Given the admissions upheaval Covid introduced just a few years ago, it would seem the last thing our college-bound teens need is more change.
Change is coming, however! So let us get prepared together. After attending a recent webinar on the new digital SAT, here are some main takeaways:
- US students will take the new exam starting in March 2024. This means that current high school sophomores will need to decide if they want to take A) the old SAT in 2023, B) the new test in 2024, or C) the ACT, which is not introducing changes at this time.
- The new SAT is adaptive, offering certain levels of questions based on a student’s performance in earlier sections.
- Because it is adaptive, and there is no one version of the exam to circulate offline, the SAT will be much more secure.
- The test is shorter, about 2.5 hours, which means that students might be able to take the exam during the school day.
- There is more time per question, making speed less of an issue for test takers. With more time, fewer students will need accommodations.
- The key to scoring high on the whole exam is performing well on the opening sections so the test’s AI adaptively offers hard questions in subsequent sections; if a student gets too many answers wrong in the opening sections, they’ll be offered easier questions only, which will limit each section score.
- Practice exams will be coming out this fall through the College Board and Khan Academy.
There’s so much more to know and learn. As we receive more information about this monumental shift, we’ll be sure to share with you! For now, wishing you and your teen a productive early fall.