The NEW Digital SAT: What Nepalese Need to Know 2024

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The NEW Digital SAT

The SAT will hereafter be given in digital format. The College Board said that its signature exam would soon be entirely digital. Starting in spring 2024 in the United States and in spring 2023 for international students, the SAT will be given on a computer. The College Board says the test will still measure the same things, be scored on a 1600-point scale, and be offered at testing centers or schools. However, the new digital test will be adaptive and will only take two hours instead of the current three, and students can take it on a laptop or tablet, including their own. The question is, what does it mean?

SAT Test Format

Sections Number of QuestionsTime DurationScore Range
Verbal (Modules-I)
Verbal (Modules-II)
27 Questions
27 Questions
32 Minutes
32 Minutes
Quantitative (Modules-I)
Quantitative (Modules-II)
22 Questions
22 Questions
35 Minutes
35 Minutes
Total90 Questions 134 Minutes 400-1600

The digital version of the SAT will be computer-adaptive.

Students will essentially get an SAT that is tailored to their performance. The higher their performance on the first segment, the more complex the second section’s questions will be, and the more points each question will be worth. (There is no penalty for guessing, but it is to your advantage to answer as precisely as possible on the first part to maximize your chances on the second.)

The exam will last less time.

We are aware that testing fatigue exists and that it is challenging to concentrate for three hours. Fortunately, your wishes have come true: the new exam will last around two hours. Overall, less time will be required for test setup, and the time-consuming preamble, which an in-person SAT monitor presently performs. There will also be fewer reading passages and more straightforward questions on the new test.

Increased calculator availability; feel free to bring your own.

The test’s “no calculator” part is being removed. Every student will be able to use a graphic calculator built in (though they can still bring their own).

Test centers will make computers available, or you can bring your own.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a computer of your own. On test days, students can use the devices supplied at the testing center or bring their own laptops or tablets.

New Digital SAT vs Paper bases test vs Paper base ACT

 ChangesNew Digital SATPaper SATPaper ACT
 Format Digital only via a College Board app Paper-and-Pencil  Paper-and-Pencil 
 Timing 2 hours and 14 minutes 3 hours  2 hours and 55 minutes
 Sections 2 Sections, each with 2 Stages
Reading and Writing
1. Combined R&W Stage 1 (32 min, 27 items)
2. Combined R&W Stage 2 (32 min, 27 items)
3. Math Math Stage 1 (35 min, 22 items)
4. Math Stage 2 (35 min, 22 items)
400-1600 Total Score
200-800 Reading and Writing
1200-800 Math
College Board has indicated that current and digital SAT scores will be equivalent An ACT/SAT Concordance is used by colleges to compare SAT and ACT scores, and according to the College Board, this same concordance will be valid for the new digital SAT
4 Tests
1. English(45 min, 75 items)
2. Math (60 minutes, 60 items)
3. Reading(35 min, 40 items)
4. Science (35 min, 40 items)
5. Optional Essay (40 minutes, 1 item)
Score RangeThis includes subscores for Words in Context and Heart of Algebra and cross-test scores for Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies.1-36 Composite Score
(rounded average of test scores)
1-36 each test: English, Math, Reading, and
 StructureAdaptive Stage
The second section stage is more complex than the first stage based on how well the student did in the first stage. The test makes the second stage fit the student.
The test doesn’t change based on how well a student does.
Pool of questionsAn algorithm produces question sets from a huge pool of questions labeled based on characteristics ranging from topic area to difficulty.It provides raw performance in topics such as Conventions of Standard English, Algebra, Craft & Structure, and Data Interpretation.Four unscored questions will be mixed in among the scored ones on both the Reading, writing, and Math tests.
Equating or Unscored QuestionsAvailable two to three weeks after the test
Students may acquire a Question-and-Answer service to examine SAT questions for particular administrations.
Students are often given the fifth part of unscored questions for equating reasons. 
 Score ReportsDays after the examination
Students can no longer view their questions and answers.
Available two weeks after the test.
Students may request a Test Information Release (TIR) to acquire a digital copy of the multiple-choice test questions for particular test administrations.
Available two weeks after the test.
Students may request Test Information Release (TIR) to acquire a digital copy of the multiple-choice test questions for particular test administrations.

