For the first time, American applicants will take the SAT entirely online without paper and pencils.

For the first time, American applicants will take the SAT entirely online without paper and pencils.

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) entrance exam for US colleges in 2024 will be completely digital for the first time – before that, for almost a century, applicants took it using paper and pencils, writes NPR.

Applicants will take the SAT either on their own devices or on school devices – these can be laptops or tablets. The exam, as before, will be held in schools or examination centers. The digital SAT will begin on March 9.

This is not the first use of the digital SAT format — last year it was used to test foreign applicants entering American colleges.

The organizers developed the Bluebook program for the new format. At the same time, changes were made to the procedure: yes, when taking the exam, digital tools will be used, for example, a graphic calculator, and the text passages will become shorter. In this regard, only two hours will be allotted for the exam – previously applicants were given three hours.

The American College Board, which administers the SAT, believes the new test format will make it harder to write off and easier to score. In addition, applicants will receive their results within days, if not weeks.

College Board SAT Curator Priscilla Rodriguez says it’s a natural progression for the test, as high school and college students in the U.S. already learn mostly digitally. She noted that schools and exam centers have been given time in advance to install the Bluebook on their devices. According to Rodriguez, the new format was tested in focus groups. Participants reported feeling more confident taking the SAT on digital devices.

The College Board estimates that more than a million applicants will take the new digital SAT during March and April.

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