The digital SAT is the newest version of the SAT being rolled out by the college board. It is an adaptive version of the SAT that will be administered entirely online. Changes are being made to the English and math sections, but the digital version will be comparable to the current SAT version.
When will it affect me?
As of the spring of 2024, only the digital SAT will be available. December 2023 will mark the final printed version of the SAT on paper. Therefore, the 2023 juniors taking the SAT in the Spring of 2024 will be the first group to have no option other than the Digital SAT version.
High school students who will be freshmen and sophomores in 2023 will only take the digital SAT.
How is it structured?
The Digital SAT is adaptive and will only consist of two sections: English (Reading/Writing) and Math. Each section has two modules. Based on the performance in the first section, the second one will be adjusted to match the level. Without reaching the harder version of the module, the score would stay in the range of 800-1200 out of 1600. If the student does reach the harder version of the module, the score range will be 1200-1600/1600.
How has it changed?
The overall time of testing is shorter than the original SAT, moving to 64 minutes for English and 70 minutes for Math. The total time it will take is 134 minutes or 2 hours and 14 minutes. The new adaptive testing is there so that, even with the shorter test, it can accurately measure the student’s aptitude.
The biggest change in the content is in the English section. These changes include a higher reading level, more emphasis on vocabulary, and structure change (small paragraphs/poems/lists for each question)
In the Math section, the amount of topics tested has been reduced. There are no more imaginary and complex numbers and simpler word problems.