What to Expect on Test Day

Before test day, make sure you're familiar with these procedures and rules.

Pandemic Safety Procedures

While many test centers are still requiring masks, your test center may have decided not to if students in your area aren't wearing masks in school during the week. Check your test center's website to see if it requires masks. Bring a mask on test day, just in case, and wear it if directed by the test center staff. Remember to also practice social distancing at all times.

If you feel sick the day of your test, please stay home. Contact customer service by the end of test day for a full refund. You won’t be charged a change or cancellation fee if you stay home due to illness.

Check your test center's website for any additional or specific entry requirements it may have.

Check for Test Center Closings

Monitor test center closings in the days leading up to your test and the day of your test to make sure your test center hasn't changed or closed.

We also recommend you check directly with the test center, including the test center's website, on the morning of the test.

Doors Open at 7:45 a.m.

Arrive on time on test day. Be sure to check your admission ticket for your arrival time and the address of your test center. Test centers open at 7:45 a.m. and doors close at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted on your admission ticket. You can't be admitted once testing has started. If you're late or absent on test day, you can reschedule. We recommend rescheduling as opposed to reregistering—it will cost less. Find out more about changing your registration information.

Make sure you show up with everything you need.

Testing Starts Between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.

Your proctor will begin check-in. Your seat is assigned, not chosen by you. Wait to be seated. Here's what will happen next:

  • You'll log into the center’s Wi-Fi and open the Bluebook™ application, which will guide you through instructions.
  • The proctor can answer questions only about procedure, not about test questions or content.
  • The proctor will give you a start code. Once you enter the start code, testing will begin, and Bluebook will keep track of the time you have remaining in each test section.
  • Each section of the test has 2 parts called modules (Reading and Writing, and Math), and each module is timed separately.
  • You can move back and forth between questions in a module and review your answers until time expires.
  • Once you've moved on from a module, you cannot go back to it.
  • When the test is over, your answers are submitted automatically.
  • If your submission fails for any reason, don't worry! Your answers will be saved to your device, and you'll have time to resubmit.

The Digital Testing Application

The digital testing application, Bluebook™, is a custom-built app for the digital SAT that's used to administer the exam. Using a custom app makes it easier for us to adapt to changes and respond quickly to user feedback. This app has many features that you'll find useful, including a test preview to help familiarize yourself with key aspects of the app before the test. Visit the Bluebook website to download the app and for installation instructions.

During the test, you'll have access to a set of tools:

  • On math questions, you’ll find a reference sheet and a calculator. You can also bring your own calculator.
  • On reading and writing questions, use the annotation tool to highlight text or leave yourself a note.
  • On multiple-choice questions, if you think an answer option is wrong, you can cross it out.
  • You can mark for review any questions you want to come back to later.
  • Zoom in and out using keyboard shortcuts on laptops or by pinching on tablets.

If you have a problem during the test, raise your hand to ask the proctor for help or click the Help icon for troubleshooting tips.

Breaks

Students will have one 10-minute break during the test between test sections. You can take an additional break if you need to, but you'll lose testing time.

  • Leave your device open; don't close the top.
  • Keep your ID with you at all times. It will be checked every time you enter the testing room.
  • If you brought a calculator, it must remain on your desk during breaks.

Dismissal

You'll likely be done before noon. When the test is over, your answers will be submitted automatically. If your submission fails for any reason, you'll have time after the test to complete your submission—all your work will be saved to your device.

After the test, your proctor will collect your scratch paper, return any items of yours, and dismiss you.

Testing Devices

You can take the digital SAT on a wide range of devices, including your own laptop (Windows or MacOS), iPad, Windows tablet, or school-managed Chromebook. Bluebook must be downloaded onto your device before test day. Then, 1–5 days before your test, you'll complete a quick exam setup. The application will confirm that your device meets all requirements, then it will download your test and generate your admission ticket.

Your device must also be able to connect to Wi-Fi and be fully charged enough to stay on for roughly 3 hours. We recommend you bring a power cord or portable charger, but we can't guarantee you’ll have access to an outlet. You can bring an external mouse for your device and an external keyboard if your device is a tablet. All other applications and programs must be closed during test day. You can’t test on multiple devices.

Prohibited Devices

We mention mobile phones and electronics often, and for good reason. Your scores will be canceled if you don't follow the rules around devices.

Keep in mind:

  • Test administration staff will collect and hold mobile phones and other prohibited electronic devices or require you to place them in a backpack away from your desk during the test administration, including during break periods.
  • If your prohibited device makes noise, if you’re seen using it, or if you attempt to access it at any time, including breaks, you’ll be dismissed immediately, your scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated.
  • College Board isn’t responsible for loss of or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while you’re in the test center.