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Digital SAT overview

Changes are coming to the SAT! Learn about how those changes affect the test, and whether or not you'll be taking it. "Wild Plain" by Ketsa is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Created by David Rheinstrom.

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- [Narrator] Welcome to "Official Digital SAT Prep on Khan Academy." We're glad you're here. As you may have heard, the SAT is changing. Starting in 2023, the SAT will gradually transition into a digital test, replacing the paper and pencil version. So what is the Digital SAT? The new test will be taken on a laptop or tablet using Bluebook, a testing platform developed by College Board to provide a more convenient and secure testing experience. The new test will also be shorter, about two hours instead of three, and will include new question styles designed to better test underlying skills within the digital format, including shorter reading passages, and you'll be able to use a calculator on the entire math section. While the transition to digital will bring a number of student and educator friendly changes, many important features of the SAT will stay the same. 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. Now, as the transition to digital occurs gradually, you may be wondering, "Will I be taking the Digital SAT?" Great question. Starting in March 2023, the Digital SAT will be administered to all students taking the test outside the United States or its territories. Starting in spring 2024, the Digital SAT will be taken by all students, both outside of and within the US. So if you're planning to take the SAT in 2023, you should prepare for the Digital SAT only if you'll be taking the test outside of the United States. If you plan to take the SAT in 2023 within the US, you should prepare for the paper and pencil version of the test using Khan Academy's official SAT practice. If you're planning to take the SAT in 2024 or later, regardless of location, you're in the right place. As your Digital SAT test date approaches, we recommend two types of practice, practice tests and skill practice. You can take official full-length Digital SAT practice tests using College Board's Bluebook app. Full-length practice tests give you the best idea of what test day will be like, offering the ideal opportunity to both test your skills and become familiar with the testing platform. After taking each practice test, you can review your performance and read answer explanations to the questions you missed. We recommend taking full-length practice tests at set intervals throughout your test prep journey. Starting with a practice test will allow you to diagnose the areas where you need the most practice. Future practice tests will allow you to gauge your progress and build endurance and experience for test day. You can use official Digital SAT prep on Khan Academy to learn more about the test and practice individual skills. You can read articles and watch videos that walk you through every type of question that might appear on the test. You can then practice those skills and test yourself in the related exercises. As you progress through the course, we'll keep track of all the skills you've worked on. As you become more proficient in more and more skills, you'll become more prepared for test day. We're glad you're here at Kahn Academy, and we're excited to help you achieve the best score you can on your Digital SAT. Good luck. You've got this. (light music)