Navigating the New Digital SAT
The SAT, a rite of passage for many high school students, has recently undergone a significant transformation that will be released in March 2024. The College Board, the organization behind the SAT, has introduced a digital version of the test, marking a departure from the traditional paper-and-pencil format. This shift can be exciting and daunting for parents of high schoolers. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the new digital SAT, what it means for your high schooler, and how you can support them through this transition.
The Digital SAT: What You Need to Know
Format: Unlike the traditional paper SAT, the digital SAT is taken on the student’s personal or school-provided laptop/tablet. It includes the same sections, Writing and Language, and Math but with interactive features that can make the test experience more engaging for students.
Availability: Starting March 2024, U.S. students will be able to take the digital test, however checking the College Board website for up-to-date information on testing dates is a great source for any unforeseen changes.
Tools and Features: One of the advantages of the digital SAT is the inclusion of digital tools, such as a digital timer, highlighting, and the ability to flag questions for review. Familiarizing your student with these tools beforehand can boost their confidence on test day.
Navigation: Understanding how to navigate the test interface is crucial. Ensure your student practices with the official College Board practice tests online to get comfortable with the digital format. The more they navigate the digital format, the more confident they’ll become.
Scoring: The scoring system for the digital SAT will remain the same with a possible total score of 1600. Encourage your student to aim for their target score to keep college admission options open.
Preparing for the Digital SAT
Practice: Practice! Practice! Practice! Familiarity with the new format and question types is the key to success.
Time Management: Ensure that your student has effective time management skills. The digital SAT will now include a built-in timer, but students must pace themselves during practice tests to make sure they complete all sections.
Technology Skills: Familiarity with the test interface and tools can help your students feel comfortable with the technology they’ll be using on test day, helping them stay calm under pressure.
Test Day Planning: Plan the test date well in advance. Registration should happen early to secure a spot that aligns with their prep schedule.
Supporting Your Student
Encouragement: Offer emotional support and encouragement. Preparing for a standardized test can be stressful, and your positivity can help alleviate their anxiety.
Resources: Providing study materials and resources is critical for your student to have access to. For more information on the Tutoring Club’s Test Prep Program, contact our team at your local center.
Flexibility: Understand that every student’s journey is unique. Be flexible in your expectations and recognize that they may need breaks or adjustments to their study schedule.
What separates Tutoring Club from other learning centers is the belief that learning should be specific to your student. Our tutors get to know them and their unique learning styles, strengths, and areas of improvement. With over 20+ years of experience, we understand the importance and targeted preparation needed for a successful test-taking experience.
The transition to the digital SAT represents an exciting shift in the world of standardized tests. By staying informed, providing support, and helping your student prepare effectively, you and your student can navigate this change with confidence. Remember that the goal is not just to succeed on test day but to equip your student with valuable skills for their academic journey and beyond. Best of luck!