All of the current arrangements will stay the same. Students who need paper tests because of their accommodations will still be able to take them.

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Experience on Test of New Digital SAT vs Paper based SAT & ACT

ChangesNew Digital SAT Paper SAT & ACT
NavigationWithin each level, students can go back and forth through difficulties and utilize a flagging tool to mark questions for further review.Within a portion of the timed exam, students are allowed to go back and forth and circle questions for further review.
ToolThe SAT app has a tool for highlighting and a tool for flagging.
Students can look at an overview of their “answer sheet” to see which problems have been answered or marked to be looked over later.
The SAT app has a tool for highlighting and a tool for flagging.
Students can review an overview of their “answer sheet” to see which problems have been answered or marked for later review.
Rough workStudents can write on scratch paper given to them and then taken away at the end of the test.
You can’t make a mistake because you can only see one question at a time on the screen.
Students can write in the test booklet, which is taken away during the test.
Because answers are written down on a separate sheet, bubbles can get mixed up.
Timing A computer timer begins automatically when the student starts and is constantly visible.The start time is often written on the board by a sometimes unreliable proctor, who may also offer updates.

The Topics and Structure of the Exam Questions

The College Board maintains that the scores obtained on the paper version of the SAT and the digital version are equivalent since the tested information does not change. However, there are several essential distinctions between the two.

Reading & Writing on New Digital SAT vs Paper SAT & ACT

Changes New Digital SATPaper SATPaper ACT
 Timing  64 minutes, evenly divided between 2 stagesReading: 65 minutes Writing and
Language: 35 minutes
English: 45 minutes

Reading: 35 minutes

Format of the Passage54 passage & question sets One short reading passage (25-150 words) per question5 lengthy passages (600–700 words) to read, each with 10–11 questions 4 lengthy passages (500–700 words) with 11 questions each in writing and languageEnglish: five passages of a medium length (300–350 words), each with 15 questions

Reading: 4 lengthy passages (every 750 words or more), each with 10 questions

Reading In the first half of each Reading and Writing stage, reading questions are presented and organized by domain and question type:

1. Craft and Structure i. Words in Context ii. Text Structure and Purpose Cross-Text Connections2. Info and Ideas i. Central Ideas and Details ii. Command of Evidence (Textual or Quantitative)

iii. Inferences

The order and categories of the five passages will probably remain the same throughout:
i. U.S. and world literature ii. History| social studies iii. Science iv. History| social studies v. Science
The order and categories of the four passages are the same.

i. Literary narrative or prose fiction ii. Social sciences iii. Humanities iv. Natural sciences

Difficulty LevelWithin each question type, the difficulty rises.Chronological questions roughly correspond to the passage’s order.Random
Writing In the second half of each Reading and Writing stage, writing questions are presented and organized by domain and then question type:

1. Standard English Conventions

2. Info and Ideas

i. Rhetorical Synthesis

ii. Transitions

The four passages will always represent the following subjects (which are not necessarily in this order):

i. History & social studies

ii. Careers

iii. Humanities

iv. Science

The five passages are written to resemble a high school writing. History reports and personal narratives are both acceptable topics.
Difficulty LevelWithin each question type, the difficulty rises.Chronological questions roughly correspond to the passage’s order.Chronological questions roughly correspond to the passage’s order.

