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SAT Exam Pattern – An Overview of the Digital SAT Structure

An Overview of the SAT Structure

 

An Overview of the Digital SAT Structure

Like its predecessor SAT, the Digital SAT is an entrance exam that is used by most colleges and universities in the United States of America and other countries across the world to make admissions decisions.

The structure, content, and multistage adaptiveness of the Digital SAT serves as a measure of students’ college readiness and as a reliable predictor of students’ university performance outcomes.

The composite score of the Digital SAT ranges from 400 to 1600 and is a combination of the Reading and Writing section score (200-800) , and Math Section score (200-800). The total duration of the test is 2 Hours and 14 minutes. (with breaks).

 

DIGITAL SAT STRUCTURE
Reading and Writing Math
Administration  Two-stage adaptive test design: one Reading and Writing section administered via two separately timed modules  Two-stage adaptive test design: one Math section administered via two separately timed modules
Test length (number of operational and pretest questions) 1st module: 25 operational questions and 2 pretest questions

2nd module: 25 operational questions and 2 pretest questions

1st module: 20 operational questions and

2 pretest questions

2nd module: 20 operational questions and

2 pretest questions

Time per module  1st module: 32 minutes 2nd module: 32 minutes  1st module: 35 minutes 2nd module: 35 minutes 
Total number of questions  54 questions  44 questions 
Total time allotted  64 minutes  70 minutes 
Average time per question 1.19 minutes  1.59 minutes

 

SAT Exam Pattern Highlights

The Digital SAT consists of two main components: the Reading and Writing section, and Math Section. According to the new multistage adaptive model, the Reading and Writing section consists of two modules with 20 questions each with 30 minutes per module. The Math section also consists of two modules with 20 questions each with 35 minutes per module. The table below illustrates the SAT test pattern.

Format Reading and Writing (RW) Section Math Section
Test length (number of operational and pretest questions) 1st module: 25 operational questions and 2 pretest questions 2nd module: 25 operational questions and 2 pretest questions 1st module: 20 operational questions and 2 pretest questions 2nd module: 20 operational questions and 2 pretest questions
Time per stage 1st module: 32 minutes

2nd module: 32 minutes

1st module: 35 minutes

2nd module: 35 minutes

Total number of questions 54 Questions 44 Questions
Total time allotted 64 minutes 70 minutes
Question type(s) used Four-option multiple-choice Four-option multiple choice (≈75%) and student-produced response (SPR) (≈25%)

 

Why Take the Digital SAT Exam?

The Digital SAT is a standardized test that comes with a plethora of benefits that work towards enhancing your profile while applying to your dream universities. Here are some of the major reasons why you should take the Digital SAT exam:

  • A doorway to pursue undergraduate programs in America and other countries globally including India.
  • Digital SAT score not only balances your application alongside your academic performance and extracurricular activities but also helps you get scholarships or explore various alternatives to pay your college tuition fee.

 

What is Tested on the Digital SAT Exam?

Characteristic  Reading and Writing (RW) Section  Math Section
Scores reported  Total score Section scores (Reading and Writing; Math)
Question type(s) used  Discrete; four-option multiple-choice  Discrete; four-option multiple-choice (≈75%) and student-produced response (SPR) (≈25%)
Stimulus subject areas  Literature, history/social studies, humanities, science  Science, social studies, real-world topics
Word count  25–150 (6-character) words per stimulus text  Approximately 30% of questions in context; a majority of in-context questions have 50 (6-character) words or fewer
Informational graphics  Yes; tables, bar graphs, line graphs  Yes
Text complexity bands  Grades 6–8, grades 9–11, grades 12–14 (Grades 12–14 excluded from PSAT 8/9)  N/A (see section 2.3.12)

 

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Order of the Sections

As given above, each section is composed of two equal-length modules of  Digital SAT question paper pattern. Each Reading and Writing module lasts 32 minutes, while each Math module lasts 35 minutes. Each module is separately timed, and students can move backward and forward among questions in a given module before time runs out.

When time runs out on the first module of each section, the test delivery platform moves students to the second module. When students complete the Reading and Writing section, they are moved to the Math section after a 10-minute break between the sections. A small number of indistinguishable, unscored items are included in each section to aid with the test development process.

 

Digital SAT Reading and Writing Section

  • The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section consists of two modules of 20 questions each with 30 minutes.
  • The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section will contain many shorter passages with a single question associated with each passage instead of longer texts with multiple questions.
  • The students will see a wide range of topics that will represent the kinds of content they will read in college.

 

Reading and Writing Content Areas

The questions in the Reading and Writing section fall into one of the four content areas:

  • Craft and Structure: Focuses on assessing the comprehension, vocabulary, analysis, synthesis, and reasoning skills and knowledge needed to understand and use high-utility words and phrases in context, evaluate texts rhetorically, and make connections between topically related texts.
  • Information and Ideas: Assesses comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills and knowledge and the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and integrate information and ideas from texts and informational graphics (tables, bar graphs, and line graphs)
  • Standard English Conventions: Assesses the ability to edit texts to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation
  • Expression of Ideas: Assesses the ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of written expression and to meet specific rhetorical goals.

