As we’ve all moved into Fall and settled back into school, more and more families are asking about the Digital SAT. And Digital testing is coming very soon, with the Digital PSAT being administered at many schools on October 14 th . Most students will have their first digital testing experience in just a month. So, it is well-timed that a new copy of the Official SAT Study Guide has been released. This guide contains four “linear” tests, meaning that these tests are not adaptive and each contain the same practice problems for everyone in the same order, just like the current tests do. As such, the tests are longer, with more questions per test helping to yield more accurate scores. Although many of the questions are repeats from the online, adaptive Bluebook tests, the tests also contain some unique questions. At the beginning of the book are some tutorials and general information, which are solid. Official, paper-and-pencil practice problems are still a good resource. But, the book has some significant drawbacks. The main drawback that students and families must be aware of is that these tests do not contain “easy” and “hard” second modules like the real, digital tests do. Tests one and three contain a first module for verbal and math, followed by only an easier second module. Tests two and four, by contrast, contain a first module for verbal math followed by only a harder second module. The real digital tests send you to an easier or harder second module depending on your performance in the first module. That element is completely missing from these linear tests. Not only that, but that fact about the missing modules is only stated on page 317 of the new Official Guide – not exactly a prominent location. So, it’s likely a student wouldn’t even recognize this crucial difference while taking these tests. The missing modules, along with the paper-and-pencil format, make these tests very limited imitations of the real digital tests. Overall, students should download the Bluebook app and focus their most serious preparation on the official online tests. The linear tests may be useful for practice problems, but they do not mimic the real test-day experience. Please contact with any questions you have about digital testing. While the format has vastly changed, students will find that content remains much the same, and so the jump overall is not very large from the current test.