The Digital SAT

In early 2022, the College Board announced that it would be ending the paper and pencil version of the SAT and making a full transition to digital. Effective March 2024 in the United States (and March 2023 for international test centers), the Digital SAT, according to the College Board, is designed to be easier to take and administer, and geared to better assess students’ abilities and more accurately measure skills relevant to college success.

Students will take a more secure exam on a laptop or tablet, using a digital application that they will download before test day. The new exam will be shorter than the previous paper and pencil test, and will consist a Reading and Writing and a Mathematics section, each of which will contain two modules. The Digital SAT will be adaptive—meaning the questions that students will be given in the second module depend on their performance on the first module.

Paper SATDigital SAT
InterfacePaper and PencilLaptop or Tablet
Duration3 Hours2 Hours 14 Minutes
StructureStatic (not variable)Adaptive (difficulty of second module determined by performance on first module)
Components– Reading Test
– Writing and Language Test
– No Calculator Mathematics
– Calculator Mathematics
– Reading and Writing (Module 1)
– Reading and Writing (Module 2)
– Mathematics (Module 1)
– Mathematics (Module 2)
Scoring SystemExperimental Section 54 Unscored Questions Per Section
Score Reporting– Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200-800
– Mathematics: 200-800
– Total: 400-1600
– Reading and Writing: 200-800
– Mathematics: 200-800
– Total: 400-1600
Calculator UsagePermitted only for Section 4Permitted throughout both Math Modules