Digital SAT

Cardinal Education offers top-notch digital SAT prep to help you get to the next level. 

The SAT became fully digital in March 2024 causing anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion to many students. With the many changes that come with the new digital format, it is important to understand the intricacies of the digital SAT and navigate the test through comprehensive digital SAT practice tests. Experienced SAT tutors can help you develop new skills and strategies to be confident and achieve the best score possible. 

If you’re looking for the best SAT prep classes near you, call us today! 

What’s the difference between the digital SAT and the old SAT?

  1. No more pen and paper. The test is taken fully on a Windows laptop or tablet, a Mac laptop, an iPad, or a school-managed Chromebook. To check if your device meets the requirements and to experience the digital testing environment, download the Bluebook app.
  2. The digital SAT time is shorter. The traditional SAT had 154 questions and took more than three hours to complete. The new digital version lasts only two hours and 14 minutes with only 98 questions to answer.
  3. The reading and writing sections are combined. Instead of having four sections—reading, writing, math with a calculator, and math without a calculator—the digital SAT comprises only two sections: an integrated reading and writing section and a math section.
  4. The reading comprehension passages are shorter. Students need to read only 1-2 paragraphs before answering the reading comprehension questions. Poetry is also included in the variety of passages, which incorporates new layers of meaning and deciphering symbolism.
  5. Students are allowed to use calculators for the whole math section. Students may bring their own or use Desmos, the built-in graphing calculator available for all test-takers.
  6. The digital SAT takes on the adaptive testing format. The adaptive format tailors test questions according to the ability of the test-taker. Everybody gets a similar level of difficulty for the first question. Depending on whether you get it right or not determines what kind of question you get next. 

Embrace the Future: Prepare for the Digital SAT!

The digital SAT is significantly more convenient because it is shorter, has fewer passages, and allows using calculators during the entire math portion. However, the level of difficulty of the test depends on how prepared a student is.  

It takes two hours and 14 minutes to complete the digital SAT. 

The 2024 test dates are: 

March 9, 2024
May 4, 2024
June 1, 2024

Click on this link to learn more about the different test dates and registration deadlines.

To achieve the test score you are aiming for, you should build upon the following: 

  1. Learn multiple-choice test-taking skills and strategies.
  2. Acquire computer skills, including annotation and elimination tools.
  3. Drill core skills in reading, writing, and math.
  4. Read advanced and higher-level text for comprehension
  5. Take accurate diagnostic tests to determine your strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Do multiple digital SAT practice tests.