Digital SAT Overview – Practice Tests and More -2024-2025

Digital SAT Overview
SectionModuleTime# of questions
Reading and WritingModule 1 32 minutes27 questions
Reading and WritingModule 232 minutes27 questions
Break10 Minutes  
MathModule 1 35 minutes 22 questions
MathModule 235 minutes 22 questions
Reading and Writing 64 minutes long with 54 Questions
Content DomainSkills and Knowledge Question Distribution
Expression of Ideas This section assesses the ability to revise and enhance written material for its intended purpose. Instead of  rewriting passages, students will address grammatical and vocabulary issues through multiple-choice questions. For instance, students may need to choose the best edit to make a passage more persuasive or informative based on the provided rhetorical (persuasive writing) goals20% of test
Craft and StructureThis section evaluates skills in understanding advanced academic vocabulary words from the context they are used in, analyzing an author’s rhetorical (persuasive writing) techniques and purpose, and synthesizing key ideas by making connections between multiple related texts on a topic28% of test
Information and ideasThis section evaluates students’ ability to identify main ideas in a passage and the ability to make inferences  about what the text implies, not just stating the obvious facts. Interpreting, evaluating, and combining different pieces of information from multiple sources is tested26% of test
Standard English Conventions This section measures revision skills and knowledge to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation26% of test
Math 70 minutes for 44 questions
Content DomainSkills and Knowledge Question Distribution
AlgebraLinear equations and functions in 1 or 2 variables, systems of 2 linear equations, and linear inequalities in 1 or 2 variables35% of test
Advanced Math Equivalent expressions, non-linear equations in 1 variable and systems of equations in 2 variables32.5% of test
Problem-solving and data analysisRatios, rates, proportional relationships, percentages, 1 and 2 variable data, probability and statistics20% of test
Geometry and TrigonometryThis section measures revision skills and knowledge to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation12.5% of test
Essay50 minutes1 Question
What’s Changing?
  • The digital SAT is shorter than its paper and pencil test—lasting 2 hours and 14 minutes instead of almost 3 hours.
  • You’ll have more time, on average, to answer each question, meaning that the digital SAT measures your skills and knowledge, not test-taking speed.
  • There will be shorter readings that have just one question each.
  • You will type your essay.
  • You can use a calculator on the entire exam.
  • Bluebook (a testing application from College Board used to take the digital SAT) has several tools for students to use during the exam.
    • Mark for review: You can flag and return to any question within a given test module that you want to come back
    • Testing timer: A clock counts down the time remaining in each module. You can hide the timer, and you get an alert when 5 minutes remain in the module. When there are only 5 minutes remaining, the clock can no longer be hidden.
    • Calculator: A built-in Desmos graphing calculator is available for the entire Math section. The calculator is provided in the practice test on Bluebook to allow you to practice using the calculator before the test. (You can also bring your own acceptable calculator; please see SAT Calculator Policy for a full list.
    • Reference sheet: On the Math section, you have access to a list of common formulas.
    • Annotation: You can highlight any part of a passage and leave yourself a note. This tool is only available for Reading and Writing questions.
    • Option eliminator: If you think an answer option is wrong, you can cross it out
Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • The digital SAT is computer-adaptive which means the questions are tailored to the student’s level. The difficulty of the next questions adjusts based on whether the previous question was answered correctly or incorrectly.
  • Each section has two modules. Module 1 has questions of varying difficulty. Stronger Module 1 performance leads to more challenging questions in Module 2.
Getting your past, current, and future scores
  • If students already have an established college board account account, they can login and review the details in their account. Go to www.collegeboard.org to sign in.
  • If you don’t have an account, click Create an Account.
    1. You will see, “What type of account do you want to create?” Go to “student”.
    2. Complete the General Information section
    3. Use your school email to set up an account.
    4. After setting up your account, you can see your previous test scores. In the white box to the right.

Digital SAT

Typical Minimum College Admission Test Score Benchmarks
TestsReading and Writing Proficiency College and Career ReadyMath Proficiency College and Career Ready
PSAT 8/9410450
PSAT 10 430480
SAT480530
Importance of Digital SAT
  • Most colleges of USA and Canada including those that are test optional—accept SAT scores, to shows off your qualifications to colleges and helps you stand out.
  • Together with high school grades, the SAT can show your potential to succeed in college or career.
  • Since March 2024 and beyond, All US and international SAT exams are administered in the new digital format. 
  • The  Digital SAT is administered on a digital device (laptop or tablet) through an application called Bluebook.
  • Both sections of the digital SAT are divided into two modules: Module 1 and Module 2. You need to complete Module 1 before you can move on to Module 2 on both exam sections. 
  • You won’t be able to skip back and forth between modules during the exam.
  • Your performance on Module 1 on both SAT Reading and Writing and SAT Math is used to generate the questions you receive in Module 2. Every test taker’s exam will be different. 
  • Students have access to a digital countdown clock, a way to flag exam questions and come back to them, a built-in graphing calculator, and a digital reference sheet for SAT Math. Also, students may use the graphing calculator for the entire Math section. 
New Digital SAT v/s Old SAT

Same

  • Measuring the knowledge and skills that matter most for college and career.
  • Scoring the test on a 1600-point scale.
  • Test 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.

Difference

  • Digital SAT on a laptop or tablet
  • Shorter test, about 2 hours instead of 3
  • Shorter reading passages instead of a few long texts.
  • Allowed to use your calculator on the entire Math section
Digital SAT Reading and Writing test

The Reading and Writing section of the digital SAT is designed to test students on reading comprehension, rhetoric, and language use by having them engage with academic and literary texts. Skills on the Reading and Writing test can be split into the following four categories:

  • Information and Ideas: Use, locate, interpret, and evaluate information from various texts and infographics.
  • Craft and Structure: Determine the meaning of high-utility academic words and phrases in context, evaluate texts rhetorically, and make supportable connections between multiple related texts.
  • Expression of Ideas: Use revision skills and knowledge to improve the effectiveness of written expression to accomplish specified rhetorical goals.
  • Standard English Conventions: Use editing skills and knowledge to make texts conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.

Reading & Writing passages are no longer than 150 words. Each passage has just one question accompanying it.

Changes in Digital SAT Reading and Writing test
The SAT Reading and Writing test has seen substantial changes in the transition to digital. Changes include:
  • One test for Reading and Writing: While the pencil-and-paper SAT tested Reading and Writing in separate test sections, the digital SAT combines these topics.
  • Shorter passages (and more of them): Instead of reading long passages and answering multiple questions on each passage, students taking the digital SAT will encounter shorter passages, each with just one follow-up question.
  • New question types: With its greater number and variety of passages, the digital SAT includes new types of questions, with new prompts requiring new strategies
Changes in Digital SAT Maths
The digital SAT has key improvements from the previous paper and pencil version, including:
  • A shorter test, lasting just over 2 hours compared to 3 hours for the paper and pencil test.
  • Calculators are allowed on the entire Math section, including the option to use the built-in graphing calculator. 
  • A unique version of the test for every student, making it practically impossible to share answers and ensuring a fair testing environment.
  • Measuring the knowledge and skills students are learning in high school and that matter most for college and career readiness.
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