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ACT and SAT tips

ACT and SAT Tips.

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? Be sure to review Kristen’s lists of “Must-Have”, “Nice-To-Have” and “Should-Not-Have” items for both the ACT and SAT tests below.



  • ANY electronic, recording, texting, video or playback devices (cell phones should be turned off and put in a bag under your desk or left at home)

  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment

  • Separate timers of any type

  • Protractors, compasses, rulers

  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils

  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language

  • Food or drinks (except for during breaks), unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about testing with accommodations.



  • Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.

  • A bag or backpack

  • A drink or snacks (for your break)

You have worked hard to prepare, and it would be a shame to have your test canceled due to you not being aware of the rules. Please read them here before test day: ACT and SAT. Remember, the SAT/ACT are only one part of what you will share with colleges. You are much more than this one score. Good luck. You got this!