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The SAT Goes Digital!

The College Board announced last week that their SAT® Suite of Assessments will
be delivered digitally starting in the spring of 2024. In their announcement, they
noted that the change brings “student friendly changes to the test experience.”
Students will likely appreciate the fact that it’s shorter; two hours rather than the
traditional three hours. The shorter format also allows for more time per question.

The shorter testing time is due to its adaptive structure, which means that the
answers students give in the first module will impact what questions they get in
the second module. This is confusing to me and I’m sure we will be learning
more about this before 2024. The sections of the test (reading, writing and math)
remain the same, although, according to the College Board, passages will reflect a
wider range of topics that represent what students read in college.

Students will take the SAT on a laptop or tablet but will still take the test in school
during the week or at a testing site on a weekend, with a proctor present. Calculators will be allowed on the entire Math section.

The current 1600 scoring scale will be used, and students and educators will get their scores back in days instead of weeks, which is a definite improvement.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” said Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of College Readiness Assessments at the College Board in a news release on the College Board’s website.

“We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform—we’re taking full
advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible. With input
from educators and students, we are adapting to ensure we continue to meet
their evolving needs,” Rodriguez continued.

My hope is that a shorter SAT test will encourage more students to take it,
because, as I’ve written in the past, “test optional” doesn’t necessarily mean test

The next question is, will the ACT Tests follow suit?