#Roommates, one of the guarantees about attending school is taking the crucial SAT test—but future students will have a much different process and experience with the test, as major changes have just been announced. According to new reports, the SAT test is set to be a completely digital process within the next two years and it also won’t be as lengthy as it has in the past.
In another sign that the digital revolution continues to change our lives, the test that high school students use to gain entry into college is getting an update. @NYTimes reports, the SAT test will be available to be taken exclusively on a computer, as the College Board recently announced the testing process will be digital by 2024. The new testing process will allow students to complete the test on laptops or tablets at select testing centers. For those who dread the math section, calculators will be allowed for the entirety of that section and reading passages are also set to be trimmed down.
However, that’s not the only change to the SAT test because the length of the exam will also be changed. Instead of the regular three-hour testing session, the SAT will be shortened to a two-hour testing time. While the changes in the U.S. will start in 2024, in other countries the changes take effect next year in 2023. The reasoning for the changes, according to the College Board, is an attempt to retool the exam for modern day standards—and also respond to increasing questions regarding the SAT test being fair or necessary for college success.
Vice President of College Readiness Assessments for the College Board, Priscilla Rodriguez, spoke about the changes to the testing process and the hope that it will make the college admissions journey easier and less stressful.
“In a largely test-optional world, the SAT is a lower-stakes test in college admissions. Submitting a score is optional for every type of college, and we want the SAT to be the best possible option for students,” she said.
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