What Students Should Know Before SAT Test Day
What Students Should Know Before SAT Test DayStacy Caldwell, Vice President of College Readiness Assessments
The following post originally appeared on Forbes.com on March 1, 2016. Read the original here.
On March 5, high school students across the country will sit down to take a new version of the SAT college admission test. Here are some important things they should keep in mind before arriving at their test center.
- The best way to prepare for the SAT is to work hard in school and practice as much as possible. With Official SAT Practice tools on Khan Academy, students have access to full-length practice tests, video lessons, and thousands of interactive questions that help students focus on the areas where they need the most work. There’s also an SAT practice app for mobile devices, so on-the-go students can sharpen their skills anytime, anywhere.
- Students should check to see if the SAT Essay is an admission requirement for any of their prospective colleges or scholarship providers. If they haven’t registered to take the SAT with Essay, students may opt to take it when they check in at their test center, provided there are enough materials, space, and staff.
- To be allowed inside the test center, students need to present a printed Admission Ticket and acceptable photo ID. The Admission Ticket can be accessed from the student’s College Board account. The information on the ticket and on their valid photo ID must match exactly; if the ticket says “Jenny” and the ID says “Jennifer,” that student won’t be allowed to enter the test center.
- Students should bring at least two No. 2 pencils and an approved calculator to use on the part of the Math Test that allows calculators. It’s a good idea to make sure the calculator works and has fresh batteries before the day of the test; there will be no calculators at the test center, and students will not be allowed to share them.
- Test center closings are listed online before each test date as soon as a decision is made to close a center. If inclement weather is expected, students should check the College Board website the night before and the morning of the test to make sure the test center is open. If they feel unsafe traveling on test day, they can call Customer Service to switch to a future test date free of charge.
- Strongly recommended: A good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, extra batteries, a quiet watch, snacks for the break(s), and confidence — this is what they’ve been practicing for!
- Strongly recommended to leave at home: Cellphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, rulers, or any other item on the list of prohibited items. If a student brings a prohibited item on test day, test center staff have the authority to deny that student entry to the test center or to hold on to the item for the duration of the test. When it doubt, leave it at home.
We at the College Board send our best wishes to everyone taking the SAT this week!