 

Math Section Content Area

The questions on the Math section fall into one of the four content areas:

  • Algebra: Test the skill to analyze, effectively solve, and produce linear equations and inequalities as well as solve equations and systems of equations with various techniques.
  • Advanced Math: Assess the knowledge and capacity crucial for advancing to more advanced math courses, including demonstrating an understanding of absolute value, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, rational, radical, and other nonlinear equations
  • Problem-Solving and Data Analysis: Analyzes the ability to apply quantitative reasoning about ratios, rates, and proportional relationships; comprehend and apply unit rate; and analyze and interpret one- and two-variable data
  • Geometry and Trigonometry (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10)/Geometry (PSAT 8/9): Focused on concepts involving area and volume; angles, triangles, and trigonometry; and circles.

 

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How Test Scores Are Calculated

The Digital form of the SAT produces three scores: the total score and two section scores. The total score which is based on the student’s performance on the entire test remains the same as the pencil and paper, i.e. 1600. This is the sum of the two section scores. The section scores for Reading and Writing and Math are produced from a student’s performance in the respective sections.

Important: The Digital SAT does not report subscores or cross-test scores.

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FAQ's

What is the mode of Digital SAT examination?

The College Board announced in January that the SAT exam would transition from pen and paper to online mode. From 2023, Indian students will be able to take the Digital SAT.

What is the Digital SAT Question Pattern?

The Digital SAT 2023 exam comprises 2 sections in all. The total time for this test is 3 hours excluding the breaks.

The Digital SAT consists of two main components: the Reading and Writing section, and Math Section. According to the new multistage adaptive model, the Reading and Writing section consists of two modules with 20 questions each with 30 minutes per module. The Math section also consists of two modules with 20 questions each with 35 minutes per module.

What are the total marks of the Digital SAT exam?

The composite score of the Digital SAT ranges from 400 to 1600 and is a combination of the Reading and Writing section score (200-800) , and Math Section score (200-800). The total duration of the test is 2 Hours and 14 minutes. (with breaks).

What is the duration of the Digital SAT examination?

The SAT is a fairly lengthy exam, lasting 3 hours and 45 minutes and consisting of 10 sections: One essay of 25 minutes. Six 25-minute segments (mathematics, critical reading, and writing)

Who is eligible for the Digital SAT exam?

The College Board has not come up with any narrowed eligibility for the Digital SAT for candidates planning to take the Digital SAT. As far as the age limit is concerned, there is no minimum or maximum age limit set by the conducting body.

What is the medium of instruction for Digital SAT Test?

The medium of instruction for the Digital SAT is English and only English.

How many sections are there in the Digital SAT examination?

There are 2 sections on the Digital SAT exam.

  • The Reading and Writing section
  • The Math Section

What is the time allotted for each section in Digital SAT 2023?

The SAT Reading & Writing section is of 64 minutes and the SAT Math section is of 40 minutes.

Is negative marking there in the Digital SAT?

The Digital SAT maintains a ‘no negative marking’ scheme, so you can make mistakes, but keep in mind that incorrect answers can affect your overall Digital SAT score due to its multistage adaptive nature.

Can I take the SAT online?

The College Board announced on January 25, 2022, that the SAT would undergo significant changes, including becoming a computer-based test rather than a pencil-and-paper test.

How many questions are there in each section of the Digital SAT question paper?

The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section consists of two modules of 20 questions each with 30 minutes. The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section will contain many shorter passages with a single question associated with each passage instead of longer texts with multiple questions.

Are calculators allowed in the Digital SAT exam?

Authorized calculator use: The current SAT exam is divided into two sections, one non-calculator and one that can be used in one section. However, due to recent changes, calculators are now permitted in the entire Math section.

What Does the Digital SAT Reading and Writing Test Measure?

The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section consists of two modules of 20 questions each with 30 minutes. The Digital SAT Reading and Writing section will contain many shorter passages with a single question associated with each passage instead of longer texts with multiple questions.

What Does the Digital SAT Reading Test Measure?

The Digital SAT reading tests the student’s ability to critically analyze a passage and use the information provided in the passage to answer questions in a logical manner. The reading questions test some primary skills in Command of Evidence, Words in Context, Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science.

What Does the Digital SAT Math Test Measure?

The Digital SAT Math exam comprehensively tests a wide range of math skills, laying a special emphasis on the ability to innovatively solve problems, model, use tools strategically, and manipulate algebraic structure.

The Digital SAT Math Test is designed to measure a range of math proficiencies, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using tools strategically, and using algebraic structure.

The primary areas that are covered in the math section are Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, geometry and trigonometry. 

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