What to Expect on Test Day

Student Preparation

When students register to take the SAT at your test center, we'll let them know how to download the student testing app on a supported device. They should arrive at your test center with that device and that device should be fully charged.

Students can test on devices they're familiar with, including Windows laptops or tablets, Mac laptops, iPads, or school-managed Chromebooks.

Approved devices include:

  • Mac or Windows laptop
  • iPad
  • School-managed Chromebook

Note: Students cannot use a mobile phone for testing.

Room Check-In

Proctors use Test Day Toolkit to check students in their testing room. Students who completed app setup before they arrive will have an admission ticket. Students who aren’t fully prepared will need to complete app setup and generate an admission ticket before checking in to the room. They can usually do that in minutes.

After taking their seat, students check in to the testing app and their device is locked down so that students can’t access anything other than the test.

Testing

Proctors read aloud from a short script in Test Day Toolkit and provide a start code. Students enter the code, and their test timer starts. This is the only script the proctor reads, all other information is provided to the student in the testing application.

The student testing app times each student individually and lets them know when it's time for their break, so a student who experiences a technical issue doesn’t lose time. If students don’t enter the start code at the same time, students will take breaks and finish the test at slightly different times.

An internet connection is required to start the test and to submit answers, but students can keep testing during intermittent outages. If a student's device shuts down, the testing app will save their work and they won’t lose testing time. Students can resolve most device issues themselves with a simple restart of the app and don’t need to go to the help room.

After the Test

When a student's testing time ends, the app automatically submits their answers to College Board, and they can leave the test center without waiting for other students to finish.

Customer Service

College Board will have dedicated customer service available throughout test day to support your administration of the digital SAT.

FAQ

What are the internet requirements I can share with my technology coordinator to help us prepare for digital testing?

Based on recent pilot administrations of the digital SAT, you can share the following recommendations with your technology coordinator to prepare for digital testing at your test center:

Network bandwidth

Plan for 100-200 Kbps for each student taking the exam at the same time over the same network. To determine your network speed, please run a test at collegeboard.speedtestcustom.com.

Wireless Access Points

Make sure there’s adequate coverage and range for the wireless access point configuration throughout the test center being used for digital testing.

Testing Device: 802.11g
Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 40

Testing Device: 802.11n
Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 40

Testing Device: Mix of 802.11g and 802.11n
Ratio of Devices to 802.11g WAP: 20
Ratio of Devices to 802.11n WAP: 50

Ports and Protocols

See the ports and protocols used by the digital testing application below. Ensure that all necessary content filters, firewalls, and proxy servers are open.

Port/Protocol: 443/TCP
Purpose: HTTPS (secure connection)

URLs for Testing

To ensure successful transmission of student responses, we strongly encourage test centers to add this URL to allow internet traffic to and from College Board and set it at the root level using a wildcard.

*.collegeboard.org

 

This information is meant for planning purposes. We’ll provide final requirements in the coming months.

 

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Do test centers need to reapply to administer the digital SAT?

Current international test centers will receive a Test Center Renewal (TCR) form for spring 2023 administrations in early April 2022. U.S. coordinators will receive their TCR form for spring 2024 administrations in spring 2023. Current test centers do not need to reapply to become a test center for the digital SAT.

 

 

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When is the international digital SAT test center renewal (TCR) form due?

We ask that test coordinators complete it as soon as possible, though the due date is May 25.

 

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When will US test centers receive their digital SAT test center renewal (TCR) form?

US test centers will receive their test center renewal form (TCR) in spring of 2023.

 

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My school will not allow students from other schools to access our network. What are my options?

If you haven’t already, please speak with your test center’s IT point of contact to discuss options.

We’ve worked with test centers during our pilot administrations whose network didn’t allow guest access. The test centers created a temporary network for testing and closed the network after testing was complete.

After speaking with the IT team, please let us know if you have any additional roadblocks or questions:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Domestic Phone: 866-502-6384
  • International Phone: +1-212-520-8570

 

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Can my test center administer the digital SAT if we experience an internet outage on test day?

We’ve built the exam application to withstand internet outages. If the internet disconnects during testing, students will still be able to progress through the test without disruption.

 

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What happens if students have problems with their device or connectivity on test day?

We’ve built the exam application to withstand internet outages. If the internet disconnects during testing, students will still be able to progress through the test with no disruption—all their work will be saved, and they won’t lose testing time.

 

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How will you address test day issues and technical support challenges?

We’ll have dedicated customer service resources ready to troubleshoot issues on test day for students and test centers. We’re also introducing the role of technology coordinator for each test center to provide additional support, and a help room so students have a place to troubleshoot device issues, with the assistance of the Technology Coordinator.

 

 

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How will test centers be supported in delivering the digital SAT?

We're committed to supporting you in the transition to digital testing. We'll provide regular training and information leading up to testing and beyond. And, we’ll have dedicated customer service resources ready to troubleshoot issues on test day for students and test centers. We’re also introducing a new test center staff role of technology coordinator to provide additional support.

 

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Can you tell me more about the technology coordinator?

This is a new role that isn’t required for SAT Weekend paper testing but will be required for digital SAT Weekend testing. The technology coordinator ensures the test center wi-fi network is working and assists students and staff who encounter connectivity issues. The technology coordinator will also help students troubleshoot minor device issues in the center’s help room. As we get closer to digital administrations, we’ll provide troubleshooting guides to support technology coordinators.

