Digital SAT (DSAT)

Test Dates, Registration Deadlines, and Score Releases

  • Scores Released: November 17, 2023
  • Registration Deadline: November 2, 2023
  • Deadline for Regular Cancellation: November 21, 2023
  • Scores Released: December 15, 2023
  • Registration Deadline: February 23, 2024
  • Deadline for Regular Cancellation: February 27, 2024 (this date is subject to change)
  • Accommodations request deadline: January 19, 2024
  • Scores Released: Not Yet Available
  • Registration Deadline: April 19, 2024
  • Deadline for Regular Cancellation: April 23, 2024 (this date is subject to change)
  • Accommodations request deadline: March 17, 2024
  • Scores Released: Not Yet Available
  • Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024
  • Deadline for Regular Cancellation: May 21, 2024 (this date is subject to change)
  • Accommodations request deadline: April 12, 2024
  • Scores Released: Not Yet Available

 

DSAT Registration Fee

SAT- $60

Additional Fees

Late fee- $30
To cancel or change test date or center- $25
To cancel registration late- $35
Student Answer Service - $16
Question and answer services - $16
*Only Available in October, March, and May

 

The Digital SAT (DSAT):

The DSAT will be available in the US beginning in March 2024 and offered seven times per year on national test dates.

Format

The test is 2 hours and 14 minutes in the following format:

    • Reading and Writing Module 1 | 27 questions in 32 minutes
    • Reading and Writing Module 2 | 27 questions in 32 minutes
      • 10-Minute Break
    • Math Module 1 | 22 questions in 35 minutes
    • Math Module 2 | 22 questions in 35 minutes
The DSAT will be taken on a student's laptop in a test center.

 

Reading and Writing

The Reading and Writing section is comprised of short passages and pairs of passages (25-150 words each), each with one associated question. Questions are systematically grouped into four overall categories and presented in increasing levels of difficulty. The four categories are:

    • Craft and Structure | 13-15 questions
      • Words in context
      • Text structure and purpose
      • Cross-text connections
    • Information and Ideas | 12-14 questions
      • Central ideas and details
      • Command of evidence
        • Textual
        • Quantitative (bar charts, line charts, and graphs)
    • Standard English Conventions | 11-15 questions
      • Boundaries
      • Form, structure, and sense
    • Expression of Ideas | 8-12 questions
      • Rhetorical synthesis
      • Transitions

Math

The Math section covers four general content areas:

    • Algebra  | 13-14 questions
      • Linear equations in one and two variables
      • Linear functions
      • Systems of two linear equations in two variables
      • Linear inequalities in one or two variables
    • Advanced Math | 13-15 questions
      • Equivalent expressions
      • Nonlinear equations in one variable and systems of equations in two variables
      • Nonlinear functions
    • Problem Solving and Data Analysis | 5-7 questions
      • Ratios, rates, proportional relationships, and units
      • Percentages
      • One-variable data: distributions and measures of center and spread
      • Two-variable data: models and scatterplots
      • Probability and conditional probability
      • Inference from sample statistics and margin of error
      • Evaluating statistical claims: observational studies and experiments
    • Geometry and Trigonometry | 5-7 questions
      • Area and volume
      • Lines, angles, and triangles
      • Right angles and trigonometry
      • Circles

Approximately 30% of questions will be word problems, although the wording will be more direct than in previous test versions.

Approximately 75% of questions will be multiple choice with four answer choices. The other 25% of questions will be student-produced response (SPR) questions, which do not offer answer choices. For SPR questions, students must solve for their own answer, which can be a positive or negative fraction, decimal, or whole number. The multiple-choice and SPR questions will be intermixed throughout both Math modules.

Students are welcome to use a calculator on all math questions. The testing platform will provide an on-screen Desmos calculator and students are also welcome to bring their own approved graphing calculator. Scratch paper will be provided.

Multi-Stage Adaptive Testing

Each first module contains an assortment of easy, medium, and hard questions. Depending on a student's performance (see Adaptive Structure below), the second module will adapt and offer a selection of questions that are skewed easier or harder. As such, the stronger your performance throughout the first module, the more you are challenged throughout the second module. The difficulty of your second module will determine which score range is accessible to you (and there is overlap in the middle of the score range for the easier and more challenging second modules). The number of questions you answer correctly between both modules determines your raw score for that half of the test.

Adaptive Structure:

  • In Reading & Writing Module 1:
    • answering 18 or more questions correctly leads to the harder Reading & Writing Module 2
    • answering 17 or fewer questions correctly leads to the easier Reading & Writing Module 2
  • In Math Module 1:
    • answering 15 or more questions correctly leads to the harder Math Module 2.
    • answering 14 or fewer questions correctly leads to the easier Math Module 2.

Scoring

A raw score is calculated for each set of modules (i.e. section) based on the number of questions a student answers correctly (one point per question). There is no penalty for guessing on the DSAT, so it is in a student's best interest to guess when unsure of the answer. The raw score for each section is then converted to a scaled score (200-800) through a statistical process known as equating to account for variances in difficulty from test to test. The two section scores are then added together to calculate the overall score. Like many previous versions of the SAT, the overall scoring scale is 400-1600.

For more information visit:

The CollegeBoard Website