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Published on April 28, 2023
I know right, like everything else in life.
This move to digital means that students will take the exam on a computer,
What does that mean?
The exam will be adaptive, streamlined, and shorter than the current format.
Here’s what you need to know about the changes:
Adaptive Test Format
The digital SAT exam will be customized to each student’s performance. Students who perform better in the first section will receive more challenging questions in the second section, but each question will be worth more points.
Shorter Test Duration
The new version of the SAT exam will be about two hours, which is shorter than the current three-hour format. The shorter duration will be beneficial in preventing testing fatigue. Additionally, the exam will have shorter reading passages and more direct questions.
Expanded Calculator Use
The “no calculator” section of the exam will be removed, and all students will have access to a built-in graphic calculator. Students can also bring their own calculators to use during the exam.
Students can bring their own computers or tablets to the testing center on the day of the exam, or they can use the computers provided at the center.
Colleges and Universities
Although more colleges are opting for the test-optional policy, however, all colleges are not moving at the same pace. In a recent survey, colleges have still stated that they would consider standardized test courses as part of the application process.
In conclusion, the digital format of the SAT exam is a significant change that students need to prepare for accordingly.
Keep an eye out for more updates from the College Board regarding the new digital SAT exam.