Prohibited Devices

Unless students have a College Board-approved accommodation, they can't access these items during the test or breaks:

  • Phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other wearable technology (simple digital non-smartwatches or analog watches are acceptable)
  • Audio players, Bluetooth devices (like wireless earbuds/headphones), or any other electronic devices (except your testing device)
  • Detachable privacy screens
  • External keyboards for use with laptops or Chromebooks (keyboards for iPads are allowed)
  • Stylus for iPad
  • Any cameras, recording device, or timer
  • Notes, books, or any other reference materials
  • Compasses, rulers, protractors, or cutting devices
  • Headphones, earbuds, or earplugs
  • Unacceptable calculators that have computer-style (QWERTY) keyboards, use paper tape, make noise, or use a power cord
  • Weapons or firearms

Penalties for Prohibited Devices

If your prohibited electronic device makes noise in your possession or you are seen with it at any time, including during breaks, you may be dismissed immediately, your scores may be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected.



PSAT 8/9 Calculator Use

Review the latest policies regarding calculator use for the PSAT 8/9 as well as a list of approved calculators.