SAT announces plans to move fully digital by 2024

Test with broken pencil.
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Kids soon won’t understand that episode of “Saved by the Bell” where Zack Morris and his friends take the SAT on paper, as the college admission exam is moving digital. It's also going from three hours to two.

The College Board announced the changes on Tuesday, saying they will take effect for international testing sites next year and domestic sites by the spring of 2024.

A crucial part of the change is that in-person testing sites will remain for the time being as the College Board shared that plans to have students test at home is not in the cards right now.

This comes as schools like the University of California have stopped considering SAT and ACT scores when admitting students, the Washington Post reported. Several schools have also stopped testing requirements while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

For example, Harvard University has decided to go test-optional through at least 2026, despite being a big supporter of the test.

This will now mark the third big change for the SAT in the last two decades at a time when many have begun to question the necessity of standardized testing in relation to college admissions.

The nonprofit College Board shared that the test will be streamlined through the computer, but students will still be able to obtain the perfect score of 1600.

Priscilla Rodriguez, the vice president of college readiness assessments for the College Board, shared that the updates to the test will make it more relevant in the 21st century.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” Rodriguez said. “We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform — we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible.”

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