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Test day: What to expect and what to bring! Read this before you leave for your official SAT!
Congratulations on making it this far. You’re registered, you’ve studied, and you know what you’re in for. Now it’s time to just take the test! (Easy, right?)
What should you expect on Test Day?
Here’s a quick overview of what will happen:
Arrival and check in: When you arrive at the test center (with all of the necessary items - see below), you will find the check-in area, where you will present your photo ID and your admission ticket.
Settling in: The administrator may assign you a testing room when you check in, or you may be directed to one when the test starts. When you arrive in the room, you and the other students will be given a few minutes to settle in (take out those pencils!) Your test room supervisor will introduce him/herself and offer some general testing guidelines and rules. You will clear your desk and put away everything but your calculator and pencils. You’ll then receive a test book and an answer sheet, and you’ll be asked to provide some basic information on the answer sheet.
Taking the test: The test will be administered section by section. Once your test room supervisor gives the go-ahead, you should open your test book and begin. You must only work on the section the supervisor has indicated; do not skip ahead in the test book. The supervisor will let you know when time is up and will also indicate break times. If you finish a section before time is up, you should sit quietly and review your work while you wait until the section time is over.
Breaks: You will be given two short breaks. The first one, immediately following the 65-minute Reading Test, will be ten minutes long. The next one will only be five minutes, and it will happen after you have completed the Writing & Language Test and the first section of the Math Test. If you are taking the Essay, you will be given a third break before that section. This break may only be two minutes long.
After the test: Once you have finished your test and time is called, your test room supervisor will collect your test book and your answer sheet. When the supervisor dismisses the group, you’re free to go - make sure you plan something fun for the afternoon to celebrate taking the SAT!
Scores: Your test scores will be available several weeks after the test. You will receive an email when your scores are available and ready to view. You will be able to access your scores online, where you can also order score reports to be sent to colleges. Every time you register for the SAT, you receive four score reports for free up until 9 days after you take the test. To take advantage of this benefit, make sure you select the four schools when you register or no later than 9 days after you take the test. Starting 10 days after you take the test, the usual score report fee is charged.
For more information on Test Day, please visit the College Board’s Test Day tips page.
What you absolutely need to bring to your test:
Locate and pack these items the night before so you don’t forget anything on Test Day!
What you may wish to bring to your test:
While not required, these items may help you have a more positive test experience.
What you should not bring to your test
Certain electronic items, including those listed below, are prohibited. Before the SAT begins, you will be asked to turn off all devices and put them away –out of sight and out of reach – for the rest of the test. If you are seen using a device at any time during the 4+ hours of the test – including breaks – your scores can be cancelled!
Cell phones or smart phones
iPods / other MP3/audio players
iPads / other tablets
Laptops, notebooks, or other personal computers
Pagers or other texting devices
Separate timers of any type
Cameras or other photographic equipment
Any device, including digital or smart watches, capable of recording or transmitting audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content.
See the Cell Phones and Electronic Devices policy for more information on prohibited devices.
Did you know that NOT all Colleges require the Essay portion of the SAT! Find out which Schools do.
Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Click the link below...
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