By now, most schools have administered the Digital PSAT, the first rollout of the new Digital test in the United States. The transition has finally begun! Schools who delivered the DPSAT mid-week did encounter some delays due to the College Board’s platform going down because of the surge of test-takers, and some schools even had to postpone the test as a result. But overall, most schools worked through the delays, and between 85-90% of mid-week test sites delivered the DPSAT successfully. I have seen no reports of difficulty from this past Saturday’s test sites. So, despite the initial glitches, the DPSAT platform is up and running. When online AP exams rolled out, technical difficulties also occurred at first, but they were resolved quickly. I expect the same will be true with the DPSAT. On Wednesday of last week, 1.2 million students took the DPSAT successfully. Student feedback from the test has been largely positive, especially from students who experienced no delays. Students reported that the timing was much less pressured overall and that the Math section was easier, even students who were sure they had progressed to the harder second Math module. In Math, students who knew how to use the Desmos calculator found it extremely helpful, both as a primary method for solving problems and as a secondary method for checking their work. Almost everyone reported that they had time to check their work on most if not all problems. The one area that some (though not all) students said seemed harder was the Reading. Even though the passages were much shorter, some students said that it was difficult jumping so quickly from one topic to the next. Students also reported that semicolons were heavily tested, a significant departure from the current test, where semicolons have rarely been correct over the years. And students lastly said that there were a few tough vocabulary words in the opening vocabulary questions, though not too many of them. No one missed the historical passages. The DPSAT is scored on a curve, like any other SAT/PSAT, so just because students “felt” that the test was easier does not mean that all students will score better. Students will likely score similarly to how they would have scored on a paper-and-pencil PSAT. However, everyone liked the shorter testing time, and many students’ faces brightened when I asked them how their testing experience was, especially those students who have also already taken the paper-and- pencil version of the SAT. Regardless of how the numbers turn out, students found this version of the test less stressful, always a good thing. Scores come out in November, much faster than the previous December timeline, so we will see soon how the results play out. Until then, I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween and a great rest of the Fall.