Test Day Experience

Find out what proctors and students experience in the digital testing room.

Test Day Timing

If you are administering the digital SAT to a student with school-based accommodations, your timeline will vary. This is an approximate test day schedule for the Saturday administration:

  • 7 a.m. local time: Staff arrive.
  • 7:45 a.m.: Test center doors open to students.
  • 8 a.m.: Test center doors close.
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m.: Testing starts.
  • 10:45–11 a.m.: Standard time testing ends.
  • Noon–12:15 p.m.: Time and one-half testing ends.
  • 1–1:15 p.m.: Double time testing ends.

Testing Technology

The applications used for digital testing are user friendly and designed to minimize test day disruptions.

Test Administration: Test Day Toolkit

Proctors use Test Day Toolkit on a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. The toolkit provides them with:

  • A room readiness checklist.
  • A student roster.
  • A short proctor script to read before the start of the first section only.
  • The start code that students enter in Bluebook™.
  • A dashboard for monitoring student progress.
  • Digital irregularity reports.

Student Testing: Bluebook

Students install Bluebook on their device and complete exam setup before test day. If students have technical issues, they can usually resolve them by following the instructions in the error messages or by restarting Bluebook. If necessary, they can get basic troubleshooting assistance from the technology monitor in the help room.

Students should visit How to Download Bluebook to find installation instructions.

What to Expect on Test Day

On test day, the proctor starts by signing in to Test Day Toolkit with their College Board professional account.

Preparing the Room

The proctor checks their room setup, distributes scratch paper, and writes instructions on the board.

Room Check-In

When students arrive at their testing room, the proctor uses Test Day Toolkit to verify their identity and check them in.

Students take their assigned seats and follow the instructions on the board, signing in to their College Board account and checking in to Bluebook. During Bluebook check-in, students follow instructions and clear their desks. The app shares critical information about test security, test features, and other topics.

Getting Started

After checking students in to the room, the proctor reads a short script, checks desks, collects unauthorized devices, and provides students with a start code.


Students enter the start code and begin testing. They can view (or hide) a countdown clock, use an embedded calculator, and access other tools.

Bluebook times each student individually, so if student start times are slightly different, their break and end times will be too. When the first section ends, students are shown a break screen and told they can leave the room. When their break time ends, students click a button to start the next section.

The proctor doesn't time the test or dismiss students at break. Once testing starts, they can concentrate on maintaining test security and monitoring student progress on the Test Day Toolkit dashboard. Students with certain accommodations may have different timing for sections and breaks. The app will ensure each student receives the correct timing and breaks.

Learn more about how digital accommodations are supported.

Student Dismissal

When time runs out, Bluebook ends the test and submits answers automatically. Students who don’t have an internet connection when the test ends need to sign in later to submit their answers.

Students must remain seated—and quiet—until their test is over. Once a student's answers have been submitted, the proctor will collect the student's scratch paper, return any items they collected, and dismiss the student. For students using a loaned device from College Board, the proctor should confirm they’ve reached the screen confirming answer submission before dismissing them. The dismissal process should be silent as some students will finish testing before others.