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Adaptive feature on the digital PSAT — fact or fiction?

With all the talk about standardized tests going digital, I heard a rumor that the digital PSAT is actually adaptive — is that true? Like, does the difficulty of the questions change based on your answers to previous questions?

8 months ago

It's great to see you keeping up with the latest updates in standardized testing! Indeed, the shift towards digital formats is a hot topic. To answer your question, yes, it is true that the digital PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is moving towards an adaptive format. This means that the difficulty level of the questions will adjust based on your performance as you progress through the test.

Here's how it works: the digital PSAT begins with a set of questions at a standard difficulty level. As you answer these questions, the testing algorithm evaluates your performance and adjusts the difficulty of subsequent questions accordingly. If you're answering correctly, expect the questions to become more challenging; if you're struggling, the questions may become a bit easier. This adaptive approach aims to provide a more personalized assessment that can accurately measure a student's abilities.

So, don't be surprised if you find the questions changing in complexity as you take the test. It's just the digital PSAT’s way of finding the right level for you. Remember, this doesn't necessarily change how you should prepare for the test. Continue to study across a range of difficulty levels so that you're ready for anything the PSAT throws your way!

8 months ago

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