2: Search the SSQB. Find real test questions in the question bank. Export your question set to a PDF. Choose whether to include answers and explanations.
Step 3: Create a skill-building activity using the SSQB.
- Use the filters to narrow your list.
- Select question IDs to view question content.
- Check boxes to add up to 20 questions to your set.
- Hit the Export PDF button.
- Choose to print questions with or without the correct answers and explanations.