Mar 8, 2024 - News

4. SAT's digital era

Illustration of a standardized test answer sheet with a cursor

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Put the pencil sharpeners away. The SAT, which will be administered tomorrow, has gone digital.

Why it matters: Standardized testing is already losing relevance for college admissions. These changes make the most popular entrance exam shorter, easier to administer and more flexible for students who opt to take it, Axios' April Rubin writes.

  • The 1600-point scale isn't going away, and the exam will still be administered at schools or test centers, now almost exclusively on laptops or tablets.
  • The test time is down to 2 hours and 14 minutes, compared to 3 hours with the traditional test.

Zoom in: Students will take the exam at their own pace, so everyone's timing and breaks won't correspond.

  • Digital testing application Bluebook will manage the test. A built-in calculator will be available for the math section.

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