The most significant change is that students will now take the SAT entirely on a computer instead of bubbling in Scantron sheets. They can either bring their own laptop to school, or it will be provided by either their test center or school; and will use Bluebook app to answer questions on the exam.
The new SAT is also an adaptive test, so each Reading, Writing and Math section features two modules with different questions that range from easy to moderately difficult depending on how well you performed on the first. This means that both Reading, Writing and Math exams include two sections that feature mixed questions from these categories in their second modules based on how you performed on their initial module.
College Board has recently implemented changes that will enable it to create a shorter exam (46 minutes shorter and 56 fewer questions), while still maintaining high scoring accuracy. This should relieve some of the pressures of endurance and speed that have caused students to struggle on previous linear versions of SAT exams.
Changes to the SAT include no longer having a no calculator section, but don’t fret: its testing app now includes a built-in Desmos graphing calculator as well as being approved to bring in your own calculator if needed. Furthermore, its questions have less wordy math content which we are still unclear what this will entail for practice.
Students can prepare for the digital SAT by taking full-length practice tests on Bluebook and My Practice as well as studying with Official Digital SAT Prep. However, it’s important to remember that these tools alone won’t suffice; mastery of content and familiarity with new question formats are necessary components of effective preparation – so we advise starting your preparation early!
The 2023 Digital SAT marked its inaugural international test and received overwhelming positive responses from students. Although internet connectivity had some intermittent problems that needed resolving quickly, students found this test far superior to paper-and-pencil versions as it allowed them to move around freely during examination rather than being stuck at one question for extended periods.
One thing that surprised some students was the difficulty of the second module for both Verbal and Math sections; students needed to pace themselves carefully with regard to answering. We anticipate future second modules will become easier than first ones.