How Long is the SAT? - The SAT Crash Course

With the digital SAT completely replacing the paper-and-pencil SAT beginning March 2024, one of the most asked questions by the students is “How long is the SAT?”. The good news is, the digital SAT is far shorter than paper-and-pencil version of the test. Below is the table that compares the two versions of the SAT in terms of its length and timing.

As you see in the table, the digital SAT is only 2 hours and 14 minutes long(2 hours and 24 minutes long with a 10-minute break in between sections). It is almost an hour shorter than the paper SAT, which was about 3 hours long. Many students are showing positive reception towards this change made by the College Board among other “student-friendly” changes. Read up on the digital SAT format to learn about other major changes made in the new SAT.

 

What to Remember to Pace Yourself Better

You can move between questions within a module

Yes, feel free to skip ahead or go back as you need to for better pacing within the given time. You can use “Mark for Review” tool to flag difficult questions you wish to review later.

You cannot move between modules

While you can move within a module, you cannot in between modules! Once you click on submit button, there is no going back. So, make sure to finish all the questions in a module before you go on.

You cannot proceed to the next module until the time is up

Even if you have answered all the questions, you still have to wait until the timer runs out of time.

 

What will the Test Day Schedule Look Like?

Students need to go to a testing site to take the digital SAT, just as they did in the paper SAT. The doors will be open to students from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. and the testing will start between 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Once they are checked in, students will begin the test by putting in a start code provided by the proctor.

There will be two sections with a 10-minute break in between during which students can leave the room and relieve their stress from taking the test. Since each student starts individually, their break time and completion time may also differ from other students. Below is a table showing a possible test day schedule for a test-taker.

 

What’s Next?

Want to Learn more?

Read an overview of the digital SAT to understand how the new SAT has changed from the paper SAT.

Ready to Start Studying?

Take a free mini digital SAT test to know your baseline score and familiarize yourself with the format. Then, start taking our full-length practice tests to fully dive into your SAT prep journey!