digital test

As we shared previously, the SAT® exam is going digital in the U.S. in 2024. The goal of this fully digital and adaptive new SAT test is to provide a more convenient testing experience for students and families. We’ve pulled together a digital SAT test overview provided by the College Board. Take a look!

Digital SAT Test Overview and Specifications

Reading and Writing Section

Math Section

Format

Two-stage adaptive test design: Performance on Module 1 determines the difficulty of Module 2 and the overall max score

One Reading and Writing section administered in two separately timed modules

One Math section administered in two separately timed modules

Total number of questions

54 questions

44 questions

Total time allotted

64 minutes

70 minutes

Time per question

≈71 seconds

≈95 seconds

Time per module

1st module: 32 minutes

2nd module: 32 minutes

1st module: 35 minutes

2nd module: 35 minutes

Question types

Four-option multiple-choice

Four-option multiple-choice (≈75%) and student-produced response (≈25%)

Passage and word problem subjects

Literature, history/social studies, humanities, science

Science, social science, real-world topics

Scores reported

Reading and Writing and Math section scores out of 800

Total score out of 1600

Reading and Writing Section Overview

The Reading and Writing section of the new digital SAT Suite will measure students’ knowledge of literacy needed for college. This section will focus on key elements of reading and comprehension, rhetoric, and language.

Questions on the Reading and Writing section of the new digital SAT will represent one of four content domains:

  • Craft and structure: This measures the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning skills needed to understand and use common words and phrases in context, evaluate texts, and make connections between related texts.
  • Information and ideas: This measures students’ comprehension, analysis, reasoning skills, and the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information.
  • Standard English conventions: This measures the ability to conform to core conventions of Standard English usage, sentence structure, and punctuation.
  • Expression of ideas: This measures students’ ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of writing and to meet specific rhetorical goals.

Math Section Overview

The Math section of the digital SAT is designed to measure knowledge and skills in math that are critical for college readiness. Students will answer multiple-choice and student-produced response questions that measure the math concepts, skills, and practices that are essential for entry-level postsecondary work.

Questions on the Math section will represent one of four content domains:

  • Algebra
  • Advanced Math
  • Problem-Solving and Data Analysis
  • Geometry and Trigonometry

Scoring Overview

The new digital SAT test will yield three scores: two section scores and one total score. The two section scores, one for Reading and Writing and the one for Math, are based on the student’s performance on each section. The total score is the sum of the two section scores. Subscores and cross-test scores will no longer be reported.

Current seniors, juniors and sophomores should still be focusing on prepping for the existing paper and pencil SAT. Ready to gets started on test prep? Reach out to your local C2 Education today!