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Tips: The Day Before and Day of the SAT

Before Test Day
  • Get organized. 
  • Know what to bring and what NOT to bring to the test center.
  • Review the ID requirements to make sure your ID is acceptable.
  • You must have your Admission Ticket on test day. Print it now.

Prepare yourself like an athlete.

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Your brain works better if you're well 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! 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.

Check to see if your test center is open.

  • Tune in to your local media, like you do for school closing announcements.
  • Check online on Friday 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
  • Keep focused.
  • Use breaks to eat a snack or have a drink you have brought with you.
  • Pace yourself. Each question counts the same. Don't spend too much time on any one question.

More info from the SAT folks

Good luck on test day!