About College Board's Digital SAT

College Board Going with Completely Digital SAT

College Board has announced that it will transition to a digital format of the SAT in the upcoming years for both international and U.S. students. The new digital SAT brings student-friendly changes to the exam, making it less daunting and more approachable. So, what does this mean for you? What is changing on the digital SAT? What is staying the same? Read on for answers! 

When will the SAT go completely digital?

The SAT will go completely digital in 2024 in the United States and in 2023 in other countries.

PSATInternational SATU.S. SAT
Spring 2023Paper-and-pencilDigitalPaper-and-pencil
Fall 2023DigitalDigitalPaper-and-pencil
Spring 2024DigitalDigitalDigital

What is changing as the SAT goes digital?

While the format of the SAT will be changing, much about the test remains the same. The few changes that have been made were well-received by students who have taken the digital SAT. Testimonials from these students mention less stress, appreciation for the features of the online test, and a faster test day experience. Below we list six key changes to the SAT.

  1. How you take the test
    Unlike the previous paper-and-pencil version of the exam, the digital SAT will be taken exclusively via a tablet or laptop. If you do not have a personal or school-issued device, one will be provided on test day (requests to borrow a College Board device must be made before test day).
  2. Shortened test experience
    A shorter test experience is another significant change for the new exam. The digital SAT will only take two hours instead of three due to shorter sections and a new section-adaptive test format.
  3. Section-adaptive test format
    The section-adaptive format will allow the digital SAT to measure the same core skills as the current SAT more efficiently. The verbal and math sections will each be split into two “modules” or question sets. How you perform on the first module will determine the difficulty of the second module. For example, if you perform well on the first math module, you’ll see harder questions in the second math module.
  4. Calculators allowed on the math section
    The digital SAT will allow you to use a calculator throughout the entire math section. You can choose to bring your own approved calculator or use the onscreen graphing calculator that will be built into the testing app.
  5. Shorter reading passages
    The digital SAT will feature shorter reading passages which will be easier and faster to read and analyze. There will just be one question tied to each reading passage.
  6. Faster score delivery
    Instead of waiting weeks to receive your score report, you’ll receive your digital SAT score report in just a few days. This means less time waiting anxiously for results and more time to review problem areas and take the test again if you’re aiming for a higher score.

What is staying the same as the SAT goes digital

There are many changes on the horizon for the digital SAT, but several key features remain the same.

  1. What is tested on the digital SAT
    First and foremost, the digital SAT will continue to test the same important content and skills that you’ve been learning in school to measure career and college readiness.
  2. Where you can take the digital SAT
    You will be able to take the digital SAT at a school or test center; the test will have a proctor present. There is no option to take the digital SAT at home.
  3. SAT scoring scale
    The digital SAT will continue to use the same 1600 scale that the paper-and-pencil SAT currently uses. This is important because you will be able to track your progress over time. There is a direct correspondence of scores between the digital SAT and the paper-and-pencil version. This means that a score of 1120 on the digital SAT signifies the same thing as a score of 1120 on the paper version.
  4. Accommodations
    College Board will continue to support students who receive accommodations on the SAT.

How to prep and practice for the digital SAT

College Board will release official practice materials, including full-length digital practice tests, in the fall of 2022. While you wait for the digital practice test items, there are some things you can do to get ready. The digital SAT will continue to test math concepts related to arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, so keep those skills sharp and work on memorizing common formulas. When prepping for the verbal section, remember: that the more you read, the better you read. Improve your reading comprehension skills by consuming different types of publications whenever possible, ideally for at least 15 minutes per day. This is also a great time to brush up on your grammar skills like punctuation and usage rules. 

As you wait for the digital practice test items to be released, develop a study plan and work to set a realistic score goal based on your target schools. Keep in mind that the digital SAT will not be administered in the U.S. until spring of 2024, so you do have time to prepare to take the paper-and-pencil version of the SAT before it is no longer offered. 

We will update our prep materials, including books, tutoring, self-paced, and live online courses to prepare for the new digital SAT and PSAT. We’ll be releasing these throughout the months leading up to the test launch, so keep an eye out for our new Kaplan digital SAT prep resources.

Why is the SAT going digital?

There are several reasons that the SAT is moving to an adaptive digital format. The digital SAT will be more secure, as you (and every other student) will have a unique test. The adaptive nature of the digital SAT will also allow you to have an accurate score in less time. Another added benefit is that you will have more time to answer each question. Overall, the digital SAT will provide security and flexibility to schools and families around the world.

More frequently asked questions about the digital SAT

What technical support will be provided during the digital SAT?

Each test center will have a technology coordinator present during testing to support any student having device issues. 

Will the math section still provide formulas?

The digital SAT will have a reference sheet with common formulas provided on the math test. 

Will I be able to use scratch paper?

Yes, scratch paper will be provided to you on test day. 

Is the digital SAT easier?

Yes, the digital SAT is easier than the paper-and-pencil version according to students who have taken the exam and experts at College Board. “The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” says the vice president of College Readiness Assessments at College Board, Priscilla Rodriguez. 

What changes are being made to the score report?

While the score report will still contain all of the information you expect to see about performance and growth, there will be some practical additions. Upon taking the digital SAT, your score report will connect you to information about workforce training programs and two-year colleges. Your interests, accomplishments, and goals will drive these connections.