The College Board announces new format for the SAT

Explaining the changes made to the standardized test

Tanish Mendki

College Board announced upcoming changes to the SAT on Jan. 25, 2022, shifting the format of the test to a digital version. While the exam will still be taken at testing centers and the scoring will remain on the 1600 scale, other factors such as the timing have been changed. This change follows the cancellation of SAT Subject Tests and the removal of the SAT essay, an additional testing option that was taken after the multiple choice questions.

The transition to the digital SAT will begin in 2023 for all international test-takers and 2024 for testers in the U.S. Along with the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT test and the PSAT 8/9 will also move to a digital format in 2023, with the PSAT 10 following in 2024.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give and more relevant,” Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of College Readiness Assessments at College Board, said in an official statement. “We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform—we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible. With input from educators and students, we are adapting to ensure we continue to meet their evolving needs.”


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