The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

68. Demystifying the New Digital SAT, with Mike Bergin

November 20, 2023 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
68. Demystifying the New Digital SAT, with Mike Bergin
Show Notes

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the granddaddy of all standardized tests, is finally joining the digital age. International students have already been able to take the SAT on a computer; as of March 2024, the new Digital SAT will permanently replace pencil-and-paper exams worldwide. The SAT is evolving — and that's a good thing says Mike Bergin, President & Owner of Chariot Learning. Mike joins this episode to help us prepare for this brave new world of college admissions testing. We discuss:

  • Why the SAT has finally decided to go digital, and what it means for you as a test taker
  • Logistics of the online exam, including devices you're allowed to use and software you'll need to install before test day
  • The new section-adaptive scoring algorithm, how it differs from the current linear paper test, and test-taking strategies to maximize the new section flow
  • Substantive differences between the Digital SAT and the legacy SAT, especially with regard to reading comprehension passages and the reintroduction of vocabulary
  • Recommended resources for preparing for the Digital SAT
  • And more!

The only constant in life is change, as they say. But change doesn't have to be scary. Indeed, once you fully understand how the new Digital SAT works and what you're in store for on test day, you can fully embrace this change and dominate your performance on test day. After learning from Mike in this episode, you'll be able to do just that.


  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Digital SAT from the official College Board SAT site
  2. Free SAT Prep from Khan Academy
  3. Personalized SAT Prep with Mike Bergin via Chariot Learning
  4. Connect with Mike Bergin on LinkedIn
  5. Essential SAT Math Strategies - video course from Dominate Test Prep


If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:

  1. Episode 40: Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike Bergin
  2. Episode 67: What to Look for in a Tutor, with Mark Skoskiewicz
  3. Episode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College Admissions, with Amy Seeley
  4. Episode 48: Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni


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