The obvious difference between the digital and paper tests is that students take one on a computer and the other on paper. But what else is different?
Both digital and paper testing require a test coordinator, proctors, SSD coordinator, and hall and room monitors—but you also need someone to act as a technology coordinator for the digital test. Learn what a technology coordinator does.
Each digital testing room needs one proctor. Rooms with 25 students or less don’t require a monitor; for rooms with 26–50 students, we require at least one monitor. Add another room monitor for every additional 25 students. This differs from the staffing needs for paper testing.
For paper test administrations, we don't allow partitions between desks; for digital test administrations, we strongly recommend them. One benefit of using partitions is that it allows students to sit face to face, which is never allowed for paper administrations. Read more about setting up digital testing rooms.
Preparing for the Test
Because the content of the digital and paper tests is the same, students can still use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to practice their skills for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. But with the digital tests, students should also use the Student Digital Test Preview to become familiar with the testing environment and the Desmos calculator.
Some students may need different accommodations for digital testing than for paper testing. Read more about accommodations.
What Hasn’t Changed
- The test content
- How students study for the tests
- How we score the tests
- How you get test scores
- How colleges use SAT scores
- How SSD coordinators request accommodations