The SAT is standardized test colleges use to help them evaluate potential students. In two subject areas: Reading and Writing, and Math, it measures a student’s readiness for college courses. Colleges and universities use the SAT as part of their admissions process. According to the College Board, the SAT will be converted to digital format in 2023 for international students and in 2024 for US students. Due to its unique form and the fact that each student will use their own device or one issued by the school, the digital SAT will be more secure.

SAT Exam Information:

  • Number of Questions: 98 questions 
  • Question Type: Multiple-choice 
  • Time Limit: 2 hours
  • Paper Mode: Online

SAT Exam Details:

CategoryReading and Writing (RW) SectionMath Section
FormatTwo-stage adaptive test design:
one Reading and Writing
section administered via two
separately timed modules
Two-stage adaptive test design:
one Math section administered
via two separately timed modules
  Test length1st module: 25 operational
questions and 2 pretest questions
2nd module: 25 operational
questions and 2 pretest questions
1st module: 20 operational
questions and 2
pretest questions
2nd module: 20
operational questions and
2 pretest questions
Time per stage1st module: 32 minutes
2nd module: 32 minutes
1st module: 35 minutes
2nd module: 35 minutes
# Of questions54 questions44 questions
Total time
64 minutes70 minutes
type(s) used
Discrete; four-option
Discrete; four-option multiple-
choice (?75%) and student-
produced response (SPR) (?25%)
Stimulus topicsLiterature, history/social
studies, humanities, science
Science, social science,
real-world topics
Informational graphics Yes; tables, bar graphs, line graphsYes

SAT Digital 2023 Preparation Tips:

In terms of format, the digital SAT isn’t all that different from the paper-and-pencil SAT. It takes a lot of practice and work for both versions to be successful. Additionally, you can increase your chances of scoring well by following the tips below.

  1. Take a look at the latest environmental and geopolitical developments, as well as editorials, current affairs, and current events. Get a good understanding of the humanities and sciences.
  2. Writing daily and improving your vocabulary are two of the most significant factors.
  3. You can practice math problems by solving them. You should memorize formulas and shortcuts, and you should also study trigonometry and geometry.
  4. Take plenty of mock tests on the computer if you’re unfamiliar with computerized tests.
  5. Manage your time when you are taking a mock test by setting a timer. 
  6. Identify the areas where you are falling short and put more effort into them.

Some Helpful Tips:

·  Familiarize yourself with the format: The digital SAT will be administered on a computer, so it’s essential to get comfortable with the digital format by practicing on a computer-based practice test.

·  Practice time management: Since the digital SAT will be timed, it’s crucial to practice managing your time effectively. Use a timer during practice tests and simulate the test day environment as much as possible.

·  Get familiar with the test navigation: The digital SAT will have a different interface than the paper version, so it’s essential to get familiar with the navigation tools. Take a look at the digital SAT demonstration to familiarize yourself with the interface.

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