As the SAT testing date approaches, you have done all you can to prepare for it. You have completed the practice tests with great care, reviewed each section fastidiously, and registered for the next SAT test date. So now what? Now you need to be prepared for test day.  Accordingly, here is a quick rundown of everything you’ll need to do in preparation for the big day.

Check your test center

Make sure that there have not been any last minute changes to your exam location due to any test center closings. The College Board posts these closings a few days before each test. During instances of bad weather or power outages, check test center closings on Friday night and on Saturday morning before leaving for the test center.

Print your admission ticket

Your admission ticket is one of the most important materials you need for the exam. Without it, the exam proctors will not let you into the room to take the exam. Make sure that you print it out well in advance of the actual test day. You can sign in to your College Board account by clicking here.

What you MUST bring to the exam

Below is a list of everything you MUST bring to the exam. Failing to do might lead to your dismissal from the test site.  Here it is:

  1. Your admission ticket
  2. Acceptable photo ID (school ID or driver’s license)
  3. At least two No. 2 pencils with erasers
  4. An approved calculator (a TI-84 is recommended, but not required)

For your convenience, here is a link to the list of approved calculators for the SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy

What you SHOULD bring to the exam

While the following items are not required, they can be immensely helpful for the exam.

  1. A watch (without an audible alarm) will help you see how much time you have left for each section and keep track of time. Helpful tip: Use an analog watch and set the hands to 12:00 at the beginning of each section. That way, you can know exactly how much time you have used without doing any extra math.
  2. An extra calculator in case your primary calculator runs out of battery or malfunctions. You have to ask permission to access any backup equipment, and they cannot be on your desk during the test. A backup can prove immensely helpful and crucial to getting a good score if your primary calculator malfunctions.
  3. A drink or snack can refuel you during the break. You will get one ten-minute break and one five-minute break during the exam to go to the bathroom, drink water, and eat food. During this time, you can refuel and make sure that you are not hungry for the rest of the exam. A hungry stomach will distract you from taking the exam and possibly lower you score.

What you should NOT bring to the exam

Listed below are items that are prohibited.

  1. Any devices that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content.
  2. Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, or any other personal computing devices
  3. Separate timers of any type (so bring a watch to time yourself)
  4. Protractors, compasses, rulers
  5. Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
  6. Pamphlets or papers of any kind
  7. Dictionaries or other books (no exceptions, even if English is not your first language)

If you are unsure of anything, be sure to ask the proctors ahead of time or your school counselor.

What if you have prohibited items?
Don’t worry. The test administration staff will collect and hold phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration. Let them know that you have a prohibited device, and they will keep it safely for the duration of the exam. Just make sure that you do not forget to pick it up after the exam. If you are caught using an electronic device or if it makes noise, you can be dismissed and your scores will be canceled. Furthermore, the device can be confiscated and its contents inspected. Be sure to turn off your phone and any alarms you may have set on your watch or phone.