March 11, 2023 is a much-anticipated date. It marks the first-ever administration of the digital SAT®. The digital SAT will be administered at test centers outside of the United States, giving international students the chance to be the first to experience this change. Read on to discover what’s staying the same, what’s changing, and how students can best prepare for the digital SAT.
What’s staying the same? The digital SAT will:
Still measure the knowledge and skills that matter most for universities.
Still be scored on a 1600 scale.
Still be administered in schools or test centers with a proctor present (not at home). Test centers will continue to be open to all students, not just those enrolled in that school.
Still offer access to free, world-class practice resources.
Still support all students, including those who need accommodations on test day.
Students will take the SAT on a laptop or tablet.
The SAT will be shorter, about 2 hours instead of 3.
The reading passages are more numerous but shorter, instead of consisting of a few long texts.
Students can use their calculator on the entire math section.
How students can prepare for the digital SAT:
Step 1: Register for the digital SAT if they plan to take the test in spring 2023. Here are the International SAT dates and deadlines.
Step 2: Download and install the Bluebook™ app to preview the exam experience. The SAT will be administered on Bluebook.
Step 3: Take a full-length practice test in Bluebook. Use Khan Academy’s official SAT practice resources to prepare for the test.
Educators, students, and guardians should visit the Events for International Students page to watch the latest digital SAT webinars for international students and the SAT Suite of Assessments page for the latest updates on the digital SAT.
Written by: Claudia Valencia
Claudia Valencia is the College Board’s Associate Director, International Market Manager for Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Territories. She joined College Board November 2022 and is eager to be in the field to learn firsthand how to best support schools and students in Latin America. Most of her career has been in public service at the federal and state level in the state of Illinois, her home state. She currently resides in Riverside, Illinois with her husband, two-year-old daughter and their puggle, Frida.