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SAT and ACT Test Day Checklist

You’ve studied and practiced- now it's time to rock the test.

You’ve studied content, practiced timing, taken mock tests, studied some more, and now it’s almost game time. Whether you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT, here are a few simple steps to make sure that you rock test day.

The Night Before the Test:

Don’t wear your brain out cramming the day before the test.

Instead spend some time visualizing the day ahead: What time will you leave for the test? What’s your plan for staying focused during the reading section?

Get a good night’s sleep

Get your test day pack ready! Make sure to bring:

  • Your ticket
  • Photo I.D.
  • No. 2 pencils
  • A calculator with fresh batteries
  • A watch
  • A snack
  • A sweatshirt, in case your room gets cold

The Day of the Test:

Eat a protein-filled breakfast when you wake up on test morning.

Dress comfortably.

Arrive at the testing center 20 to 30 minutes early.

Take a deep breath, stretch your hands and feet, and do your best — that’s all anyone can expect of you. Trust that all your practice will kick in.

*Bonus tip! If you do freeze up and feel anxiety taking over, draw a little picture on your test booklet. Drawing uses a different part of your brain than the analytical side employed in standardized testing, so a quick doodle will help diffuse your moment of stress.

You’ve got this!