Big Changes to the PSAT & SAT Tests: What You Need to Know

In their latest bid to stay relevant, the College Board announced some big changes to both the PSAT and SAT tests today. Here's what you need to know.

No More Paper Tests!

Perhaps the most notable part of today's announcement is that the College Board is phasing out paper-and-pencil testing for both the PSAT and SAT tests and moving to a 100% digital format. The online roll-out will happen over the next two years. The SAT will be delivered online to students testing outside of the US in 2023 and then within the US in 2024; the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 will be administered digitally for all students in 2023, with PSAT 10 following in 2024.

Students will be able to complete the new online test on their own laptop or tablet, a school-issued device, or one borrowed from the College Board. Though students will be able to use their own devices to test, this doesn't mean they'll be allowed to take the SAT at home. Everyone will still be required to complete the test at their school or another testing center where a proctor is present.

As for technical difficulties, the press release promises that "if a student loses connectivity or power, the digital SAT has been designed to ensure they won't lose their work or time while they reconnect." Given the College Board's checkered past regarding tech issues when testing online, let's hope they can build a better experience that's less stressful for all involved.

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