Within the next two years, the SAT and PSAT college entrance exams will be administered digitally, changing the way the test has been offered for nearly 100 years.
Students at Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School will be part of the nationwide switch in the program during the 2023-2024 school year. The digital SAT will continue to be administered in a school or test center with a proctor present. If students do not have access to either, a device will be provided on test day.
Though the popularity of the test has waned in recent years, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and partly due to many colleges dropping the standardized test requirements for admission, it was still taken by more than 2.2 million students in the class of 2020, according to Fair Test: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a nonprofit critical of the SAT.
The test has been criticized in the past for seeming to favor wealthy students, though College Board says it helps connect low-income students to colleges that they may not have previously thought about.
Ahead of the complete switch, the New Mexico Public Education Department already offers a computer-based version of the current SAT in school each spring.
In coordination with the digital transition, College Board announced several more revisions to the SAT assessment starting in 2024:
•The SAT will be shorter—about two hours instead of three hours
•Students and educators will receive scores faster—in days instead of weeks
•Calculators will be allowed on the entire math section
•The digital SAT score reports will also connect students to information and resources about local two-year colleges, workforce training programs and career options
•States, districts and schools will have more flexibility on where, when and how often they administer the SAT
“The announced changes to the SAT will help the evolving needs of New Mexico students and educators.” Public Education Secretary (Designate) Kurt Steinhaus said. “Not only will the digital platform allow for shorter assessments and quicker results, but providing students with more relevant college and career information will allow our students to be better-prepared for their next steps in life.”
The SAT will continue to be scored on a 1,600-point scale and connect students directly to scholarships.