 

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Is the technology coordinator recruited by the test center?

Yes, you'll hire the technology coordinator as a paid member of your test center staff. This is a new role that isn’t required for paper and pencil SAT Weekend testing but will be required for digital testing. As we get closer to the first digital administration, we’ll provide troubleshooting guides to support technology coordinators.

 

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How is misconduct monitored if students are testing on their own device?

The digital SAT will still be given in schools and test centers with a proctor present in the testing rooms. Proctors will be responsible for monitoring testing rooms and checking student devices throughout testing. We've also built the testing app so that it fully locks down students' devices once testing starts, so students won't be able to access any other apps or access the internet during testing.

 

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Will the proctor responsibilities be different for the digital SAT?

Proctor responsibilities won't look much different, though 100% of proctors who participated in a recent pilot of the digital SAT said the experience administering the digital SAT was the same or better than administering the paper test. We'll provide more information as we get closer to testing.

 

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Do I need to provide a power source for all students testing at my test center?

Students will be instructed to arrive with a fully charged device that will last three hours, ; however, you may provide access to power for test takers if it can be done fairly and without disrupting other students.

If available, you should plan for optimal use of the power supplies in the room, such as arranging desks in proximity to power outlets, power strips, and surge protectors.

Test Centers will be responsible for providing a power source for students testing with an extended time accommodation, though it does not need to be continuous. We'll work with test centers to make sure they are equipped with adequate power sources, and we'll provide more information on this requirement later this year.

 

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What if a student arrives without their testing app downloaded, or their device isn’t charged?

Students are responsible for arriving at your test center with their testing application downloaded and their device fully charged. We’ll communicate with students ahead of test day these expectations and we’ll provide you with information to post on your school or test center website.

We know some students may arrive without their app downloaded or without a full battery. You can provide them the opportunity to download the app in their testing room, or to charge their device if feasible. Please note, Test centers are responsible for providing students power if they have an extended time accommodation since they will be testing for more than three hours, though access to power does not need to be continuous.

 

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What if a student shows up without a device?

If a student doesn’t have a device, they will be able to request to borrow one from College Board, and we’ll provide one to use on test day. Students must make this request ahead of test day. If a student shows up without a device, and they have not gone through the process of requesting to borrow one from College Board, you should dismiss the student. If the student has questions about rescheduling their test, they should be directed to contact College Board Customer Service.

 

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Will spacing and room requirements remain the same?

Most testing room and seating guidelines for digital testing center are the same as those for current paper and pencil SAT Weekend administrations:

  • Enough seats for your assigned students
  • Chairs with backs that face the same direction
  • 3 feet of space between students
  • Remove or cover materials related to test content
  • Working clock visible to all students

We will provide more detailed policy information prior to your first digital administration. As always, we’ll continue to monitor the covid-19 pandemic and communicate any changes we make to ensure health safety.


 

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Do I need to plan for more/fewer staff?

Test centers should plan to have about the same number of staff for digital testing as they do for paper testing. There will be a new role of technology coordinator who will oversee the test center wi-fi and help students troubleshoot minor device issues.

 

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Will my staff need to be well-versed in technology in order to administer the digital SAT?

Coordinators and proctors do not need technical expertise to administer the digital SAT. In our November 2021 global pilot, 100% of proctors said the experience administering the digital SAT was as good as or better than administering the paper test.

 

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Will test coordinators/proctors need devices to be able to administer the assessments?

Yes. Test coordinators and proctors will administer the digital SAT using Test Day Toolkit, which requires a device—a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

Proctor quote from November Pilot: “This was much much much much much easier—no paper materials, no serial numbers. This should be the way forward and it should be soon.”

 

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What is Test Day Toolkit?

Test Day Toolkit is a web application for test center management. Coordinators, proctors, and monitors will use it on test day to check students into rooms, read the script, and share the start code that students will enter to start the test, and monitor student progress. Coordinators will also use it to access their test center roster and prepare their test center for upcoming administrations. Learn more about Test Day Toolkit.

 

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Do proctors need a school email address and device to use Test Day Toolkit?

Proctors do not need a school email address or school issued device to use Test Day Toolkit. They'll only need a College Board professional account and can use a personal device to access Test Day Toolkit.

 

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Will Test Day Toolkit be used to administer SAT School Day?

Yes, Test Day Toolkit will be used for SAT School Day and PSAT-related assessments administrations when they transition to digital delivery.

 

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What time will digital SAT testing start?

Students will be instructed to arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. local time, same as they currently do. Testing starts when room check-in is complete, about 15–30 minutes later. The proctor will then begin reading the script.

 

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What language should computers be set up to support when running the digital test app?

Devices can be set to any language. The digital SAT will always be delivered in English, regardless of the language setting at the time of testing.

 

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Can/Should test centers perform pretest setup and readiness testing for students before the admin?

We encourage test coordinators to perform a pretest check to ensure your test center network meets the minimum internet requirements, and to perform an internet speed test in your testing rooms. This is a great opportunity to involve your technology coordinator if you’re not serving as the technology coordinator yourself.

We’ll also provide pretest readiness guidance, as we do for paper testing, closer to your administration to be sure you’re ready for testing.

 

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