Twitter Reacts To The SAT Going Completely Digital By 2024
What did social media have to say about the announcement that the SAT will soon be digitized?
January 26, 2022 at 5:21 pm
For many college graduates, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) was a burdensome exam that had to be taken to be admitted into a 4-year university straight out of high school. Many share the experience of waking up early on a Saturday morning to take this all-important test, which generally lasted 3 to 4 hours and was born on paper with #2 pencils.
In the face of the growing body of criticism against the SAT, administrators recently announced that the exam would soon shift to a digital format. Additionally, the SAT will now be only 2 hours long, and—while students have to take the exam at a supervised testing site—they can use their computers or tablets.
These changes will go into effect in the U.S. beginning in 2024, though the test will be digitized everywhere else by 2023.
"The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant," said Priscilla Rodriguez, the New York City College Board's VP of College Readiness Assessments. "We're not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform. We're taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible."
Once this news broke, social media users began sharing their thoughts on the revamp. Let's see what Twitter had to say about the news that the SAT is going digital soon.
Some Twitter users expressed that, while they're glad changes are being made to the SAT, they think it should be eliminated altogether.
Cool. Now disband the SAT entirely https://t.co/twNFJYQJKX
— Matt Gabriele (@prof_gabriele) January 25, 2022
Good! Better: Eliminate the SAT. https://t.co/2Ot1BJkU35
— Gale Sinatra (@GaleSinatra) January 25, 2022
On the other end of the spectrum, naysayers criticized the announcement and called it an effort to "dumb down society."
So the SAT tests were apparently too stressful for today’s youth. They will now be digital, shorter, more culturally relevant, and calculators are allowed. Just keep moving the goalposts to dumb down society. ????♂️
— Dusty Rich (@drich82) January 26, 2022
Make it easier to hide the systemic rot in our K-12 system with each passing year.
I just want to know who will be expected to perform the jobs of the future when an entire generation of kids can barely read, write or do basic math.https://t.co/LjTFEx4LpM
— NYC Angry Mom (@angrybklynmom) January 25, 2022
Other concerns over the SAT's digitization were a bit more well-intentioned, such as how it would impact disabled students.
I find myself asking how the move to a digital version of the SAT will impact disabled students?
We do not always do a great job making digital tools and resources accessible for those with vision loss from education to employment. https://t.co/Cj57AHXy6H
— Amy Glynn (@AmyGlynn15) January 26, 2022
Nonetheless, most Twitter users continued to blast the SATs and call for them to be outright eliminated instead of revamping.
The SAT was never relevant, just a waste of time. It can make the smartest student look dumb if they aren’t good test takers. Do away with the whole damn thing https://t.co/3ZtFMMX2Bq
— Jbreezy ????♌️ (@kvng_treway) January 25, 2022
Eliminate the SAT! It is a barrier to higher education that disproportionately impacts young people of color and/or people from low income families. Don’t test someone’s aptitude for success, build colleges with internal processes to ENSURE academic success. https://t.co/Q5xag6pSEU
— ♠️ (@Bmore_Ty) January 25, 2022
We don’t need the SAT to go digital, we need it to go away, period. Colleges & universities can make this happen and they should. https://t.co/ITKAzeV0Dn
— Samira Ahmed (@sam_aye_ahm) January 25, 2022
I dont think the SAT needs to be changed, it needs to be eliminated. https://t.co/iYjgH2zsEB
— Dr. Theresa Chapple (@Theresa_Chapple) January 25, 2022
Others responded by sharing that they feel older—as they took the exam on paper—and wish the digitized version was around back in the day.
The SAT is now digital and 2 hours long. All the kids that wasted an entire Saturday morning at a strange high school with number 2 pencils are now officially old
— Lace ???? (@JerseyShoeLace) January 26, 2022
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) January 25, 2022
Various publications focused on that #2 pencil supposedly being in jeopardy now that the SAT's going digital.
It’s time to put down your No. 2 pencils. Forever.
The SAT will go completely digital by 2024 amid questions about whether college admissions tests are fair, or even necessary.
— The New York Times Archives (@NYTArchives) January 25, 2022
No more No. 2 pencils? ✏✏ The SAT exam will move from paper and pencil to a digital format in 2024. Administrators say the shift will boost the test's relevancy as more colleges make standardized tests optional for admission. pic.twitter.com/p2QhIcbKlv
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 25, 2022
— The Onion (@TheOnion) January 26, 2022
What do you think about the SAT's upcoming digital shift, and do you believe the exam should be eliminated?