The Digital SAT Exam
The Digital SAT is an exam administered by the College Board that evaluates students’ levels of knowledge of material covered in high school that they are expected to know before entering college. Most colleges and universities in the United States use the SAT exam scores as references during the college admissions process. Some universities and colleges outside of the United States also use SAT scores to evaluate a student’s eligibility to their schools. This exam is generally taken by students in high school between their 10th and 12th grade years. Students should have already taken the SAT if they want to be prepared when it comes time to apply for colleges in their senior year, but they still can take it during their senior year if they need to. Generally, we recommend that students be familiar with Geometry before taking the exam. The amount of Algebra II on the exam is limited. Students who are in advanced math can begin taking the SAT much earlier than others.
The Digital SAT consists of two sections: Reading/Writing and Math. Each section contains two modules. The exam is adaptive, meaning that the questions a student receives change in difficulty based on his or her performance. In general, if a student gets at least 60% of the questions correct in the first module, he or she will be moved to a more difficult second module. Students who get less than 60% of the questions correct will be moved to an easier second module.
The Reading/Writing Section
The Reading/Writing section of the SAT has two modules of 27 questions and a time limit of 32 minutes each. It examines the following:
- Information and Ideas: measures 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).
- Craft and Structure: measures 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.
- Expression of Ideas: measures the ability to revise texts to improve the effectiveness of written expression and to meet specific rhetorical goals.
- Standard English Conventions: Measures the ability to edit text to conform to core conventions of Standard English sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.
The Math Section
The Math section of the SAT is made up of two modules of 22 questions with a time limit of 35 minutes each. The following topics are covered:
- Algebra: measures the ability to analyze, fluently solve, and create linear equations and inequalities as well as analyze and fluently solve equations and systems of equations using multiple techniques.
- Geometry and Trigonometry: measures the ability to solve problems that focus on area and volume; lines, angles, and triangles; right triangles and trigonometry; and circles.
- Advanced Math: measures skills and knowledge central for progression 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: measures the ability to apply quantitative reasoning about ratios, rates, and proportional relationships; understand and apply unit rate; and analyze and interpret one- and two-variable data.