It’s finally 2024, and the SAT is fully digital.  On March 9th the US students will take the first Digital SAT.  Some students might be excited to take the exam as it’s a computer-based adaptive and shorter test as compared to a Paper-based test.  Some students might be nervous as they are more comfortable in Paper-based tests.  Well, whatever the feeling or anxiety students are having they will have to face it as Digital SAT is the only option for SAT.

We are here to help the students gain the real exam experience and be more confident on the exam day.

What does Digital SAT testing mean?

The Digital SAT is a computer-based section-wise adaptive test.  Students will take the test online.  Section-wise adaptive test means there will be 2 sets of questions per subject.  Depending on the performance of the first set of questions, the difficulty level of the second questions will be adjusted.  If the students perform well and get more correct answers, then they will get hard difficulty-level questions in the second set. If the students get the maximum number of questions wrong on the first set, they will get the easy difficulty level to some extent the first set of questions defines your score range itself.

Structure/Format of the Test

         The Digital SAT is 2 hours and 14 minutes long and has 98 questions.  The Test is shorter than the paper test and has 56 fewer questions as compared to paper SAT.

The Digital SAT has two sections: (1) a Reading and Writing section and (2) a Math section. Both sections are divided into two modules of equal length. 

On test day, you will start with Module 1 of the Reading and Writing section. You will have 32 minutes to answer 27 questions. During this time, you can move freely around Module 1, but you will not be able to move to Module 2 until your time is up.

Once your 32 minutes are up, you will be moved directly to Reading and Writing Module 2, where you will have another 32 minutes to answer 27 more questions. During this time, you will be able to move freely around Module 2, but you will not be able to go back to Module 1 or move on to the Math section. After Module 2 is over, you will have a 10-minute break. 

After the break, you will start Module 1 of the Math section. You will have 35 minutes to answer 22 questions. Once again, you will be able to move freely around the module you are currently taking, but you will not be able to move ahead to the next module or go back to a previous module. When your 35 minutes are up, you will be moved directly to Module 2, where you’ll have another 35 minutes to answer 22 more questions. 

How to Prepare for the First Digital SAT?

             Preparing for the online Digital SAT Adaptive Test in 2024 requires careful consideration of various factors specific to the digital format. Here are some crucial points to keep in mind:

  • Technical Readiness: Ensure that your computer or laptop meets the technical requirements for the online test.
  • Familiarity with Digital Tools: Learn how to use the digital tools provided during the test, such as highlighting, striking through, flagging questions, and using the on-screen calculator effectively.
  • Online Reading Skills: Since the SAT is administered online, practice reading and comprehending passages on a screen.
  • Take Official Online Practice Tests: Utilize official online SAT practice tests provided by the College Board. These practice tests closely mimic the real test format, and they will help you become more comfortable with the online adaptive testing environment.
  • Time Management: Develop effective time management strategies for the online test. The digital format might have additional challenges, such as reading on a screen or navigating between questions. Practice pacing yourself to complete each section within the given time limits.
  • Practice Typing Skills: As the test will be taken on a computer, practice typing efficiently and accurately. Improve your typing speed to ensure that you can complete written responses within the given time.
  • Review Test Security Guidelines: Familiarize yourself with the test security guidelines to avoid any potential issues. Understand what actions are allowed and prohibited during the online test.

The Socrato platform also provides the Digital SAT adaptive test with all the tools and technologies as per the Blue Book app. Students will get the experience of a real exam.

Additionally, will get a deeper insight into the test performance in our detailed online interactive reports as well as a diagnostic report.

Socrato also offers online bubble sheet grading and diagnostic reports for the SAT non-adaptive test, ACT, SSAT, etc., and other Standardized Practice tests.

Good Luck with your upcoming Digital SAT!