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Tips for Your Students

Help students do their best on the SAT

You can help students do their best on test day with sound advice and up-to-date information. Students can find important information for test day on their Admission Tickets.

Advance planning

Emphasize the importance of being organized and well rested on test day. Advise students to plan in advance and to:

  • Organize ID, Admission Ticket, pencils, calculators, and other supplies
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Eat breakfast
  • Double-check for everything they need before leaving home
  • Arrive early—by 7:45 a.m.—at the test center

Review what to expect on test day with students, including items to bring for testing and prohibited items.

The test administration staff reserves the right to collect and hold cell phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration, including during break periods.

If a student's device makes noise, he or she is seen using it or attempting to access it at any time, including breaks, he or she will be dismissed immediately, the student’s scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated. The College Board is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while a student is in the test center.

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • The Paper Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • This Is Your SAT
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, U.S. edition
  • SAT Program Student Brochure, International edition
  • SAT Code List, U.S. version
  • SAT Code List, International version
  • Counselor's Guide to SAT Program Fee Waivers

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