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Tips for SAT Test Day Readiness

As the December SAT approaches, here are some tips that will help you do your best.


Before Test Day

Get organized:


Make sure you have two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser. Pens and mechanical pencils are not allowed.


Have your SAT Admission Ticket and acceptable photo ID ready.


Check your calculator and put fresh batteries in it.


Bring a watch to time yourself. Use a watch that has no audible alarm—separate timers are not allowed.


Prepare snacks to take. A healthy snack will help keep you alert during the test.


Prepare yourself like an athlete:


Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Your brain will work better if you are rested.


Eat a good breakfast that morning.


On Test Day

Leave your cell phone at home. If your phone rings during testing, it could cost you your scores!


We strongly advise you not to bring a cell phone or any other prohibited electronic device to the test center. If your electronic device makes any noise, or you are seen using it at any time—including breaks—you may be dismissed immediately, your scores may be canceled, and the device may be confiscated.


This policy applies to any prohibited digital and/or electronic device such as a BlackBerry®, pager, iPod®, MP3 player, camera or other photographic equipment, or separate timers of any kind.


In bad weather, check to see if your test center is open.


Tune in to your local media, like you do for school closing announcements.


Check online for a list of test center closings.


Leave early. Get to the test center no later than 7:45 a.m., unless otherwise noted on your Admission Ticket.


Go to the center listed on your Admission Ticket.


Even if it’s not your first choice, you are only guaranteed admission to the test center on your Admission Ticket.


You will be charged an extra fee if you go to a different test center, and a seat may not be available for you.


Arrange your ride home ahead of time. Your testing may end a little before or after the times listed below. If you are testing with extended time, ask the supervisor for approximate finish times.



For the SAT, plan on being picked up at approximately 12:45 p.m.


For SAT Subject Tests, plan on being picked up at the following approximate times:


– 9:45 a.m. for one test

– 11:15 a.m. for two tests

– 12:30 p.m. for three tests


Taking the Test

Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil. Follow the instructions on your answer sheet when filling it out.


Keep focused:


Use breaks to eat or drink any snacks you have brought with you.

Pace yourself. Each question counts the same. Don’t spend too much time on any one question.




December 4, 2008 - Posted by | College Admissions |

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