A computer-adaptive test is replacing the SAT. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about Digital SAT Testing
, including an overview of the structure and content, an explanation of adaptive computer testing, and advice on how to prepare for a digital test.
We're very excited about the new digital SAT here at Masterclass Space
. Computer adaptive technology enables a more targeted, shorter assessment, resulting in a more positive test-day experience. Our team is hard at updating our SAT practice platform to reflect these upcoming changes, and the new digital SAT will be available for practice in the spring of 2023.
Although the new digital SAT differs significantly from the paper SAT, the preparation process is essentially the same. The main difference is that you must practise on the computer because that is how you will take the test.
Preparing for the digital SAT, like any other test, can be divided into three steps.
The Three Stages of Test Preparation:
1. Take a practice test.
Begin by taking a full-length practice exam. Make every effort to simulate test-day conditions, which means no cellphones, TV, or other distractions. Practice tests help you become familiar with the test's style and format, as well as serve as a diagnostic to help you identify what you need to work on and how much you need to improve to meet your objectives.
2. Go over the results.
Examine your test results after you've completed them. Make a list of what you did well and what you need to work on. How well did you manage your time? Were there any patterns in the questions you missed?
It's best to go through the test question by question, going over the ones you missed, skipped, or guessed. Read the explanations for the answers to ensure you understand how to arrive at the correct answer, and make a note of any concepts you need to review.
3. Concentrate on the areas that require improvement.
Once you've determined what you need to work on, devote some time to practising those specific skills. Review relevant concepts, learn and practise key strategies, and complete targeted practice exercises focusing on a specific topic or question type.
Take another full-length practice test and repeat the process after you've had some time to practise the areas that need improvement. Repeat these three steps until test day arrives.
It is necessary to take full-length practice exams.
Authentic, full-length practice tests are essential for effective practice and should form the foundation of your SAT preparation. Practice tests will help you get an accurate picture of the test's style, format, and demands. You'll be more confident going into the test if you know exactly what to expect.
It's critical to simulate the test-day experience by taking timed practice tests all at once, so you can get a good feel for timing and build endurance. While the new digital SAT is shorter and has more time per question than the paper test, it is still necessary to get used to the test length and timing requirements.
We are currently updating our SAT platform to reflect upcoming SAT changes. Digital SAT practice will be available in the spring of 2023.
It is critical to understand the content.
The first phase of test preparation focuses on familiarising yourself with the test and learning key strategies for various question types. It is critical to be familiar with the test's style and format, and strategies can be extremely beneficial. However, concentrating solely on these two areas is unlikely to result in a significant improvement in your scores.
Mastery of the material is critical, and almost all students require some assistance in this area. Some strategies can help when confronted with unfamiliar content, but their utility is limited if you don't understand the underlying material.
For example, if you don't understand geometry, you'll struggle to answer roughly 15% of the questions in the Math section, effectively capping your Math section score. By improving your geometry understanding, you increase the number of questions you can answer and thus your score potential.
Identifying and studying the areas in which you need to improve will assist you in increasing your score potential and can result in significant changes to your overall performance.
When Should You Begin Preparing for the SAT?
You should begin your SAT preparation in the spring of your sophomore year or the summer following so that you have enough time to prepare. Because the SAT can be taken multiple times, it's best to take it in the fall or early spring of your junior year. That way, you'll have several chances to retake the test before the application deadline.
Don't worry if you haven't started preparing yet. Taking a practice test is extremely beneficial regardless of when your test date is. Taking a full-length practice test will help you become acquainted with the SAT, so you will know what to expect on test day.
What to Bring to the Digital SAT Watch Exam
Here are only a few items you should bring on test day, and many others you should leave at home. Bring the following items:
The Digital Testing Software
- Your fully charged testing device is loaded with the BluebookTM application.
- Face protection (if required at your test centre).
- Your most recent admission ticket.
- Acceptable photo identification.
- Scratch work requires pencils or pens.
- A suitable calculator for use in the test's Math section (there will be an embedded calculator available to use within Bluebook).
- Auto-injectors of epinephrine (such as EpiPens) are permitted without modification.
- During testing, they must be placed in a clear bag and stored beneath the student's desk.
- Contact Services for Students with Disabilities for policies on other medications and medical devices.
- It's nice to have a watch that doesn't have an audible alarm (The Bluebook application has a built-in timer that tells you exactly how much time you have left, but you might still want to time your break.)
- If your testing device can't hold a charge for 3 hours, you'll need a charging cable.
- A backpack or a bag.
- A drink or some snacks (for your break).
BluebookTM, the digital testing application, is a custom-built app for the digital SAT, which is used to administer the exam. Using a custom app allows us to more easily adapt to changes and respond to user feedback. This app has many useful features, including a test preview to help you become acquainted with key aspects of the app before the test. To download the app and get installation instructions, go to the Bluebook website.
During the test, you will have access to the following tools:
- A reference sheet and a calculator are provided for math questions. You are also welcome to bring your calculator.
- Use the annotation tool to highlight text or make a note on reading and writing questions.
- If you believe an answer option on a multiple-choice question is incorrect, you can cross it out.
- Any questions you want to come back to later can be marked for review.
- Zoom in and out with keyboard shortcuts on laptops or tablet pinching.
- If you encounter a problem during the test, raise your hand to request assistance from the proctor or click the Help icon for troubleshooting tips.
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