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Tips for SAT/PSAT Test Day

Tips for the SAT/PSAT Test Day


Get plenty of rest the night before

Eat a good breakfast

Arrive on time for your test

Things to leave in your locker or at home

  • Backpacks
  • Phones or Electronic Devices
  • Books

 Bring these items with you:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers, non-mechanical
  • Water bottle - must be stored under the student’s desk during testing.
  • An approved calculator - Most graphing calculators (see full list on College Board website)

TI-73 TI-80
TI -81 TI-82
Ti-83/TI-83 Plus TI-83 Plus Silver
TI-84 Plus/TI - 84 Plus T TI-84 Plus CE/TI-84 Plus CE-T
TI-84 Plus Silver TI-84 Plus C Silver
TI-85 TI-86
TI-89 TI-89 Titanium

If you have special dietary requirements please bring your own snack.

If you have 1 ½ time accommodations bring a sack lunch since you can’t leave the test during regular lunch times.

 If needed - Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing.

Calculator Smarts

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.
  • Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know. Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.
  • The Math Test includes some questions where it’s better not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.
  • It may help to do scratch work in the test book. Get your thoughts down before using your calculator.
  • Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh. The test center will not have batteries or extra calculators. If your calculator fails during testing and you have no backup, you'll have to complete the test without it.
  • Our school has some calculators you may borrow from the math teachers at the end of school the day before the test but there is not enough for everyone so you should bring your own.