The Digital SAT: A Brave, New Frontier
Revised February 1, 2023
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The College Board announced that the SAT will be going digital in March 2024, and the PSAT will be going digital in October 2023. As if *that* isn’t big enough news, they are also changing the format substantively to be more student-friendly.
Update: The first widely available practice tests are available! Click here to download the app and check out the new format!
So What’s Changing?
- Same scoring format, still on 1600 scale
- Shorter overall test time – approximately 2 hours instead of 3.25 hours
- Adaptive scoring – performance on the first section of topic affects the difficulty of the second section
- Much more time per question
- No more long reading passages
- Built in Desmos graphing calculator for ALL math questions
- Moving to an all-digital format – bring your own device or use one of the College Board’s
- Students will still test at a testing center
- Students will install the testing app prior to testing day
- Digital PSAT will be much the same as the Digital SAT in structure
- Much faster score receipt – in days rather than weeks
- Accommodations will be handled in the digital environment
- National test dates will remain unchanged; many more choices for School Day dates
Overall, the changes are good for students!
When Is All This Happening?
First up, the PSAT will be Digital Adaptive in 2023 – this coming fall! Then, the regular SAT will switch completely to the Digital Adaptive format in March 2024. The Class of 2025 – this year’s sophomores – have several choices to make.
What Does That Mean For My High School Student?
If you are a junior this year (Class of 2024), you won’t see any changes. Just keep on doing your thing!
If you are a sophomore this year (Class of 2025), this change affects you significantly. See the table below for options, and contact us to schedule a free consultation to help you navigate these changes.
Note: If you are aiming for National Merit in 2023, prepping will be more complicated due to the switch. We are ready to help you navigate the new format with confidence!
If you are a freshman this year (Class of 2026) or younger, this will all be old news by the time you get there. You’ll be able to choose between paper ACT and Digital Adaptive SAT.
As always, Woodlands Test Prep is on top of the change to the Digital Adaptive PSAT and SAT. We look forward to helping with all your questions!