What to Know About the New Digital SAT

Monday, January 31, 2022


On January 25, the College Board announced that starting in 2023 and 2024, the SAT (including the PSAT) would become an entirely computer-based exam. High school students and families might be wondering how this will impact their test prep and college prep strategies. Read on to learn more!

What Is Changing on the SAT?

Several things will be staying the same on the new exam, including:

  • The SAT will continue to have a maximum score of 1600 (800 Reading and Writing; 800 Math)
  • Students will take the SAT at school or at an official test center (not at home)
  • The exam will continue to test the same basic Reading, Writing, and Math skills
  • There is no optional essay section
  • Students with approved accommodations (including a paper and pencil test) will still be able to test with their accommodations

However, many other elements of the exam are expected to change:

Current SAT
  • Three hours total
  • Paper and pencil exam
  • A No-Calculator Math section
  • Students see all possible questions
  • Scores released ~2 weeks after test date
  • Long passages and word problems with several related questions
  • Fewer test dates for international students
Digital SAT
  • Computer-based digital exam
  • Two hours total
  • Calculators allowed on all Math questions
  • Question difficulty is adaptive
  • Scores released a few days after test date
  • Shorter, more concise passages and word problems with just one related question
  • Same number of test dates for international and US students

These changes will not be rolled out to all students at the same time. The test will first be transitioned to digital for international students in Spring 2023. The next test to transition to digital will be the PSAT in Fall 2023, then finally, the SAT for US students will fully transition to digital in Spring 2024.

In order to best prepare for and perform well on college entrance exams, students need to stay up-to-date with recent changes in standardized testing and understand how those changes will impact their college prep strategies. For guidance on navigating standardized testing, including how to develop a test-taking strategy, determining whether to take the SAT or ACT, and more, contact IvyWise today for more information on our tutoring services.

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