If you’re in high school, you’ve probably heard about College Board’s announcement about the SAT going digital.
Well, in a surprising turn of events, the test isn’t just going to be digital but will also undergo several other changes. The SAT standardized test scores have been and continue to be accepted by almost every American university, and hundreds of other universities across the world. The ScorePlus – The Princeton Review, Qatar has created a quick overview of what you can expect starting spring of 2023.
So, what’s going to change?
As compared to the current SAT, the digital test will be convenient to take, to give, and will also be more relevant than ever before. The digital SAT will be even shorter—about two hours instead of three for the current SAT, with more time per question. Prior to 2021, the test lasted three hours and fifty-five minutes owing to the optional Essay section which has since been scrapped off by the College Board.
Say goodbye to long reading passages and multiple questions! The digital test will feature shorter reading passages with one question tied to each. To further ensure relevance, passages will reflect a wider range of topics that represent the works students read in college.
If you struggle with mental math and complicated calculations – you’ll like this one. The use of calculators will now be allowed on both the Math sections as opposed to just one.
For all those last-minute test-takers – starting in 2023, official test scores will be sent back in days, instead of weeks. Additionally, international students will have a couple more test dates introduced.
Dislike paper-pencil-based tests? Students will be able to use their own device (laptop or tablet) or a school-issued device depending on the individual testing centre guidelines.
Although the country rarely has power outage/connectivity issues, if a student loses connectivity or power, the digital SAT has been designed to ensure they won’t lose their work or time while they reconnect. Speaking of security, the test will be extremely secure as it will allow every student to receive a unique test form. This means that every test taker will have different questions on their test booklet.
What would stay the same?
The SAT will continue to measure the knowledge and skills that students are learning in high school and that matter most for college and career readiness. This means that the content tested on would be the same. The SAT will still be scored on a 1600 scale. The assessments will continue to be administered in a school or in a test center with a proctor present. There will not be an option for home-testing.
Despite the fact that many colleges went test-optional during the pandemic, millions of students still took the SAT.
This trend will surely continue well into 2022 as most students want to take the SAT, find out how they did, and then decide if they want to submit their scores to colleges.
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