SAT to get a digital makeover, will now be only two hours long

College Board announced this week that the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be moving to a digital format and will be only two hours long, starting in 2024.

“With input from educators and students, we are adapting to ensure we continue to meet their evolving needs,” said Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of College Readiness Assessments at College Board, in a statement.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant. We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform — we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible.”

With SAT scores being optional for applicants to report to colleges and universities, the test is decreasingly important to admission. “Submitting a score is optional for every type of college, and we want the SAT to be the best possible option for students.

The SAT allows every student—regardless of where they go to high school—to be seen and to access opportunities that will shape their lives and careers,” Rodriguez said.

The College Board held a trial run of the digital test last year and said the results were overwhelmingly positive. Students responded well to the new format and said it was much less stressful than the traditional format. The new test will feature shorter reading passages and allow students to use a calculator during the math portions of the test.




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