Changes for Spring 2024 Testing

Based on feedback from educators and students during the fall 2023 testing window, we're making some adjustments for spring 2024. Here's what's changed:

Student Experience

  • SAT School Day free score sends: Students can request recipients for their four free score sends as part of exam setup. Requests can be changed until three days after the student takes the test in Bluebook™ (in-school). Students can use their School Day sign-in ticket to access Bluebook if they want to change those requests after testing is completed.
  • Line reader tool: All students have access to the new line reader tool in Bluebook, which guides the reading experience for test takers by displaying a smaller section of the text and obscuring adjacent lines of text. Students can choose whether they want the line reader to display 1, 2, or 3 lines at once, and they can move the line reader with a mouse or the arrow keys.
  • More specific guidance on Break screen: Students now see instructions not to disturb other students who may still be testing when they reach the Break screen in Bluebook. They are also reminded not to close their devices while they are on break. Following this instruction will protect students from experiencing errors with the testing package associated with closing their device.
  • Device Swap safeguards: Once a student's testing time is complete, the student cannot log in to Bluebook on a new device even if a device swap is attempted. Preventing a device swap at this point protects the student and the testing staff from mistakenly thinking the student's submission was successful and losing all answer data. If a student cannot submit their answers from the device they tested on, testing staff should submit an irregularity report (IR) and request a retest.
  • Nutrition Break for some extended time test takers: Some students approved for extended testing time receive a 20-minute nutrition break between the Reading and Writing section and the Math section.

Testing Staff Experience

  • Consolidated training: Testing staff can select between two versions of training based on their role (test coordinator or testing staff). Both trainings can be completed in just over an hour, and the training content can be shortened for experienced test coordinators and testing staff.
  • Consolidated manuals: Most relevant information can be found in the test coordinator and proctor manuals. You'll use the same manual for all three spring assessments: SAT School Day, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Read the Test Coordinator Manual. Read the Proctor Manual.
  • Roster exports: In Test Day Toolkit, test coordinators can export a student roster listing each student's room assignment, test type, testing status, and exam setup status.
  • Reduced scratch paper requirements: To reduce waste and supplies needed, testing staff is only required to distribute one sheet of scratch paper to each student.
  • No more table size requirements: While three feet of space is still required between students, there are no longer requirements for table sizes. This change will give schools more flexibility when arranging seating.
  • Two retest opportunities: Each student has two opportunities to retest during the testing window, if necessary.
  • Revised deadline for irregularity reports: The deadline to submit irregularity reports in Test Day Toolkit is now five days after testing.