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.
Your Admission Ticket: You can’t get into the test centre without it.
Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
For policies on medications and testing with accommodations, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.
A good night’s sleep, and a high protein, fiber-rich breakfast before arriving.
A watch (without an audible alarm); NO smartwatches or fitness bands.
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!