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Test Security Protocols – What To Expect On The Big Day

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT is serious about making sure the test is secure and that the testing environment is ideal for all test-takers. Because of this commitment to security there are very specific rules and regulations about being admitted into the test and what items you can bring with you.

Photo ID

The most important thing you need to have with you to get into the exam is your admission ticket and a photo ID. You can log into your CollegeBoard account to print your admission ticket. A driver’s license or current school ID  with a photo will work well. You could also use a valid passport. If you don’t have any of these, the CollegeBoard website offers alternatives. You cannot use a birth certificate or social security ID card. You also may not use copies of your ID. Be sure to keep your admission ticket and your ID handy, you may need to show it again throughout the day.

What to Bring

You should also bring two No. 2 pencils, a calculator from the approved list and some snacks and water for the break. Remember your calculator cannot be a smart phone or any other device that can communicate via bluetooth, has a camera, or makes noise. If you don’t bring the right kind of calculator, you will not be allowed to use one on the exam. You will not be allowed to share calculators and there won’t be any provided.

What to Leave

You should leave any devices at home. Don’t bring mp3 players, watches that make noise or communicate with other devices, or other devices that make noise. You may even want to consider leaving your phone at home. The proctor may collect phones to keep until the end of the exam or you may be allowed to hold onto your phone as long as it is turned off and put away. If you are caught using any unapproved devices, including your phone, even during breaks, you can be removed from the exam. The easiest way to avoid complications is to leave these things at home.

Prepare the Night Before

If you have any doubts about what you need or what you can’t bring, read the CollegeBoard website. They provide thorough lists so that you can be prepared on exam day. Go through the list and lay out everything you need the night before the exam. That way you won’t have the added stress of scrambling to find the things you need that morning. Instead, you can focus your energy on being mentally prepared for the SAT.


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