The College Board announced there will be changes coming to the SAT for high schoolers in 2023 and 2024. The new test will reportedly be easier to take, easier to give, more secure and more relevant, said Priscilla Rodriguez, the College Board’s Vice President of College Readiness Assessments.
The biggest change is that the test will be going digital. Students can take the test on a personal or school-issued laptop. The College Board said they would make devices available to students who don’t have access to one. The exams will be given online, under the supervision of proctors at testing centers or schools.
Another change is that the test will be shorter — it will take about 2 hours to complete versus the current three hours. Instead of having to wait months to get your scores, students will be able to receive them in a matter of days.
And for those teens who wish they could use calculators on the whole math section — wish granted! The new format of the SAT will allow students to use calculators on the whole test.
If you’re concerned that cheating will run rampant once the test goes digital, fear not. Every test will be unique to increase test security. Also, students will not be allowed to take the test at home. The test will still be scored out of a possible 1600.