SAT exam moving to digital format by 2024 – The Famuan

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The SAT review guide helps students prepare for the exam. Photo credit: KTLA News

From 2024, the SAT exam will become all-digital, shorter, and students will be allowed to use a calculator for the entire math section.

On January 25, 2022, the College Board announced that the SAT would be digitalized beginning in 2023 for international students and by 2024 for US students. The new digital SAT will be shorter and expected to take two hours instead of three, allow students to use calculators on the math section and have shorter reading passages.

Test administrators say this will give candidates more time to answer questions and the shorter reading passages will cover a wider range of topics.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” said Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of the College Readiness Assessments Board. “We’re not just putting the current SAT on a digital platform; we take full advantage of what performing a digital assessment makes possible.

According to the College Board, the transition comes months after the SAT was tested digitally in November 2021. Eighty percent of students said they found the tests less stressful and one hundred percent of educators reported a positive experience.

Joan Lenard, a seventh grade teacher at Nova Middle School, said the digital test format is best for students and teachers.

“I’ve been teaching for a while now and I have my own kids who I put through college, everything is online, we need to accommodate students in the best way possible,” Lenard said. “Moving the SAT to a digital format will allow students to spend more time on these exams and improve the scores we normally see.”

The digital version will be delivered in a format more familiar to students who regularly learn and test online at school.

Jessica Parson, a recent high school graduate, agrees that students will feel comfortable with the digital format.

“I think this change will be easier for our generation because we use technology all the time and generally focus better on the computer than on paper-based testing,” Parson said.

Candidates will be allowed to use their own laptops or tablets, but will still be required to take the test at a proctored testing site or at school. Test results will be available in days, rather than weeks with the new digital format.

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