The Digital SAT: A Brave, New Frontier
The College Board announced on Tuesday, January 25, that the SAT will be going digital in 2024. As if *that* isn’t big enough news, they are also changing the format substantively to be more student-friendly.
So What’s Changing?
- Moving to an all-digital format – bring your own device or use one of the College Board’s
- Shorter overall test time – approximately 2 hours instead of 3 hours
- More time per question
- Much shorter reading passages
- Built in graphing calculator for ALL math questions
- Adaptive scoring – performance on the first section of topic affects the difficulty of the second section
- Much faster score receipt – in days rather than weeks
Overall, the changes are good for students!
When Is All This Happening?
- International SAT administrations will go digital in Spring 2023
- The PSAT will go digital in Fall 2023
- U.S. SAT and SAT School Day dates will go digital in Spring 2024
What Does That Mean For My High School Student?
- Junior and Seniors (Class of 2022 and 2023) – Nothing will be different!! Carry on!!
- Sophomores (Class of 2024) – Most students will be finished with testing before changes happen.
- Freshman (Class of 2025) – You are the class this will affect first. Nothing to worry about yet though! We’ll keep you up to date with all the important changes including when practice will be available for you.
What Questions Are Still Out There About All This?
- Will the College Board stick to their announced timeline? We think yes. In insider presentations, they’ve had a lot of opportunity to plan and test and are very confident.
- Will digital SAT scores be equal to current SAT scores (and the concorded ACT scores)? The College Board says yes. We shall see.
- How will adaptive sections be scored? That hasn’t been announced; however, the GRE uses a similar structure and can possibly provide an early guide.
- How will students with accommodations test? Current College Board guidance says that only Braille and similar types of accommodations will continue to test on paper. We shall see how that holds up.
- When will practice be available? This is the $64,000 question. The College Board says that multiple full-length tests will be available by the end of 2022. We will keep you updated!