The SAT Goes Digital

The College Board has announced that their suite of assessments, including the SAT, will now be delivered digitally. What does this mean for students who wish to take the test for college applications? We cover the key takeaways you should know.
The SAT Goes Digital

The SAT will still be scored on a 1600 scale.

Concordance is the same between the existing SAT and the new digital SAT. An 1100 on the paper assessment is the same as an 1100 on the digital version.

The College Board is determining whether we will be able to superscore between sections of the paper test and digital test.

You’ll still take the SAT at a testing site.

As with the paper version, the digital SAT will only be administered in a school or in a test center—not at home—with a proctor present.

The digital SAT will be shorter.

Students can expect the test to take about two hours instead of the three for the current version, with more time per question. Reading passages will also be shorter.

College Board is addressing inequities in access to technology.

Students will be able to use their own device, a school-issued one, or be provided one by College Board. If the exam is interrupted by connectivity issues, the digital SAT is designed to ensure their work won’t be lost.

The digital SAT is more secure.

The digital format makes sharing answers practically impossible, so the test is more secure. If one test is compromised, others in that testing group are less likely to be affected.

The move to digital won’t take place for a while.

The SAT will be delivered digitally internationally beginning in 2023 and in the United States in 2024. The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 will be delivered digitally in 2023 with the digital PSAT 10 following in 2024.

The University of Miami is test-optional for Spring and Fall 2023.

Applicants can choose whether or not to self-report their test scores. If they choose to self-report their test scores on the Common Application, they may select to have those test scores used in the selection process. But applicants will not be required to self-report test scores on the Common Application.

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Read the College Board Announcement.