College Board New Digital SAT? You have questions, we have answers
Updated: Dec 13, 2022
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Where is the test taken?
Students will take the test at school or a test center, not at home. Check out this graphic of digital SAT changes.
When is the first available digital PSAT and SAT?
October 2023 for non-U.S. Based families
March 2024 for U.S. Based families
12/14/2023 Update - The College Board just announced the digital SAT will be available in August 2023. See more information here.
If a student takes a paper and a digital test, can the results be used in super scoring?
The College Board says they will score across the paper and digital formats. This decision tree is helpful in weighing the pros and cons of each option.
Will the score levels change?
No, the score is still 1600.
How will students access the test?
Students will download the Bluebook testing app from the College Board before test day. On test day, the proctor will provide a start code to begin the test. Students can download the app now and check out the test preview as a starting point.
What are some features of the testing app?
Across all subjects/modules Functioning timer so students can monitor time per module Mark questions for later review See the number of remaining or unanswered questions Answer eliminator tool to help cross out choices
Reading/Writing - Annotation feature on the reading/writing section
Math - Onscreen graphing calculator allowed for every problem. We recommend that students become familiar with the online calculator and bring their own for certain problems.
Are there the same number of sections?
The number of sections changes from four to two. R/W sections are combined and a little over an hour long. The math sections are combined and still a mix of multiple-choice and text problems.
How long is the exam?
The digital SAT is one hour shorter. This is a great benefit for students with lower test-taking stamina.
When are scores released?
Digital testing means faster score releases a few days after the exam.
Since the exam is shorter, will students need to work much faster?
The College Board is not cramming more content into less time. Students will have about 10 seconds more per question.
Now that the R/W section is combined into one section is the content different?
The major difference that students will notice is how the passages look. Passages will be shorter, and only one question per passage. Student