College Board is committed to ensuring that no student is unable to take the digital SAT due to lack of access to a device.
Students can take the digital SAT with any Windows laptop or tablet, Mac laptop or iPad, or school-managed Chromebook. If students do not have a device, they can borrow one from their school, a family member, or a friend. Check our digital testing technical requirements to see if your device will work.
Whenever possible, we recommend students planning to borrow a device from school, family, or friends do so a few days in advance, to download the testing application and get familiar with the device.
Borrowing a College Board Device
If a student does not have access to a device and cannot borrow one, College Board will lend the student a device for use on test day. Students should first register for their desired test day and location, and then take the steps below to request a device at least 30 days before test day to allow for shipping.
After registration, the option to select Request a device will appear as part of a student's registration information on mySAT, which will link to a brief questionnaire that asks for an adult reference (like a teacher, counselor, or advisor). If you don't see the option to request a device, contact us.
Once approved, we will make a device available to students at their test centers on test day. Students will need to arrive 30 minutes early on test day to log in and set up their test.
How do students request a device?
When students register for the SAT, they will indicate which type of device they intend to use. If they indicate they do not have a device, they will get an option at the end of the registration process to request to borrow a device from College Board. Students will answer a brief set of questions to determine their eligibility and ensure we have the information we need to deliver a device.
How far in advance should I register if I need to borrow a device?
Students borrowing a device from College Board must register and complete their device request at least 30 days in advance of test day to allow for adequate shipping time. If they don’t meet that deadline, they can register for a later test date or borrow a device from school, a friend, or family member.
Who is eligible?
Any student who doesn’t have a device they can use to take the test and won't be able to borrow one from their school, a friend, or family member to use on test day may request to borrow a device from College Board. International students will be asked to verify participation in partner international access programs or provide contact information for a counselor or other adult who can verify their eligibility. Eligible international students will be asked to either provide information about their international access program or provide contact information for a counselor or other sponsor who can verify their eligibility.
Why are you requiring a counselor or other adult to verify eligibility?
We are prioritizing students who need a device, and we may need additional information to verify a student's eligibility. For students who are already working with one of College Board's international access programs, we are expediting this process.
How are you shipping devices around the world for international administrations?
Devices will be shipped directly to test centers for students to use on test day. College Board is working with a number of partners to ensure students who need a device have one on test day. Our model varies a lot depending on what works best for each geography. Models include shipping from local warehouses, shipping from US, and even using devices supplied by the test center.
Who can verify eligibility on students' behalf if they can't get in touch with, or don't have, a counselor?
Any adult that is not a family member can verify eligibility—this could be a sponsor, teacher, school administrator, or an employee of a college access program with whom they are working.
How will they receive their device?
We will ship devices in advance of test day to test centers. Students will receive their device when they arrive at the test center.
What kind of device will they receive?
In most circumstances, we will be providing students with managed Chromebooks in new or like-new condition. In certain geographies, students may receive a different model of laptop or tablet.
How do they set up their device?
Devices will arrive at the test center already configured for taking the SAT. When students arrive at the test center and receive their device, they will be instructed to log into the Bluebook™ testing app and complete the exam setup process.
How can students who borrow a device practice for the SAT?
Students can practice on any device where they can download the Bluebook™ app, including school computer labs and public computers. PDFs of a full-length digital practice test will also be available to download and print from the College Board website. Students will need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the practice tests and resources, but like the test itself, they won’t need to be connected the entire time. Because the PDF version cannot fully simulate the digital testing experience, we recommend only using the PDF version if a computer is unavailable for practice.
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® will continue to be available on mobile phones.
Will using this type of device put students at a disadvantage compared to their peers who are using more high-end devices?
No. Our Bluebook™ testing app is designed so that no student will have an advantage based on the type of device they use.
The app functions the same regardless of which type of device students choose to use. We have also completed multiple comparability studies that show there is no difference in scores based on the type or age of device used.