Advising Students and Parents

Here are some common questions you may hear from your students and their families when discussing the SAT.


Is the SAT still important?

Yes. The SAT puts your achievements into context. That means it demonstrates your qualifications to colleges and universities and helps you stand out.

  • Each year, students across the U.S. and nearly 200 countries take the SAT to apply to colleges and universities across the globe.
  • Even though there are wide variations in curricular standards, grading systems, and course offerings, the SAT evens out the disparities from school to school and region to region.
  • In the class of 2023, nearly 1.3 million U.S. students had SAT scores that affirmed or exceeded their high school GPA. That means that their SAT scores were a point of strength on their college applications.
  • When surveyed, 83% of students said they want the option to submit test scores to colleges.

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When does the SAT transition to digital?

Beginning March 2024 all students taking the SAT (both in the U.S. and internationally) will take the digital SAT.

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How will the digital SAT be taken?

  • Students will take the test on our digital testing application Bluebook™ on a personal or school-managed device.
  • If students need a device they can request to borrow one for test day. Find out more information about borrowing a device.
  • Check out our digital testing app demo in the Resources section below and on the Bluebook website.

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Will digital SAT practice tests be available?

Students will have access to full-length practice tests on the digital testing application and still have free world-class practice resources on Khan Academy®.

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