* Make sure you have (two) No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser.
A No. 2 pencil is required to answer the essay and the multiple-
choice questions. Mechanical pencils are not allowed. Pens are
* Have your SAT Admission Ticket and acceptable photo ID ready.
You will need your Admission Ticket and photo ID for admission
to the test center.
Admission & Photo ID information:
* Prepare snacks to bring with you.
Although food or beverages cannot be opened in the test room,
you may stow them under your chair or desk and consume them
outside the test room during breaks. A healthy snack will go a
long way in keeping you alert during the entire test.
* Be well-rested and ready to go.
Get plenty of rest the night before the test and eat a good
breakfast that morning.
ON TEST DAY
* Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center on time.
Unless otherwise noted on your Admission Ticket, arrive at the
test center no later than 7:45 a.m. Plan enough extra time in
case traffic, weather conditions, flat tires, or anything else
slows you down. Testing should be completed between 12:30 and
1 p.m., so if you need to make arrangements to be picked up at
the test center, your ride should arrive by about 12:30 p.m.
* Remember that cell phone use is prohibited while you are in the
We strongly advise you not to bring a cell phone or any other
prohibited electronic device to the test center. If your cell
phone rings, or you are seen using a cell phone or any other
electronic device at any time while at the test center, you may
be dismissed from the test center and your scores may be canceled.
* Be sure to test at the center indicated on your Admission
Even if you're scheduled to test at a center that was not your
first choice, you are only guaranteed admission to the test
center listed on your Admission Ticket. Seating may be limited
at other test centers.
* Use breaks to eat or drink any snacks you have brought with
You will have several breaks during the test. Use them to relax
and eat a snack, so you can stay focused.
* Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil.
You must fill in the entire circle darkly and completely. If
you change your response, erase it as completely as possible.
It is very important that you follow these instructions when
filling out your answer sheet.
* Pace yourself during the test.
Remember, each question counts the same. If you find yourself
spending too much time on one question, move on to the next
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
Check to see if your test center is open. If there is bad weather
in your area, tune into your local media (as you do for school
closing announcements) to make sure that your test center has
not been affected. You can also visit the College Board website
for a list of test center closings.