The College Board recently announced a major change in the SAT examination system. Till now the SAT was strictly pen-and-paper based but it will now be delivered fully digitally starting March 2023 in all the International test centers and at the U.S. test centers from Spring 2024, thereby discontinuing the pen-and-paper based model.
The main features of the Test will remain the same. It will still be scored out of 1600, it will continue to be administered in a school or a test center with a proctor and students will continue to connect to scholarships and College Board National Recognition Programs.
Then what’s changing with the digital SAT?
- Shorter and faster: The digital SAT will be shorter, of two hours only and will have only two modules (Reading, Writing and Math). The reading passages will also be shorter with one question tied to each. Calculators will be allowed for the entire Math section of the test. A reference sheet will also be provided for the Math section consisting of the most common formulas.
- Scores availability: Instead of weeks, the digital SAT will enable students to receive their scores faster, within a few days.
- Test availability: Instead of 5 times a year, the digital SAT will now be available 7 times a year at all the centers, including India.
- More secure and flexible: Each student will see a unique version of the test and schools will have more flexibility as to when to conduct the test.
- Device flexibility: Students will be able to take the test either on a laptop or a tablet and they can use either their own device or a school-issued device.
- Relevancy: The digital score reports will also connect students to information on two-year colleges, institutions, career and training programs.
Students will be able to register for the first digital SAT administrations at international test centers starting in fall 2022. For more information, keep following our blog and our social media handles!