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What to Expect on the SAT Test Day?

You’ve studied all you can. You’ve read all you can. You know your SAT strategies and now it’s time to write! The night before you do all the right things: eat a nutritious dinner, pack your bag, and get at least 8 hours of sleep. In your bag you make sure that you have your:


It’s strongly recommended that you pack drinks and snacks for your breaks, a watch, and back-up pencils/calculator. It’s also worth noting that there are very strict rules about electronic devices, so ere on the side of caution and don’t bring anything you think might be considered a computer-y device.

In the morning, have a satisfying breakfast and make your way to your testing center; but what should you expect when you get there?

Arrive early to avoid any unnecessary stresses. We recommend getting there between 7:45-8:00 as it’s best to start the test in a calm, focused manner. Bring something to read to pass time while waiting in line to check in. DO NOT cram or review your notes. Read a newspaper or a novel, something that will wake you up, but not stress you out.

After you check in, you will be shown where you will write the test. Sometimes there are assigned seats, but other times you can choose for yourself. Have a seat, take out your pencils, eraser, and calculator, and put your bag under your chair. During this time before the test begins you will need to:

  • Listen to the rules as read by the proctor
  • Show your ID again
  • Receive your test booklet


After you are done writing, take a deep breath. Treat yourself for ice cream or whatever you desire. You deserve it. Turn on your cellphone and be a teenager again! 🙂

If you’d like more help preparing for the SAT, come in for some fantastic one-to-one lessons from one of our experienced Learning Specialists here at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space

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