The SAT goes digital to shift college admissions landscape

Administrators announced Tuesday that the SAT exam will be moving from paper and pencil format to a digital format. They claim this will increase its relevance as more colleges will make standardized tests optional for admission.

The SAT goes digital to shift college admissions landscape

Although test-takers can use their laptops or tablets, they will still need to take the test in a school or at a monitored site.

The format change will be implemented internationally in 2020 and in the United States in 2024. The new format will reduce the time taken to complete the math, reading, and writing assessments from about three hours to two hours.

"The digital SAT is easier to take, easier give, and more relevant," stated Priscilla Rod, vice president of College Readiness Assessments, New York City-based College Board. This organization administers the SAT as well as the related PSAT. "We are not just putting the existing SAT on a new digital platform. We are taking full advantage of the digital delivery of assessments.

Scores from admission tests such as the SAT or rival ACT were once essential for college applications. However, these scores are less important today because colleges and universities pay greater attention to student achievements and activities throughout highschool.

Administrators announced Tuesday that the SAT exam will be moving from paper and pencil format to a digital format. They claim this will increase its relevance as more colleges will make standardized tests optional for admission.

Although test-takers can use their laptops or tablets, they will still need to take the test in a school or at a monitored site.

The format change will be implemented internationally in 2020 and in the United States in 2024. The new format will reduce the time taken to complete the math, reading, and writing assessments from about three hours to two hours.

"The digital SAT is easier to take, easier give, and more relevant," stated Priscilla Rod, vice president of College Readiness Assessments, New York City-based College Board. This organization administers the SAT as well as the related PSAT. "We are not just putting the existing SAT on a new digital platform. We are taking full advantage of the digital delivery of assessments.

Scores from admission tests such as the SAT or rival ACT were once essential for college applications. However, these scores are less important today because colleges and universities pay greater attention to student achievements and activities throughout highschool.

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