Prohibited Devices

The following devices and aids aren't allowed in the test center:

  • Mobile phones (which can be used to present the admission ticket, but after check-in must be collected or stored away from desks), smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other wearable technology (simple digital non-smartwatches or analog watches are acceptable)
  • Audio players or recorders, notebooks, Bluetooth devices (such as wireless earbuds/headphones), or any other personal computing devices not used as the actual or backup testing device
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
  • Highlighters or colored pencils
  • Books or references of any kind except as approved as an English language learner support for in-school administrations
  • Compasses, rulers, protractors, or cutting devices
  • Papers of any kind, including scratch paper
  • Earplugs
  • Unacceptable calculators that have computer-style (QWERTY) keyboards, use paper tape, make noise, or use a power cord
  • Privacy screens
  • Weapons or firearms

Penalties for Prohibited Devices

If your prohibited electronic device makes noise or you're seen accessing it at any time, including during breaks, you may be dismissed immediately, your scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected.

The test administration staff is required to collect and hold phones and other prohibited electronic devices or to require students to place them in backpacks away from their desks during the test administration, including break periods, or to deny admission to anyone who has possession of a prohibited electronic device. College Board isn't responsible for loss of or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while you're in the test center.