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The SAT® is Going Digital

Updated: Apr 1, 2023

The College Board, the organization behind the SAT® and many other standardized tests, has announced its plans to move the SAT® from a paper-and-pencil test to an all-digital format by 2024. This move is an attempt to reduce stress and anxiety among students and to make the exam more accessible in places where paper-and-pencil tests are difficult to administer.

What's Changing

  • The test will be administered digitally

  • The SAT® will be shorter - two hours instead of three

  • Calculators will be allowed on the entire Math section

The digital SAT® will be shorter, feature more time per question, and will have shorter reading passages. It is shorter because it relies on adaptive testing, said Priscilla Rodriguez, a College Board vice president. That means the test changes based on the students' answers, with the goal of reducing the time students spend answering questions that are either too easy or too hard. The students will also be allowed to have their calculators throughout the entire math section. Additionally, College Board is providing devices for students who don't have their own.


Students who took the digital version of the SAT® said the experience was less stressful and quicker than they thought it would be.

“It felt a lot less stressful, and a whole lot quicker than I thought it'd be.” – Natalia Cossio, 11th grader from Fairfax County, VA

What's Staying the Same

  • The SAT® will still be scored on a 1600 scale

  • The ability to track growth over time

  • The assessments will continue to be administered in a school or in a test center

The SAT® continues to play a vital role in college admissions, and 83% of students want to submit their SAT® scores to colleges.

“I think the digital SAT® will be a shorter, more secure test that will be easier to administer—that is great for students and educators,” – Stu Schmill, dean of admissions at MIT

Prepare with the Guidance of SAT® Experts

Preparing for the SAT® is still important to students who are looking to apply to a top college. That’s why vRealm is launching a series of instructor-led SAT® prep courses that are designed with each student in mind creating the most personalized test prep environment.

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