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"Compass made it seamless and stress-free for our students to acclimate to this brand new form of testing. After taking Compass’s digital adaptive practice test, our students can now make better informed plans. Thank you again!"

– Aaron Fulk, Director of College Counseling, University School of Nashville

The Digital Adaptive SAT

The SAT is now administered as the digital SAT. Students use their own devices at school events or national administrations. 

The new digital SAT is also adaptive. There are two content sections: Reading & Writing and Math. Each section has two stages. The first stage contains a mix of difficulty. How well the student performs sets the difficulty of the second section.

Compass tutors are well trained to help students maximize their points on this new test format by helping them review content areas and become strategic in their time use. We have developed the technology to support our excellent instruction in the form of highly tested digital adaptive practice tests and online homework. Our tutoring is data-driven. The analytics we provide to clients and tutors is far beyond what other companies or College Board offer.

Increasingly, colleges with selective admissions and test-optional policies are recommending students to test. Your 1-on-1 director can help you consider your options and customize a testing preparation strategy so that you can showcase your academic strengths.

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Digital SAT: All of Your Questions Answered

In this article, we:
  • demystify the technicalities of stage-adaptive
  • explain how test security works
  • cover the tech/device requirements
  • walk through testing-experience details
  • summarize content changes
  • provide sample questions
  • address accommodations
  • and more!

Our latest edition of The Compass Guide To College Admission Testing devotes a full chapter to the New SAT. Download the Guide (or request a printed copy) and you will have a comprehensive resource addressing every admission testing question that arises.

“Compass is my go-to source for reliable, analytical information, and I am so grateful they share their unparalleled resources and knowledge so widely and generously in person and through their Guide to College Admissions Testing. They set the standard in my book.”
– Sara Gahan, Director of College Counseling, Louisville Collegiate School

Digital SAT Dates and Registration Deadlines

SAT Date

March 9, 2024

May 4, 2024

June 1, 2024

Registration Deadline

February 23, 2024

April 19, 2024

May 17, 2024

Late Registration Deadline

February 27, 2024

April 23, 2024

May 21, 2024

To register for the SAT on the College Board’s website, click here.

Digital SAT vs. ACT

The digital, adaptive SAT will serve some students very well; others will be better suited to the ACT. 

Digital SATPaper ACT
FormatDigital only via Bluebook, a College Board App Paper-and-Pencil
Length2 hours and 14 minutes2 hours and 55 minutes
StructureAdaptive Static
Sections2 Sections: Reading & Writing, Math 4 Tests: English, Math, Reading, Science
Scoring400–1600 Total Score
(sum of section scores)
1–36 Composite Score (average of 4 test scores)
Score Reports Available2 weeks after exam2 weeks after exam

Compare SAT and ACT Scores

We are pleased to present our Digital SAT and ACT Concordance and Comparison Tool. By using the tool, you can confidently determine which test a student favors based on official or practice test results.

Click the button below to learn more!

Digital Adaptive Practice Testing For Schools

Beginning in October 2022, through partnerships with hundreds of leading high schools around the nation, Compass has provided thousands of students the very best diagnostic experience available for this substantially different testing modality. Our digital adaptive practice test mirrors the P/SATs that will debut in October of 2023. The flexible administration, the quality of the test, the scoring speed and sophistication of our reports, and the data we provide combine to form a tremendously valuable opportunity now that will pay off over the coming year. 

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