Important Changes to the SAT and ACT Coming in 2023
In the world of SAT and ACT test prep, a lot has changed in the last few years. In January 2022, the College Board announced its plans to go completely digital.
Here’s the timeline:
o The digital SAT will be offered at international test centers starting in March 2023.
o The digital PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT will be offered everywhere starting in fall 2023.
o The digital PSAT 10 will be offered everywhere starting in spring 2024.
o The digital SAT will be offered in the U.S. starting in spring 2024.
• The digital SAT will be shorter.
The current paper-and-pencil SAT is around three hours long and tests students in Reading, Writing and Math through four different sections.
The digital SAT will be around two hours long, still testing students in Reading, Writing, and Math, but will only have two sections.
• The digital test will be adaptive. The digital SAT will consist of two sections, Reading & Writing and Math, and each section will contain two parts, or modules.
Students take the first module and their performance in that module will determine which questions the student will receive in the second module.
• SAT School Day is going digital also. Some schools currently administer the current version of the SAT (same format as the paper) on a computer during SAT School Day. In the spring of 2024, both the current paper-based SAT and computer-based SAT administered on SAT School Day will be replaced by the new digital SAT. Keep in mind the digital SAT released in 2024 will be very different than the versions currently offered.
• The entire Math section of the SAT will allow a calculator. A graphing calculator will be built into the testing app or students can bring their own. SAMPLE • Eventually, paper PSAT/SAT exams will no longer be offered. After the SAT suite transitions to digital in 2024, there will no longer be paper-and-pencil versions of the PSAT/SAT except for students with accommodations that require them. • Students can use their own computers. Students can take the digital SAT on a laptop or tablet (either a personal device or a school-issued device). If needed, they can request to borrow one from the College Board.
• The shorter digital SAT will measure the same core knowledge and skills. The digital SAT will be more efficient in measuring what students need for college and career success. In the Reading and Writing section, for example, students will see shorter texts with one question each (vs. long reading passages with multiple questions per passage). For the Math section, word problems will be more concise.
Date: Wednesday, February 1