July 19, 2023

Digital SAT Overview

In January 2022, the College Board announced the Suite of SAT Assessments would be redesigned to provide a more convenient testing experience for students and administrators. We’ve pulled together an overview summary of the digital SAT test based on details provided by the College Board

 

DIGITAL SAT TEST OVERVIEW AND SPECIFICATIONS

READING AND WRITING SECTION OVERVIEW

The Reading and Writing section of the digital SAT Suite will measure a student’s knowledge of literacy needed for college. This section will focus on key elements of reading and comprehension, rhetoric, and language.

Questions on the Reading and Writing section of the digital SAT will represent one of four content domains:

  • – Craft and structure: This measures the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning skills needed to understand and use common words and phrases in context, evaluate texts, and make connections between related texts.
  • – Information and ideas: This measures students’ comprehension, analysis, reasoning skills, and the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information.
  • – Standard English conventions: This measures the ability to conform to core conventions of Standard English usage, sentence structure, and punctuation.
  • – Expression of ideas: This measures students’ ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of writing and to meet specific rhetorical goals.

Changes that will be made to the SAT Reading and Writing sections include:

  • – The Reading and Writing sections of the SAT will be merged into a single section rather than a separate Reading section and Writing section.
  • – There will no longer be long passages. Each brief text will include a single question.
  • – Topics will be more varied and reflective of the reading students do in college.

MATH SECTION OVERVIEW

The Math section of the digital SAT comprises multiple-choice and student-produced response questions that measure the math concepts, skills, and practices that are essential for college-level work.

Questions on the Math section will represent one of four content domains:

  • – Algebra
  • – Advanced Math
  • – Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
  • – Geometry and Trigonometry

Changes that will be made to the SAT Math section include:

  • – Calculators will be allowed for the entire Math section.
  • – Word problems will be slimmed down.

DIGITAL SAT TIMELINE AND ADMINISTRATION

The digital SAT will be rolled out over a 12-month period as follows:

  • – Spring 2023: International testing centers will offer the digital SAT.
  • – Fall 2023: Digital PSATs will be administered in the U.S.
  • – Spring 2024: U.S. testing sites will administer the digital SAT.

Students will continue to take the digital SAT Suite of Assessments in schools or testing centers during predetermined testing windows established by the College Board. The digital SATSuite of Assessments may be taken on a personal or school-issued laptop or tablet (with the exception of personal Chromebooks). Test scores will be available to students within a few days of taking the test on their College Board portal.

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Change can be confusing, but at Class 101 we are ready to answer all of your questions. Reach out to one of our college planning experts to discuss all of your digital SAT questions today.  

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