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How does the SAT digital format change my test prep?

I hear the SAT is going digital soon, and I’m not sure how this affects my preparation. Are the types of questions changing? Do I need to practice differently, or should I be aware of any specific tips for taking a digital exam over the traditional paper one?

7 months ago

It's understandable to have concerns about the shift to a digital SAT format, but rest assured, many core aspects of the test will remain the same, and your fundamental approach to test prep shouldn't dramatically change.

However, there are some nuances to consider. For example, the types of questions on the digital SAT will still measure the same skills and knowledge as the paper version, yet you might find the experience slightly different because the exam is adaptive. After you complete the first stage of a section, the difficulty of the second stage will adjust based on your performance.

To prepare effectively, become comfortable reading and answering questions on a screen, since this can strain your eyes more than paper. Practice tests available online through official sources can help you get used to the format. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the digital tools provided, like the on-screen calculator for the Math section and the ability to flag questions for review. These could influence your test-taking strategy, for instance, allowing for more efficient time management.

Remember, because the test is on a computer, you won't be able to physically mark up passages or write out math problems, so practicing these processes mentally or with scratch paper during your study sessions would be beneficial. And don't forget to check your testing device and ensure it meets the technical requirements for the SAT. By staying informed and practicing under conditions that mimic the new test environment, you'll be setting yourself up for success.

7 months ago

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