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THE NEW DIGITAL SAT EXAM - EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Scholastic Assessment Test, commonly known as SAT, is a standardised multiple-choice examination conducted by the College Board and is taken by students seeking admission in undergraduate courses. The purpose of this test is to provide a common point of comparison between applicants so as to ease the process of admission.


Earlier, SAT was conducted in an absolute pen and paper format which assessed a candidate's verbal, writing and mathematical skills under one sect and their capability in a specific subject under another sect. However, a major structural change has been brought forth in the test and going forward, it will be implemented from March'23. The SAT exam will now be conducted in a digital format and by the spring of 2024, all US and international test centres will operate the procedure digitally.


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Given this landmark decision, here is everything that you should be aware of before sitting for the test:-


  • A CONCISE QUESTION PATTERN

The questions in the SAT exam will be short and more direct, which will eventually allow a student more time to think before attempting.


  • A SHORTER DURATION OF EXAM

The SAT exam will now be conducted for 2 hours instead of 3 and the number of sections is brought down to 2 - Reading and writing, and Math - from 4. This is done in accordance with shorter and more concise questions so that a candidate has enough time to analyse prior to answering.


  • UTILISATION OF CALCULATORS

Unlike the previous system which allowed calculators for a certain part of maths, the new format has allowed the use of calculators for the entire maths section. A built-in digital calculator will be provided in the system but students can even bring their personal calculator to the test centres.


  • INTRODUCTION OF NEW FEATURES

The digital SAT exam has provided several new features like a digital calculator for mathematical calculations, a timer to keep a track on the remaining minutes, a reference sheet to analyse the questions, the ones which are answered and the ones which remain to be answered and a flagging tool to mark doubts or review a question. All these features ease the examination on part of the students by delivering singular benefits.


  • A UNIQUE TEST FORMAT

The test is designed in such a manner that a relatively difficult question will follow up if you answer the previous question right and vice-versa. This ensures that the flow of the exam compliments the skills of a candidate and the chances of using unfair means is almost negated.


  • FASTER RELEASE OF SCORES

Since the exam will be conducted in a digital format, the delivery of scores will be faster, which will further allow the students to apply for the universities early.


  • MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS

Under the digital format of SAT, international students can sit for the examination upto 7 times, which is a sigh of relief for everyone who has not prepared enough but would still like to take an attempt.


The new system of SAT brings together several perks by simply going digital. It is a shorter, faster and better approach which is transparent and student friendly. We sincerely hope that you feel compatible with the new system and get into your favourite university.



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