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One of the most effective ways to feel relaxed and confident on test day is to practice.

As with all tests, you should practice answering questions on the subject matter you'll be tested on, but with the digital tests, you should also practice interacting with the test and using the online tools.

Practicing Academic Skills

The digital tests measure the same skills and knowledge as the paper tests, so you can prepare for them the same way you’d prepare for the paper versions:

Navigating the Digital Tests

You can click around in the Student Digital Test Preview anytime, from any computer, to get comfortable with the digital environment. You'll see what the questions will look like, how to answer them, and how to use the online calculator and other tools.

Preview the Digital Test Now

Try Out the Universal Toolset

All students can access these online tools:

  • Calculator: Available onscreen for calculator-allowed questions.
  • Highlighter: Available for marking text, questions, and answer options.
  • Line reader: Helps you keep your place as you read.
  • Mark for review: Lets you flag questions to review later.
  • Notepad: For digital note-taking (you'll also get scratch paper).
  • Reference: Lets you view standard mathematical formulas.
  • Strikethrough: Lets you cross out answer options.
  • Zoom: Magnifies what's on screen.

During the test, you'll have access to a digital clock that counts down the time left for each section and alerts you five minutes before time is up. This clock isn't visible in the student preview.

Calculator Details

All students can use the Desmos online graphing calculator when they take the Math – Calculator section of the digital SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. There's also an online four-function calculator for students who have an approved accommodation to use one on the Math – No Calculator section.

Both calculators are accessible to vision-impaired and blind students and work with most screen readers and other assistive technologies.

Practice Using Assistive Technology

If you're approved to use any assistive technology tools on test day, follow the instructions for Taking a Digital Test with Assistive Technology.