THE SAT IS GOING DIGITAL: HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOU?
Rob Pollak from Pollak Tutors guides us through this change.
Class of 2024: The digital SAT won’t be here until March of your Senior year, well after your testing process is complete. Prepare for years of complaining about how you were in the last HS class to take a 3+ hour SAT using pencil and paper. You can even say you had to walk uphill both ways to get to the test.
Class of 2025: You’re the most affected by the switch. In the fall of Junior year, you will be part of the first class to take the digital version of the PSAT. In the spring of 2024, you’ll have the opportunity to take the digital SAT. Importantly, if you perform well on the current version of the SAT, it will still be offered in the fall and winter of your junior year.
This means you’ll be able to pick and choose between the current SAT, the digital SAT, and the ACT. If the current SAT speaks to you, it might be worthwhile to push your testing plan earlier into junior year so that you can take the paper version of the test. If you don’t perform as well as you hope to, there’s nothing stopping you from also taking the digital test in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year.
Class of 2026 and beyond: Read, study, and focus on your grades. You will surely be taking the digital SAT, unless the test morphs again, in which case you’ll probably take the SAT in the metaverse wearing a VR headset.