Quantitative (Maths) on New Digital SAT vs Paper SAT & ACT

Changes The New Digital SATPaper TestPaper ACT
TimingStage 1 – 35 min

Stage 2 – 35 min

No calculator Section-25 min

Calculator Section  – 55 min

60 min
SAT Question typesThere are four categories of questions:
1. Heart of Algebra
2. Passport to Advanced Math
3. Problem-solving and Data Analysis
4. Additional Topics in Math
15 multiple-choice questions are followed by 5 grid-in questions in Math-No Calculator. 30 multiple-choice questions followed by 8 grid-in questions on the math calculator60 Questions
SAT ContentAlthough domain names have changed, math content has not changed from the SAT paper:
1. Algebra
2. Advanced Math
3. Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
4. Trigonometry and geometry
Although domain names have changed, math content has not changed from the SAT paper:
1. Algebra
2. Advanced Math
3. Problem-solving and Data Analysis
4. Trigonometry and geometry
The ACT divides its questions into three overlapping areas and five different types.
1. Preparing for Higher Math
A. Number & Quantity 
B. Algebra 
A. Number & Quantity 
D. Geometry 
D. Geometry 
2. Integrating Essential Skills
3. Statistics & Probability
DifficultyThe level of difficulty rises with each stage.Within each section, the difficulty rises and then drops between multiple-choice and grid-in questions.Within the section, the level of difficulty rises.
Use of Calculator in SATOn all math questions, approved calculators or the built-in calculator of the testing application may be used.On the Math-Calculator Test, only authorized calculators may be used.Only authorized calculators may be used on the math test.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Digital SAT Suite
We will continue to provide you with more information about the change to the digital SAT Suite of Assessments throughout 2022.

FAQ related to Digital SAT

No. The New Digital SAT starts from 2023

The computer-adaptive digital version of the SAT will be administered.
The exam duration will be shortened.
Increased availability of calculators; please feel free to bring your own.
The test center will provide computers, or you may bring your own.

Yes, in 2023, sat will be taken online by the college board App.

We are making a full switch to digital. Once we start giving the SAT Suite tests digitally instead of on paper and pencil, we will no longer have a paper and pencil version. We will still help students who have to take a paper-and-pencil test because they need special testing arrangements.
That means that all students taking the SAT at international test centers will take the digital test starting in March 2023, and all students taking PSAT-related tests will take digital tests starting in the fall of 2023. In the U.S., the SAT School Day and SAT weekend tests will still be done with paper and pencil. • Beginning in the spring of 2024, all students will take the full SAT Suite of Assessments digitally.

In international test centers, students can sign up for the first digital SAT tests in the fall of 2022. Later this year, we’ll give you more information about registration and administration dates.
In spring 2023, the digital SAT will be given for the first time at international test centers. Then, in the spring of 2024, it will be available in the U.S. In the spring of their junior year, most students take the SAT for the first time. So, the first international students to take the digital SAT will be those in the class of 2024. In the United States, the first high school class to take the digital SAT will be the class of 2025.
Starting in the fall of 2023, all students will take the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT online. Starting in the spring of 2024, they will take the PSAT 10.

Students will take the SAT on a laptop or tablet, using a custom-made digital exam application that they will download before test day.

Students will use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to prepare for the digital SAT. Students can get free practice whenever and wherever they want to. In the fall of 2022, Official SAT Practice will add digital SAT practice material. We’ll also have full-length practice tests in the exam application at that time. Students will be able to get the full digital SAT experience while taking these full-length practice tests, which will adapt to their answers. This summer, we’ll share more information about resources for practice.

If one test form is hacked, scores for whole groups of students may have to be thrown out. By going digital, we can give each student a unique test form, making it almost impossible for students to share answers.

We’re starting with the international version of the digital SAT because going digital will let us offer two more international SATs starting in 2023. Increasing the number of administrations from five to seven to match the domestic calendar is a great way to give more students worldwide access.

In the fall of 2023, the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 will be given digitally so that students who will take the SAT as juniors in the spring of 2024 can get used to digital testing before taking the digital SAT. Here, you can find out when the digital SAT will be available.

Starting in the spring of 2024, the SAT School Day will be given digitally. Today, 60% of all students who take the SAT do it free at school during the day. Independent research shows that low-income and rural students are more likely to go to college if they take tests daily.
Some schools already use computers for SAT School Day to give the current version of the SAT. In the spring of 2024, all schools will start using the new digital SAT.
By going digital, schools, districts, and states will have more freedom over where, when, and how often they give the SAT.

The digital SAT will take about two hours instead of three hours like the current paper-and-pencil test. It will be broken up into two parts: reading and writing and math.
Also, test day will be shorter overall because most of the pre-administration tasks, like downloading the exam application and filling out the student questionnaire, will be done before test day. Also, testing staff won’t have to spend time handing out, collecting, or sorting test materials.

