Scout-ing Report

Scout-ing Report: SAT BUZZ


Test-optional policies continue to be the trend in college admissions but in reality, standardized test scores are still used in the process. In many cases, your ACT/SAT score may be used to influence merit aid and class placement. This week, College Board announced changes to the SAT in a move that announces its intention to remain part of the holistic admissions process for years to come.

Millions of Class of 2022 students took either the SAT or ACT (or both!), learned their score, and then decided if they wanted to submit it to colleges. In fact, when surveyed by College Board, 83% of students said they want the option to submit test scores to colleges. According to College Board, “In the class of 2020, nearly 1.7 million U.S. students had SAT scores that confirmed or exceeded their high school GPA.”  That means that their SAT scores were a point of strength on their college applications. Still, changes for the SAT are coming.

Here’s What Is Staying the Same

Measures the Knowledge and Skills That Matter Most
The digital SAT will continue to measure the knowledge and skills that students are learning in school and that matter most for college and career readiness.

Scores Will Remain on the 1600 Scale
The SAT will be scored on the same 1600 scale.

Take the SAT in School or a Test Center
The digital SAT will still be administered in a school or in a test center with a proctor present—not at home. 

Free Practice for Everyone
Students will still have free practice resources on Khan Academy and full-length practice tests on the digital testing application.

Here’s What Is Changing

Take the SAT Suite on a Laptop or Tablet
Students can test on a personal device or a school-issued device. If students don’t have a device, College Board will provide one on test day.

Shorter Test Experience
The SAT will take about two hours instead of three and feature shorter reading passages with one question tied to each.

Faster Score Delivery
Students and educators will get the information they need to make key college decisions quicker.

Calculators Are Allowed on the Entire Math Section
A graphing calculator will be built into the testing app or students can bring their own.

The Digital SAT Will Be More Secure and Flexible
Each student will see a unique version of the test—and schools, districts, and states will have more flexibility in when to test.


For all of 2022 and 2023, students taking the SAT will continue to use the pencil and paper format. This applies to current Juniors (Class of 2023) and current Sophomores (Class of 2024).

For the PSAT in October 2023, students will be the first to take the digital test. Those who are currently freshmen (Class of 2025) will be the first to use the digital test as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Beginning in Spring 2024, SAT will be completely digital. Again, those who are currently freshmen (Class of 2025) are the first class to experience this new cycle of testing.

For more details regarding SAT’s move to digital, see the College Board website HERE.

If you need any help navigating standardized tests and how they fit into the overall college admissions process, please feel free to contact me. I would love to help you find and fund your ideal college experience!

Hope to connect with you soon!

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