What to Bring on Test Day

There are only a few things you really need to bring on test day, and a lot of things you're better off leaving at home. Be sure to bring:

  • Your fully charged device. You must have the app installed and exam setup complete before test day if you're testing with a personal device.
  • A power cord and/or a portable charger. We cannot guarantee you'll have access to an outlet during testing. Your device should be able to hold a charge for 3–4 hours.
  • A pencil or pen.
  • Scratch paper will be provided—do not bring your own.
  • An approved calculator. There’s a graphing calculator built into the app, but you can bring your own if you like.
  • An external mouse if you use one.
  • An external keyboard if you use one (you can only use external keyboards with tablets—not laptops.)
  • An approved photo ID if you’re homeschooled or if you'll be testing at a school that is different from the one you usually attend.

Nice to Have

  • A watch (without an audible alarm).
  • Extra batteries for your calculator and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They can’t be on your desk during the test.
  • A bag or backpack.
  • A drink or snacks (for your break).
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (for example, EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under your desk during testing. For policies on other medications and medical devices, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.


Do I need to bring a photo ID?

Only if you're not testing at your own school or you're homeschooled. Your photo ID must be issued by your school or government. If you don't have one, use a notarized College Board Student ID Form (.pdf/123 KB).

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