The digital test will be adaptive, so it can measure the same core reading, writing, and math knowledge and skills much more efficiently. This will shorten the test overall and give students more time per question.
This means that each section of the digital SAT Suite (Reading, Writing, and Math) is split into two parts called modules. In the first module, students answer questions before moving on to the next one. The questions in the second module depend on how well the students did in the first module. Students can use the new digital adaptive format to practice this fall.
Adaptive testing is used in many large-scale tests, and more than 30 years of research show that it has many benefits, such as: • More accurate measurement
• Questions designed to meet the needs of each student
• Less-long tests
• More secure testing

The digital SAT Suite can be taken on a laptop or a tablet. They can use their own device or one that is given to them by the school.

If students don’t have a device, they can ask College Board to lend them one, and we’ll give them one to use on test day. This is true for students worldwide who take the SAT on the weekend.
In 2020 and 2021, we gave any student who needed it a device so they could take the digital AP Exam at home. We’ll do something similar for the SAT. Later this year, we’ll have more details about how to ask to borrow a device.

We ensured the exam app would still work even if the internet went down. Even if the internet goes out during a test, students will still be able to keep going. Their work will be saved, and they won’t lose any testing time.

We’ll have customer service staff ready to help students and test centers with problems on test day. We’re also adding a technology coordinator to each test center to provide more help and a help room where students can work with the technology coordinator to fix problems with their devices.

The digital testing app will give students a lot of ways to test themselves. Here are some examples: • A way to mark questions so you can come back to them later • A timer at the top of the screen that students can choose to show or hide to let them know when they’re running out of time • A graphing calculator that students can use on the whole math section (or they can bring their own calculator) • A reference sheet with common formulas for each math question

With the digital SAT Suite, you’ll get your scores in days instead of weeks.

Score reports for the digital SAT Suite will continue to tell students how they did and what they can do to improve. Reports will keep putting students in touch with information about college planning, scholarships, and recognition programs.
But we’re making significant changes to make the digital SAT Suite a valuable tool for even more students.
One big change is that digital SAT Suite score reports will link students to information about local two-year colleges and workforce training programs related to their achievements, interests, and financial goals. Students will also learn how their SAT score relates to career options. This will help them set goals and make better decisions about their future.
Later this year, we’ll talk more about score reports for the digital SAT Suite.

We talked to groups of higher education enrollment leaders throughout 2021 to get their thoughts and feedback on developing the digital SAT. They told us that they will continue to use SAT scores from the digital test as they do now, as one part of their overall admissions process. As we launch in 2023, we’ll keep listening to and talking with our members.

The SAT will still be scored on a scale from 200 to 1600, and teachers and students can still track growth over time. And SAT scores will be the same, so a score of 1050 on the digital SAT is the same as a score of 1050 on the paper and pencil SAT.

Even though we are making changes to the test content to make it better for digital delivery, the digital SAT will still measure the same skills and knowledge that students learn in high school, which are most important for college and career readiness.
Questions on the digital test will be more direct and focused on what students need to know to do well in college and their careers. In the Reading and Writing section, students will see many shorter passages, each with only one question instead of a few long reading passages with multiple questions per passage. The word problems on the Math section of the new test will be shorter than those on the current test.

We think the digital SAT’s reliability and predictive validity will stay high. As we move to a digital SAT, we are doing a lot of research and analysis, including comprehensive predictive validity studies: • In the spring and summer of 2022, a validity study will look at how the digital SAT compares to other educational tests. • In the fall of 2023, a preliminary predictive validity study will look at the outcomes of college. • Research is still going on to make sure the digital SAT is just as reliable as the current paper-and-pencil SAT.
When the results of these studies and other pilots and research become available, we’ll share them with you.

The pandemic has sped up our move to a digital version of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Students are learning and taking tests online more and more, and the SAT shouldn’t be an exception. We’re listening to what people have to say and making changes so that we can keep meeting the needs of students and teachers.
We’re not just putting the current SAT Suite onto a digital platform. We are making the most of what it means for an assessment to be given digitally. Going digital gives us a lot more freedom over when, where, and how often the SAT is given, especially for states, districts, and schools that give the SAT to all of their students as part of SAT School Day. School Day is a key factor in access and fairness, and it has been shown to increase the number of low-income and rural students who go to college.

The SAT is still a very important part of a well-rounded admissions process. When looked at in the context of where a student lives and learns, test scores can confirm a student’s grades or show their strengths beyond what their high school grades may show.

