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The New Digital SAT: How will it affect international students?

Studying abroad has become the new norm, with many high school graduates dreaming of pursuing their education in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. When applying for undergraduate programs in these countries, students may need to submit standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. 


The SAT has recently undergone some significant changes which aim to level the playing field and alleviate test-related stress by adapting the exam format to match the way students are accustomed to learning in the digital age.



What exactly is changing? There's more to it than just going from analog to digital. In this article, we'll give you all the details on the new SAT format so you can get ready like a pro.


Let's explore the new and improved SAT!


What’s new in the Digital SAT Format?


While the new digital SAT may seem like a whole new world, fear not! Many aspects of the test will remain the same just as the good old pencil-and-paper version. You'll still be flexing those same basic skills, aiming for that coveted 1600-point score, and making your way to an official testing center. So here are a few changes to keep in mind-


Computers replace Paper and Pencil

The days of frantically searching for pencils on exam day are over! Say goodbye to the stress of filling in answer sheets because the SAT is going digital. That's right, 100% of the test will now be taken on a computer.



When you sign up, you have the option to use a computer at the testing center or bring your own laptop or tablet- just remember to charge up your device. If you plan on bringing your own device, it's essential that it can connect to Wi-Fi. Additionally, it must be equipped with approved operating systems and have a sufficient amount of free space. 


Use of Calculator

When it comes to devices, the print version of the SAT only permits calculators for one part of the Math section. However, the digital SAT format is stepping up its game by allowing calculators for the entire Math section. No need to stress about remembering your calculator or making sure it's the right type - the digital SAT has got you covered with an onscreen calculator. 




Adaptive Testing

Instead of the current three-section format, digital SAT now has a more efficient two-section setup. The first section will test your Reading and Writing skills, while the second section will put your Math abilities to the test. But wait, there's more! Each section will be broken down into two parts, or as we like to call them, modules. 

You'll tackle questions in the first module before moving on to the second. And here's the kicker - the questions in the second module will adapt based on how you performed in the first. With this new adaptive format, the digital SAT will hone in on your individual strengths and weaknesses, providing a more accurate assessment of your skills.


A Short and Quick Test

The new digital test is here to save the day with fewer sections and a more adaptive format, making it significantly shorter. While the current exam takes a grueling 3 hours, the digital SAT will only take 2 hours and 14 minutes, giving you more time to shine. Plus, with questions that are more direct and concise throughout the test, you can focus better and have ample time to tackle each one like a pro. 


Faster Test Result

With the new digital format, you'll have your results in just days. This means you can quickly assess your performance, choose which scores to send to colleges, and even squeeze in another SAT test if needed. If you're aiming for that perfect score and planning to take the SAT multiple times, faster scoring is your new best friend. No more agonizing weeks of waiting to decide if another attempt is necessary. With quick results, you can strategize and conquer the SAT with ease.


Content of the New Format- A Deeper Look!


The revamped digital SAT is divided into two key components: Reading and Writing, and Math, with a total test time of 2 hours and 14 minutes. Students are given 64 minutes for the Reading and Writing section and 70 minutes for the Math section.


Each section is broken down into two modules of equal length, with a 10-minute intermission in between. The first module in each section features a blend of easy, medium, and challenging questions. Depending on how students fare in the first module, the difficulty level of the questions in the second module will be adjusted accordingly. 


The majority of questions on the SAT are multiple-choice, but be prepared for some math questions that will have you typing in the answer instead of just picking it. The best part? There's no punishment for taking a wild guess, so go ahead and give it your best shot rather than leaving a question unanswered.



The Next Step!


We understand that transitioning to the new digital format of the SAT can be quite daunting. However, with a solid grasp of what lies ahead and some diligent preparation, you'll be feeling confident.


In order to maintain a healthy balance, it is crucial to effectively manage stress and anxiety. This can be achieved through various relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness exercises. Additionally, taking breaks, engaging in hobbies, and spending quality time with loved ones can help alleviate the pressure associated with tests. Remember, a calm mind is a sharp mind!


For more such queries and personalized assistance, get in touch with Uninxt Study Overseas!

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