During the pandemic, millions of students still took the SAT when almost all colleges stopped requiring tests. The high school class of 2022 has continued this pattern. Most students want to take the SAT, see how they did, and then decide if they want to send their scores to colleges. When asked, 83% of students said they want to be able to send college test scores. This finding holds true no matter if a student has taken the SAT or not, what race or ethnicity they are, or what level of education their parents have.

Students who don’t go to school will still take tests at test centers, just like they do now. Our large network of weekend test centers will be used for this.

Yes, there will be scratch paper, and students can bring a pen or pencil.

When test specifications are ready this summer, we will share more information. This will include details about: the sections, the timing, the number of questions, and the scoring.
Also this summer, we will send out sample questions so that students can start to see how the content will be different from what they saw on the paper-and-pencil exam.

For the digital SAT Suite, all materials and resources for teachers will be in digital form. Test Day Toolkit will have information and administration manuals that test center staff can use. We’ll keep giving students detailed information about how to prepare, and all practice materials will be available digitally on our digital testing app and on Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice.

This is a new job that isn’t needed for SAT Weekend paper tests but will be needed for digital tests. The technology coordinator makes sure the test center’s Wi-Fi network works and helps students and staff who are having trouble connecting. The person in charge of technology will also help students fix small problems with their devices in the center’s help room. As digital administrations get closer, we’ll help technology coordinators by giving them troubleshooting guides.

Students will be told to bring a fully charged device for three hours. However, you can give test takers access to power if it can be done fairly and won’t bother other students.
If possible, you should plan to make the best use of the power supplies in the room. For example, you could put desks close to power outlets, power strips, and surge protectors.
Students who need more time to take the test will need a power source at the test center, but it doesn’t have to be on all the time. We’ll work with test centers to ensure they have enough power, and later this year we’ll give you more information about this requirement.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their testing app is downloaded and their device is fully charged when they arrive at your test center. Before test day, we’ll let students know what to expect and give you information to put on your school or test center’s website.
We know that some students may not have their app downloaded or may not have a full battery when they get here. You can allow them to download the app in their testing room or, if possible, charge their device. Please note that test centers are responsible for giving students power if they need an extended time accommodation because they will be testing for more than three hours, but power doesn’t have to be on all the time.

If a student doesn’t have a device, they can ask College Board to lend them one, and we’ll give them one to use on test day. Students must ask for this before the day of the test. If a student shows up without a device and hasn’t gone through the steps to borrow one from College Board, the student should be kicked out. If the student has questions about rescheduling their test, they should be told to contact College Board Customer Service.

Most of the rules for the digital testing center’s testing room and seating are the same as those for the paper and pencil SAT. Weekend administrations: • Enough seats for the students you’ve been given • Chairs with backs that all face the same way • 3 feet of space between students • Take away or hide anything that has to do with the test; • Make sure all students can see a working clock;
Before your first digital administration, we will give you more information about the policies. We’ll always keep an eye on the covid-19 pandemic and let people know about any changes we make to keep health safe.

Test centers should plan to have about the same number of staff for digital testing as they do for paper testing.

There will be a new job called “technology coordinator.” This person will be in charge of the test center’s Wi-Fi and help students figure out how to fix small problems with their devices.

The digital SAT can be given by coordinators and proctors who don’t know much about technology.

During our global pilot in November 2021, all of the proctors said that giving the digital SAT was better than giving the paper test.

Test Day Toolkit is a web app for managing test centers. On the test day, coordinators, proctors, and monitors will use it to check students into rooms, read the script, share the start code that students will enter to start the test, and track student progress. Coordinators will also use it to check their list of test centers and get their test centers ready for upcoming tests. Find out what Test Day Toolkit is all about.

Any language can be set for a device. No matter what language setting is in place at the time of testing, the digital SAT will always be given in English.

We encourage test coordinators to do a pre-test check to make sure your test center network meets the minimum internet requirements and to test the internet speed in your testing rooms. This is a great chance to involve your technology coordinator if you’re not the technology coordinator.
As with paper tests, we’ll also ensure you’re ready for your online test by guiding you before it.

Valuable Links to Know the New Digital SAT

A useful link for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is the College Board website, which provides detailed information about the test, including test dates, registration, and practice resources. The link is

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